Following a sold out two-night run last week at the Danforth Music Hall in her hometown of Toronto, rising singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez was presented with a Double Platinum plaque by Universal Music Canada staff for her breakthrough hit “Figures.”
The 2018 JUNO Breakthrough Artist winner initially released the song in 2016, and included it on her debut EP Kiddo in 2017. During the 2018 JUNO Awards in Vancouver, Reyez was joined by Daniel Caesar to perform the song, with a studio version released following the broadcast.
Ahead of his 80th birthday, iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot was presented with a Gold plaque for his 2000 DVD Live In Reno. The plaque was presented at Lightfoot’s concert at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON. Linus Entertainment’s Geoff Kulawick, who distributed the concert video, presented Lightfoot with the award, along with Brooke Kulawick and Bernie Fiedler.
Watch Gordon Lightfoot’s performance of his hit “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” from the Gold-certified DVD below.
From left to right: Ric Arboit (Founder/President – Nettwerk), Mark Jowett (Founder/VP International A&R | Publishing – Nettwerk), Mike Rosenberg (Passenger), Terry McBride (Founder/CEO – Nettwerk)
Prior to his sold-out show at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre, English singer-songwriter Passenger was surprised with a custom Canadian Diamond award plaque by Nettwerk Music Group for his 2012 hit single “Let Her Go.” The hit song can be found on Passenger’s debut studio album All The Little Lights, which reached Platinum status in Canada in 2014.
“Let Her Go” is the 16th song to reach Diamond status in Canada, and 15th in the streaming era.
(L to R) Jay Buettner (Guitar), Rick Bazuin (Tour Manager), Karen Corbin Hughes (Executive Assistant), Adam Dowling (Drums), Mike Little (Keyboards) and Michael Lent (Bass) Photo Credit: Len Cheverie
Canadian country singer George Canyon began his Made In Canada Tour last Thursday at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre in Pictou, Nova Scotia. During the show, Louis O’Reilly of Invictus Entertainment Group, George Canyon’s Management & Booking Agency, and George’s son Kale presented the band and crew with Platinum Award plaques for his 2004 JUNO Award winning album, One Good Friend.
Since the launch of our Gold/Platinum program in 1975, record labels across Canada have celebrated the success of their artists’ hit single or album with the presentation of an official Gold, Platinum, or Diamond certification plaque. These highly coveted plaques, which are also presented to the teams behind the certified release, are created by Music Canada’s exclusive manufacturers Frameworth Sports Marketing (Toronto, ON) and PIXSL Inc. (Montreal, QC).
Sandra Falcone has been designing Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum plaques at Frameworth for nearly a decade. In this new video, Sandra takes us behind the scenes of Frameworth Sports Marketing’s manufacturing facility in Toronto and shows the unique process of how those Gold or Platinum vinyl record plaques are created before making it to the hands of your favourite artists.
Watch and share the video on Gold/Platinum Canada’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, or view on YouTube below.
Brad Machry (True North/Linus Entertainment) presents Larry Gowan with Platinum plaque (Photo Credit: Trevor Ziebarth)
At his Caesar’s Palace Coliseum concert on Friday, Sept 7, Larry Gowan was presented with a Canadian Platinum Single Award plaque for a combined 80,000 physical, digital and stream equivalent units of his song “A Criminal Mind.” Gowan was surprised on stage by his label Linus Entertainment with the award, just as his band left the stage leaving him to perform the song solo.
Brad Machry (True North) and Jeffrey Heintz (Gowan’s Production Manager) present Gowan with the Platinum plaque
“A Criminal Mind” is the last track on Gowan’s 1985 Double Platinum album Strange Animal, and was first certified as a Gold Physical Single upon its release.
Photo Credit: Canadian Country Music Association / Warner Music Canada
Country singer Aaron Goodvin was surprised with a Platinum award plaque on stage Saturday in Hamilton, ON for his hit single “Lonely Drum.” The plaque was presented to Goodvin by Warner Music Canada during his CCMA Fan Village performance, which was part of the Canadian Country Music Association’s Country Music Week festivities leading up to Sunday’s CCMA Awards broadcast. Goodvin shared the news with his fans through his social media channels, thanking his team for all the support with the Platinum track.
During a two-night sold-out run at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, UK singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran was presented with several plaques by Warner Music Canada commemorating the success of his 2017 album Divide. Sheeran can be seen in the photo above holding plaques for the 7x Platinum album, along with Single Award plaques for:
“Perfect” – Diamond
“Castle On The Hill” 5X Platinum
“Galway Girl” 4X Platinum
“Happier” 2X Platinum
“Perfect” is the fourth single to be certified Diamond in 2018, and joins Divide hit “Shape Of You” as the second Diamond single from the album.
Music Canada wants you to return to class with some fresh new vinyl in your collection from some of Canada’s favourite Gold-certified artists!
One lucky winner will receive our Grand Vinyl Bundle Prize, courtesy of Universal Music Canada, Sony Music Canada, and Warner Music Canada, which includes vinyl copies of:
Harry StylesHarry Styles
G EazyThe Beautiful & Damned
Scott HelmanHotel D’Ville (featuring Gold single “PDA”)
Not too shabby, right?
If you’re not chosen as the Grand Prize winner, don’t fret! By entering the contest, you are also eligible to receive a CD prize pack of certified artists like Camila Cabello, Charlotte Cardin, P!nk, and more.
Each release included in the contest contains a track that has been certified #GoldinCanada by Music Canada. Every Thursday, Music Canada updates the Gold In Canada playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play with 50 of the latest tracks earning the coveted Gold certification.
5 Seconds Of Summer had a busy week in Toronto! Following their appearance at the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs, the Australian band played a highly anticipated sold-out show at Toronto’s RBC Echo Beach. During their visit, Universal Music Canada presented the group with a Gold plaque for their 2018 album Youngblood. The plaque also commemorates the Platinum certification for the album’s title track, and Gold certification for single “Want You Back.”
'The Mastering of a Music City - Sault Ste. Marie' has kicked off! We are proud to host an amazing panel of experts and the incredible and engaged audience with us today! @MusicCanada @watertowerinn @DestNorthernOnt @CONSERVATORYtwt
Coming up just after 4pm EST on @CBCHereandNow, @MiraMulholland, Chair of the Music Canada Advisory Council, will join the show to discuss her #ArtsandCultureVoter initiative, which highlights the importance of the cultural sector in #elxn43. Listen live @ https://t.co/uJ8GZ5yxVA
On now at @MaMAevent in Paris, @miramulholland, Chair of the Music Canada Advisory Council, joins the 'Artists as Activists' panel, featuring artists from around the world discussing how creators can make a difference. #mama19
They are artist and activists, leading the fight for a fairer music eco-system, against discrimination, for a more sustainable world and so on. See them @MaMAevent at 3pm: @crispinhunt @IvorsAcademy @miramulholland @tryo @Barbieturix and Count Eldridge.
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Music City Sault Ste. Marie! How can we grow our music economy? Learn more and join the conversation on October 17 @watertowerinn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. During the forum, there will be an expert panel discussion. Read more at: https://t.co/p6ixkdWBhi. @SSMCOC @SaultTourism
The @CityofToronto's new Noise Bylaw, which includes quantitative dB limits for amplified sound & an adjustment to point of measurement for dB levels, better recognizes the crucial role live music plays in making Toronto a vibrant & inclusive Music City. https://t.co/uWiGMmno1Q