Celebrating Ottawa’s Music Industry – Nominations Open for the Capital Music Awards until March 17!



OTTAWA, ON – Originally published March 8, 2023 – The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) is thrilled to announce the nomination process has now begun for the 4th Annual Capital Music Awards (CMAs). Since 2020, the CMAs have recognized artists, creators, music workers, entrepreneurs, and industry members who contribute to Ottawa’s rich & diverse music sector. This 4th edition of the awards will spotlight some of the region’s finest talent, promoting Ottawa’s music industry to the rest of Canada and beyond. With two new categories added, the 2023 CMAs will highlight the return to live events and honour the hardworking folks working behind the scenes in music.

“OMIC wanted to make space this year to honour the hard-working promoters, organizations, and entrepreneurs that are cornerstones of our music ecosystem. These folks have spent the last few years being extremely creative in order to survive in an industry that was among the hardest hit. We want to thank them for their efforts and let them know their resilience is worth celebrating,” explained OMIC’s Executive Director Melanie Brulée.

Anyone living in the Ottawa-Gatineau region is eligible to be recognized with an award however only OMIC members in good standing are eligible to nominate. This year, music professionals who wish to become an OMIC member for the first time can access a promotional code via the website at www.ottawamic.com/cma. A group of independent jury members from all over the world will review each category and pick winners for 7 categories and narrow down the top 5 finalists for the categories that go to public vote. All winners will be announced during the in-person awards ceremony on June 1st (venue soon to be announced). Those who cannot attend can watch the live broadcast on RogersTV Ottawa, Channel 22.

“It’s been a pleasure to watch the Capital Music Awards grow over the last four years as we work alongside our partners and the City of Ottawa to embed music into the fabric of our region. We are proud of all the talent that resides in our city that deserve all the accolades that come with the recognition from the Capital Music Awards. I hear the planning committee has some exciting surprises up their sleeve this year… we look forward to celebrating with you!” says Steve Foley, current Board President at OMIC.

2023 Capital Music Awards Categories:

Nominations are open until March 17th, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET.

  1. Single of the Year
  2. Album of the Year
  3. Artist of the Year
  4. Newcomer of the Year (+public vote)
  5. Group of the Year
  6. Video of the Year (+public vote)
  7. Songwriter of the Year
  8. Best Production and Arrangements
  9. Community Impact Award
  10. Live Music Event of the Year *new this year! (+public vote)
  11. Live Music Venue of the Year *new this year! (+public vote)

For more information on eligibility and how to nominate, please visit www.ottawamic.com/cma.

Thank you to the City of Ottawa and Rogers TV for supporting this initiative, as well as Bandzoogle, Long & McQuade, and Edwards Creative Law without whom this event would not be possible. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit ottawamic.com/sponsorship.

About the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition

Operating on the unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe people and established in 2015 by a group of local music industry leaders, The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC) is a bilingual member-based non-profit organization whose mission is to play a lead role in the economic, cultural and social prosperity of Ottawa and the surrounding region. We create a thriving and inclusive music ecosystem that provides opportunities for local artists, music professionals and entrepreneurs while engaging the community and fostering collaboration and innovation. OMIC is committed to connecting music communities, along with our municipal, provincial, national and international partners, to work toward common goals to create a vibrant and sustainable music industry in Ottawa that benefits all members of the community.

We do this through:

  • Continuous development and programming for artists, workforce, entrepreneurs and venues
  • Advocating local government, industry and institutional partners for increased openness to
  • embedding live and recorded music into their day-to-day operations
  • Committing to diversity and inclusion in OMIC performing, programming and workforce
  • opportunities
  • Strengthening musical connections within the city and beyond
  • Developing cross-industry partnerships to the benefit of the music sector

For media inquiries, please contact:
Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC)
[email protected]