Representing a diverse cross-section of the immeasurable talents of Canadian blues musicians, The Toronto Blues Society will be celebrating the 19th annual Maple Blues Awards by honouring nationally and internationally recognized Canadian blues artists from across the country on January 18th, 2016. Cordova Bay Records' blues musicians David Gogo and David Vest have both received nominations this year.
Blues guitar virtuoso David Gogo released his newest studio album Vicksburg Call on September 4th, 2015, and is currently touring it across Canada and in the Netherlands. Gogo won Guitarist of the Year in 2002 and 2004. This year, David Gogo is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, and Guitarist of the Year.
David Vest has been nominated for Piano Player of the Year, a category he won in 2014 and 2012.
Voting for this year's Maple Blues Awards goes live Wednesday, November 4 at 11:59pm Newfoundland Daylight Time (10:29pm EST). Blues fans across Canada can vote online for their favourite blues musicians in the eligible categories until December 4. Register at www.mapleblues.ca.
Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards, held at the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $40-$75 and can be purchased at The Western Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto, by phone at RCM box office (416) 408-0208 or online at https://tickets.rcmusic.ca/public. Contact The Toronto Blues Society for member discounts.
The 19th Annual Maple Blues Award Nominees
Entertainer of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
Electric Act of the Year
The 24th Street Wailers
Acoustic Act of the Year
Big Dav McLean
Michael Jerome Browne
Male Vocalist of the Year
John Knight (Soulstack)
Female Vocalist of the Year
New Artist or Group of the Year
Kirby Swell Band
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
B.B. King International Artist of the Year
Recording/Producer of the Year
Big Dave McLean Faded But Not Gone (Black Hen); Producer: Steve Dawson
Colin Linden Rich In Love (Stony Plain); Producers: Colin Linden, John Dymond & Gary Craig
Harrison Kennedy This is From Here (Electro-Fi); Producers: Harrison Kennedy & Jesse O'Brien
John Campbelljohn Chin Up (Nood); Producer: John Campbelljohn
Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar Send The Nightingale (Rench); Producer: Rench
Guitarist of the Year
Michael Jerome Browne
Harmonica Player of the Year
Steve Marriner (MonkyJunk)
Piano or Keyboard Player of the Year
Duane Blackburn (Blackburn)
Jesse O'Brien (Harrison Kennedy)
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Mark Wessenger (Soulstack)
Horn Player of the Year
Al Lerman (Fathead)
Frank Thiffault (Ben Racine Band)
Jon Wong (The 24th Street Wailers)
Richard Thornton (Jack de Keyzer)
Drummer of the Year
Chris Nordquist (Cannery Row)
Dave King (Steve Strongman)
Lindsay Beaver (The 24th Street Wailers)
Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)
Tom Bona (Soulstack, Raoul & the Big Time)
Bassist of the Year
Alan Duffy (Jack de Keyzer)
Alec Fraser (Rick Fines)
Keither Picot (Twisters)
Leigh-Anne Stanton (Wicked Grin)
Owen Owen Owen (Dalannah & Owen)
Songwriter of the Year
Big Dave McLean
Blues With A Feeling (Lifetime Achievement)
Michael Jerome Brown
October 29, 2015
Here's what David has to say about the new album:
"Hey, hey! The big day is finally here! The official release of Vicksburg Call. Over the past month we have been sending copies to the media and previewing the new material at our live shows and the reaction has been amazing! The band and I are very proud of this release and can't wait to work as many of the new songs as possible into our repertoire and get out there in that land and play 'em for you!"
Early Reviews for Vicksburg Call
"The upbeat, high energy songs continue through the whole album... I was instantly hooked... if you have a chance to see him at any of his upcoming tour dates, don't hesitate." - Canadian Beats
"Posessed of first-rate chops and pipes, British Columbian blues rocker David Gogo ups the ante... Seriously smokin' fretwork is abundant throughout." - Roots Music Report
"Vicksburg Call contains some of his best songwriting to date - it may even be THE album of his career... it isn't just a great blues album, it's one of the best discs I've heard all year, period." - The Record Box / Gonzo Online
New Video for Coulda Shoulda Woulda
We've also released the third video of the three part series introducing some of the songs on the album. This video is for Coulda Shoulda Woulda.
