Lindsay Schoolcraft Wins Artist of the Year at Oshawa Music Awards Gala


By Glenn Hendry

Published on October 4, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.

DSymphony Producer of the Year (left) and Durham Gal George Gjurin Song of the Year winner

An ethereal gothic metal solo artist, a haunting harpist, a Gothmother fairy, a chamber black metal singer. Call Lindsay Schoolcraft whatever you want, but you can also call her a two-time Artist of the Year winner at the annual OMA, Oshawa and Durham Region Music Celebration.

The awards were handed out at an in-person gala — the first event with butts in the comfy seats since 2019 — Thursday night at the Biltmore Theater in downtown Oshawa, with gear handed out for the entertainer. year, Emerging Artist of the Year, Best Music Video, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Durham Song of the Year, Producer of the Year and several special accolades including Career/Hall of Fame, Music Industry Personality of the Year and Top Music Teacher.

And what’s a music awards show without music? Performers on the night included Tania Joy, Valdii and Delom Om, who along with Ben Anthony Lavoz was a double winner, winning Emerging Artist and Best Music Video for Delenquente.

The event was hosted by Schoolcraft, which was nominated for Producer of the Year as well as Artist of the Year. In her acceptance speech, she called for more women in the technical field of the music industry, saying women bring a “different quality” to the job that is badly needed.

After the show, she took to social media to thank her fans for their support. “I wanted to thank you for making this possible. Our time here and what we create is so precious. I am forever grateful to you all.

Lindsay Schoolcraft, two-time OMA Artist of the Year

Other winners of the night included Jadea Kelly for Single of the Year for Happy; Wayne Madder for Album of the Year for Unconditional; Cameron Tania – who beamed with delight after her name was announced – for Songwriter of the Year (she was also nominated for Emerging Artist); Gal George Gjurin for Durham Song of the Year for Shine; and DSymphony for Producer of the Year.

Hill Kourkoutis, the first woman to win (or even be named) Juno Engineer of the Year, was earlier named Music Industry Personality of the Year. The Music Teacher of the Year award went to Emily Snellings, singer-songwriter from Whitby and music teacher at RH Cornish PS in Whitby, who seamlessly blends catchy pop hooks, rich jazz harmonies and soulful R&B grooves in his music. Snellings also gave an impassioned speech calling for more resources for public music education while accepting the award.

The Lifetime Achievement/Hall of Fame Awards went to three artists/groups this year: 1970s pop group Wednesday, Blue Rodeo co-founder Greg Keelor; and the Durham Girls Choir.

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