OSHAWA MUSIC WEEK AWARDS
BEST EMERGING ARTIST
In-your-face punk; a mix of emotion-driven ballads, pop-punk/alternative outfit, Poor Judgement, is one to keep a close eye on. Based out of Oshawa, ON, these four have been friends for over a decade. On stage, their chemistry, energy and passion behind their performance is unlike any other. They will pull you in and leave you wanting more. Poor Judgement is the perfect combination of what every music listener will appreciate.
"Pop-punk is alive and well in Oshawa, Ontario and Poor Judgement makes a strong case for such.”
– Canadian Beats
Utilizing heartfelt lyricism & melodic hooks Matlock Expressway presents a fun, driving sound charged with pop-punk, emo, metal, & indie rock influences. The southern Ontario quartet released their debut EP "Why Is This Time Any Different" in 2016 and have since been engaging audiences with their energetic, heartfelt live show. The band has been building their fan-base on a hard-working DIY foundation and with the recent release of their first single "Meanwhile" they are poised to take the Canadian music scene by storm in the years to come.
BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE
THE MOUSTACHE CLUB
Founded by Jacob Hamayda & Nathaniel F. Beatty The Moustache Club has been showcasing amateur and professional live music and events since 2013 in the heart of Durham Region, in downtown Oshawa. Some of today’s best known and most emerging artists have graced the stage of The Moustache Club. Its quickly become the staple venue for any type of live entertainment in the region.
Rick Kerr has toured for fifteen years with The Entertainers, and British Music Hall Troupe, as a featured performer. He organized (and performed in) many musical cabaret fundraisers for Oshawa Little Theatre and Whitby Courthouse Theatre. Some shows featured as many as 113 performers with many getting their first opportunity to perform live.
For the last fifteen years, working together with "Artemis" Chartier, Dale’s co-founding partner of an NFP for kids called SASS (The School Alliance of Student Songwriters ), Dale Russell is a multi-talented veteran with over fifty years' experience in the music industry. He remained an integral member of The Guess Who for seventeen years until May of 2000. Dale continues to write and perform with Artemis in the Greater Toronto Area in their duo named “OM” (original music), and finds time to help organize and appear for many charity events. Dale is a member of The RADD Collective a group of five seasoned musicians, songwriters, and producers building their catalogue for TV and films, and producing various artists. Dale is also a producer, and contributes his skills in editing, mixing, and mastering for various clients.