Montreal, March 16th 2015
The Paul DesLauriers Band is very proud to announce that we've been nominated in no less than 6 categories at Quebec's Lys Blues Awards Gala to be held at the salle J. Anthonio Thompson in Trois-Rivières, QC on May 3rd, 2015. Voting happens online from March 22nd until April 19th at midnight! We'll let you know when the time comes to vote!
Here are the nominations:
Artistic Performance (Paul DesLauriers)
Instrumental Category (Sam Harrisson and Greg Morency).
Entertainer of the Year
Songwriter of the Year
Album of the Year-Blues and Associated Styles
See the full list of nominees here:

Montréal, le 16 mars 2015
Le Paul DesLauriers Band est très fier d'annoncer que nous avons été nommés dans non moins de 6 catégories Gala Lys Blues 2015 qui aura lieu à la Salle Antonio-Thompson à Trois-Rivières, QC le 3 mai prochain! Les votes populaires se feront en ligne de 22 mars au 19 avril à minuit! On vous informera quand viendra le temps de voter!
Voici nos nominations:
Performance artistique (Paul DesLauriers)
Musiciens de soutien (Sam Harrisson et Greg Morency)
Spectacle de l'année
Auteur compositeur de l'année
Album Blues et styles associés de l'année
Pour consulter la liste complète des nominations visitez:



Montreal January 22nd, 2015.


We are pleased to announce that Greg Morency won the trophy for Bassist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto !!! Each member of the band was nominated for their respective instrument category Greg for Bassist, Paul for Guitarist and Sam for Drummer. Quebec musicians scored well with 9 Maple Blues trophies. Steve Hill taking home 4 of them, Angel Forrest with 2, Guy Bélanger, Nanette Workman and Greg Morency with 1. Congratulations to all the winners !!!



Montréal le 22 janvier 2015.


Nous avons le grand bonheur de vous annoncer que Greg Morency à remporté le Maple Blues Award du meilleur bassiste de l'année aux Maple Blues Awards à Toronto !!! Tout le groupe était en nomination pour sa catégorie d'instrument, Greg comme bassiste, Paul comme guitariste et Sam comme batteur. Le Québec a très bien paru avec une récolte de 9 trophés. Steve Hill est reparti avec 4 trophées, Angel Forrest avec 2, Guy Bélanger, Nanette Workman et Greg Morency avec 1. Félicitations à tous les gagnants !!!


Photo  Copyright 2015 Lori Hoddinott/Capital Photos

Montreal, January 10th 2015.

The Paul DesLauriers Band would like to wish you all a Happy New Year ! Starting off on a good foot for the group with the nomination of Paul, Sam and Greg in their respective instrument category at the prestigious Maple Blues Award to be held in Toronto Monday, January 19.
Visit the Toronto Blues Society for more information !! Congratulations to all the nominees !!!



Montréal, April 19th 2014.

The Paul DesLauriers Band is very proud to announce that we have been nominated for a total of 5 Lys Blues Awards at the next Lys Blues Gala to be held in Trois-Rivières on May 4th !

The Lys Blues Awards recognize outstanding achievements in the Quebec Blues music scene.

Paul DesLauriers is nominated for Male Blues Artist of the Year (Artiste Blues masculin) and also for Artistic Performance of the Year (Performance artistique). Greg Morency and Sam Harrisson are both nominated for Musical Performance of the Year (Performance musicale). A total of 5 trophies will be handed out in this category, so you can definitely vote for both of them if you like! The Paul DesLauriers Band is also nominated for Concert of the Year (Spectacle de l'année).
Please cast your votes at the following address: http://3renblues.com/nominations-lys-blues/

The voting ends at midnight on April 27th so please don’t delay!!!A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of you who have come out to see our shows and have supported and encouraged us so kindly over the last year!


Montréal, April 16th 2014.

The Paul DesLauriers Band hits #1 on iTunes within a month!!!
Dear friends, we could not be more pleased with the reaction the new Paul DesLauriers Band album has been getting. We are truly humbled by the all the fantastic reviews it has received; so far they have all been unanimous in their praise and appreciation for our music.

You can sample some reviews here:

To our great joy, we found out this week that our album has hit #1 on the iTunes Canada Top Ten Blues Albums chart, less than a month after it's release!!! Greg googled the iTunes chart and lo and behold, there we were, at the very top!! Sincere thanks to all of you who have either purchased a physical copy in stores or at one of our concerts, or have downloaded it from iTunes and other digital services. Visit our guestbook and tell us what you think of the album, we'd love to hear from you, and don't forget to tell all your friends how much you like it .

Montreal, March 10th 2014.