September 4, 2015
Pre-order Vicksburg Call Now
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Cuts Me To The Bone and Our Last Goodbye
Today we are officially announcing that David Gogo's 14th album, Vicksburg Call, will be released on September 4th, 2015. This video for Cuts Me To The Bone is the first of three videos we made to introduce some of his favourite songs on the album.
Pre-order the album now to instantly download Cuts Me To The Bone and Our Last Goodbye. BONUS! The first 75 physical CDs ordered will be autographed.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
For more information visit www.davidgogo.com
|August 14||Calabogie, ON||Class Axe Calabogie Blues & Ribfest|
|August 21||Nanaimo, BC||Moose Hall|
|August 29||Prince George, BC||Woof Stock Music Festival|
|August 30||Vancouver, BC||PNE Mosaic Concert Series|
|September 5||Nanaimo, BC||Fascinating Rhythm|
|September 11||Cumberland, BC||Waverly Hotel|
|September 19||Kamloops, BC||The Bassment|
|September 25||Maple Creek, SK||Ghost Town Blues|
|October 1||Calgary, AB||Ironwood Stage and Grill|
|October 3||Edmonton, AB||B Street Bar|
|October 4||Red Deer, AB||Fratter's Speakeasy|
|October 10||Victoria, BC||Tally Ho Sports Bar|
|October 16||Thorold, ON||Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival|
|October 30||Duncan, BC||Duncan Showroom|
|November 28||Amersfoort, NE||De Flint|
|December 4||Delfzijl, NE||Theatre De Molenburg|
|December 5||Rotterdam, NE||L'Esprit|
August 14, 2015
Hey folks, I'm really excited to be announcing my 14th studio album today. It's called Vicksburg Call, and it's going to be coming out September 4th. Pre-orders will be available on August 14th.
I wanted this album to have more of a “band” feel to it, rather than just going into the studio and basically dictating the parts to the musicians. I also wanted as many songs as possible to have a very live feel and be easily transferrable to the stage.
In the time that has passed since the last album, there has been a lot of loss in my life with the passing of friends and colleagues in the world of music. There were many sad days, but also tears of joy when I think back at fond memories from my time on the road. Relationships can also have their ups and downs as the years pass by, and many of my new songs deal with this. I tried to write from many viewpoints of love and loss, reconciliation, regret, acceptance and hope for new horizons.
I had a lot of fun making Vicksburg Call and I'm really looking forward to taking it on the road and playing it live.
July 27, 2015
We're just putting the finishing touches on the new album, and I am very pleased with the results! It has been a very collaborative effort - really feels like a "band" project. We decided going in that we wanted the songs to be very trio oriented and transferable to the stage so we could easily rock the songs in a live setting. The album mostly has that riff rockin' feel, and when you hear the beats, you'll jump out of your seat! We played a few of them at a recent show and they went over very well.
We also recorded two ballads. One is an original that reaches an epic buildup during the vamping chorus that takes the song out. The other is an unexpected cover (top secret!) that has literally brought tears to the eyes of people we have played it for!
I feel that the album is my strongest to date.
We also have some very special guests including the legendary Kim Simmonds from Savoy Brown and Shawn Hall from The Harpoonist And The Axe Murderer!
After the initial release on CD and iTunes, we will be pressing vinyl copies for the first time in my career! I am very excited about this project and look forward to getting on the road to bring it to you!
June 4, 2015
David Gogo has been busy this past month. Not only has he been playing sold out shows through Western Canada, but he’s also been recording demos for a new album.
March 4, 2015
Cordova Bay Records is very excited to congratulate David Gogo for his nomination at the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards. The WCMA nominees were announced earlier today and Gogo's latest album, Come On Down, is up for Blues Recording of the Year.
