Oshawa Music Week is near; be prepared to be amazed!

March 19, 2021


Oshawa, ON - Celebrating its 21st year, Oshawa Music Week (formerly Reel Music Festival) is a week-long series of events that will take place from April 5 to 10, 2021. It brings six days of entertaining and educational events, celebrating the region's rich music culture. This student-run initiative strives to develop, grow, support, and unite the music community. Each event under the scope of Oshawa Music Week (OMW) is tailored for the diverse members of Durham Region’s cultural landscape, ranging from entertainment for music lovers to education for aspiring and established music professionals.

This year, all events will be livestreamed. OMW will showcase musical talent from Oshawa and beyond. Over 25 bands, recording artists, and DJs will perform. Local and international music practitioners will discuss current topics that are important to the music industry. New talents will participate in songwriting competitions and raise funds for music initiatives.

Oshawa Music Week has hosted many notable guest speakers, emerging musical talent, and budding music business managers. Over the years, OMW was honoured to feature performances by Haviah Mighty, Rural Alberta Advantage, Cale Crowe, The Professors of Funk, Kelsi Mayne, Rooks McCoy, DJ NDN, and Robyn Ottolini among many others.

Summary of the Events


  • Over 25 artists in six different live showcases, including a songwriting competition.

  • An wide cross section of music industry panelists will discuss diverse topics, including: the international music business, live music after COVID-19, mental health and social media, and songwriting and music publishing.

  • Join conversations with artists and delegates.

Oshawa Music Week is a capstone project for the Music Business Management program students in Durham College. "Oshawa Music Week has been so helpful in seeing what goes on behind the scenes of a music festival, from booking bands to negotiating contracts to setting up a website. It’s given me so much confidence and experience in my abilities to plan concerts and festivals for when I enter the work force soon," says Jemma Gordon - 2nd year Music Business Management student.

In this first livestream endeavour, Oshawa Music Week 2021 is embracing the future of music conferences and live music programming. Despite the COVID-19 limitations, students will show that they are Digital Natives and have been training all of their lives for this moment.

Welcome to our virtual OMW 2021 reality!