Oshawa Music Awards (OMA) is an annual event that recognizes the influence and achievements of local music creators, and music industry builders who are developing an infrastructure within the Durham Region, Canada, and globally.
OMA was founded in 2017 by two students and a professor from the Music Business program at Durham College. It now stands as an independent cultural enterprise, with a management team, a steering committee, nominating and voting committee, and judges.
Entering its fourth year, the OMA recognizes excellence in ten award categories. It continues to showcase local talent while acknowledging individuals and groups who contribute to the growth of music and culture in the Durham Region.
OMA 2018 INDUSTRY LEADER RECIPIENT
“To celebrate the development of local music talent and culture within the Durham Region and 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.”
2020 OMA MUSIC TEACHER OF THE YEAR RECIPIENT
Algonquin community MEMBER OF Kitigan Zibi Ashinabeg
The OMAs will promote and reflect cultural diversity through its commitment to diverse representation in all aspects of the organization’s administration, processes and operations. We will promote inclusion through the presence, expressions and participation of many different individuals and communities. We explicitly recognize that the contribution and participation of all citizens, including marginalized people, provide equal value and benefit to the society at large.
Over 32,000 viewers in 10 different countries tuned in to watch the livestream series between April - May 2020. Notable winners include Shawn Mendes, Crown Lands, Skye Wallace, VALDII and more.
Video: OMA 2020 Best Moments (Highlight Reel)
Hosted at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, ON, the award show recognized ‘Industry Leader’ to multi-platinum producer Jeff Dalziel, Rooks McCoy for ‘Best New Artist’ and Crown Lands for ’Best Artist’.
Photo: Weapons, 2019 Band of the Year Nominee
Dale Russell, former guitarist for The Guess Who, wins ‘Lifetime Achievement’, Oshawa Councillor Rick Kerr for ‘Industry Leader’ and The Moustache Club for ‘Best Music Venue’.
Photo: Poor Judgement, 2018 Emerging Band of the Year
2019 OMA ARTIST OF THE YEAR
BARBARA LYNN DORAN
2020 OMA BEST SONGWRITER NOMINEE
2018 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT