Colin Linden wins SOCAN-sponsored Maple Blues 2016 Songwriter Award
Nashville-based Canadian guitarist, producer and singer-songwriter Colin Linden won the SOCAN-sponsored Songwriter of the Year honours at the 19th annual Maple Blues Awards, presented by the Toronto Blues Society on Jan. 18, 2016, at Koerner Hall in Toronto. SOCAN Foundation Manager Charlie Andrews co-presented the award to Linden, who also took home the honour for Recording/Producer of the Year for his album Rich In Love.
Montreal-based blues-rock guitarist Steve Hill was the big winner of then night, earning three awards: Entertainer, Electric Act and Guitarist of the Year. Matt Andersen won Male Vocalist of the Year for the second year in a row, and Theresa Malenfant was honoured with the Blues With a Feeling (Lifetime Achievement) Award for her lengthy career.
The gala awards ceremony was hosted by CBC radio and television personality Gil Deacon, and included outstanding performances from Maple Blues Award nominees past and present, including Linden, David Gogo, Samantha Martin, Harrison Kennedy, Cecile Doo-Kingue and John Campbelljohn..
The Maple Blues Awards are funded in part by the SOCAN Foundation. For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit the Maple Blues Awards website.