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Music Weeks, Bake Offs, and More This April in Oshawa!

After such an unprecedented winter, I would be an April Fool to believe that spring has finally sprung, but here’s hoping! As we sheepishly put away our winterwear and enjoy the longer days, there is much to enjoy right here in Oshawa. 

Did you know that Oshawa has been recognized for its outstanding gatherings by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO)? Both the Peony Festival (which takes place in June) and Kars on King (happening in August) were prized with a Top 100 award. This win signals industry excellence, as recognized by festival goers, peers, and government officials and is worth adding some swagger to our step! Not only did our events get some shine on a provincial stage, but so did an Oshawa resident, Judi Denny, who was named FEO’s Volunteer of the Year. As I have boasted about in much of my Oshawa advocacy, there is nothing like the grit of the people who make this city as cool as it is. Great work to everyone who brought home the win! 

Oshawa Music Week
Oshawa Music Week kicks off an April full of events in Oshawa.

As we bask in the success of our festival and events, let’s look forward to Oshawa Music Week. Taking place from April 2 to 6, locations all around Oshawa, including Bond Street Event Centre, The Biltmore, 504 Bar, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and Durham College, are all hosting events in support of this student-driven initiative. DC’s Music Business Management students organized all 12 events, and these youth need our support. An OMW Pass costs $38.61. Ticketed events range from $7.71 to $14.11, with some free events. Look here for more information about tickets

What I am looking forward to about this event is not only seeing the hard work of young people but also seeing the increased diversity brought into Oshawa. With events spanning various genres of music and dance, there is truly something for everyone to look forward to. For example, on Saturday, April 6, the closing OMW event is “Afroana,” an event featuring DJs on the ones and two spinning the best of dancehall, afrobeats, soca, amapiano and more. With such amazing innovations happening in all these genres, including South African musician Tyla winning a Grammy for her country, and for all of us lovers of the wave that amapiano has created, it is amazing to see this culture being highlighted in such a big way right here in Oshawa. 

Oshawa Music Week's Afronana event is not to be missed!
Oshawa Music Week's Afronana event is not to be missed!

Line dancing is in the air, along with belt buckles, cowboy boots, and big hats. Coming up on the heels of Beyonce dropping her country album, BondSt’s 222 venue (located at 44 Bond Street East) is hosting its own country night on Thursday, April 4. Perfect for date night, grab your partner and swing ‘em round and round at this local lounge.  As the weather gets warmer and patios begin to open up, folks start to clamber out of hibernation. In search of the local goings-on, Parkwood Estate National Historic Site always has us covered. On Saturday, April 13, join Niv Menon-Saberi, who competed in season 7 of the Great Canadian Baking Show, to guide adults and children through a focaccia-making workshop. Throughout April, Parkwood also hosts a gemstone bracelet-making workshop, “Teacups and Tiaras,” paint nights, a macrame purse-making workshop, and more. Be sure to check out their website for details and ticketing.

Ontario Tech University Alumni and baking extraordinaire Niv Menon-Saberi
Ontario Tech University Alumni and baking extraordinaire Niv Menon-Saberi.

While we are still participating in all the celebrations of Oshawa’s centennial, there is so much to see and do around town this April. Whether it is celebrating music, enjoying culinary treats, engaging in artist talks, or simply enjoying being in the community, I hope to see you around! 

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