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The 5th Annual Oshawa Music Awards Announce This Year’s Nominees

Celebrating Music in Durham Region, the 2022 OMAs Take Place September 29th

Public Voting is Open Now!

Under wraps no more, the Oshawa Music Awards have announced this year’s nominees! 

Marking its fifth year celebrating music in Durham Region, the 2022 OMAs are set to take place Thursday, September 29th, and will honour artists across multiple categories — including Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year, Emerging Artist or Band of the Year, Durham Song of the Year, and Music Teacher of the Year, to name a few. 

Launched in 2018, previous Oshawa Music Award recipients include Shawn Mendes, Crown Lands, Tania Joy, Three Mile Islanders, Zaftig, Skye Wallace, Hollowsage, and Mogens Galberg; returning OMA winners Lindsay Schoolcraft and Gal George Gjurin are also up for 2022 nods. 

“Our list of 2022 nominees demonstrates once again that Durham Region is front row to so many incredibly talented artists,” OMA Co-Director Julius Allan Rondilla says. “Our arts scene is home to some of the nation’s best.”

“While celebrating and supporting local artists is important every year, and the reason we founded the OMAs in the first place, the 2022 award ceremony continues to hold special significance given the hurdles musicians have faced over the past years,” OMA Director Thao Nghiem adds. “Despite it, our creative industry is thriving and we were honoured to receive many wonderful submissions for the 2022 award season.” 

In its ongoing commitment to supporting local artists, the OMAs recently offered an unprecedented deadline extension, allowing musicians additional time to gather their submissions amidst the aftermath of the pandemic and its rippling impact. Further, the 2022 Oshawa Music Awards will again distribute Lifetime Achievement and Industry Leader awards, marking distinct work within the local community. 
Recipients of the 2022 Oshawa Music Awards for Lifetime Achievement and Industry Leader are set to be announced soon. 

// 2022 Official Nominees & Recipients

Artist or Band of the Year

Excuses Excuses (“Far From Perfect”)

Jadea Kelly (“Driveway”)

Lindsay Schoolcraft (“New World”)

Single of the Year

Excuses Excuses (“Far From Perfect”)

Jadea Kelly (“Happy”)

Valdii (“3 Years (Casino Stereo Remix)”)

Songwriter of the Year

Cameron Tania (“Helium”)

Dead Defined (“Rise and Stall”)

Hunter Sheridan (“Ambrose”)

Music Video of the Year

The Crease Rule w/ Production Haus (“Ed Was Honest”)

Delon Om and BenAnthony Lavoz w/ Delon Om (“Delequente (Delinquinte)”)

BUSM w/ The North Brothers (“Smile”)

Emerging Artist or Band of the Year — Presented by Spark Centre

Anthony Brown (“This is Anthony Brown – EP”)

Cameron Tania (“Helium”)

Delon Om and BenAnthony Lavoz (“Delequente (Delinquinte)”)

Album of the Year

Tania Joy (“I Will Stand”)

Valdii (“The Mirror”)

Wayne Madder (“Unconditional”) 

Durham Song of the Year — Presented by Durham Region Economic Development and Tourism 

Cameron Tania (“Helium”)

Gal George Gjurin (“Shine”) 

Music Producer of the Year — Presented by 360insights

Dsymphony (“Delequente (Delinquinte)”)

Gal George Gjurin (“Shine”)

Lindsay Schoolcraft (“Stolen Light”) 

Music Teacher of the Year — Presented by Durham College 

Amanda de Boer

Durham Girls Choir

Emily Snellings

The public is invited to vote for their favourites across all categories, save for Music Producer of the Year and Music Teacher of the Year. Public voting is officially open via theomas.ca, and set to close August 9th, 2022, 11:59 P.M.  

The 2022 Oshawa Music Awards will take place Thursday, September 29th, and are proudly presented by Durham Region Economic Development and Tourism, 360insights, Spark Centre, Trent University Durham GTA, and Durham College. 

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