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.
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.
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.
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.”
Youngblood, the 2018 studio album from @5SOS, is officially certified Canadian Gold! The album's title track has reached Platinum status, while the single "Want You Back" is Gold.
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.
WorkInCulture, an Ontario-based not-for-profit organization, has launched a new major research initiative called MakingItWork, which aims to understand the opportunities and challenges of working in Ontario’s creative sector. Working alongside consulting firm Nordicity, the MakingItWork research will examine everything from incomes and livelihoods to skills needs and barriers to sustainability.
As part of this research, WorkInCulture developed a short survey aimed at individuals and employers within Ontario’s arts, culture, heritage and library sectors. This includes:
Cultural workers (whether you are self-employed or working for an organization);
Not-for-profit organizations serving the creative community, including arts service organizations, membership-based organizations, trade associations, etc;
The cultural industries, including record labels and music publishers, book and magazine publishers, film & television production companies, game studios, etc;
Heritage institutions, including museums, natural heritage sites, as well as their employees and professionals in the field (archaeologists, for example); and,
Ontario’s public library system and their employees.
The survey is available in English and French, and should take less than 20 minutes to complete. Survey participants will have the opportunity to enter into a draw to win a pair of tickets to the Creative Works Conference in Toronto on May 10, 2019.
Country stars Dan + Shay have had an incredible 2018 lead by the success of their single “Tequila,” which was officially certified Canadian Platinum on June 1, 2018. Ahead of their opening slot for Rascal Flatts at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage last week, Warner Music Canada presented with duo with plaques commemorating the Platinum certification.
“Tequila” is their second Platinum certification in Canada, having received one in 2017 for their hit “From The Ground Up.” They also have two more Gold certifications in Canada for “19 You + Me” and “Nothin’ Like You.”
The 2018 Music Policy Forum Summit will be held in Washington, DC, at Georgetown University October 26-27. The forum will bring together several hundred musicians, researchers, policymakers, industry and nonprofit leaders, and other stakeholders for a wide-ranging exploration of some of the most promising and exciting thought leadership in the music and policy space.
The two-day summit will will shine a spotlight on some of the most compelling, inspiring and, sometimes, frustrating developments in public policy, research, technology, and culture. Programming will be centered on four primary themes that reflect the issues that are the most pressing to the industry:
The Future is… Access
The Future is…Data
The Future is…Collaborative
The Future is….Incremental
Music Canada Executive Vice President and Music Policy Forum co-founder Amy Terrill will be speaking at the conference, elaborating on the research from Music Canada’s 2018 Keys to a Music City report and moderating the panel Bridging the Gap: Effective Models of Local Governments in Partnership with Local Music Communities.
Terrill will be joined at the summit by fellow co-founders Michael Bracy, Ashlye Keaton, Anna Celenza and Gene Meneray in curating the agenda and presenters at the event. Other presenters include musicians Dessa and Erin McKeown, researchers Kwende Kefentse, Nancy Baym and Michael Seman, organizer Kevin Erickson, tech entrepreneur Jacoby Dubose, Music Canada Live Executive Director Erin Benjamin and New Orleans Jazz Museum Director Greg Lambousy.
Tickets are available now. Additional speakers and a final program schedule will be released in the coming weeks.