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2012 CBMA Awards & Hall of Fame Induction

Calgary Blues Music Association (CBMA) is committed to fostering, preserving and furthering blues music and musicians, as well as presenting some of the finest blues to be found anywhere on the planet.

On Wednesday, Feb. 23th, 2011, CBMA honoured local and regional artists who have dedicated their careers to blues music during the 4th annual CBMA Blues Hall of Fame Awards ceremony.

Nominees in seven categories are determined by the CBMA Board of Directors. Winners in each category were chosen by the public in an online vote at the Calgary Bluesfest website.

2012 CBMA Blues Award Winners

Bass Player of the Year
Kit Johnson

Guitar Player of the Year
Tim Williams

Keyboard Player of the Year
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne

Drummer of the Year
Kelly Cruse

Saxophone Player of the Year
Marvelous Marv Yakoweshen

Harmonica Player of the Year
Dylan MacDonald

Singer of the Year
Matt Anderson


Cam Hayden

Born in Brooks and raised in Edmonton, Cam eventually moved to Calgary, where he started and ran his high-school radio station for three years before hosting programs on CJSW at the University of Calgary. Cam enrolled in the Television, Stage and Radio Arts program at SAIT, graduating in 1978. He then answered an ad that led him to CKUA.

During his time at CKUA, Cam has been a classical music announcer, hosted the morning show in the early 1980s, and in the mid-1990s, the Alberta Morning show. He's now known as the host of the ever-popular Friday Night Blues Party, bringing the blues to audiences for over 30 years.

During the 1980's Cam was president and talent buyer for Edmonton's City Media Club. He's also written about the blues scene for Culture Shock, Vue and See magazines, and run his own production company, presenting shows during the ’90s.

In 1999, Cam co-founded Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival, which has become a premier event in the blues world. In 2008, the event was recognized by the Memphis based Blues Foundation with the "Keeping the Blues Alive" Award for its outstanding contributions to the blues scene in North America.