Nominees for the Maple Blues Awards are selected by a distinguished panel of some 50 blues experts. Co-Chaired by the steering committee consisting of John Valenteyn, Yanick Theriault, Terry Parsons, and Brant Zwicker, the panel includes radio hosts, journalists, and festival organizers regionally distributed across Canada. Members of the Nominating Panel are not eligible for any of the awards.
Winners in instrumental categories — guitar, harmonica, piano/keyboards, horn, drum, and bass — will be determined by the Nominating Panel. Winners in all other categories will be selected by blues fans across the country!
The winners of the Twenty-First Annual Maple Blues Awards will be announced at the Annual Maple Blues Awards Gala in Toronto, on January 15, 2018 at TELUS Centre for the Performing Arts: Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
This very special evening is Canada's national annual celebration of homegrown blues talent. It's also a night of great music with performances by some of this year's nominees backed by the all-star Maple Blues Band and hosted by ShoShona Kish of Digging Roots.
Online voting is open from November 1st, 2017 at 12:01 am Newfoundland Daylight Time, through December 1st, 2017 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time.