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Canadian Blues Stars Shine at 25th Annual Maple Blues Awards

Canadian Blues Stars Shine at 25th Annual Maple Blues Awards

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TORONTO (CelebrityAccess) – Canadian Blues artists, industry, and fans gathered at Koerner Hall in Toronto on Monday (June 20) to celebrate the return of in-person live music and the 25th annual Maple Blues Awards. The gala event was hosted by Ottawa dynamo Angelique Francis.

The big winner of the night was Steve Marriner. He won four awards, including Acoustic Act of the Year (Steve Marriner/David Gogo), Harmonica Player of the Year, Recording of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year. Other multiple award winners were Colin James, who took home awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and Electric Act of the Year.  Sue Foley won awards for Guitarist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. The Maple Blues Awards also honored up-and-coming artists with the New Artist of the Year award, which went to The Lowdown Dirty Mojos.

This year there was a tie for the Blues Booster of the Year award, shared by Kitchener Blues Festival Artistic Director Claude Cloutier and long-time St. John’s Newfoundland radio host and champion of Canadian artists Terry Parsons. Toronto vocalist Shakura S’Aida was voted the winner of the Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) by the public for her long career as a powerhouse performer, actress, and mentor.

Male Vocalist of the Year
Colin James
Female Vocalist of the Year
Miss Emily
Drummer of the Year
Lindsay Beaver
Keyboard Player of the Year
David Vest
New Artist /Group of the Year
The Lowdown Dirty Mojos
Blues Booster of the Year (tied)
Claude Cloutier & Terry Parsons
Acoustic Act of the Year
Steve Marriner/David Gogo
Electric Act of the Year
Colin James
Harmonica Player of the Year
Steve Marriner
Horn Player of the Year
Allison Young
Guitarist of the Year
Sue Foley
Bassist of the Year
Keith Picot
International Artist of the Year
Bonnie Raitt
Recording/ Producer of the Year
Steve Marriner – Hope Dies Last (Stony Plain)
Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Shakura S’Aida
Songwriter of the Year
Steve Marriner
Entertainer of the Year
Sue Foley

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