The OMAs (Oshawa Music Awards) is an annual award show that began in 2018. The OMAs recognizes the influence and achievements of local music creators, businesses, and music supporters that help to grow the music scene within the Durham Region, Canada, and globally.
This year, the OMAs award show will celebrate its 5th anniversary with an in-person event on September 29, 2022 together with a livestream element for our global online audience. We will be promoting to all municipalities of Durham Region, including Oshawa, Ajax, Whitby, Pickering, Brock, Uxbridge, Scugog, and Clarington.
The 2022 OMAs will feature 11 award categories: Emerging Artist or Band, Artist or Band, Album, Single, Songwriter(s), Music Teacher(s), Music Video, Durham Song, Music Producer (s), Music Industry Leader, and Lifetime Achievement/OMA Hall of Fame 2022 Inductee(s).
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