With a new album and tour announcement, fans of American heavy metal act Slipknot had a lot to look forward to by the end of the 2014 summer. In late October, the band released their fifth studio album .5: The Grey Chapter and almost immediately took to the road for a North American arena tour along with openers Korn. On Sunday night, the infamous masked rockers arrived north of the border for a concert at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, the only Canadian date on the current tour.
Prior to their performance, Warner Music Canada and Roadrunner Records Canada presented the band with Gold plaques for the The Gray Chapter, which was certified only a month after its release date. The album title is a reference to the now late Paul Gray who passed away in 2010.
As reported by Aesthetic Magazine, frontman Corey Taylor revealed the plaques on stage in front of the ecstatic crowd, informing them that Canada is the first country to have the album certified. He went on to say “thanks for keeping the spirit of metal music in Canada.”
UK singer/songwriter Charli XCX had quite the summer in 2014. After reaching #1 with her appearance on Iggy Azalea‘s summer anthem “Fancy”, Charli XCX earned a Canadian Platinum certification for her own song “Boom Clap”, which was featured on the soundtrack for the The Fault In Our Stars. Prior to her sold out show in Toronto, Charli XCX was presented with a Platinum award plaque for “Boom Clap” from the Warner Music Canada team, along with a plaque commemorating the #1 position of the song on Canadian CHR/Top 40 radio.
During a tour stop in Vancouver, BC on Wednesday, Los Angeles indie-pop outfit Echosmith were presented with Canadian Gold award plaques for their single “Cool Kids” off their debut album Talking Dreams (Warner Canada). Echosmith is comprised of 4 siblings: Sydney, Graham, Noah, and Jamie Sierota. This summer, the band completed their second stint on the Vans Warped Tour and is currently opening for American Authors on the Honda Civic Tour.
Upon recieving their awards, Echosmith tweeted the following:
Following her headlining concert at Toronto, ON’s Phoenix Concert Theatre, Universal Music Canada recording artist Tove Lo was presented with a Canadian Platinum award plaque for her track “Habits (Stay High)” off her 2014 debut album Queen Of The Clouds. The Swedish singer took her to Instagram to thank the crowd for an amazing show and break the news of the Platinum certification.
After a busy summer touring the globe in support of their album 2014 White Women, Montreal, QC’s Chromeo paid a visit to Last Gang Records‘ Toronto headquarters where they were surprised with Gold and Platinum award plaques for their smash single “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)”. The awards were the first ever for the “funks lords”, who were in Toronto for a highly anticipated concert at the Kool Haus.
During a stop in Toronto for a sold-out show at The Virgin Mobile Mod Club, rising UK electronic act Clean Bandit were presented with Canadian Platinum Digital Download award plaques for their single “Rather Be”, from their debut album New Eyes (Warner Music Canada).The show marked the beginning of their first-ever North American tour and was also the only stop in Canada. In January 2014, “Rather Be” became the fastest-selling single of the year in the UK and in February became the most streamed song in a single week on Spotify UK with 1.09 million plays, surpassing Daft Punk‘s record for their hit “Get Lucky”.
You can watch the official video for “Rather Be” below:
Following their opening set for Kings Of Leon on Tuesday in Toronto, Sony Music Canada surprised South African alternative-rock group Kongos with Double Platinum award plaques for their breakthrough track “Come With Me Now”. The song, which has gained steady airplay on multiple radio formats across the country, comes off their 2014 album Lunatic. “Come With Me Now” lands at #13 this week after 26 weeks on the Canadian Top Digital Tracks chart.
Prior to his headlining concert at Toronto, ON’s Air Canada Centre, Warner Music Canada recording artist Bruno Mars was presented with a unique 3D Canadian certifications plaque for the titles listed below. Yes, blue and red glasses are required for the full pop-out effect – how cool is that?
"With my count, after tonight, there'll be around 100 men and 10 women in the Hall of Fame. That’s not right."
At the 2019 @CanadianMHOF induction, @CJmusic's Margo Timmins called out sexism in the music industry. Hear her full speech in @CBCMusic. https://www.cbc.ca/music/cowboy-junkies-margo-timmins-calls-out-sexism-in-the-music-industry-1.5359196?fbclid=IwAR1s3QPVEKiUzEBhd5KZKdeVj6UrMocbM_VZMCmlpFbYXYQsRC4ecSXP578
Securing sustainable growth for digital Music industry is paramount for the future of creativity. Stimulating discussion at last night’s event at @Cassels by @GFHenderson from @Music_Canada and @miramulholland followed by an inspiring performance from @harrowfairmusic
Great end from @harrowfairmusic for a important event. Securing sustainable growth for today’s digital Music industry is essential for the future of music. Thank you @Cassels @Music_Canada for providing this platform to continue the discussion.
The @SOCANFoundation has announced the new Equity X Production Mentorship Program, to create equity & access for women in music production. To learn more, and to apply, visit https://www.socanfoundation.ca/programs/#equity.