L to R:Asim Awesome Awan (Co-President, Ultra Music Canada), Kygo, Myles Shear (Manager, Golden Hare Group), Adrian Strong (Co-President, Ultra Music Canada / President, DMD Entertainment) Photographer: Stephen Kazumi
Ahead of his Toronto show at the Air Canada Centre last week, Ultra Music Canada and DMD Entertainment presented Kygo with a 6x Platinum plaque for his single with Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me,” which is the highest certification worldwide on this single.
The Norwegian DJ was also given a Platinum plaque for his debut album Cloud Nine, which also included 3 Double Platinum Singles “Firestone (ft. Conrad Sewell)”, “Stole The Show (ft. Parson James)” & “Stay (ft. Maty Noyes), and 2 Gold singles “Raging (ft. Kodaline)” and “Carry Me (ft. Julia Michaels).”
American R&B singer and songwriter Kehlani is currently on tour across North America with Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled. Prior to her opening set Monday at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, the Oakland, CA-born artist was surprised with a custom Gold Single Award plaque by Warner Music Canada. The plaque represents her singles “CRZY,” from 2017 album SweetSexySavage, and “Gangsta,” her contribution to the Suicide Squad original soundtrack.
During the show, Kehlani showed love for her Toronto fanbase and joined DJ Khaled on stage in a custom Toronto Raptors jersey.
Montreal-based indie rockers Arcade Fire closed the North American leg of Infinite Content tour, which found the band perform in-the-round at more than two dozen arenas across the continent, with two shows last weekend at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Prior to the shows, the band were surprised with Platinum award plaques for their fifth studio album, Everything Now, by Sony Music Canada.
Everything Now is the bands fourth Canadian Platinum certification, joining their landmark 2003 debut Funeral, 2010’s Double Platinum album The Suburbs, and 2013’s Triple Platinum two-disc set Reflektor.
The video for the album’s title track can be viewed below.
UK rock trio Muse were in Toronto over the weekend kicking off a Canadian leg of their world tour in support of their 2015 album Drones. Prior to their Air Canada Centre concert on January 16, the band were presented with Platinum award plaques for Drones by Warner Music Canada. It is the fourth Canadian Platinum album certification for the band, joining 2006’s Black Holes And Revelations, 2009’s The Resistance and 2012’s The 2nd Law.
Muse will play Quebec City tonight, followed by 2 nights at the Bell Centre in Montreal January 20-21. Judging by their Instagram posted below, the band is certainly making the best of the winter months in Canada!
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:
We are so excited to launch a new Songwriting & Music Publishing Award, in partnership with @Music_Canada. This new award celebrates the contributions of songwriters’ and music publishers’ contributions to officially certified 🇨🇦 @GoldPlatCA recordings. https://www.musicpublisher.ca/music-publishers-canada-and-music-canada-launch-new-songwriting-and-music-publishing-award/
We, in partnership with @canmuspub, are excited to launch our new Songwriting & Music Publishing Award. The award celebrates songwriters’ and music publishers’ contributions to officially certified Canadian Gold & Platinum recordings.
Tonight at the #JUNOS Opening Night Awards, Music Canada was honoured to present Susan Aglukark the 2022 Humanitarian of the Year Award, in recognition of her outstanding commitment to improving lives in Northern Indigenous communities.
.@S_Aglukark has been honoured with the 2022 Humanitarian Award Presented by @Music_Canada for her long-standing dedication to improving the lives of children and youth in Northern Indigenous communities through the Arctic Rose Project.
This Sat. May 14, attend the Allies In Action event as we continue the conversation on how we can all play a role in making events and work spaces inclusive and free of harassment.
For more info & to RSVP, visit https://www.ticketweb.ca/event/allies-in-action-reducing-harm-artscape-daniels-launchpad-tickets/12036255
Congratulations to @pablorodriguez and @CdnHeritage for hosting the broadest and most comprehensive group of Canadian stakeholders in the arts, culture and heritage community, allowing for a variety of voices to be heard. @imondouisabelle #NationalCultureSummit
On Sat. May 14, we look forward to the Allies In Action event during #JUNOS Week, which will continue the conversation on how we can all play a role in making events and work spaces inclusive and free of harassment.