“Fairy Godmother” Lindsay Schoolcraft named Oshawa Music Aawards Artist of the Year
Posted on September 24, 2021 at 11:38 a.m.
A self-proclaimed fairy godmother who sings, writes, produces and plays the harp is the Artist of the Year at the 2021 Oshawa Music Awards, beating stiff competition at Thursday night’s awards show at the Biltmore Theater in Oshawa.
Lindsay Schoolcraft, formerly of the Oshawa band Cradle of Filth, saw her ethereal gothic metal music beat Crown Lands prog-rockers and post-hardcore bangers Judgment. Both groups won three AMO nominations, and both were excluded by voters.
Schoolcraft, itself a Juno nominee, has captured the hearts of voters with its album World’s Away, which alternates between spellbinding harp ballads and pure black metal.
There were two double winners at this year’s OMAs: newcomer Sagen Pearse, who performs as Hollowsage & the Three Mile Islanders, and Gal George Gjurin, a Slovenian-Canadian country / roots singer-songwriter. .
Pearse, who has been writing songs for only three years, won the Emerging Artist of the Year award, as well as Album of the Year for his debut LP, Nuclear Home.
The Uxbridge singer-songwriter, who ran a funeral home by day and sang in local clubs by night, writes about death and the dying, broken homes, senseless violence and “sinister dances with the monsters” altered states “.
Other nominated artists in its two categories included Nerima and Nothing Special in the Emerging Artist category and Crown Lands (for their own self-titled debut album) and Hunter Sheridan (Life is a Dream) for Album of the Year.
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Gjurin, a 20-year music industry veteran who divides his time between Ljubljana, Slovenia, Oshawa and Toronto, took home the Music Video of the Year and Durham Song of the Year awards.
His award-winning video, Secret, shows the chops of country / roots singers on a dark ballad, against the backdrop of wheat fields at sunset. Her winning song of the year, I Don’t Want to Meet You in Heaven, is a more uplifting folk song inspired by memories and places in Oshawa.
Gjurin’s competition for Durham’s Song of the Year included Daniel Raymond (115) and Tania Joy (Planks and Marietta). In the Music Video category, Gjurin beat Dead Defined (Lifeline) and Judgment (Define Alive).
Other winners include Valdii, the former frontman of Eleven Part One (like Daniel Richter) for Single of the Year. The Bowmanville pop crooner won for The Mirror, beating Crown Lands (Context: Fearless Pt. 1) and Hunter Sheridan (To you, My Friend).
Tania Joy from Uxbridge, who was the event’s emcee, won the songwriter of the year award. Folk / roots / soul singer-songwriter beat Judgment and The Rocking Krolik.
The awards ceremony also honored its Music Teacher of the Year, with the award going to Newcastle-based musician and teacher Alexa Goldie.
Goldie, 22, from Kingston, is self-taught in piano, guitar and ukulele and released her debut album, High Road, in 2019. She has been teaching for two years.
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