The Ottawa Blues Society Blues Heart Award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to fostering appreciation and awareness of blues music.


2013 Virée Blues

Alexandre Petit
Katrina Nash
A mainstay on the Gatineau blues scene since 2005 with the launch of the first Virée Blues series Edition in 2013 into 19 Edition.  

Irene's Pub

Alex Golota

With their passion for music and fun and their love of the community, Kara and Alex have shown their commitment to support the living legacy of Irene's Pub, an establishment which has steadfastly helped keep blues and roots music alive in Ottawa for over 25 years.

(Photo courtesy of Doug Smyth

Steve Lund
Drummer, vocalist and ‘head honcho’ of Ottawa’s guitar-less band, Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo, founder of the Ottawa R&B Festival (now in its 24th year) and a relentless promoter of Ottawa talent.  


James Doran
Organizer of the successful Blues on the Rideau Dinner & Show series in Westport ON & host of 'Inside the Blues'on 101.9 DAWG FM

2008/09  DAWG FM Canada's first 24/7 commercial blues radio station, on air at 101.9 FM and online at      
2007  Tony D Blues guitarist, mentor, teacher, leader of the The Tony D Band, and guitarist with MonkeyJunk    



Awarded To Jim Jones of Tucson's
The Best in Food & Music



Maria Hawkins     

The Blues Lady, performer, teacher, long-time supporter of the blues!



Jim Roy
Well known promoter/supporter of the blues and producer of the Ottawa Blues, Jazz & Swing Guide



John Tackaberry
Hosts the program Black and Blues Sundays: 9-11 pm On CKCU-FM www.ckcufm.comThe Mighty 93.1 Community Radio serving the Ottawa Carleton Region

2002  Not Awarded  

2001 Larry "The Bird" Mootham
Posthumously awarded to bluesman Larry "The Bird" Mootham who died suddenly of heart failure on Monday, October 2, 2000 at age 45. He was an Ottawa-area blues musician, an avid supporter of the blues scene in Ottawa and all of its participants.
2000  Brian Murphy
Host of "The Source", "Blues 106," "Jazz 106" and other programs on CHEZ 106

Mark Monahan
Executive Director of the Ottawa Bluesfest
North America's 2nd largest Blues Festival!


The Rainbow Bistro
Ottawa's Legendary Home of The Blues. This year celebrates over 30 years of bringing live blues from around the world!

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