The WCMAs consist of an interactive three-day music industry conference, a two-day multi-genre music festival and two awards shows - the Industry Awards, honouring people behind the scenes, and the Western Canadian Music Awards honouring the outstanding achievements of Western Canadian recording artists. The WCMAs are presented by the Western Canadian Music Alliance, made up of the Alberta Music Industry Association, SaskMusic, Manitoba Music, Music Yukon, and Music BC. Anyone belonging to one of these five associations is eligible to vote for the Awards.
This year's festival and awards will be held in Winnipeg from October 3rd to 5th.
This year's music award nominees are:Aboriginal Recording of the Year
June 4, 2014
It was a fabulous weekend for rock guitarist David Gogo at the 2014 Juno Awards in Winnipeg. He spent time locked in discussion with industry leading artists and back room dignitaries sharing stories, whiskey and music!
Being nominated for the 4th time, Gogo, is well versed in the culture and myth that surrounds the festivities. That knowledge has allowed him to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that the weekend offers.
David wishes Downchild Blues Band sincere congratulations for winning in the Blues Album of The Year category and hopes to cross paths with the lads later in the year.
The weekend in Winnipeg provided ample opportunities to practice the fine arts of outdoor warming techniques and partying skills. It also provided wonderful performance opportunities with artists normally scattered across the country and beyond. Gogo had some wonderful times playing with Steve Marriner (MonkeyJunk), Tony D (MonkeyJunk), Roberto Occhipinti (bass player/producer) and Fred Penner - yes, that Fred Penner - at the Gibson Guitar party after the Juno Gala on Saturday night. Opening for them on the evening was Juno honouree - Randy Bachman.
The Red Carpet gave Gogo the opportunity to air his wonderful handmade white coat:
People were remarking about his fashion sense and choices of attire. It was all favourable, of course!
But, there was more! Sharing the stage with Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) while Gogo played Jim Cuddy’s guitar, the pair shredded it up during a spirited jam with Shakura S’Aida. Is there a new Canadian super group in the making?
The award season isn’t over. The Indie Award nominees where recently announced and David Gogo’s name was again on the list. He is nominated for Blues Album of the Year.
All this heady stuff hasn’t been lost on the lad, but Gogo is now readying for his return to the road.
April 1, 2014
We are very excited to announce that David Gogo has been nominated Blues Artist of the Year for the 2014 SiriusXM Indie Awards!
David is one of Canada’s hardest working and most prolific blues guitar virtuosos, having released thirteen albums to date. We are very honoured to be able to work with someone who is so talented and dedicated to his craft.
Nominees for BLUES ARTIST/GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR are:
David Gogo (Cordova Bay Records)
Downchild (eOne Music Canada)
Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five (Independent)
MonkeyJunk (Stony Plain Records)
Sunday Wilde (Independent)
A full list of nominees can be found at indies.ca/2014-nominees
The SiriusXM Indies acknowledge, promote, and honour achievements of Canadian and international artists in the independent music sector. Both public and industry votes decide the winners. Fans can vote online for their favourites as of Monday, March 31st at www.indies.ca. The winners will be presented on Saturday May 10th, 2014, at the Kool Haus in Toronto for Canadian Music Week.
March 21, 2014
The nominees for the 2014 Juno Awards were announced in Toronto this morning, and we are extremely pleased to tell you that David Gogo has received a nomination for Blues Album of the Year for Come On Down!
He is in very good company in his category and we extend congratulations to all of this year's nominees.
BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Come on Down — David Gogo
Can You Hear the Music — Downchild
Soulscape — Harrison Kennedy
My Guitar’s My Only Friend — James Buddy Rogers
All Frequencies — MonkeyJunk
A complete list of the 2014 Juno nominees can be found here.
This year’s Juno Awards will be held in Winnipeg, with televised awards and performances airing on Sunday, March 30, 2014.
February 4, 2014