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Winners of the 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards


Maple Blues Awards


January 19, 2015 (Toronto) - Blue Monday, thought to be the most depressing day of the year, was anything but last night Toronto’s Koerner Hall, as internationally renowned Canadian Blues Artists from coast-to-coast were honoured by their peers at the 18th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala.



ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Steve Hill


ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR

Steve Hill


ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR

Brandon Isaak


MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Matt Andersen


FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Angel Forrest


NEW ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR

Wicked Grin


RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Steve Hill Solo Recordings Vol. 2 No Label Records; Producer: Steve Hill


BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD (Lifetime Achievement)

Nanette Workman


BB KING INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Johnny Winter


GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Steve Hill


HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tied: Guy Belanger and Harpdog Brown


PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR

David Vest


HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jon Wong


DRUMMER OF THE YEAR

Tom Bona


BASSIST OF THE YEAR

Greg Morency


SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Angel Forrest


BLUES BOOSTER OF THE YEAR

Peter North


An additional award was handed out last night as the winners of the first ever Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition were announced. The creator and benefactor of the award, musician Paul Reddick, presented Digging Roots the grand prize for their song “Hwy 17”, with Rob Lutes and Samantha Martin announced as runners up.





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