Oshawa Music Week is a week-long series of events that will take place April 4 to 9, 2022. It features entertainment for music lovers and education for aspiring and established music professionals. Presented by students of the Music Business program of Durham College, this initiative is in it’s 22nd year, and strives to develop, support, and unite the music community. OMW strives to reflect the student voice of those of the diverse members of Oshawa’s cultural landscape.
OMW 22 will be presented as in-person and livestreamed formats. We plan to showcase musical talent from Oshawa, the Durham Region and beyond. Bands, recording artists, and DJs will perform. Local and international music practitioners will discuss current topics that are important to the music industry. Developing talent will participate in song writing competitions and raise funds for music initiatives.
Oshawa Music Week and its predecessor Reel Music Festival is honoured to have hosted emerging musical talent, many prominent guest speakers and up-and-coming music business managers. Previous performers include Haviah Mighty, Rural Alberta Advantage, Cale Crowe, The Professors of Funk, Kelsi Mayne, Rooks McCoy, DJ NDN formerly of A Tribe Called Red, Robyn Ottolini, Excuses Excuses, Ill Scarlet, Michou, Amorak, Constellations, Brighter Brightest, Eleven Past One, and many others in a variety of genres.
Notable past guest speakers: David Baksh (Sum 41), David Marsden (broadcaster and creator of CFNY – EDGE 102.1), Alan Cross , Eric Alper (Canadian Music Correspondent), Greig Nori (Treble Charger, Manager of Sum41), James Linderman (Berklee School of Music), Ian Stranger (Black Box Music - Classified, Crash Parallel, Teenage Kicks), Jessica Lemmon (event coordination and production management), and Tyler ‘T-Minus’ Williams (producer for Nicki Minaj, Beyoncé, Ciara, Drake, and Justin Bieber).
Past sponsors, funders and partners include: 94.9 The Rock, City of Oshawa, DC Students Inc., FACTOR, Henry’s, Indie Week, Killthe8, Plato’s Closet, Riot Radio, Smoke's Poutinerie, SOCAN Foundation, The OMAs, TD Canada Trust, Long & McQuade, and Unison Benevolent Fund. These companies share our enthusiasm for independent music. This festival will continue to seek local and regional business support.
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Oshawa Music Week strives to develop, support, and unite the music community within the City of Oshawa and throughout the Durham Region. Each year, OMW organizes a variety of events that acknowledge and includes Durham’s diverse individuals and culture, through entertainment for music lovers to education for aspiring and established music professionals.