Growing Oshawa and the Durham Region Music Scene

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Saturday,  April 9, 2022 at 10:00am

How can we build an infrastructure to support musicians and music business entrepreneurs in the Durham Region. Is there room for growth in the Oshawa music scene? Is finding work in “downtown Toronto” the only option? How has the growth in Oshawa and the Durham region been, is it steady? What is different now from previous years? How can we increase the growth even more?

Moderated by Dillon Stuart

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Dino Lezzi

Dino Lezzi runs the Atria, a local music venue in downtown Oshawa. Born in Oshawa and living here all his life. Dino started running the Atria back in the mid-’90s. In the begging, the Atria was a spot for a great dinner and live music. A place where people could eat and be entertained at the same time. In the ’90s the Atria became more of a live venue and a place where local artists and artists from across Canada could come play. In 99 the Diesel Room was opened above the Atria offering another live venue for customers and

performers. Great food, music, and service are what the Atria and Diesel Room offer.

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T - Minus

Tyler Mathew Carl Williams, professionally known as T-Minus, is a Canadian record producer. He has produced hit records and worked with many popular artists including Lil Wayne, Eminem, Drake, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Justin Bieber, Belly, ASAP Rocky, Big Sean, DJ Khaled, 2 Chainz, Lana Del Rey, Sia, J. Cole, and more.

Delon Om

Born and raised in Toronto, Canadian singer/songwriter Delon Om is poised to play a revolutionary role in the music industry. A former contestant on Canadian Idol, Om has been producing music for many Torontonian artists. In 2012, he teamed up with Sean Hakim and Jenny Walls to form the dynamic

pop-trio Starchild X. After co-writing a mere one song with his producer, Sheldon Moore, the group was catapulted to instant stardom when Virgin Radio 99.9 (CKFM Toronto, Canada) welcomed the single “Superstar” into rotation. “Superstar” hit the airwaves in 2013 and it didn’t take long for the record

labels to take heed of this: the group was courted by both Sony and Ultra Records. After signing with Ultra Records, Om collaborated with Alex Gaudino, a prolific DJ in the global community. After this endeavor, Om decided to pursue a solo career, and his success thus far is nothing short of remarkable. In

2018, he was invited to perform at the 13th Annual Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards. His latest single “What We Guh Do Now?” (featuring Juno nominated artist Trinity Chris) held the #1 spot on various radio charts in Jamaica. Another one of his singles, “Someone Special To Me”, was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary “This is for Toronto”. In 2021, Om teamed up with two-time Canadian Latin Award winner BenAnthony LaVoz and

Latin Grammy winner Sensei Musica to release “The Gentleman & Scholar”. Om has also worked with Juno Award winning producers Sheldon Moore and T.J. Habibi on his highly anticipated solo album “Theatre of Cruelty”, slated for release in 2022.

Rick Kerr

Regional & City Councillor  of Oshawa. 

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Dillon Stuart

Dillon Stewart is a cultural commentator better known for his current role on the True North Views podcast. A prominent figure in the underground Toronto ndie music scene. Dillon has worked with some of Canada’s biggest music blogs also working with multiple artists across all genres aiding in the creation of music and visuals.