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George Canyon receives Platinum plaques at tour kick-off concert in Nova Scotia

(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. 

George’s tour will roll through Western Canada in November before wrapping up in Sherbrooke, QC on December 4. Tickets are available here.

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ADISQ Gala celebrates 40 years in Montreal

Music Canada would like to congratulate all of the nominees at the 40th ADISQ Gala, which took place Sunday night at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Montreal’s Place des Arts. 11 Félix trophies were handed out at the Gala, which was hosted by comedian Louis-José Houde, while 20 more were awarded on Wednesday, October 24 at the ADISQ Industry Gala.

The evening featured performances by 2Frères, Andréanne A. Malette, Isabelle Boulay, Ludovick Bourgeois, Roxane Bruneau, Galaxie, Lydia Képinski, Pierre Lapointe, Hubert Lenoir, Loud and Tire le coyote. To celebrate the 40th edition of the Gala, Mario Pelchat, Martine St. Clair, Guylaine Tanguay and Maxime Landry performed a medley of the top songs from the previous 39 years. As well, multi-Platinum rock band Harmonium were honoured with a star-studded musical tribute by by Marie-Pierre Arthur, Philippe Brach, Catherine Major, Patrice Michaud, Ariane Moffatt and Yann Perreau, accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

Hubert Lenoir, the 24-year-old breakthrough artist from Quebec City, took home a leading three awards from Sunday’s Gala. Lenoir was also nominated for the country’s top album at the 2018 Polaris Music Prize for his Félix-winning debut album Darlène.

Congratulations to ADISQ on 40 dynamic years of supporting, promoting, and celebrating Quebec’s music industry. The full list of winners from Sunday’s Gala can be viewed below.

Album of the Year – Adult Contemporary 
La science du coeur – Pierre Lapointe

Album of the Year – Hip-Hop 
Une année record – Loud

Album of the Year – Pop 
Darlène – Hubert Lenoir

New Artist of the Year
Hubert Lenoir

Concert of the Year – Singer-songwriter 
Le silence des troupeaux – Philippe Brach

Concert of the Year – Performer 
Demain matin, Montréal m’attend – Artistes variés

Composer of the Year
Philippe Brach/Philippe Brach, La Controverse pour Le silence des troupeaux, Philippe Brach

Group or duo of the Year
2Frères

Female Artist of the Year
Klô Pelgag

Male Artist of the Year
Patrice Michaud

Song of the Year 
Fille de personne II – Hubert Lenoir

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Playback 2018 panel: What can be done to help music creators who are living in the Value Gap?

On Tuesday, October 16, Music Canada hosted Playback 2018, our annual industry dialogue and celebration. Following an annual review from Music Canada Executive Vice President Amy Terrill, and a keynote from professor and author Debora Spar, Playback 2018 featured a panel discussion focused on what can be done to help music creators who are living in the Value Gap. The panel was moderated by Nam Kiwanuka, host and producer for TVO’s The Agenda and former Much Music VJ.

Joining Nam on the panel was:

  • Dr. George Barker – Visiting Fellow London School of Economics, and Honorary Associate Professor Australian National University, who has produced three studies on the Value Gap in Canada
  • Loreena McKennitt – Renowned Canadian musician, record label owner and long-time advocate for musicians’ rights
  • Maia Davies – Toronto/Montreal based songwriter, producer and performing artist, former founding member of Ladies of the Canyon, currently releasing solo recordings as MAÏA
  • Ian MacKay – President, Re:Sound Licensing Company, dedicated to obtaining fair compensation for artists and record companies for their performance rights

Dr. George Barker began the discussion outlining several key figures leading to the loss of revenues for the recording industry, while Ian MacKay spoke to the $1.25M commercial radio royalty exemption and the impact it has on Re:Sound’s performer and record label members. Loreena McKennitt and Maia Davies then provided insight into the struggles artists and label owners are facing as a result of the Value Gap, where, as Davies points out, even songwriting peers with writing credits for Drake’s albums can’t afford their rent.

