Oshawa Musical Artists Get Juno Nominations

By Courtney Bachar / The Oshawa Express / LJI Reporter

Oshawa arrived in force at the Juno Awards 2021 with three artists among the nominees this year.

The Oshawa Crown Lands duo were nominated for two awards – Breakthrough Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year for their self-titled album, Crown Lands.

Known for their high-energy live performance and full sound, Kevin Comeau, who plays guitar and keyboards with his feet, and Cody Bowles, who plays drums and vocals, bring classic psych-rock into the musical landscape. modern with a sound rooted in the blues.

Artist Lennon Stella, whose family is from Oshawa, began writing songs at the age of seven and was recording at the age of 15. She was nominated for the Juno Fan Choice Award, Single of the Year for her song, Kissing Other People, and Pop Album. of the year for her debut album, Three. Of them. One, released in spring 2020.

Stella was also recently named one of Refinery29’s Young Celebrities to Watch, Teen Vogue’s 16 Musicians You Must Listen to, and most recently Amazon Music’s 2020 artists to watch.

Oshawa’s Dizzy is shortlisted for Alternative Album of the Year for The Sun and her Scorch.

The band, made up of Katie Munshaw, Charlie Spencer, Mackenzie Spencer and Alex Spencer, started out with gigs in local bars, then landed a recording deal and released their album Baby Teeth in August 2018.

Oshawa Councilor Derek Giberson praised the musical artists at Monday’s council meeting, noting that while the past year has been quite a difficult time, especially for the cultural sectors and the music industry music, they have always worked in different ways, creating and getting involved in the creative economy.

“It’s great to be able to stand up, virtually, of course, and see how proud these musicians are not only to make our city, but also to witness to the fact that we have a vibrant and vital arts and cultural scene. here in Oshawa. “

Originally scheduled for March, prices will now take place on Sunday, May 16 due to the pandemic. Rather than a large hall, the event will take place from a variety of music venues across the country.

This year’s event marks the 50e anniversary of the Junos. This year’s host will be singer / songwriter Alessia Cara and can be viewed on CBC.