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Tuesday, November 19, 2013



Performers include nominees MonkeyJunk, The 24th Street Wailers, Charlie A'Court, David Vest, and Little Miss Higgins

(November 18, 2013) Toronto, ON – Montreal’s Queen of the Blues Dawn Tyler Watson and Ottawa’s JW-Jones, both accomplished and internationally recognized blues artists, are set to take command of the "blues goes uptown" not-to-be-missed night out.
Watson and Jones will both perform at the upcoming 17th annual Maple Blues Awards gala on January 20, 2014 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues celebration, recognizing outstanding musical achievement and gathering blues musicians and music fans from across the country each year.

In addition to performances from the hosts, a cast of some of Canada’s notable and emerging new blues talent will be performing at the gala concert and are all current or past nominees. This year the performers include Juno Award winners MonkeyJunk from Ottawa, The 24th Street Wailers from Toronto, Nova Scotia bluesman Charlie A'Court, British Columbia’s David Vest, and Saskatchewan’s Little Miss Higgins, all backed by The Maple Blues Band featuring current and past Maple Blues Award nominees and winners Gary Kendall, Michael Fonfara, Teddy Leonard, Al Lerman, Tom Bona, Chris Whiteley, Pat Carey and Chris Murphy.  Following the awards and concert will be the popular after-party featuring live music and performances from some of the evening’s winners.
The January 20th gala event is considered to be the premier blues event of the year. Tickets for the not-to-be-missed Maple Blues Awards, held at The Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $35 - $65 and can be purchased at the Weston Family Box Office, located in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, by phone at (416) 408-0208 or online at Charter members of Toronto Blues Society can purchase tickets at a discount of $28.00.
Voting for the Maple Blues Awards started on November 1, and over 1300 blues fans from across Canada have registered their votes. Voting is open to Canadian blues fans until 12AM Pacific Standard Time on December 7th, 2013. Visit
Toronto Blues Society is a registered charity organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues. The Royal Conservatory's magnificent Koerner Hall is a 1,135-seat venue designed in the tradition of the classic “shoebox” venues of Europe. Recognized as being among the world’s greatest concert halls, the Toronto Star has called it "the best concert venue in Toronto." 

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