Leading up the event, which will be hosted by Juno-winning guitarist Colin James (who has produced some of McLean’s albums), will be the first ever Blues Summit. The Summit gives Canada's blues community - including musicians, festival organizers, record companies, and fans alike - the opportunity to gather together. Both the Blues Summit and the Maple Blues Awards, are part of the year-long program of events organized by the 600-member Toronto Blues Society.
McLean has been part of the Canadian music scene for over 28 years, having released three albums and appearing on several other albums. He can often be heard at Time Change(d) High & Lonesome Club, where newer and younger generations can witness his incredible talent.
"Dave McLean has been stalwartly keeping up the blues tradition for years," said James in a previously-printed interview. "I first heard him when I was nine, he blew me away then and he still does today.”
Nominees for the Blues with a Feeling Award which were chosen by the directors of the Toronto Blues Society.
McLean has recently finished recording his new CD, which is slated for release in Spring 2003.