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New Canadian Certifications: Week of March 16, 2015

Below you will find Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum certifications for the week of March 16, 2015. This week saw the first Canadian certification for UK singer Ellie Goulding for her song “Love Me Like You Do” which earned a Platinum certification. American composer James Newton Howard also earned his first Canadian Platinum certification for his composition “The Hanging Tree” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack.

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Date Certification Artist / Album Label
Platinum Digital Download Deadmau5
Seeya
Canada
Mau5trap, Astralwerks, Virgin Emi
Double Platinum Digital Download Enrique Iglesias
Bailando (Feat. Sean Paul, Gente De Zona, Descemer Bueno)
Republic
Platinum Digital Download Selena Gomez
The Heart Wants What It Wants
Hollywoods Records Inc.
Gold Digital Download Selena Gomez
The Heart Wants What It Wants
Hollywoods Records Inc.
Gold Digital Download Alesso
Heroes (We Could Be) Ft. Tove Lo
Def Jam Recordings
Platinum Digital Download Maroon 5
Sugar
Interscope Records
Gold Digital Download Maroon 5
Sugar
Interscope Records
Double Platinum Digital Download Maroon 5
Animals
Interscope Records
Platinum Digital Download Maroon 5
Animals
Interscope Records
Gold Digital Download Maroon 5
Animals
Interscope Records
Platinum Digital Download James Newton Howard
The Hanging Tree
Universal Music Canada
Gold Digital Download James Newton Howard
The Hanging Tree
Universal Music Canada
Gold Digital Download Ellie Goulding
Love Me Like You Do
Universal Music Canada/Republic Records
Platinum Digital Download Ellie Goulding
Love Me Like You Do
Universal Music Canada/Republic Records
Gold Album(s) Meghan Trainor
Title
Epic Records
Triple Platinum Album(s) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Frozen
Walt Disney Records
Platinum Album(s) Various Artists
Muchdance 2015 / Danseplus 2015
Universal Music Canada
Gold Album(s) Various Artists
Disney Karaoke Series/Frozen
Walt Disney Records
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C.D. Howe Report: “Getting the Price Right: Putting a Fair Value on Music Copyrights”

Today, the C.D. Howe Institute has released a new report that finds that Canada’s current copyright framework for recorded music is shortchanging artists. Analysis by the report author Marcel Boyer determines that the competitive value of recorded music is approximately 2.5 times higher than the current level of copyright payments.

“In today’s digital age, copyright regimes everywhere face common piracy threats along with wide dissemination,” said Boyer in a release. “Meanwhile, rights holders and users contest the market value of copyrights in public forums, legislatures and in the courts. The root of those conflicts is the difficulty of properly valuing the intellectual property rights of authors, composers, performers and makers.”

The full report is now available as a PDF on the C.D. Howe website.

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UK’s Ben Howard Presented With Gold Award Plaque In Toronto

benhowardgoldUK singer-songwriter Ben Howard was presented with Canadian Gold album award plaques in Toronto, ON last week for his 2011 Mercury Prize nominated LP Every Kingdom, which was officially certified earlier this year.

Howard (pictured right) along with with his manager Owain Davies (pictured left) were presented with the awards by Universal Music Canada publicist Mima Agozzino prior to his 2 sold-out shows at Toronto’s Massey Hall on February 1 &2, 2015. Howard is currently on a North American tour in support of his 2014 album I Forget Where We Were, which also featured Canadian stops in Montreal, QC and Vancouver, BC.

The video for “The Wolves” can be viewed below:

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UK Singer Sam Smith Presented With Canadian Multi-Platinum Award Plaque

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Moments before taking the stage for a sold-out show Tuesday night at Toronto, ON’s Air Canada Centre, UK singer and 2014 breakthrough artist Sam Smith was presented with a Multi-Platinum award plaque by Universal Music Canada. The custom award plaque commemorates the recent Double Platinum certification of his debut album In The Lonely Hour as well as it’s accompanying singles “Stay With Me” (4X Platinum) and “I’m Not The Only One” (Double Platinum).

Prior to his concert in Toronto, Smith’s tour stopped in Montreal for a sold-out show at the Bell Centre. Smith expressed his gratitude for his enthusiastic Canadian fans in the Instagram photo below:

A photo posted by Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) on

Sam Smith’s video for “Stay With Me” can be viewed below:

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Big Music Fest Has $7 Million Economic Impact In Kitchener, ON

On the weekend of July 11-13, 2014, Big Music Fest took place at Kitchener, ON’s McLennan Park headlined by rock superstars Aerosmith and Bryan Adams. As reported by the Waterloo Region Record, Big Music Fest 2014 provided a significant $7 million impact to the local economy, more than doubling the projected economic impact of $3 million prior to the festival.

