BLUES SOURCE # 21
By Ken Wallis, Blues & Roots Radio
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The 21st Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees
Well just in case you haven’t heard, the Maple Blues Awards nominees have been announced. Here they are:
Entertainer of the Year
Dawn Tyler Watson/Paul DesLauriers Band/The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer/Steve Hill/Angel Forrest
Electric Act of the Year
Colin James/Steve Hill/Boogie Patrol/Paul DesLauriers Band/Dawn Tyler Watson
Acoustic Act of the Year
Harrison Kennedy/Michael Jerome Browne/Big Dave McLean/Rob Lutes/Tim Williams
Male Vocalist of the Year
Harrison Kennedy/Duane Blackburn/Matt Andersen/Donald Ray Johnson/Jon Knight (Soulstack)
Female Vocalist of the Year
Dawn Tyler Watson/Angel Forrest/Shakura S'Aida/Samantha MartinCécile Doo-Kingué
New Artist of the Year
Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes/Earle & Coffin/Jason Buie/Justin Saladino Band/Lucas Haneman Express
Recording/Producer of the Year
Colin James - Blue Highways (True North); Producers: Colin James & Dave Meszaros/Harrison Kennedy - Who U Tellin' (Electro-Fi); Producers: Harrison Kennedy & Alec Fraser/Chris Antonik - Monarch (Self); Producers: Chris Antonik & Ted Onyszczak/The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer - Apocalipstick (Self); Producers: Matthew Rogers, Shawn Hall & John Raham/JW-Jones - High Temperature (Solid Blues); Producer: Colin Linden
B.B. King International Artist of the Year
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats/Gregg Allman/Mavis Staples/Eric Bibb/Joe Bonamassa
Songwriter of the Year
Cécile Doo-Kingué/Chris Antonik/Diteodoro, Marriner, Sobb (MonkeyJunk)/Harrison Kennedy/Rob Lutes
Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Alec Frase/Brent Parkin/Danny Brooks/Diana Braithwaite/Ellen McIlwaine/Joe Murphy/Ken Whiteley/ Michael Fonfara/Michael Jerome Browne/Tom Lavin
Guitarist of the Year
Cécile Doo-Kingué/Colin James/Michael Jerome Browne/Paul DesLauriers/Steve Hill
Harmonica Player of the Year
Guy Bélanger/Harpdog Brown/Jerome Godboo/Shawn Hall (The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer)/
Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk)
Piano/Keyboard of the Year
David Vest/Duane Blackburn/Julian Fauth/Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne/Michael Kaeshammer
Horn Player of the Year
Chris Whiteley (Diana Brathwaite & Chris Whiteley)/Frankie Thiffault (Ben Racine Band)/Jon Wong/Mat “Moose” Mousseau (Ben Racine Band)/Shirley Jackson (Good Rockin' Daddys)
Drummer of the Year
Lindsay Beaver/Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)/Nicky Estor (Ben Racine Band, Dawn Tyler Watson)/Sam Harrisson (Paul DesLauriers Band)/Tom Bona
Bassist of the Year
Alec Fraser/Gary Kendall (Downchild & Mighty Duck Blues Band)/Greg Morency (Paul DesLauriers Band)/John Dymond/Laura Greenberg (JW-Jones)
The Maple Blues Awards is sponsored by the Toronto Blues Society and honours blues artists from across Canada.
Online voting is now open. Canadian blues fans can vote online in the eligible categories until December 1st, by going to http://www.mapleblues.ca/register.aspx
And you’ll surely want to be on hand as the winners are announced at the 21st edition of the Awards on Monday, January 15th, at Koerner Hall in Toronto.
Tickets can be purchased online at
Women’s Blues Revue
Are we finished talking about the Toronto Blues Society? Not so fast, they have a lot going on.
On Saturday, November 18 , Massey Hall and the Toronto Blues Society present-the 31st Annual Women's Blues Revue with a stellar line up of female blues artists including Kellylee Evans, Dawn TylerWatson, Jenie Thai, Andria Simone, Sue Foley and Shakura S'Aida does double duty as a performer and host. The Women’s Blues Revue Band rounds out the lineup and tickets are available at
Road to Memphis January 16-20,
Many of the blues societies have selected their representatives for the International Blues Challenge. and many of the artists have starting fund raising to help finance the expenses of performing in Memphis.
Trying to keep up with all of it is a challenge but here goes. In a previous blog we highlighted some of the artists that are going to Memphis. Right now, let’s update some of the fundraisers that are happening.
Angel will represent the Montreal Blues Society and she’s having a night of music with a stellar line up of guests including Paul des Lauriers and Dawn Tyler Watson who have previously competed in Memphis. It happens December 3rd at the Rosewood Pub in Montreal
A go fund me campaign has been started for Angel as well.
Raoul and the Big Time
They’re headed to Memphis representing The Bruce County Blues Society.
One of Canada’s premiere blues artists, Raoul has started a crowdfunding campaign
You can contribute at
Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar
They’re representing the Toronto Blues Society with their roots ‘n roll music.
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar will perform at their Road to Memphis Fundraiser at Ildsjel Collective,Toronto, on Saturday December 9 .
You can buy show tickets coupled together with a signed poster at
Dan and his guitar, that even Dan warns, “Stand Back: I Don’t Know How Loud This Thing Gets”, will be representing The East Coast Blues Society. They’re having a fundraiser dance on Nov 17th.
And I’m sure there are plenty more going on, and we’ll provide updates where possible.
The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train
The CP) Holiday Train is celebrating Canada’s 150 with a great lineup of Canadian talent. It’s a terrific way to salute the holidays in your local area as the train makes its 19th annual run. Its intention is to raise money, food and awareness for local food banks.
The tour begins in Montreal on November 25 and 26. Why two dates? Because it’s not just one train – it’s two trains. They’ll pass through both the U.S. and Canada for a holiday celebration in 182 communities along CP's network.
Each stop will feature live music and it’s completely free, and the hope is attendees will donate to ease hunger in their own communities. Since its first tour in 1999, the train has raised more than C$13 million and four million pounds of food.
The Canadian Train features Colin James, Emma-Lee, Jonathan Roy and Alan Doley, while the U.S. train features Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy & Kelly Prescott. The U.S. train doesn’t just travel in the U.S. It makes Canadian stops as well. To find out when and where, check out
And one last item for the Hamilton area, November 25th it’s Shady Animal's 1ST Birthday Bash at the Hamilton Legion. Hopefully there’s one huge birthday cake 😊
Until next week keep listening to Blues and Roots Radio. Two channels so you can double your pleasure, double your fun!
Ken Wallis 😊