17th Annual Maple Blues Awards

Maple Blues Awards is Canada's major Blues accolade hosted by the Toronto Blues Society. In its 17th year, Maple Blues Awards serves as one of the major Blues administration in NOrtn America. Winners in the Maple Blues Awards instrumental categories are chosen by the nominating panel; all the other award winners are chosen by Blues fans from across Canada. It is  vote based and open for Canadian citizens only.

The awards ceremony was held 20th January at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ontario. MonkeyJunk, still being a new band, grabbed five wins. Complete list of winners and nominees is below. Winners are in bold.

Entertainer of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
Shakura S'Aida
Steve Strongman
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

Electric Act of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
Bill Durst
David Gogo

Acoustic Act of the Year
Brandon Isaak
Dawn Tyler Watson & Paul Deslauriers
Harrison Kennedy
Little Miss Higgins
Michael Jerome Browne

Male Vocalist of the Year
Bob Walsh
Charlie A'Court
Donald Ray Johnson
Harrison Kennedy
Jim Byrnes

Female Vocalist of the Year
Angel Forrest
Dawn Tyler Watson
Layla Zoe
Shakura S'aida
Treasa Levasseur

New Artist or Group of the Year
Brant Parker Blues Band
Declan O'Donovan
Denis Viel
James Buddy Rogers
The Mackenzie Blues Band

B.B. King International Artist of the Year
James Cotton
Dr. John
Mavis Staples
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Trampled Under Foot

Recording of the Year
MonkeyJunk – All Frequencies (Stony Plain)
David Vest – East Meets Vest (Ark-O-Matic)
Julian Fauth – Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right (Electro-Fi)
Angel Forrest – Mother Tongue Blues (Morning Star)
Ben Racine Band – One of A Kind (Iguane)

Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement)
Alec Fraser
Danny Brooks
Ellen McIlwaine
Joe Murphy
Ken Whiteley
Michael Fonfara
Stephen Barry
Tom Lavin
Michael Jerome Browne
Brent Parkin
Bob Walsh
Jim Zeller
Nannette Workman
Theresa Malenfant
John Dickie

Guitar Player of the Year
David Gogo
Kevin Breit
Paul Deslauriers
Steve Strongman
Tony D (MonkeyJunk)

Harmonica Player of the Year
Carlos del Junco
David Rotundo
Guy Bélanger
Shawn Hall (The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer) 
Steve Marriner

Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year
David Vest
Graham Guest
Julian Fauth
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Lance Anderson

Horn Player of the Year
Al Lerman (Fathead) 
Chris Whiteley
Frank Thiffault (Ben Racine) 
Jon Wong (The 24th Street Wailers)
Shirley Jackson

Drummer of the Year
Bucky Berger
Chris Nordquist
Dave King (Steve Strongman) 
Sam Harrisson (Paul Deslauriers) 
Tom Bona (Soulstack)

Bassist of the Year
Alec Fraser
Gary Kendall (David Vest, Downchild)
Keith Picot (Brandon Isaak)
Omar Tunnoch (Fathead) 
Russell Jackson

Songwriter of the Year
Brandon Isaak
Charlie A'Court
Harrison Kennedy
Julian Fauth
Steve Marriner, Matt Sobb & Tony Diteodoro (MonkeyJunk)