Eric Alper Public Relations and the artists and labels I work with earn 27 nominations at the Maple Blues Awards

Talented blues artists from coast-to-coast will gather in Toronto on February 3rd, 2019 to celebrate the 23rd annual Maple Blues Awards. Eric Alper Public Relations and the fab artists and labels I work with earned a total of 27 nominations.

Leading the way for nominations is Sue Foley who has been nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Guitarist of the Year and Drummer of the Year for Tom Bona. A first-time nominee, Miss Emily has been nominated for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

Nominees for the 23rd Annual Maple Blues Awards

Entertainer of the Year
Downchild Blues Band
Miss Emily
Sue Foley

Electric Act of the Year
Colin James
Sue Foley

Acoustic Act of the Year
Manx Marriner Mainline
Matt Andersen
Michael Jerome Browne

Male Vocalist of the Year
Matt Andersen
Steve Marriner

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miss Emily

New Artist of the Year
Durham County Poets
Miss Emily

Recording/Producer of the Year
Colin Linden Luther Dickinson – Amour / Stony Plain (Colin Linden)
Matt Andersen – Halfway Home By Morning / True North (Steve Dawson)

Songwriter of the Year
Big Dave McLean
Colin Linden
Sue Foley

Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award)
Michael Jerome Browne

Guitarist of the Year
Sue Foley

Harmonica Player of the Year
Steve Marriner

Piano/Keyboard of the Year
Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

Drummer of the Year
Gary Craig (Colin Linden, Steve Dawson)
Tom Bona (Sue Foley)

Bassist of the Year
Gary Kendall

Registration and voting for the 23rd Annual Maple Blues Awards will be open to the Canadian public from November 1st, 2019 at 12:01 am Newfoundland Daylight Time, through December 1st, 2019 at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time. Register at