We were very excited to play 5 shows with our pals JJ Grey and Mofro in late January. We opened shows for them in Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Philadelphia and Falls Church, Virginia. The shows were fantastic! We had a lot of fun playing in front of their fans and making new MonkeyJunk fans in the process. It was our first real foray into the US and thanks to JJ, Madison House Management and Joshua Knight of Monterey International, we got the opportunity to open these shows and we appreciate it very much. We really enjoyed our time hanging out with the band and crew as well. They were very hospitable and treated us very well. Thanks again to Chris, Aaron, John, AC, Farrell, Trube, Dennis, Art, Todd and JJ. We also had the opportunity to visit our pal Bill Wax at the Sirius XM satellite radio headquarters in Washington, DC. Bill is the program director of the BB King’s Bluesville channel and had us come in to record some songs live to be broadcast at a later date. The facilities there were amazing – very cool studio and we had a blast recording 1 new song and 4 others. Stay tuned for where and when you can here them!
This year we were nominated for 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada’s national awards program for the blues music industry). The awards ceremony took place at Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music In Toronto, ON on Monday January 16th, 2012. We are very honoured to announce that we won 3 awards!!! We took home the first award of the night for Electric Act of The Year (3rd year in a row!); Matt won for Drummer Of The Year (2nd in a row); and we won the award that means the most to us – Recording Of The Year for our latest release TO BEHOLD! We would like to say congrats to all nominees and winners . . . thanks to all of you who voted and the nominating/voting panel . . . thanks to the great hosts, the organizers and producers, the Maple Blues Band and all involved – a great time was had by all!
Below is a video recap of the event
A quick note to remind you all that we are nominated for 7 Maple Blues Awards this year! It is truly an honour yet again to be acknowledged and we hope to get your support! If you haven’t already, please go to mapleblues.ca to register and vote. It only takes a minute and we sure do appreciate it! Do it soon because voting ends at midnight Pacific Standard Time December 10th, 2011!
Thanks to you all for your continued support of the band. We wish you all health and happiness as we approach the holidays and we have many things cooking for the year to come including our first US shows and another trip to Europe so stay tuned!
We have embarked on a 5 1/2 week western Canadian tour that started last Wednesday in Sault Ste Marie, ON. We played at the Algoma Fall Festival at the Water Tower Inn and despite our late arrival, we started the show on time and had a great kick-off to the tour. Thanks to the folks from the festival for having us, the great crew that made it all happen smoothly and to the enthusiastic crowd/all the new CD owners! We appreciate the support . . . Show #2 happened in Winnipeg, MB and we had one of our best shows in months at the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club. It is a great room with a great vibe and we had a full and appreciative crowd . . . and their Mexican food was amazing!! Now we’re in Swift Current, SK doing a blues in the schools program at Maverick School – a great alternative high school here in Swift Current. One more day and then on to Alberta we will go. Stay tuned for the updates here and on facebook and twitter too . . .
thanks for stopping by – hope to see you out on the road . . .
Hi everybody, long time no post . . . sorry for not keeping in touch – we’ve been so busy! We are in Salmon Arm, BC today – Day 3 of the great Salmon Arm Roots and Blues festival. We had a great show on Friday night at the Boogie Bar-n stage (MC’d by our good pal The Mighty Popo) and then participated in a fun workshop yesterday with harmonica ace Mark Hummel and UK boogie-woogie piano man Ben Waters. Later, we enjoyed seeing our pals JJ Grey & Mofro as well as the great Taj Mahal! Today is our mainstage show and we have a surprise for all in attendance!
We would like to let you know about our CD release party happening on Wednesday June 22nd at Barrymore’s Music Hall in Ottawa. Click here for the ticket info link to buy tickets online. It will be an early show; doors are at 7pm and the evening starts off at 8pm with a set from our friends Kelly Prescott and Anders Drerup then we’ll be hitting the stage around 9pm so get there early to get a good seat and you’ll be home in time for the news at 11! As always, further info can be found on our facebook page.
Until then . . .
thanks for visiting!
Hello MonkeyJunkies and welcome to the new website! We are very excited to launch it in anticipation of the release of our new record TO BEHOLD on Stony Plain Records. Come on in and take a look around . . . listen to some of the new tunes and check out where we’ll be touring in the coming months. We plan to make this site more interactive including more frequent news updates, video blogs, and current tour info. Please be sure to keep in touch via our various social media links such as facebook and twitter as well.