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January 17, 2007

Maple Blues Awards Led by Western Canadian Musicians

Written by
cindy mcleod

Canadian blues music news

Saskatchewan’s Suzie Vinnick Captures 3 Maple Blues Awards

The 10th Annual Maple Blues Awards were handed out in Toronto on Monday, with Western Canadian musicians capturing half of the 16 trophies.

Saskatchewan’s Suzie Vinnick led the way, taking home three awards, Female Vocalist of the Year, Bass Player of the the Year, and sharing the honor for Songwriter of the Year with Rick Fines for their 2006 release Nothing Halfway.

Vancouver’s Jim Byrnes, who also hosted the gala event, received the Male Vocalist of the Year and Recording of the Year honours, and Electric Act of the Year went to Regina native Colin James.

Ontario artists took home six of the awards, including the veteran group Downchild Blues Band, who won the Entertainer of the Year award for the second year running.

Ottawa’s Sue Foley took the Guitarist of the Year Award, adding the 18th trophy to her collection and making her the recipient of more honours than any musician in the history of event.

Singer-songwriter and producer Colin Linden was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award, while US producer/recording artist Keb Mo captured the prize for International Artist of the Year.

Filmaker Mako Funasaka received the Blues Booster of the Year Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to blues music in Canada for his “Talkin’ Blues” television series, aired on Bravo Canada.

for more information visit www.mapleblues.ca

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