     Sometimes you just have to do what you love, and The Paul DesLauriers Band has been busy over the last year doing just that. The trio is made up of virtuoso guitarist and singer Paul DesLauriers and masterful rhythm section Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrisson on drums.

       The self-titled new electric album from these three pillars of the Quebec Blues scene has captured the subtlety and intensity, the unique interplay and excitement they are so well known for. Recorded at Tone Bender Studios in Montreal, the album features seven original songs and three unique re-workings of classics steeped deep in the Blues and simmered in Rock & Roll. The band recorded several live performances in the studio, choosing the best, without artifice or relying on modern technology to “make it right”, resulting in an authentic recording full of spontaneity and an uncanny musical chemistry. It captures the very essence of the band, celebrated for it’s impressive live performances, performing a whole new repertoire.

       From the muscular opening chords of “Going Down Slow”, “She Should Be Mine” and the ten-ton drum intro to “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, the band’s passion and dedication shine through. “Labour of Love”, “I Blame You” and the instrumental “Green Stripe” show them at their bluesiest, while the original ballad “Baby Come Home” and their unique version of Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain” show a softer side which still manages to take the listener from tasteful subtlety to explosive abandon.

       On a very special night, two very good friends came by and contributed to the album; Juno and multiple Maple Blues Award winners Steve Marriner of MonkeyJunk and Steve Strongman. Marriner growls soulful harmonica on the 2 opening tracks, as well as contributing keyboards on two others. Strongman engages in a friendly guitar duel with Paul on “All I Want”, which the two wrote together while waiting for a flight to the North Pole (yes…really!).
The album culminates with the band’s signature version of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” which turns the rockabilly classic into a virtual psychedelic voyage where the musical alchemy hits its peak.

       The power trio is part of Canada’s musical elite. Paul DesLauriers is the Winner of 2 Maple Blues Awards in 2014, including Guitarist of the Year. Sam Harrisson is a two-time Maple Blues Award Drummer of the year nominee as well. Along with Greg Morency, collectively, they have won 10 Quebec Lys Blues Awards. In June 2013 they released Enter The Gate with sitar maestro Anwar Khurshid, a unique acoustic meeting between the Blues and Indian Classical music. The group won the “Best In Festival” award after their performance at the Tremblant International Blues Festival in July 2013.

Montréal, le 10 janvier 2015.

Le Paul DesLauriers Band tient à vous souhaiter à tous une bonne et heureuse année 2015 ! Ce début d'année commence sur un bon pied pour le groupe avec la nomination de Paul, Sam et Greg dans leur catégorie d'instrument aux prestigieux Maple Blues Award qui se tiendra à Toronto lundi le 19 janvier.
Visitez le site de la Société Blues de Toronto pour de plus amples informations !! Félicitations à tous les nommés !!!



Montréal, le 19 avril 2014

C'est avec grande fierté que nous vous annonçons que le Paul DesLauriers Band est en nomination pour un grand total de 5 Lys Blues lors du prochain Gala Lys Blues qui aura lieu à Trois-Rivières le 4 mai prochain !

Paul DesLauriers est en nomination dans la catégorie "Artiste Blues masculin" ainsi que dans la catégorie "Performance artistique".

Greg Morency et Sam Harrisson sont en nomination dans la catégorie "Performance musicale". Le Paul DesLauriers Band tant qu'à lui est en nomination dans la catégorie “Spectacle de l'année”.

Nous invitons tous à voter en grand nombre à l'adresse web suivante: http://3renblues.com/nominations-lys-blues/.
Hâtez-vous !!! Le vote se termine le 27 avril à minuit !!!

Un énorme merci à tous ceux qui nous ont appuyé, encouragé, et qui ont assisté en grand nombre à nos spectacles tout au long de cette année!


Montréal. le 16 avril 2014.

Le Paul DesLauriers Band en première position du palmarès iTunes Canada dans la catégorie Album Blues après un mois !!!

Chers amis, nous ne pouvons être plus heureux de la réception que reçoit actuellement le nouvel album du Paul DesLauriers Band. Nous sommes très flattés aussi des critiques qui encensent l'album.

Consultez notre section
Press/Media à cet effet.

De plus, Greg a consulté par hasard le palmarès iTunes cette semaine, et quelle ne fut pas sa surprise de constater que nous étions en PREMIÈRE POSITION dans la catégorie Album Blues pour les ventes au Canada !!!
Nous voulons vous exprimer nos remerciements les plus sincères à tous ceux qui se sont procurés l'album, que ce soit en magasin, en spectacle ou en téléchargement numérique, c'est grâce à vous tous que nous connaissons ce grand succès !!

