Ontario hosts a number of music awards to recognize local artists. For tourists visiting Ontario who are music junkies and want to get their ears on some fresh music, Ontario music awards are sure to satisfy your musical thirst and enlighten you on the talent that thrives in Ontario.
The 2011 Juno Awards will be held in Toronto, Ontario and hosted by Drake. This is an award show for all Canadians, but if you happen to be in Ontario from March 21-27, it is definitely worth checking out. Showcasing the best talent in Canada, the Junos recognize emerging and veteran music artists, as well as humanitarian achievements by music artists. This year Neil Young will receive the Allan Water Humanitarian Award.
The Ontario Music Awards are the newest addition to the awards scene, beginning in August 2010. Still in its infancy, TOMA credits Ontario artists in all genres of music including blues, country, cover/tribute bands, dance, electronic, grunge, industrial, jazz, world, metal and so much more.
Now in its third year, the ONTIMAs were created to “shine a light on those that shine.” These awards give exposure to independent artists in over 20 genres, for artists who are not currently signed to a label, never been charted and haven’t yet achieved ‘gold’ status.
Held at a venue in Toronto, Ontario, the winners are announced during a showcase of performances by nominees. Nominations must be received before the deadline. Local artists can look forward to exposure and networking, and visitors to Toronto, Ontario can look forward to an eclectic group of performers and a night that is sure to be entertaining.
The “TIMAs” are an indie awards ceremony with the goal of providing an avenue for independent artists to showcase and network in the industry, not just in Toronto, but Ontario-wide. The TIMAs expose up-and-coming artists to national and international opportunities. The TIMAs awards for live showcasing grew so large that they developed a subsidiary award show called the Home and Native Sound Series that award for only live shows across 3 genres.
This is one of the best showcase series in Ontario and engages over 70 different independent media publications at the shows.
2011 will mark the eighth annual NOMFA awards and fourth annual NOMFA conference. Each year, over 1900 people attend to celebrate local artists and film makers. Helping to create economic opportunities for Ontarians, the NOMFAs attendees (nominees or not) help to foster different opportunities for Northern talent. With 5 film awards and 5 music awards, the NOMFAs are truly a magical night for nominees and attendees.
One of Ontario’s biggest music awards, the Hamilton Music Awards takes place in Hamilton, Ontario and features famous Canadians as award presenters to up-and-coming Canadian talent. The HMAs are a 3-day affair, but attendees can pick and choose which shows they would like to see. It features over 80 musical acts in local clubs and bars and there is free admission in several venues. This event attracts music fans in all walks of life.