Of the 60,000 attendees, nearly 65% of spectators came from within 50 kilometers of the Kitchener-Waterloo area. The other 35% was made up of out-of-province and international concert goers, arriving in Kitchener from nearly 15 states and as far as Australia, England and Japan.

Prior to his mayoral election victory in October of 2014, then-Councillor Barry Vrbanovic stressed the importance of music as an economic driver and ensured continued development of the live music scene in Kitchener’s downtown entertainment district as part of his platform. Vrbanovic also represented Kitchener at NXNE 2014’s Music Cities Exchange panel hosted by Music Canada and 4479, which featured public and private representatives from six cities that are working proactively to develop their local music sectors. Following the festival, Vrbanovic shared his appreciation for the festival via Twitter.

Big Music Fest is scheduled to return to McLennan Park in 2015 from July 10-12. In 2014, the opening Friday night was reserved for a free Battle of the Bands. A video recap of the free community event can be seen below:

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Ontario Music Fund creating ‘Snowball Effect’ for artist development at Warner Music Canada

Last week, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Scott Helman released his new music video for “Bungalow”, which was filmed on location in Scugog, Ontario and supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)’s Ontario Music Fund. The video was shot over 2 days and featured a cast and crew of approximately 25 people.

Helman’s debut EP, Augusta, was released earlier this year on Warner Music Canada, and was also supported by the Ontario Music Fund. Through this support, the Ontario Music Fund is helping to launch the career of a new artist, said Warner Music Canada’s Chris Moncada, creating a “snowball effect” which will pay dividends for many years.

“The record and the videos trigger a cycle that sets many layers of employment opportunities into motion,” said Moncada. “The record and videos create the momentum for a tour, which creates a ripple effect. That ability to tour will provide activity for everyone from agents and promoters, to venue operators, sound technicians, bartenders, and parking lot attendants across Ontario. With Scott going on tour throughout the fall and into next year, this cycle is only beginning – it could move the needle for 18 to 24 months going forward”

Helman’s “Bungalow” is the latest video that Warner Music Canada’s artists have created with support from the Ontario Music Fund. Earlier this year, Canadian country artist Brett Kissel shot and filmed videos for “Tough People Do” and “Something You Just Don’t Forget” in Toronto. The songs are featured on Kissel’s 2013 album “Started With A Song”, and are the fourth and fifth videos borne out of the album. The first three videos were filmed in Nashville and Los Angeles, but the creation of the Ontario Music Fund helped make the case to move filming of the latter two videos to Ontario. Both of the videos featured a cast and crew of 15 to 20 people, working approximately 15 hours on each shoot.

The Fund also supported the creation of Mississauga punk rock band Billy Talent’s “Show Me The Way” video, which was filmed in Ontario and required approximately 15 full day crew.

“The Ontario Music Fund helped facilitate these videos, which might have otherwise been shot in a different province or country” said Moncada. “It has a real trickle-down effect that helps support video production jobs in Ontario, creating a day’s work for everyone from the actors and techs, to the caterers and truck drivers, and beyond.”

In addition to the videos, Warner Music Canada has leveraged the Ontario Music Fund to further the careers of Canadian artists such as Measha Brueggergosman.

“With Measha Brueggergosman, the OMF was integral in the creation of her upcoming Christmas album” said Moncada. “She is a Canadian star with worldwide appeal, so we’re really excited to see the reception to this record as we move into the holiday shopping season.”

In addition to videos and domestic recording, Warner Music Canada has leveraged the Ontario Music Fund to further the international careers of Canadian artists such as Kitchener Ontario’s Courage My Love.

“With Courage My Love, the OMF allowed us to invest in expanded marketing and publicity in the U.S. while the band was on the Vans Warped Tour this past summer. This directly contributed to the band having some of the highest merchandise sales on the tour for developing acts,” said Moncada. “On the strength of the Warped Tour response, the band has booked a headlining tour of clubs across America.  After these shows the band will come back to Ontario to work on their next record – again, it’s that snowball effect.”

The examples from Warner Music Canada illustrate that through targeted support, the Ontario Music Fund is driving activity in Ontario studios, production houses, and music companies, as well as increasing opportunities for Canadian artists to build their careers in Ontario, Canada, and internationally. For more information on the Ontario Music Fund, see the overview on the OMDC website.

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OntarioLiveMusic.ca Goes To Ontario Tourism Summit

OntarioLiveMusic.ca is headed to the Blue Mountain Resort in Blue Mountains, Ontario to participate in the 10th annual Ontario Tourism Summit. The Summit is a gathering of hundreds of tourism professionals from across the province to learn the latest in industry trends and forecasts, share best practices, network with colleagues and recognize industry leaders. OntarioLiveMusic.ca is hosting a booth at the Summit’s Marketplace today and tomorrow (November 12 & 13).

