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:
Patiently waiting to see @BarackObama with @metalworksARTS students @economicclubca & Global Institute for Conscious Economics. Today’s talk on “The Future of Work & The New Economy,” brings together a diversity of perspectives to challenge how we think about work & society.
Great chat between @PresidentCBCRC Catherine Tait and @ArleneDickinson at @CdnClubTO today celebrating diversity & inclusivity, and focusing on how to preserve #Canada's news & culture in the digital age. @CBCNews
Registration is now open for #Searchlight, @CBCMusic's hunt for Canada’s undiscovered musical talent. Thanks to a partnership w/ @TheJUNOAwards, the winner will take part in the Allan Slaight JUNO Masterclass & record at @nmc_canada. To apply, visit https://www.cbc.ca/musicinteractives/searchlight
@MacLeodLisa @MonteMcNaughton @Music_Canada @cfccreates You’re absolutely right Minister! The music community offers significant opportunities in skilled trades. The jobs are exciting, they are remunerative & they deserve recognition & support: the type of support that the Ontario Gov’t is now extending to the skilled trades community
Love the work @MonteMcNaughton is doing on the skilled trades. In roundtables last week with @Music_Canada & @cfccreates skilled labour was raised as an important area where Ontario can help grow our culture industries. 👷♀️+ 🎤🎬🧗♀️= 🎯 https://twitter.com/MonteMcNaughton/status/1219047920223379461
We had an amazing dialogue about the future of #Ontario's #musicindustry at the studio today with our dynamic Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport @MacLeodLisa, @Music_Canada @LastGangEnt @TicketmasterCA @miramulholland @loreena @warnercanada & @erin_benjamin. Thanks to all!
More excellent dialogue w/ some of our music industry leadership, 🙏 @MacLeodLisa for making time to listen, share + learn, + for your commitment to the sector. @Music_Canada @LastGangEnt @TicketmasterCA @metalworksLIVE @miramulholland @loreena @warnermusic @erin_benjamin
A productive roundtable with @MacLeodLisa who heard how gov. can create & sustain a healthy music ecosystem. Excited to continue working together as allies who recognize our cultural industries as an economic driver. Thank you @metalworksSOUND for hosting!