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Canada’s 15th Maple Blues Awards winners: Allman, Andersen, MonkeyJunk

Newly signed to eOne Music (well, the Allman Brothers are) Gregg Allman was named international artist of the year, while New Brunswick bluesman Matt Andersen was named the year’s top acoustic act, male vocalist and entertainer at Canada’s 15th Maple Blues Awards ceremonies.

Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk earned awards for best electric act, best recording and best drummer. Saskatoon native Suzie Vinnick won the best songwriter and best female vocalist awards.

Nominees for the annual Maple Blues Awards are chosen by a panel of more than 50 experts; winners are then selected by blues fans across this very chilly today country.

The full list of winners from the 15th annual Maple Blues Awards:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Matt Andersen

ELECTRIC ACT OF THE YEAR
Monkey Junk

ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR
Matt Andersen

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Matt Andersen

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Suzie Vinnick

NEW ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce

RECORDING OF THE YEAR
To Behold, by Monkey Junk

Blues With A Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement)
Paul James

BB KING INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Gregg Allman

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Steve Strongman

HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Carlos del Junco

PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne

HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Chris Whiteley

DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Matt Sobb (of Monkey Junk)

BASSIST OF THE YEAR
Alec Fraser

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
Suzie Vinnick

BLUES BOOSTER OF THE YEAR
Liz Sykes (President of the Ottawa Blues Society)