at the Outdoor Amphitheatre
4X winner of awards honouring her as Canadian Blues Drummer of Year and again nominated in 2004, as well as being nominated 3X for Mapleblues Female Vocalist of the Year, Maureen has been a force to be reckoned with, in the Toronto music scene over 25 years. She has performed world-wide with such great artists as John Hammond, Otis Rush, Tinsley Ellis, Jeff Healey, Lowell Fulson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Margie Evans, Michael Coleman, Big Time Sarah, A.C. Reed, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Chris and Ken Whiteley and most recently with Fiona Boyes, Lttle G Weevil, Kim Wilson, Harpdog Brown and W.C. Handy winners,Watermelon Slim & The Workers.
Born in Kitchener, Ontario, Maureen started drumming at the age of 10, she was immersed in the local music programs, where she gained honours on her Royal Conservatory of Music degree, for Grade II Theory and Grade VIII percussion. She was a member of the Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as touring Canada with numerous rock and show bands before settling in Toronto, where she was then immersed in the blues scene there. Maureen has performed at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal Drum Festival, The Cape Breton Drum Festival, The Meridien in Paris, France and throughout Europe, Mont Tremblant and many other festivals, concerts and clinics, as well as teaching at Humber College, drum coaching for De Grassi High TV show and teaching at Daisy Rock, a rock camp for girls, in St. John’s Nfld.
Maureen has released her own CD “Be Close”, which was recognized in the top ten best Canadian blues releases in 1997. Her 9-piece New Orleans inspired band was also awarded winners of Southern Comfort’s New Blues Talent Search (1994), which furthered them to represent Canada at the W.C. Handy New Blues Search, in Memphis. She has also recorded numerous CD’s with other artists, including Sunny Fournier and Ian Thomas’s band, The Boomers, where Maureen played percussion on all but the first Boomers CD’s. In fact, Ian Thomas produced her own CD, in which she has songs co-written with Ian who remains one of Canada’s finest songwriters. Maureen had the pleasure of having some of her favourite artists join her on her CD, which includes guest appearances by Richie Hayward (Little Feat) and Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds).
Maureen has written many articles published in numerous magazines, including DRUM!, Modern Drummer and Drums Etc., as well as being a percussionist, actor and fine artist. Along with free-lancing as a drummer/singer/percussionist, she lead two of her own bands, Maureen Brown & Big Hand (9 pc New Orleans band) & The Maureen Brown Band(roots-rockin trio). Maureen was nominated for a St. Catharines Arts Award in 2015 and in 2017 performed at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Moe’s Art (original multi-media, creations) debuted at Canal Days, in Port Colborne (2015).