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Seventeenth Annual Maple Blues Awards: Nominees

The nominees listed below were selected by the Maple Blues Awards Nominations Panel for their outstanding achievements in blues music in Canada over the past year.

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 and 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
BB King International Artist Of The Year
James Cotton
Dr. John
Mavis Staples
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Trampled Under Foot
Recording Of The Year
All Frequencies (Stony Plain)
  • Artist: MonkeyJunk
  • Producers: Steve Marriner, Ken Friesen
East Meets Vest (Ark-O-Matic)
  • Artist: David Vest
  • Producers: David Vest, Gary Kendall
Everybody Ought To Treat A Stranger Right (Electro-Fi)
  • Artist: Julian Fauth
  • Producers: Julian Fauth, Alec Fraser, Andrew Galloway
Mother Tongue Blues (Morning Star)
  • Artist: Angel Forrest
  • Producer: Denis Coulombe, Angel Forrest, Dimitri Lebel-Alexandre
One of A Kind (Iguane)
  • Artist: Ben Racine Band
  • Producer: Ben Racine Band
Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)
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
MonkeyJunk - Steve Marriner, Matt Sobb and Tony Diteodoro