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Paul Reddick has been creating his own, compelling version of the blues for over 25 years, bringing the art form to new frontiers with his poetic lyrics, spirited vocals, masterful harmonica playing, and hypnotic live performances. Rooted in a deep knowledge of blues music history and nourished by a poet’s sensibility, his “wayward brilliance,” as the influential British magazine Mojoputs it, makes Paul Reddick one of the most popular figures, and the unofficial poet laureate, of the Canadian blues and roots music scene.

Paul Reddick has enjoyed many successes in the course of his musical journey. His band Paul Reddick & the Sidemen, formed in 1990, developed a cult-like following and released four albums that together amassed seven Maple Blues Awards, two JUNO nominations, and a WC Handy nomination. The gritty “I’m a Criminal,” off the 2001 Rattlebag, was used in a popular “Sip Stealing” Coca-Cola television commercial that aired during the Superbowl and the 2012 Olympics U.S. television coverage.

Paul Reddick also re-worked the blues traditions on his solo recordings for NorthernBlues Music, earning JUNO nominations for Villanelle (2004) and Sugarbird (2009), and winning the 2008 Maple Blues Award for Songwriter of the Year. In 2016, the song “Villanelle” was featured in the Sundance Films television production Hap and Leonard. By way of tipping his hat to the role of song-writing in both his own career and blues music in general, Reddick also created and now mentors The Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition that was inaugurated at the 2015 Maple Blues Awards. Paul Reddick won the 2107 Juno award for his album Ride The One