Visitez notre Livre d'or pour nous faire part de vos commentaires, nous prenons toujours un immense plaisir à vous lire, nous comptons aussi sur vous pour dire à vos amis combien vous appréciez l'album.

Encore merci merci et merci !!!


Montréal,  le 10 mars 2014

 Parfois, il faut suivre notre passion et c'est exactement ce que le Paul DesLauriers Band a fait depuis la dernière année. Le trio est composé du guitariste virtuose et chanteur Paul DesLauriers, entouré des non moins virtuoses Greg Morency à la basse et Sam Harrisson à la batterie. Ces trois piliers de la scène blues québécoise reconnus pour leur interaction musicale unique nous offrent leur plus récent album électrique éponyme mariant puissance, subtilité et passion.
      Enregistré au Studio Tone Bender à Montréal, ce nouvel album nous offre sept chansons originales et trois reprises uniques de classiques trempées dans le Blues et mijotées dans le Rock & Roll. Le groupe a choisi d’enregistrer plusieurs performances « live » en studio pour en sélectionner que les meilleures, sans artifice et sans s’appuyer sur la technologie moderne pour « arranger les choses », ce qui en fait un album authentique, spontané, empreint d'une complicité musicale rarement égalée. Il vient capter l’essence même du groupe reconnu pour ses prouesses en spectacle, avec un tout nouveau répertoire.

       Que ce soit dans les premiers accords musclés de Going Down Slow, de ceux de She Should Be Mine ou de la puissante intro de batterie de Nobody’s Fault But Mine, on sent l'ardeur et la passion qui habite le groupe.  On retrouve le côté plus « bluesy » de celui-ci dans les pièces telles que Labour of Love, I Blame You et la pièce instrumentale Green Stripe. La ballade originale Baby Come Home et la version unique de Love In Vain de Robert Johnson nous dévoilent le côté plus sensible et dynamique de ce trio.

        Lors d’une soirée bien spéciale, deux très bons amis sont venus contribuer à l'album, soit Steve Marinner du groupe MonkeyJunk et Steve Strongman, chacun gagnants de Prix Juno et multiples Maple Blues Awards. Marriner les accompagne à l’harmonica sur les deux titres d'ouverture, en plus de jouer du clavier sur deux autres pièces de l’album. Strongman s'engage dans un duel de guitare amical avec Paul sur All I Want, chanson que les deux ont composé ensemble en attendant un vol vers le Pôle Nord (sans blague!). L'album se termine avec l’interprétation remarquable du groupe de la chanson Not Fade Away de Buddy Holly. Ce classique de rockabilly se transforme en un véritable voyage psychédélique où l'alchimie musicale est à son apogée.

       Ce “power trio” fait partie de l'élite musicale canadienne. Paul DesLauriers est gagnant de 2 Maple Blues Awards en 2014, dont celui de Guitariste de l'année. Sam Harrisson fut nominé deux années de suite Batteur de l’année également aux Maple Blues Awards. Collectivement, le groupe a remporté pas moins de 10 prix Lys Blues au Québec. En juin 2013 , ils ont lancé l’album “Enter The Gate” avec le virtuose du sitar Anwar Khurshid. Une rencontre acoustique fascinante entre le blues et la musique classique indienne. Le groupe a d'ailleurs remporté le prix "Coup de coeur" lors de leur prestation au Festival international du blues de Tremblant en juillet 2013.

Paul DesLauriers wins Guitarist of the Year at the 2014 Maple Blues Awards

(January 20, 2014) Toronto, ON -- Internationally renowned Canadian Blues Artists from Coast-to-Coast were honoured by their peers at the 17th Annual Maple Blues Awards gala in Toronto last night as a full house of blues lovers gathered to celebrate Canadian blues at Koerner Hall.

Ottawa’s MonkeyJunk and its members took home five awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Electric Act of the Year, Recording of the Year for All Frequencies, Songwriter of the Year and Harmonica Player of the Year for Steve Marriner.
Quebec’s thriving blues scene was well represented with awards for Angel Forrest for Female Vocalist of the Year, Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Deslauriers for Acoustic Act of the Year, and Guitar Player of the Year for Paul Deslauriers.
Quebec singer-guitarist Bob Walsh was honoured with the Blues With a Feeling (Lifetime Achievement Award) for his long career as a blues performer. The Award was presented by television personality George Stroumboulopoulos, and Yves Trottier of Dawg FM. Unable to attend the awards gala, Walsh delivered a touching video acceptance speech, with Rene Moisan of label Les Productions Bros. accepting on his behalf.  
The New Artist or Group of the Year award was presented to Owen Sound, Ontario’s The MacKenzie Blues Band. Toronto blues artist Mark “Bird” Stafford and CBC Radio’s Mariel Borelli presented The Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle with the Blues Booster of the Year award, a very special Maple Blues Award honouring outstanding contribution to the Canadian blues music industry for their contribution as a popular festival and destination for blues lovers.
Hosted by Montreal’s Queen of the Blues Dawn Tyler Watson and Ottawa’s JW-Jones, both accomplished and internationally recognized blues artists, the Maple Blues Awards included outstanding performances from Maple Blues Award nominees past and present, including the evening’s big winners MonkeyJunk, The 24th Street Wailers, Charlie A'Court from Nova Scotia, David Vest from British Columbia, and Little Miss Higgins from Saskatchewan, all backed by The Maple Blues Band.

