• 16th Maple Blues Awards

    MonkeyJunk, Electric Act of the Year

    INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED CANADIAN  BLUES ARTISTS HONOURED WITH MAPLE BLUES AWARDS
    Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk, Toronto’s Suzie Vinnick and Hamilton’s Steve Strongman Win Multiple Awards

    Internationally renowned Canadian Blues Artists from Coast-to-Coast were honoured by their peers at the 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto last night as a sold out crowd of blues lovers gathered to celebrate Canadian blues at Koerner Hall.Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk and its members took home three awards, including, Electric Act of the Year, Harmonic Player of the Year (Steve Marriner) and Drummer of the Year (Matt Sobb). Hamilton guitar slinger Steve Strongman also received three awards including Songwriter of the Year, Recording of the Year for his recent release “A Natural Fact” and Guitar Player of the Year. Now based in Toronto, Saskatoon native Suzie Vinnick won awards for Acoustic Act of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.

    Steve Strongman,  Guitar Player of the Year
    Nova Scotia’s Matt Minglewood was honoured with the Blues With a Feeling (Lifetime Achievement Award). Minglewood’s extensive career as a blues performer, spanning nearly four decades, makes him widely considered to be a Canadian music icon. John Valenteyn, a founding member and tireless volunteer of the Toronto Blues Society received the Blues Booster of the Year award, a very special Maple Blues Award honouring outstanding contribution to the Canadian blues music industry, presented by internationally recognized blues artist and Maple Blues Award winner Shakura S’aida and former Toronto Blues society vice president, “Blues Doctor” Julie Hill. Mrs. Laureen Harper wife of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, alongside blues guitarist Jack de Keyzer, presented the awards for Harmonica Player of the Year to Steve Marriner and Horn Player of the Year to Jon Wong.
    Hosted by Raoul Bhaneja, a Toronto actor and musician most noted for his work performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet solo and his blues band Raoul and the Big Time, the Maple Blues Awards included outstanding performances from Maple Blues Award nominees past and present, including Matt MinglewoodNanette Workman, Carlos del JuncoHarrison KennedySuzie VinnickSteve Strongman and The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, all backed by gala house band, The Maple Blues Band.

    WINNERS OF THE 16TH ANNUAL MAPLE BLUES AWARDS

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
    Colin James

    ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR
    MonkeyJunk

    ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR
    Suzie Vinnick

    MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    Matt Andersen

    FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
    Suzie Vinnick

    NEW ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
    Steve Kozak


    RECORDING OF THE YEAR
    “A Natural Fact” Steve Strongman, Producer Rob Szabo

    BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD (Lifetime Achievement) 

    Matt Minglewood

    BB KING INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
    Tedeschi Trucks Band

    GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Steve Strongman

    HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Steve Marriner

    PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    David Vest

    HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    Jon Wong

    DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

    Matt Sobb

    BASSIST OF THE YEAR

    Gary Kendall

    SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

    Steve Strongman

    BLUES BOOSTER OF THE YEAR

    John Valenteyn
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