2020 Maple Blues Award Winners are…

Canada’s Blues Awards Program promotes blues music and recognizes outstanding achievements in comprehensive national best in the blues field was held once again inside the stellar Koerner Hall in Toronto located at 273 Bloor Street West. The event was just a hopping with stupendous talent as congratulations went out to all nominees and recipients upon February 3rd, 2020’s 23rd Annual MAPLE BLUES AWARDS! Drum roll please…the winners are:

Entertainer of the Year: Downchild Blues Band

Electric Act of the Year: Colin James

Acoustic Act of the Year: Matt Andersen

Male Vocalist of the Year: Matt Andersen

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miss Emily

New Artist of the Year: Miss Emily

Recording/Producer of the Year: Dawn Tyler Watson/ François Thiffault

B.B. King International Artist of the Year: Buddy Guy

Songwriter of the Year: Dawn Tyler Watson

Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award): Michael Jerome Browne

Guitarist of the Year: Paul Deslauriers

Harmonica Player of the Year: Harpdog Brown and Steve Marriner

Piano/Keyboard of the Year: Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne

Horn Player of the Year: Chris Whiteley and Mat Mousseau

Drummer of the Year: Tom Bona

Bassist of the Year: Alec McElcheran

Blues Booster of the Year: Brian Blain

The sixth annual COBALT Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition Award goes to Rich Junco for his song “Cope“, while the first runner up was Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes

An amazing performance by our hostess Raha Javanfar with special guests, students from The Regent Park School of Music, all backed by the awards house band The Maple Blues Band.

A new addition to the #MapleBlues2020 program is the Sapphire Video Award. Congratulations to Miss
for her winning entry “Hold Back The River”

The Maple Blues Band has been a cornerstone of the annual Maple Blues Awards Ceremony in Toronto since 1999. This world class, eight member group includes some of Canada’s highly respected blues musicians, all of whom are multiple Maple Blues Award winners and nominees. Providing the MBA’s musical background and theme, The Maple Blues Band also accompanies all the special guests who perform as part of that special night. Incredible performances by:


Stay tuned for the 24th annual Maple Blues Awards in 2021 by staying I’m tune at: https://www.mapleblues.ca