MonkeyJunk nabs 3 prizes at Maple Blues Awards

Ottawa's MonkeyJunk were once again big winners at the annual Maple Blues Awards.

New Brunswick's Matt Andersen wins 3 awards, including best entertainer

Steve Marriner of the band MonkeyJunk performs at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest in July. MonkeyJunk took home awards for best electric act, best recording and best drummer at the annual Maple Blues Awards. (Patrick Doyle/Ottawa Bluesfest/Canadian Press)

Ottawa's MonkeyJunk were once again big winners at the annual Maple Blues Awards.

The perennial honorees took home awards for best electric act, best recording and best drummer.

New Brunswick's Matt Andersen also nabbed three prizes: best entertainer, best acoustic act and best male vocalist.

Saskatoon native Suzie Vinnick won the best songwriter and best female vocalist awards.

Paul James, who has been performing for four decades, was presented with a lifetime achievement award, while Liz Sykes, president of the Ottawa Blues Society, earned a prize for her contribution to the Canadian blues music industry.

Gregg Allman was named the recipient of the B.B. King international artist of the year award.

Nominees for the Maple Blues Awards were chosen by a panel of more than 50 experts, while winners were selected by blues fans across the country.