Laura Greenberg, Matt Sobb win Maple Blues awards

Laura Greenberg and her bass won a Maple Blues Award.

Two Ottawa-area musicians walked away with hardware from the annual Maple Blues Awards held on Monday in Toronto.

Laura Greenberg took home her first Maple Blues award for bassist of the year and Matt Sobb, of Monkeyjunk, was named drummer of the year.

The night’s big winner was Vancouver’s Colin James who picked up Electric Act, Recording/Producer, and Guitarist of the Year.

Other first time winners included Hamilton’s Harrison Kennedy, Songwriter of the Year and Victoria’s Jason Buie for New Artist of the Year.

The Blues With A Feeling Award for lifetime achievement was awarded to Toronto-based Diana Braithwaite for her longtime career and commitment to blues music in Canada, while musicologist, professor, and writer Rob Bowman was presented with the Blues Booster of the Year award honouring his outstanding contribution to the Canadian blues scene.

The Cobalt Prize Contemporary Blues Composition Award went to Joe Nolan for his song All You’ve Got To Do.

Here are the winners of the 21st Annual Maple Blues Awards

Entertainer of the Year: Paul DesLauriers Band

Electric Act of the Year: Colin James

Acoustic Act of the Year: Big Dave McLean

Male Vocalist of the Year: Matt Andersen

Female Vocalist of the Year: Angel Forrest

New Artist of the Year: Jason Buie

Recording/Producer of the Year: Colin James for Blue Highways (True North); Producers: Colin James & Dave Meszaros

B.B. King International Artist of the Year: Joe Bonamassa

Songwriter of the Year: Harrison Kennedy

Blues with a Feeling Award (Lifetime Achievement Award): Diana Braithwaite

Guitarist of the Year: Colin James

Harmonica Player of the Year: Guy Bélanger

Piano/Keyboard of the Year: David Vest

Horn Player of the Year: Jon Wong

Drummer of the Year: Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)

Bassist of the Year: Laura Greenberg (JW-Jones)

Blues Booster of the Year: Rob Bowman

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.