MonkeyJunk triumphs with 5 Maple Blues Awards
Ottawa band MonkeyJunk extended its dominance of Canada's Maple Blues Awards, nabbing five trophies at the annual musical gala in Toronto.
The three-piece band picked up wins for entertainer of the year, recording of the year (for the group's third album, All Frequencies), songwriter of the year and electric act of the year, while vocalist and musician Steve Marriner was also singled out as harmonica player of the year.
The popular band, together for six years, now has 20 Maple Blues trophies under its belt.
Quebec artists were also among the winners at Monday night's 17th annual Maple Blues gala at Toronto's Koerner Hall.
Female vocalist of the year went to Angel Forrest, while duo Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers scored acoustic act of the year. Deslauriers was also named guitar player of the year.
Veteran artist Bob Walsh won a lifetime achievement prize.
Other winners include:
- Male vocalist: Jim Byrnes.
- New artist or group: MacKenzie Blues Band.
- Piano/keyboard player: Lance Anderson.
- Horn player: Chris Whiteley.
- Drummer: Tom Bona.
- Bassist: Gary Kendall.
- B.B. King international artist award: Tedeschi Trucks Band.
- Blues Booster award: The Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle.