Inaugural edition of the Capital Music Awards will laud Ottawa bands, songs, videos in March

PETER HUM  Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition is kicking off the new decade with a project to celebrate music in the city through a half-dozen awards.

The inaugural Capital Music Awards will consist of six categories, according to a post this week on OMIC’s Facebook page.

The public can submit nominations for the entertainer of the year and “Impact” awards. Members of OMIC can submit nominations for song of the year, solo/duo of the year, band of the year and video of the year. The eligibility period for the awards is Aug. 1, 2018 to Sept. 1, 2019.

Nominations can be made until Feb. 14 at

The entertainer of the year award is a people’s choice award. A jury will evaluate all of the nominations for the impact award and determine a winner. For the other categories, a jury will whittle the nominations down to five and OMIC members will vote to choose winners.

The awards are to be determined in March 2020.

OMIC, a member-based, non-profit organization, was created in 2015 and receives funding from the City of Ottawa. It has been part of the larger push to establish Ottawa as a “music city” where musicians are able to make a living, and audiences for music are engaged locally.

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