The 26th annual Maple Blues Awards ceremony unfolded last night at Harbourfront Centre, featuring performances by AV Ann Vriend, Blue Moon Marquee, Meghan Parnell and Dave Barnes (of Bywater Call), Kevin Harvey and Neil Elsemore (of the Durham County Poets), Paul Reddick and Kyle Ferguson and hosted by Quisha Wint.
This year’s winners represent an array of blues veterans and favourite newcomers.
Congratulations to all!
Female Vocalist of the Year: Suzie Vinnick
Male Vocalist of the Year: Matt Andersen
Drummer of the Year: Jim Casson
Piano/Keyboard player of the Year: Jesse O’Brien
New Artist/Group of the Year: Angelique Francis
Blues Booster Award: Patrick Monaghan
Acoustic Act of the Year: Blue Moon Marquee
Electric Act of he Year: Colin James
Harmonica Player of the Year: Steve Marriner
Horn Player of the Year: Alison Young
Guitarist of the Year: Sue Foley
Bassist of the Year: Angelique Francis
B.B. King International Artist of the Year: Mavis Staples
Recording/Producer of the Year: Blue Moon Marquee
Blues with a Feeling Award: Harrison Kennedy
Songwriter of the Year: Blue Moon Marquee