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Story and images by Amanda Darrock
In the hustle and bustle of the downtown core you may often hear the sounds of excited chatter, sirens and car engines. Listen closely though on any night of the week and you can hear the sound of music spilling out of venue doors.
Almost on any street corner there is a venue offering open-mic, live shows, and even some of the world’s chart-toppers. As Oshawa leans on the outskirts of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), there is always much comparison to the Toronto music scene, though much talent can be found right here in our own Oshawa.
“Oshawa has a lot of talent hidden in it,” says Jenine Daubney, a local Hip-hop artist. “If you look at some of the people who come out of here, it’s amazing talent. I grew up on the streets and have met some really amazing musicians from the local area.”
With venues such as The Atria, Glass Bottle, GM Centre, Wasted Space, Simcoe Blues and Jazz club and The Corral to name a few, musicians are offered a lot of opportunities to showcase their talents. Bands like Hairy Holler often take advantage of Murphy’s Pub. Although they play all over, every Sunday you can find them on the pub’s stage.Tweet
Story and photos by Meghan Wels
Downtown Oshawa was brought to life on Saturday, February 6th to the sweet sound of Canada’s own Tragically Hip. The infamous “wheat kings” took over the GM Centre for what was only their second visit to the venue since it opened in 2006.
The show began with the Arkells, another Canadian band, who got their start in Hamilton, Ontario. They played a fantastic set with a mix of songs off of their first album, Jackson Square, and their latest album, Michigan Left. Fans went wild for the Arkells, especially while playing their hits such as Kiss Cam, The Ballad Of Hugo Chavez and Whistleblower.Tweet