Congratulations to our drummer Sam Harrisson for his second nomination for Drummer Of The Year at the Maple Blues Awards!!!

Here are our two awesome guests on the new album: Steve Strongman, Steve Marriner
with Paul DesLauriers at the 2014 Maple Blues Awards.
Voici nos 2 merveilleux invités qui ont accepté de venir jouer sur notre prochain album: Steve Strongman, Steve Marriner
avec Paul DesLauriers lors du Gala des Maple Blues Awards le 20 janvier dernier à Toronto.

The Paul DesLauriers Band at the 2014 Maple Blues Award: Sam Harrisson, Paul DesLauriers and Greg Morency.
Le Paul DesLauriers Band lors du Gala des Maple Blues Awards à Toronto le 20 janvier dernier.


Cornwall's Paul Deslauriers : Canada's Top Blues Guitarist
By Bob Peters
January 23, 2014

Cornwall Ontario - Cornwall's Paul Deslauriers was recognized this week as Canada's top blues guitar player at the 17th Annual Maple Blues Awards ceremony in Toronto. It was not the only accolade sent Mr. Deslaurier's way that night: he and long-time collaborator Dawn Tyler Watson were also voted Best Acoustic Act.

"I am overwhelmed and still in shock!" said Mr. Deslauriers. "BIG thanks to the Toronto Blues Society for putting on such a wonderful gala at Koerner Hall"

The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field. Award nominees were selected by a distinguished panel of some 50 blues experts, and winnners for most awards were selected by blues fans across the country.

A virtuoso on both electric and acoustic guitars, Cornwall native Paul Deslauriers has had a diverse and accomplished career. He studied classical violin at an early age before turning to the guitar when he was 10.  An early and continuing inspiration was Rod Robillard, a fixture on the Cornwall music scene.

"Rod was THE guitar guy in town and a mentor to most of us," says Mr. Deslauriers. "He sat in with the band when we played Cornwall a few months ago. It was a great moment."

Mr. Deslauriers graduated La Citadaelle high school and then left Cornwall at the age of 18 to study music at McGill University. He soon gained acclaim in the 1990s as a founding member of Black Cat Bone, deemed by many critics at the time to be “one of Canada’s hottest blues-rock bands.” He has been called upon to share his guitar and vocal talents on tour with the likes of The Respectables, Amanda Marshall, France D’amour, Garou and Nicola Ciccone, to name only a few.

"Music is about learning and respect," says Mr. Deslauriers. "I come from an improvisational background and so you learn to be ready at all times to adapt to the other artists on stage."

For the last several years he has teamed with singer/songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson, one of Canada's most accomoplished blues musicians. Their first album, En Duo (2007), was released to rave reviews. From Moscow and the Big Easy to the North Pole, they have enjoyed sold-out live performances and have also opened for artists such as Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks and Bruce Cockburn. Their sophomore album Southland (2013) saw them revisiting their own brand of feel-good, back porch style music with a few new twists.

Mr. Deslauriers has also released three solo records: Limited Edition EP (2003), Ripping into the Red (2006) and Left's Alright (2013).

"Deslauriers really knows how to grab your ears from note one," said Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief of Guitar Player Magazine. "He's also a gifted songwriter and vocalist, and his solos, especially the slide lines, are short, but thrilling!"

Last year, Mr. Deslauriers teamed up with talented sitarist Anwar Khurshid for a fascinating and unique musical meeting between the Blues and Indian Classical music. The result is the new album entitled Enter The Gate (2013), a true “East meets West” collaboration.

"Music has the ability to overcome generational and cultural barriers," says Mr. Deslauriers. "It connects us all."

If last year seemed a busy one for Mr. Deslauriers, he certainly shows no signs of slowing down. A new Paul Deslauriers Band album has been mastered and is due out in early 2014. A CD Release party is scheduled for the Rainbow Bistro in Ottawa on Saturday March 15th. That show will be followed up with a date in Cornwall.

“I have been very lucky. I get to play, record and produce music and make a living out of it,” says Mr. Deslauriers.


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