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Downchild : Can You Hear The Music : Honours, achievements and discography

The History of Downchild


1981 — Governor Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) — Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service in the Best Interests and the Highest Traditions of the State of Tennessee

1981 — JUNO Award — Best Album Graphics, We Deliver

1989 — JUNO Award nomination — Best Roots & Traditional Album, Bop 'Til I Drop

1989 — Q107 Toronto Music Awards, Best Toronto Blues Group

1992 — JUNO Award — Best Roots or Traditional Album, Saturday Night Blues by various artists (Downchild included)

1992 — Great Canadian Blues Award presented by CBC radio program — Saturday Night Blues to Donnie Walsh "in recognition of a lifetime contribution to the blues in Canada."

1994 — Jazz Report Award — Blues Musician of the Year, Donnie Walsh

1995 — JUNO Award nomination — Best Blues/Gospel Album, Good Times Guaranteed

1998 — Jazz Report Award — Blues Band of the Year, Downchild

1998 — Windsor/Detroit International Blues Festival — Lifetime Achievement Award, Donnie Walsh

2005 — JUNO Award nomination — Blues Album of the Year, Come On In

2010 — JUNO Award nomination — Blues Album of the Year, I Need A Hat

2014 — JUNO Award — Blues Album of the Year, Can You Hear The Music

2018 — JUNO Award nomination — Blues Album of the Year, Something I’ve Done

Toronto Blues Society — Blues With a Feeling Awards

1990 — Donnie Walsh

1993 — Gary Kendall

2003 — Chuck Jackson

Maple Blues Awards

1999, 2000 Male Vocalist of the Year — Chuck Jackson

1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 Horn Player of the Year — Pat Carey

1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013 Bass Player of the Year — Gary Kendall

2005, 2007 Drummer of the Year — Mike Fitzpatrick

2000, 2004, 2007 Keyboardist of the Year — Michael Fonfara

2005 Electric Act of the Year & Entertainer of the Year — Downchild

2005 Recording of the Year — Downchild, Come On In

2006 Entertainer of the Year — Downchild


1971Bootleg (Special Records/BMG)

1973Straight Up (GRT)

1974Dancing (GRT)

1975Ready To Go (GRT)

1977So Far: A Collection Of Our Best (Posterity)

1980We Deliver (Attic)

1980Road Fever (Attic)

1981Blood Run Hot (Attic)

1982But I'm On The Guest List (Attic)

1987It's Been So Long (Stony Plain)

1988Straight Up/We Deliver twin pack re–issue (Attic)

1989Gone Fishing (Stony Plain)

1991Dancing/Road Fever twin pack re–issue (Attic)

1994Good Times Guaranteed (Downchild Music/Festival/Blue Wave–US)

1997Lucky 13 (Downchild Music/Festival/Blue Wave–US)

1997It's Been So Long/Ready To Go twin pack re–issue (Stony Plain)

1998A Case Of The Blues: The Best Of Donwchild (Attic)

2001It's A Matter Of Time: A Collection Of The Best (Blue Wave–US only)

2003Body Of Work: The Downchild Collection Volume 2 (Blue Wave–US only)

2004Come On In (Downchild Music)

2007Live At The Palais Royale (Linus Entertainment)

2009I Need A Hat (Linus Entertainment)

2013Can You Hear The Music (Linus Entertainment)

2017Something I’ve Done (Linus Entertainment)

Donnie Walsh was instrumental in the founding of the Jane Vasey Memorial Scholarship fund at Brandon University. The fund was co–founded by Vasey's late parents (Dorothy and Ross) and Downchild Blues Band in 1983 to sponsor keyboards students in the Brandon University (alma mater of Vasey) school of music.

Each year 2 scholarships in the amount of $2,500.00 have been awarded. The fund has grown to the amount of $80,000.00. Downchild continues to fund scholarships through benefit performances. The benefit amount is doubled thanks to a special program sponsored by the Government of Manitoba.