OntarioLiveMusic.ca is a comprehensive live music listings site for concerts, festivals and events occurring throughout Ontario. The site allows users to search for performances by a specific artist, see the upcoming listings for a local venue or discover new music happening throughout the province. OntarioLiveMusic.ca will be demonstrating the site at the Summit as well as providing Summit delegates with a sneak peek of site designs and features to come. Hamilton-based band, DB Cooper will bring their fusion of indie, pop and rock to the OntarioLiveMusic.ca Marketplace booth with a special acoustic performance tomorrow, November 13, at 12.30 pm.

OntarioLiveMusic.ca is not the only representative of Ontario’s music industry at the Summit. Music Canada President, Graham Henderson, will deliver a keynote presentation on the power of music tourism tomorrow, November 13, at 9:30 am. As part of his presentation, he will provide compelling evidence of the benefits of music tourism, describe what’s unique in Ontario and explain how tourism operators can tap into the power of music tourism in their area.

OntarioLiveMusic.ca is a comprehensive and reliable listing of live music events and festivals across Ontario’s rich and diverse music scene. Developed by Music Canada with support from the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Media Development Corporation, OntarioLiveMusic.ca is an integral part of the Ontario Live Music Strategy. A partnership of Ontario’s music industry, the Government of Ontario, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership and Music Canada, the Ontario Live Music Strategy aims to strengthen the province’s position as a global leader for live music by developing, promoting and growing Ontario’s live music sector and music-based tourism, and boosting the overall economic impact of music in the province.

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‘The Gift Of Music: Stories of Music Therapy’ documentary screening across Canada

The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund has announced a series of screenings of The Gift Of Music: Stories of Music Therapy, taking place across Canada this month. The documentary portrays the incredible ways that music therapy touches the lives of people of all ages and abilities across Canada. In the film, viewers see how a young man overcomes many challenges to make music his career, meet a newborn without sight who learns to engage her other senses, and are touched by a dying man who is able to record a beautiful love song for his wife. A trailer for the film is available at http://vimeo.com/21257314, and embedded below.

Music Canada is proud to sponsor the venue rentals for the screenings, happening in eight cities across Canada.

The screenings are as follows:

  • Montreal (Nov 8), 3pm:  Concordia University, Open House/Donation at door – 1515 St-Catherine St W, EV Atrium Room 1.615
  • Vancouver (Nov 23), 2PM: Langara College 100 W 49th Ave, Lecture Theatre A122a
  • Peterborough (Nov 24), 7PM: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre. Donations at door – 140 Charlotte St
  • Halifax (Nov 24), 7PM: Dalhousie University, Rowe Building, Room 1014
  • Calgary (Nov 25), 7PM: Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Road NW
  • Toronto (Nov 27), 7PM: Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Ave, Director Scott Rondeau will be present.
  • Edmonton (Nov 28), 7PM: Stanley A Milner Library – Edmonton Room, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
  • St. John’s (Nov 28), 7PM: Memorial University, 230 Elizabeth Ave, Suncor Room

For tickets or more information, visit the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund site. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to expanding music therapy initiatives and pioneering new programs across Canada.

 Gift of Music Sponsors

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PHOTOS: Mo Kenney Stops By Music Canada

Earlier this week, Halifax, NS singer-songwriter Mo Kenney dropped by the Music Canada office for an intimate courtyard performance featuring songs off her latest album In My Dreams and a cover of “Five Years” by David Bowie by request. In My Dreams is Kenney’s sophomore release and was produced by Joel Plaskett, who also co-wrote some of the songs for the album. Mo Kenney is currently on tour across Canada and you can check out the tour dates here.

You can purchase In My Dreams from iTunes and Bandcamp.

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Ticket Giveaway: Retweet To Attend A Screening Of WHIPLASH In Toronto On October 23, 2014

On Thursday October 23, 2014, Mongrel Media & 4479 proudly present Whiplash at Toronto’s Scotiabank Theatre, and an evening of Canadian Music in support of the charity MusiCounts. A favourite among festival goers this year, Whiplash tells the story of Andrew Neyman (played by Miles Teller), an aspiring young jazz drummer whose ambitious instructor (J.K. Simmons) helps push his ability using unorthodox (but effective) training methods.

Following the screening, we’ll head on over from Scotiabank Theatre to Adelaide Hall for the official after party!

Want to go? Simply retweet Music Canada’s tweet below by Wednesday October 22 at 12 PM and you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to the screening and after party. You must be 19+ to enter. Transportation to Toronto will not be provided.

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