Maple Blues Awards

Maple Blues Awards

Johnny Orlando
March 25, 2021
by Kerry Doole

Johnny Orlando (pictured) shines on a new track with DVBBS, Credit Union Music PEI Week 2021 launches tomorrow, and the CLMA continues to lobby. Also in the news are Music Publishers Canada, Maple Blues Awards, Moneka Arabic Jazz, The MVP Project, Justin Rutledge, Women in Music Canada,  CityView Drive-In, Suzie Ungerleider, Mike Field, The Discarded, Al Qahwa Ensemble, Beams, CBC Music, and farewell Connie Bradley and Freddie Redd.

Maple Blues Award winner Ken Whiteley
February 10, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The first rounds of Maple Blues Awards winners include Ken Whiteley (pictured), The PASSPORT: Music Export Summit goes virtual this month, and the Mariposa fest is cancelled for 2021. Others in the news include Stephan Moccio, CCMA Country Music Week, the Light of Day Foundation shows, Shred Kelly, John Rowlands, TSO, The Tragically Hip, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Ontario Creates Film Fund, Bet Smith, Chin Injeti, and farewell Elliot Mazer and Mary Wilson.

Men Without Hats  Facebook photo
February 3, 2021
by Kerry Doole

The Weeknd announces a massive global tour and a new compilation, Men Without Hats (pictured) sign with Sonic Envy and Cerberus Management, and MVP Project recipients are named. Others in the news include Neon Dreams, the Denis Parker Industry Builder Award, CIMA, Maple Blues Awards, Margaret Atwood, Jon Mullane, CMW, the ANSMA Awards, and farewell Rude van Steenes, and Tom Stevens.

Jack de Keyzer  Photo: David McDonald photography
November 2, 2020
by Kerry Doole

Jack de Keyzer (pictured) leads the Maple Blues Awards nominations list, Alex Cuba to play on the Latin Grammys, and Fran Herman is remembered with a special fund. Also in the news are Teenage Head, John Orpheus, the Canadian Music Class Challenge, Glass Tiger, Noble Son, Dan Mangan, the Colonial Tavern, F.Scott and The Nighthawks, Princess Century, and farewell Jose Padilla, Bishop Rance Allen, and Lou Pallo.

May 29, 2020
by Kerry Doole

The 2021 Maple Blues Awards show will be virtual, this year’s Kensington Market Jazz Festival (pictured) heads online, and James Keast moves on from Exclaim!. Also in the news are Beth Anne Cole, The TD Markham Jazz Festival, CFMAs, Music BC, Canada Media Fund, David Myles, Crystal Shawanda, Haley Blais, Johnny A, and farewell Houdini.

Dawn Tyler Watson accepting one of her two Awards.  Photo: Greg King
February 5, 2020
by FYI Staff

Honouring the best in Canadian blues, the 23rd annual gave multiple trophies to three major talents Monday night in Toronto , including Dawn Tyler Watson who is pictured here.

Koerner Hall hosts the Maple Blues Awards
November 4, 2019
by FYI Staff

Canada's biggest blues event finds female artists leading the way as contenders for the honours on Feb. 3 in Toronto at Koerner Hall (pictured). . The list is headed by Sue Foley, Dawn Tyler Watson, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, and Miss Emily.

Jessie Reyez (left), Shad (centre) and Pup's Steve Sladkowski  Photo courtesy CBC
October 21, 2019
by Kerry Doole

Canadian musicians weigh in on today's election (pictured Jesse Reyez, Shad and Steve Sladowski), three notable artists are chasing seats, and farewell Guess Who manager Don Hunter. Others in the news include Noah '40' Shebib, Maple Blues Awards, Altameda, Taylor Swift, Stephen Fearing, Anthony Gomes, Sina Bathaie, and Nick Tosches. With video.

Northern Power Summit keynote speaker Michael Wansley
July 26, 2019
by Kerry Doole

The Northern Power Summit features rapper Wanz (pictured), Tegan and Sara announce a major North American tour and Robbie Robertson teams with Van the Man. Others in the news include 46 for 46, Loud Luxury, the Maple Blues Awards, Gordie Tentrees, Music BC, Corb Lund, Rocketman, Dave Sampson, Mississauga Music Awards, and Lennon Stella. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Colin James accepting his Songwriter of the Year Award  Photo: Greg King
February 6, 2019
by FYI Staff

The veteran from Vancouver (pictured) took home five trophies from the biggest night in Canadian blues. Also making regular trips to the podium were female musicians, with Ellen McIlwaine receiving the coveted Blues With A Feeling Award.

Carole Pope in a healthier frame of mind
January 7, 2019
by Kerry Doole

MusiCounts honours the legacy of Mike Taylor, Chad Brownlee has a new single, and the Hornby Island Blues Society is 2019's Blues Booster of the Year. Also in the news are Carole Pope (pictured), Sound of Music, Dissident Mindset, Jon Brooks, Guitar Wars, David Francey, Lady Gaga, Eliza Doyle, and farewells to Steven Ripley, and Christine McGuire. Videos added for your enjoyment.

Sue Foley  Photo: Scott Doubt
December 10, 2018
by Kerry Doole

Sue Foley (pictured) is amongst the Maple Blues Awards performers, Yo-Yo Ma serenades Montreal subway riders, and the Unison Schmoozefest is on tonight. Also in the news are West End Phoenix, Johnny Clegg, COC, CIMA, Jazzahead!, AmericanaFestUK, McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Music PEI, SOCAN, and Jill Barber. Videos added for your enjoyment.