The Blackburn brothers, Duane, Brooke and Cory, are part of what’s considered Toronto’s first family of funk and soul.
An obvious uniqueness that identifies and sets apart the band is that Blackburn is a band of brothers – literally. Duane (lead vocals), Brooke (guitar), Cory (drums) and Robert (harmony vocals and song writing on the newest release) all share the Blackburn name; a name that has become truly connected to Toronto music history.
Musically, the Blackburn name has been forever imprinted in our ears by Bobby Dean Blackburn, an R&B artist who gained legendary status in the Toronto music scene, performing the city circuit for over 30 years.
Beyond the music, other history runs deep too. The Blackburn name is tied to the history of the Underground Railroad, and there is a direct connection to the musical talents that we know and listen to today. A thread of Soul in almost every track the band records.
Duane Blackburn has received Maple Blues Nominations for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year (2015, 2019, 2020) and nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year (2010, 2017).
Cory Blackburn received a Maple Blues Nomination for Drummer of the Year (2020)
Blackburn receives the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant Coup de Coeur Award (2017)
Blackburn’s CD, Brothers In This World, received a JUNO Award Nomination for Blues Album Of the Year (2016)
Blackburn captured the Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist (2010)