Press Release

August 1, 2023

The OMAs 2023 returns for its 6th year, on September 24, 2023 at the historic Regent Theatre, during the Convergence Music and Art Festival

OSHAWA, ON (August 11, 2023) - The OMAs 2023 - Award Show, celebrating Durham Region’s finest talent and vibrant music scene, will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2023 at 8pm in Oshawa’s historic landmark Regent Theatre. In addition, The OMAs is thrilled to be part of the inaugural Convergence Music and Art Festival that will be taking over downtown Oshawa from September 22 to 24.  

Now in its 6th year, The OMAs (formerly Oshawa Music Awards) 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. 

Past OMA recipients include Crown Lands, Dizzy, Shawn Mendes, Lindsay Schoolcraft, Tania Joy, Hill Kourkoutis (Industry Leader 2022), and Wednesday and Greg Keelor (2022 Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame). 

This year The OMAs will present awards in 11 categories: Emerging Artist or Band, Artist or Band, Album, Record, Songwriter(s), Song, Music Teacher(s), Music Video, Music Producer(s), Music Industry Leader, and Lifetime Achievement/OMA Hall of Fame 2023 Inductee(s). With submissions closing in mid-June and adjudication finished by the end of July, the nominees will be announced in mid-August, followed by public voting for fan favourites like Emerging Artist and Artist/Band of the Year.

The OMAs, an esteemed annual music awards ceremony that has recognized exceptional talent in Oshawa and the Durham Region for five years, will be an integral part of Convergence, adding an extra layer of excitement and prestige to the festivities. By combining the vibrant energy of Convergence with the prestigious honour of The OMAs, attendees can expect an unparalleled experience celebrating the very best of Ontario's music scene right here in Oshawa.

Convergence will serve as a sensational platform for artists, musicians, and music enthusiasts from across the province to gather in the heart of Durham Region and revel in the rich tapestry of sounds that define the region's music landscape. This event aims to foster community spirit, connect music enthusiasts, and elevate the artistic brilliance that emerges from Oshawa and its surroundings.

“Our creative industry in the Durham Region continues to thrive. The OMAs is a significant platform to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary artists who contribute to this musical landscape” says Thao Nghiem, OMA Director, adding, “we are thrilled to be a part of the Convergence weekend and to enhance the scope and reach of this region’s musical talent."

Tickets for The OMAs are available through the Regent Theatre box office starting on August 2nd, with special pre-sale pricing until August 15. 

About The OMAs: Now in its sixth year, The OMAs (formerly Oshawa Music Awards) rebranded in 2022, emphasizing a commitment to celebrating music in the Durham Region. Held annually, the show presents awards in 11 categories and 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. For more information, visit 

About the Convergence Art and Music Festival: The Convergence Art and Music Festival is a celebration of the intersection of art and music in downtown Oshawa. The festival aims to create a platform for local and Canadian artists and musicians to showcase their talent while fostering community and creativity. The event features a variety of free community events, including a street festival with a full day of live performances featuring headliners The Strumbellas; and exciting ticketed events, including the OMAs, and live experiences at the Biltmore Theatre, Atria Bar and Grill, and the Tribute Communities Centre. Visit www. 

The OMAs - Celebrating Music In Durham Region
Jennet Lees, Event Manager