Oshawa Music Awards 2020
The 3rd annual Oshawa Music Awards (OMA) presented by Spark Centre features the presentation of nine OMA awards plus a special celebration for Mogens and Cathy Galberg, Mike Kupnicki, Bill and Dave Wilson, and the members of Reign Ghost/Christmas/Spirit of Christmas 2020 as Lifetime Achievement recipients & OMA Hall-of-Fame Inductees.
The night will feature live musical performances from Durham Region artists (to be announced).
General Admission: $20 plus tax
Premium Tickets: $50 plus tax
Award Descriptions, Nominees and Recipients:
Emerging Artist or Band of the Year - Presented by Durham Radio Inc
This award is presented to an artist or band in any genre that released an inaugural recording and performed live in the Durham Region.
• Nathan Carr
• Hunter Sheridan
Artist or Band of the Year - Presented by 70 KING
This award is presented to an artist or band in any genre displaying outstanding achievements (Airplay, streaming, sales of pre-recorded music, and live performance in the Durham region).
• Robyn Ottolini
• Crown Lands
Single of the Year
This award is presented to an artist or band in any genre for the outstanding achievement of a single recording.
• The Girls I Know Don't Think So - chastity
• Señorita - Shawn Mendes
• Cyanide - Daniel Caesar
Album of the Year
This award is presented to the artist or group for an album in any genre, which was released for mass consumption in its entirety.
• Skye Wallace - Skye Wallace
• Order In Decline - Sum 41
• Case Study 01 - Daniel Caesar
Best Music Video
This award is presented to the video director and recording artist for a video in any genre, released for consumption within the eligibility period. This award is for an original music video.
• ToGetHer - Leah Daniels directed by Tim Deegan
• Encore - Jules McCools Music directed by Keegan Doyle
• 26 oz - The Doozies produced by North Brothers Films
Durham Song of the Year
This award is presented to the songwriter(s) of an original song, of any genre. Songwriters and artists are asked to write and record an original composition that acknowledges or celebrates Oshawa and or the Durham Region.
• Blue Collar Blood - Josh Kvasnak (The Doozies)
• This Is My Home - Karrie Lynn Dymond
• Durham Road - Kaelan Roddy
Best Songwriter(s) - Presented by The Oshawa Express
This award is presented to the songwriter(s) of any genre, for compositions released for public performance and public consumption. This award is based on the songwriter(s) body of work.
• Hunter Sheridan
• Barbara Lynn Doran
Best Music Teacher - Presented by Kops Records
The award goes to a music educator (instrument, theory, business, and practicum) that lives in or teaches in the Durham Region, and has demonstrated leadership in music education.
**To be announced**
Music Industry Leader of the Year - Presented by Durham Region Economic Development and Tourism (Durham Tourism , The Regional Municipality of Durham, Invest Durham)
The award goes to an individual who is born, resides, and/ or works in the Durham Region. The Music Industry Leader is recognized for having a substantial impact in the year 2019, through their work and inspiration, that helps to strengthen and elevate individuals, their community, and/ or music commerce at large.
• Kevin Simpson & Jayson Callan (Winners)
Lifetime Achievement/Hall-of-Fame Inductees - Presented by Durham College Music Business Management
The award goes to an Act (solo or group), music industry person, company or organization who is born, reside, and/ or work, operate in the Durham region. This award recognizes individual(s) and/ or group(s) from the Durham region who, over a prolonged period, have made a substantial impact on the music industry through their work. The individual(s) and/ or group(s) have substantially impacted the Durham Region music community.
• Mike Kupnicki
• Mogens Galberg
• Bill & Dave Wilson
• Reign Ghost/Christmas/Spirit of Christmas
(All names above are recipients of the Lifetime Achievement/HoF award)
About Oshawa Music Awards:
Oshawa Music Awards presented by Spark Centre is an annual ticketed event, recognizing the influence and achievements of local music creators, businesses, and music supporters within the City of Oshawa and the Durham Region. OMA was established in 2018 by Durham College students from the Music Business Management (MBM) program as part of the annual Oshawa Music Week (March 30 to April 4, 2020). Notable past nominees and winners include multi-platinum award-winning producer Jeff Dalziel, JUNO award- winning indie-pop group Dizzy, and former lead guitarist of The Guess Who, Dale Russell.
In its third year, OMA is a growing cultural enterprise. The organization’s mission is “to celebrate the development of local music talent and culture within the Durham Region. Oshawa Music Awards aims to acknowledge key contributors that aid in the growth of Durham Region’s music business economy; providing a platform that highlights and nurtures its progression.