Maple Blues Awards Features Best Blues Artists from Winnipeg, Orillia, Kitchener, Kingston, Montreal and Toronto- Feb. 3 2020, Toronto

I don’t typically cut ‘n’ paste news releases, but Sarah French does me right so only fair I spread the word.

Gala Hosted by Toronto’s Persian Heritage
Multi-Instrumentalist Raha Javanfar aka Bad Luck Woman!

The Maple Blues Awards will be the blues party of the year as the performers for the gala event are some of the best and brightest on the Canadian Blues Scene.  
The February 3rd awards gala and concert will feature performances from nominees including Big Dave McLean, who is nominated for Acoustic Act of the Year and Songwriter of the Year, Matchedash Parish who are nominated for New Artist or Group of the Year and Recording/Producer of the Year, Miss Emily who has been nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and New Artist or Group of the Year, Dawn Tyler Watson who is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Recording/Producer of the Year and Michael Jerome Browne, who is nominated for Acoustic Act of the Year and Blues With A Feeling (Lifetime Achievement). 
In addition to this stellar line-up of performers, hostess of the Maple Blue Awards, Raha Javanfar (Bad Luck Woman) will be performing with special guests, students from The Regent Park School of Music. Downchild’s Gary Kendall (bass) leads the hand-picked Maple Blues Band selected to back up artists through the gala affair, including Pat Carey (horn), Teddy Leonard (guitar), Al Lerman (horn/harp), Howard Moore (trumpet), Jim Casson (drums), Lance Anderson (keyboards), and Alison Young (horn). 
Following the performances and awards ceremony will be the ever-popular after-party and jam, hosted by Blackburn Brothers in the lobby of Koerner Hall. The 23rd annual Maple Blues Awards will be held on February 3, 2020. The gala event is considered to be the premier blues event of the year. Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards are available online at or at the Koerner Hall box office (The Weston Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto) or by phone at (416) 408-0208. Public tickets are on sale and TBS Charter Members can get the best available seats to the show for 25% discounted tickets anywhere in the hall. Tickets start at only $35. 
Koerner Hall is The Royal Conservatory’s 1,135-seat performance venue. It is beloved for its architectural beauty and architectural acoustic excellence. Since opening, it has hosted hundreds of concerts and events reaching more than one million individuals around the world. Koerner Hall is celebrating its 10th anniversary season in 2018-19. To learn more or purchase tickets, please visit

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