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.



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2020 2021 Not awarded
2019 Liz Sykes
2018 Corky Kealey/Vince Halfhide  
2017 Jed Rached  
2016 Denis Paquin
For his ongoing support of the OBS, as a Board member, Committee Chair, volunteer at events and festivals and volunteer judge at the OBS Road To Memphis Band Challenge.


Gary Paradis

For his commitment to the Ottawa Blues Society and local, national and international blues with a particular emphasis on Canadian Blues musicians.
2014 Atomic Rooster
For their commitment to the live music scene in Ottawa, and to presenting live blues in Centretown.
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.
2012 Irene's Pub
(Kara-Lee & 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.
2011 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.
2010 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
2006 Tucson's Awarded To Jim Jones of Tucson's
The Best in Food & Music
2005 Maria Hawkins The Blues Lady, performer, teacher, long-time supporter of the blues!
2004 Jim Roy Well known promoter/supporter of the blues and producer of the Ottawa Blues, Jazz & Swing Guide  
2003 John Tackaberry
Hosts the program Black & Blues (Sundays, 9-11PM) on CKCU-FM, The 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. Larry 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
1999  Mark Monahan Executive Director of the Ottawa Bluesfest
North America's 2nd largest Blues Festival!
1998 The Rainbow Bistro Ottawa's Legendary Home of The Blues celebrates over 30 years of bringing live blues to Ottawa from around the world!
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