Reflecting on how remuneration models for artists and labels have changed since she began her career before the advent of the internet, McKennitt said “I would say I’m luckier than most. Because I established it (her label) when I did, and reached success when I did and now I’m a kind of legacy artist and was able to sustain my career in the twilight of my career.” McKennitt continued, “But it’s very clear – I could never reach the height of my success were I to start up now.”

You can watch the full panel discussion below.

Select photos from the panel are posted below and a full Playback 2018 photo gallery can be viewed on Music Canada’s Facebook page.

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Behind The Scenes: The Making of a Canadian Gold Record Plaque

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.

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Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund celebrates 25 years with exciting fundraiser concert

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund will celebrate their 25th birthday with an intimate Toronto event headlined by indie rock band Born Ruffians at Propeller Coffee Co (50 Wade Ave).

Beginning at 7:30pm, attendees will be treated to a night of music, drinks, food, photos and more, with all proceeds going towards increasing the access to music therapy for all Canadians. Prior to Born Ruffians taking the stage, guests will be treated to an opening set from CMTTF artist ambassador Mponda Kalunga. The event will also be hosted by Much Music alumni and Canadian media personality Master T!

If you can’t make the event, you can still donate to CMTTF here to aid their mission of promoting, developing, and supporting music therapy services and research in order to improve the quality of life for Canadians.

Music Canada is proud to participate in the event as a Rock Star sponsor, and wish to congratulate CMTTF on 25 incredible years of funding music therapy programs across Canada.

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Amazon Music Unlimited launches in Canada

Amazon has announced the arrival of Amazon Music Unlimited streaming service in Canada, which launched today with millions of songs, thousands of playlists and personalized stations. The new service joins Amazon’s previously launched Prime Music, the ad-free service available to Prime customers at no additional cost to their annual membership.

With Unlimited, Amazon customers can now discover new music easier than ever with more ways to access music through voice with Alexa on the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android, and on all Echo devices.

“We’ve seen such a positive customer response from the launch of Prime Music for Canada last year, and with today’s launch we’re excited to bring more customers even more choice and ways of discovering music with Alexa,” stated Sean McMullan, Head of International Expansion for Amazon Music. “We’re thrilled for our Canadian customers to start streaming with Unlimited today, and begin enjoying expanded voice controls to play music for every moment.”

A 90-day free trial is available now for eligible customers for a limited time, with plans starting at $7.99/month.

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Gowan presented with Canadian Platinum award on stage in Windsor

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.

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Aaron Goodvin receives first Canadian Platinum plaque on stage during CCMA Country Music Week 2018 in Hamilton

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.

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Watch the video for “Lonely Drum” below.

 

 

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Music Canada proud to return as sponsor of Record Company of the Year category at the 2018 CCMA Awards

Music Canada is proud to return as sponsor of the Record Company of the Year Award at the Canadian Country Music Association Gala Dinner and Awards, taking place this weekend in Hamilton, ON.

The 2018 Record Company of the Year Award nominees are:

  • MDM Recordings Inc.
  • ole red dot
  • Open Road Recordings Inc.
  • Universal Music Canada
  • Warner Music Canada

“Music Canada is proud to sponsor the 2018 CCMA Record Company of the Year Award. The work that record companies put into discovering, developing, and investing in Canadian talent plays a crucial role in Canada’s music ecosystem. As Canada’s country music community gathers in Hamilton, we wish to congratulate all of the hardworking label teams who have helped their artists achieve new career milestones at home and abroad in 2018,” said Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada.

The Record Company of the Year Award will be presented at the CCMA Gala Dinner and Awards at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton on Saturday, September 8th.

 

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Ed Sheeran presented with Canadian Diamond and Multi-Platinum plaques in Toronto

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.

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Watch the music video for “Perfect” below.

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