The Capital Music Awards Celebrate Local Talent

ABOVE: City Fidelia performs at the 4th Annual Capital Music Awards. (PHOTO: Laura Collins)

The 4th Annual Capital Music Awards (CMA), presented and hosted by the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC), took place at the Bronson Center on Thursday, June 1st.  It was a swanky affair attended by a sold-out crowd of 500 who were treated to a night of live music and celebration of some of Ottawa’s best music artists.

Ottawa Mayor, his worship Mark Sutcliffe, opened the event by saying, “[Music] has the power to transcend language barriers, cultural barriers, all barriers. It has the ability to speak to the core of our humanity, and it inspires change.” He went on to congratulate the entire industry for making the City of Ottawa a more vibrant place to live, work, and visit. 

The Commotions provided live music during the event, which really elevated the tone of Ottawa’s big night out. Music performances by Empress Nyiringango, Marie-Clo, City Fidelia, and Mimi O’Bonsawin entertained between 10 categories of awards. 

Over 250 nominations were submitted. Over 1100 public votes were cast to determine the recipients of five categories. A total of 42 jurors across the globe spent over 100 hours reviewing submissions. Countless volunteers contributed their valuable time to make the 4th edition of the CMAs a rousing success!

If you missed it, it will be broadcast on RogersTV Ottawa at a later date.

Here are the results:

ABOVE: Group of the Year: The Angelique Francis Band, Solo Artist of the Year: Danielle Allard, Newcomer of the Year: East Coast Experience, Songwriter of the Year: Yao (PHOTOS: Laura Collins)

ABOVE: Best Production & Arrangements: Moonfruits – Moon Cradle, Video of the Year & Single of the Year: Pony Girl – Age of Anxious, Live Music Venue of the Year: The Rainbow Bistro (PHOTOS: Laura Collins)

ABOVE: Live Music Event of the Year: Sofar Sounds – Sofar Sounds Ottawa, Community Impact Award: Apartment613 Volunteers, Album of the Year: Amanda Rheaume – The Spaces in Between (PHOTOS: Laura Collins)

Anne-Marie Brugger has been a Director of the OMIC Board since 2019 and has been involved in coordinating the four awards ceremonies, which launched in 2020.