Big Dave McLean Nominated for Maple Blues Award

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Big Dave McLean will be heading to Toronto in search of a statue for the second year in a row. The local blues legend follows up last year’s nomination for a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Maple Blues Awards with a 2003 nomination for Acoustic Act of the Year. He will be competing against fellow bluesmen Ray Bonneville, Michael Jerome Browne, Hot Toddy, and Harry Manx for the honour, which is given by the Toronto Blues Society. McLean is also up again for the Lifetime Achievement Awards, or the Blues With Feeling Award.

Winners will be announced on January 19 at The Phoenix Concert Theatre in the Blues Society’s annual gala to recognize the finest in Canadian blues.

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 and the Windsor Hotel, where newer and younger generations can witness his incredible talent.

Blues From The Middle, released on Stony Plain Records in July 2003, is his fourth release but the first recorded in his hometown of Winnipeg.

Nominees for the Maple Blues Awards were chosen by an independent panel of blues radio personalities and music journalists across Canada. The winners are chosen from votes solicited from blues fans across the country, many of them members of a growing network of blues societies.

For more information, please visit www.torontobluessociety .

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