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.”
American DJ/producer Marshmello and British singer-songwriter Anne-Marie joined forces in 2018 to collaborate on their hit single “Friends.” During a visit to Toronto Sunday for the 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs, the artists were presented with Triple Platinum plaques for “Friends” by Warner Music Canada. Following the broadcast, Anne-Marie shared the exciting news with her fans through her social media channels.
Anne-Marie will extend her stay in Canada for a performance Wednesday night in Montreal, before returning to Toronto for two shows Thursday and Friday at Rogers Centre opening for Ed Sheeran. Watch Anne-Marie and Marshmello’s performance of “Friends” below, which kicks off with a verse of the singer’s Gold-certified hit “2002.” Both singles, along with the Gold-certified hit “Alarm,” can be found on her Platinum-certified debut studio album Speak Your Mind.
Toronto-based DJ duo Loud Luxury scored one of the hottest tracks of the summer with their breakthrough single “Body” featuring Brando (centre). Originally certified Gold in March, “Body” was officially certified 4x Platinum ahead of their massive hometown performance at Toronto’s VELD Festival, where they were surprised with a plaque from Sony Music Canada.
Brendon Urie, the creative force behind American dance rock band Panic! At The Disco, paid a visit to Toronto for a stop on the band’s 2018 tour in support of their latest album Pray For The Wicked. Prior to the headlining show at Scotiabank Arena, Urie was surprised by Warner Music Canada with two Gold plaques for 2016 album and title track Death Of A Bachelor, along with its accompanying singles “Victorious,” “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time,” “Hallelujah,” “Emperor’s New Clothes,” “LA Devotee.”
These are Panic!’s first certifications in the streaming era, and the first since the Platinum certification of their classic 2005 debut A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out.
Watch the music video for “Death Of A Bachelor” below.
Michigan-bred four piece rock band Greta Van Fleet were surprised with Canadian Gold award plaques by Universal Music Canada ahead of their two-night sold out run at Toronto’s REBEL nightclub. The plaques commemorate the band’s first ever Gold certifications of their debut album From The Fires and its single “Highway Tune.”
Prior to their shows in Toronto, the band opened for the Foo Fighters at Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest and Quebec City’s Festival d’été. They will return to Canada in September for a run of shows in Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.
Hamilton, ON rock band Arkells were surprised with new Gold Album Award plaques for their 2016 album Morning Report by Universal Music Canada. The band has now recieved Gold certifications for all four of their full-length studio albums, which includes Jackson Square (2008), Michigan Left (2011), and High Noon (2014). The custom plaques also commemorates the Gold certification of the Morning Report single “Knocking At The Door.”
The band shared the news with their fans across their social media accounts with a photo from a recording studio, suggesting some new music may be on the way!
Prior to his sold out show at Toronto’s Velvet Underground, Tel-Aviv artist Dennis Lloyd was surprised with his first Canadian Gold Single Award plaque for his breezy hit “Nevermind” by Warner Music Canada. Lloyd shared the exciting news with his fans through his social media accounts.
Ahead of his sold out show at Echo Beach in Toronto this week, American rapper Post Malone was presented with a Double Platinum plaque for his 2018 sophomore album beerbongs and bentleys by President/CEO of Universal Music Canada, Jeffrey Remedios.
Later in the week, beerbongs’ highest certified single “rockstar (ft. 21 Savage)” joined Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” and Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” as the only songs so far in 2018 to earn 9x Platinum certifications. The album also includes the Triple Platinum single “Psycho (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)” and Double Platinum single “Candy Paint.”
“rockstar (ft. @21savage)” is now rapper @PostMalone‘s highest Canadian certified single, officially earning a 9x Platinum certification!
Portugal. The Man were in Toronto last Thursday to help kick off the Budweiser Stage’s outdoor concert season with a co-headlining show alongside Canadian indie all-stars Broken Social Scene. Prior to their highly anticipated return to the city, the Portland-based band was surprised with their first Canadian Gold Album Award plaques for their 2017 LP Woodstock by Warner Music Canada. The album features the summer 2017 hit single “Feel It Still,” which they also received new 4x Platinum custom plaques for.
During the 2018 East Coast Music Association Awards earlier this month in Halifax, NS, the legacy of Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Scott Macmichael was recognized with the presentation of a Platinum Single Award plaque for the UK group’s hit “(I Just) Died In Your Arms.” Universal Music Canada presented the vintage-style awards during the show to Kevin’s daughters Cadence and Liz Macmichael, who were also in attendance to accept their father’s ECMA Directors Special Achievement Award.
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Thanks to @Music_Canada & @umusic for an informative tour @CapitolRecords - a thrill to experience Rocket man in studio C, use Frank Sinatra’s original microphone, stand in studio A as Quincy Jones will be in tonight & see an iconic Beastie Boys tag.
Congratulations to @miramulholland, who was honoured with the 2019 Global IP Champion Award by @globalipcenter! https://www.theglobalipcenter.com/global-ip-champion-miranda-mulholland/ The award recognizes leading innovators, creators, and the policymakers who support their work.
A Conversation With .. @ErrolNazareth, via @fyimusicnews https://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2019/11/08/conversation-errol-nazareth As host of @CBCBigCity, Errol champions music that reflects the diversity of Toronto - we are fortunate to gain his insights as a member of our Advisory Council.
Congratulations Deputy Mayor @Thompson_37 on your appointment as Toronto's first Night Economy Ambassador. We applaud yours and Mayor @JohnTory's commitments to strengthening and diversifying Toronto's night economy, and continued advocacy for Toronto's music sector. #TOMusicCity