Blues Summit 8 and the Maple Blues Awards

Had a great weekend hanging out with the blues community at the Marriot in downtown Toronto last weekend ( January 20-23, 2017).

Saw lots of great music and had some great conversations too. Looking forward to Summit 9 in 2 years to do it all over again.

The Maple Blues Awards went off again without a hitch, with performances by Steve Mariner, Sugar Brown, Shakura S’Aida, Tim Williams, Michael Kaeshammer and the Paul Deslaurier Band.

Congrats to all the winners, including the new Drummer of the Year, Sam Harrison out of Montreal. Having been nominated 11 times, and winning 7 of these awards, it was a pleasure to ‘ pass on the torch’ and to congratulate the awesome Sam Harrison for his first time win of this award.

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