Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre - 1233 Wellington at Holland
Sunday, November 2 @ 8 pm; tickets $20 at the GCTC box office or by phone 613-236-5196
Enthralled with the harmonica at an early age, Steve studied the great Chicago harp players while immersing himself in the music of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, among others. At age 14, he won the Ottawa Blues Harp Blow-Off and appeared at Bluesfest that year. Rooted in traditional Blues, Steve’s original songs are delivered with passion and emotion. He is widely recognized as one of Canada’s premier blues harp players and has toured in Canada, the US, the U.K. and Australia.
This show will be recorded live by CBC, for a later broadcast on the Canada Live show, hosted by Alan Neil.
Steve has just been nominated for a 2009 Maple Blues Award in the Harmonica category. See below for the Maple Blues Awards press release and a complete list of nominees.
FRESH CROP OF CONTENDERS FOR 2009 MAPLE BLUES AWARD NOMINATIONS
- JEFF HEALEY BLUES BAND LEADS THE WAY
TORONTO - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2008 - Blues fans will be thrilled with the many new faces filling the ballot for this year's Twelfth Annual Maple Blues Awards, Canada's national award program that promotes and recognizes outstanding achievement in blues music. Nominees from Atlantic Canada to BC have been announced for 2009 and voting begins online at www.mapleblues.
Although there is a strong showing from all across this blues land of ours, of the sixteen Maple Blues Awards categories, the late guitarist extraordinaire Jeff Healey and his blues band lead the nominations with a total of seven - including Entertainer, Electric Artist, Guitarist and Recording of the Year (for his posthumous album Mess of Blues). Healey's seasoned accompanists Al Webster, Dave Murphy and Alec Fraser are each nominated in their respective instrumental categories.
Barrelhouse blues pianist Julian Fauth and veteran act Downchild are next in line, earning four nominations apiece. Fauth's honours include one in the recording category for his current album, Ramblin' Son, while Downchild's include two in instrumental categories for Michael Fonfara and Pat Carey. Following closely with three nominations each are Maritimer and "funkabilly-
Fresh new faces not seen on the ballot last year are predominant in the instrumental categories: Seventeen of the 30 nominees are new, including JW-Jones and Curley Bridges. Not to mention New Artist of the Year contenders Daddy Long Legs, Keith Hallett, Marshall Lawrence, Monkey Junk and Sojourners. Multiple Drummer of the Year recipient, Maureen Brown, is also back in the race.
Returning this year are Atlantic blues faves Thom Swift, who garnered two nods, Tom Easley (Hot Toddy) and Geoff Arsenault (Morgan Davis/Thom Swift). Montreal is well represented, with recognitions going to Ray Bonneville (with two nods), Guy Belanger, Stephen Barry, Bob Walsh and Michael Jerome Browne, all with one each and last year's Maple Blues host Dawn Tyler Watson, with two. Ontario raises up past Maple Blues winners Jack de Keyzer, Shakura S'Aida, Suzie Vinnick, Carlos Del Junco and Chris Whiteley, among others. The West has an increased presence this year, with distinctions going to Big Dave McLean - who has been making a big impact on the music scene of late - receiving two noms, as well as Amos Garrett, Dave Babcock, Harry Manx, bassist Keith Picot and drummer Chris Nordquist of The Twisters.
Of special note is the 2009 BLUES BOOSTER OF THE YEAR AWARD (selected by the
Toronto Blues Society Board of Directors) which will go to the affectionately known "Professor of Rock n' Roll" Rob Bowman for his outstanding contributions to the Canadian Blues industry. Bowman is a five-time Grammy Award nominee, and one-time winner (in 1996 for Best Album
Notes for his 47,000-word monograph accompanying the 10-CD boxed set of The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975, which he co-produced)
The funky academic and music spokesperson has many broadcast credits as well, including a five-part radio series on the history of Canadian popular music and frequent guest spots on CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera. Besides being a musician himself, Bowman has also authored a book called Soulsville, U.S.A. - The Story of Stax Records (1997), about the legendary Memphis-based record label. Upon hearing the news of his award, Bowman had this to say, "For years I have admired the work done by those behind the Maple Blues Awards in acknowledging the great blues music made by Canadian musicians and I am extremely honoured to have been chosen to receive the "Blues Booster of the Year Award."
All nominees are selected by a distinguished panel of blues experts from across Canada, and winners are selected by the votes of Canadian blues fans.
Voting begins online at www.mapleblues.
2008 MAPLE BLUES NOMINEES
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Big Dave McLean
Dawn Tyler Watson
ELECTRIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jack de Keyzer
ACOUSTIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Big Dave McLean
Michael Jerome Browne
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
John Mays (Fathead)
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dawn Tyler Watson
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Daddy Long Legs
RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Amos Garrett/Get Way Back/Stony Plain
Jeff Healey /Mess of Blues/Stony Plain
Julian Fauth/Ramblin' Son/Electro-
Ray Bonneville/Goin' By Feel/Red House
Treasa Levasseur/Low Fidelity/Slim Chicken
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Watermelon Slim and the Workers
GUITARIST OF THE YEAR
HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Carlos Del Junco
PIANO/KEYBOARD PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dave Murphy (Jeff Healey Blues Band)
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Michael Fonfara (Downchild)
HORN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dave Babcock (Amos Garrett)
Pat Carey (Downchild)
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
Al Webster (Jeff Healey Blues Band)
Bucky Berger (Fathead)
Chris Nordquist (Colin James & many others)
Geoff Arsenault (Morgan Davis)
BASSIST OF THE YEAR
Alan Duffy (Jack De Keyzer)
Alec Fraser (Jeff Healey Blues Band & Broken Joe)
Keith Picot (The Twisters)
Tom Easley (Hot Toddy)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
BLUES BOOSTER OF THE YEAR
The Maple Blues Awards are supported by FACTOR and the Government of Canada
through the Canadian Music Fund, the SOCAN Foundation, SOCAN, the Ontario
Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, the City of Toronto through the
Toronto Arts Council, KMP Designs Inc., Stony Plain Records, Long & McQuade
Musical Instruments and CBC Radio/Saturday Night Blues.
Toronto Blues Society