Wednesday is the men of the hour at the Oshawa Music Awards

FWhere WednesdayThursday, September 29 will be a day to remember – because that’s when the award-winning band will receive a Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award to 2022 Oshawa Music Prize.

A chance meeting in Oshawa in July 1967 between Paul Andrew Smith and Randy Beg planted the seed that became Wednesday. Randy and Paul spent this summer hanging out, performing impromptu concerts at local Oshawa parks and visitor centers until they met Mike O’Neil and John Dufek. The Cellophane Spoon soon formed, and were led by John Hall until 1971, when the task was taken over by Bill Diela former keyboardist with Ronnie Hawkins and Domino fats. In 1970, the group’s name was changed to Wednesday with the release of their first single Hang in there girlwhich was recorded in Toronto, produced by John Driscoll and released the Ampex Recordings.

In 1972, the band recorded the wayne cochran song last kiss at Toronto Manta Sound Studiosconceived by Lee DeCarlo (John Lennon, Aerosmith). The single was quickly picked up by local radio stations and went to No. 2, giving way to an avalanche of Canadian radio support. The song reached the No. 1 position on BillboardCanadian charts and stayed there for six weeks, earning them a Maple Leaf RPM Award (the precursor of Juno), a gold record in 1973, and several Juno applications.

A first album was recorded in 1974 at His Manta and furnished Wednesday with a second blow, teen angel (1974), which reached No. 15 on the Canadian charts. In 1976 Wednesday released their second album I love you baby, which reached No. 17. The album went on to produce four more hits, including Do the best I can.

The 2022 Oshawa Music Prize will take place on Thursday, September 29 and are proudly presented by Durham Region Economic Development and Tourism, 360insights, spark center, Trent University Durham GTA and Durham College. Tickets are available HERE. For more information see OMAs website.

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