Kingston's Miss Emily wins two blues awards

Kingston's Miss Emily won a pair of awards — new artist and female vocalist of the year — at Monday night's Maple Blues Awards gala. (Bryce Murdoch/Supplied Photo)

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Kingston’s Miss Emily won a pair of Maple Blues Awards on Monday night.  

Miss Emily, a.k.a. Emily Fennell, won new artist and female vocalist of the year at the gala held in Toronto. They are the first music awards Fennell has ever been nominated for, let alone won.  

Miss Emily was also in the running for entertainer of the year, but that award went to Downchild, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.  

Not only did she win two awards, but the video of her song “Hold Back the River” — which was shot inside Kingston Penitentiary — won the inaugural Sapphire Video Award. 

“It is pretty much the most exciting thing that’s happened to me in my life,” Fennell told the Whig-Standard in early November about her three Maple Blues Awards nominations. 

“And I know that sounds a little over the top, but it isn’t. I was excited when I got to open for the Hip in Bobcaygeon. That was obviously a big, awesome deal, but I did not bawl my eyes out every day for a week like I did with this. It’s kind of crazy.” 

Fennell was also scheduled to perform at Monday night’s gala at Koerner Hall.  

Kingstonians’ next chance to see Miss Emily will be on Valentine’s Day, when she performs at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.