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Brett Kissel presented with Gold plaque for “Anthem” during 2019 JUNO weekend in London

Brett Kissel with his Warner Music Canada team on Friday, March 15, 2019 in London.

The 2019 JUNO Awards are officially in the books, and country artist Brett Kissel walked away from the festivities in London, ON with some new hardware in hand. To kick the weekend off, Kissel was presented with a custom Gold plaque for his hit “Anthem” by his Warner Music Canada team, as well as a CIMA Road Gold plaque commemorating his cross-Canada ticket sales.

During Sunday’s broadcast, Kissel took home the JUNO for Country Album of the Year for We Were That Song, which features the Gold-certified title track as well as “Anthem.”

Check out the video for “Anthem” below.

 

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Brett Kissel reaches new career milestones with latest Gold plaques

Left to right: Jim Cressman (Invictus) , Adam Gonshor (Warner Music Canada), Brett Kissel, Louis O’Reilly (Invictus)

Brett Kissel was a big winner at last weekend’s CCMA Awards in Saskatoon, SK, taking home four awards including Male Artist, Interactive Artist, and Country Music Program or Special Of The Year. In addition to his Video Of The Year trophy for the ballad “I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair,” the Alberta-born country star was surprised with a Gold plaque for the single at Saturday’s Invictus Entertainment Group party.

Earlier in August, Kissel was also surprised with his first two Gold album awards for Pick Me Up (2015) and Started With A Song (2013) prior to his headlining performance at Toronto’s CNE Bandshell. In an Instagram post, Kissel thanked the Warner Music Canada team, noting the album awards as an accomplished goal of his since signing with the label.

At the 2016 CCMA Awards in London, ON, Kissel became the first recipient of Music Canada’s new Single Award when he was surprised with a Gold plaque for “Airwaves” during CCMA FanFest. His latest single certification marks the fourth Canadian Gold track certification of his career.

Watch the CCMA-winning video for “I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair” below.

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Brett Kissel presented with first Music Canada Single Award plaque in London

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Kissel posing with Warner Music Canada staff and Gold plaque for “Airwaves” (Photo credit: Grant W. Martin Photography)

During Country Music Week in London, ON last weekend, Canadian country star Brett Kissel was presented with a Gold Single Award plaque for his hit “Airwaves.” Kissel is the first recipient of Music Canada’s new Single Award, which includes streams towards track certifications for the first time in the program’s history.

The 2016 CCMA Male Artist of the Year was surprised with the plaque on stage during his performance at CCMA Huron County FanFest by Warner Music Canada President Steve Kane. Upon being present with the award, Kissel immediately thanked his fans in the crowd for helping to make the award possible.

“Airwaves” is Kissel’s third Canadian Gold certification, with “Started With A Song” certified earlier this this year, and “3-2-1” certified in 2015. Beginning in January, Kissel will kick off his “Ice, Snow & 30 Below” tour across Ontario and Eastern Canada. Tour dates can be viewed below:

January 12, 2017               Sault St. Marie, ON          Kiwanis Community Theater Centre

January 13, 2017               Sudbury, ON                      Fraser Auditorium

January 14, 2017               Hamilton, ON                     Dofasco Centre for the Arts

January 16, 2017               Brampton, ON                   Rose Theatre

January 17, 2017               Windsor, ON                      Chrysler Theatre

January 18, 2017               Guelph, ON                        River Run Centre

January 20, 2017               Barrie, ON                           Georgian Theatre

January 21, 2017               Belleville, ON                     Empire Theatre

January 22, 2017               Toronto, ON                       Danforth Music Hall

January 23, 2017               Ottawa, ON                        Algonquin Commons Theatre

January 26, 2017               Liverpool, NS                     Astore Theatre

January 27, 2017               Windsor, NS                       Mermail Imperial Performing Arts Centre

January 28, 2017               New Glasgow, NS            Glasgow Square Theatre

January 29, 2017               Port Hawkesbury, NS     Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre

February 1, 2017               Moncton, NB                     Capitol Theatre

February 2, 2017               Fredericton, NB                Fredericton Playhouse

February 3, 2017               Summerside, PE               Harbourfront Theatre

February 4, 2017               Georgetown, PE               Kings Playhouse

 

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Music streaming now included in Canada’s historic Gold/Platinum certification program

New award and branding revealed at CCMA Awards

Toronto, ON – September 12, 2016

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With the introduction of a new Single Award, Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum certification and awards program will now include streams towards digital track certifications. Over 50 new Single certifications were revealed today, with 10 artists receiving their first Canadian certifications.

“Today’s announcement signifies a pivotal moment in Canada’s evolving digital music marketplace,” says Graham Henderson, President & CEO of Music Canada. “By accepting on-demand streams for track certifications, Music Canada can continue to acknowledge the success of Canadian and international artists, as well as the subscription-based streaming platforms currently thriving in our market. The new Single Award helps maintain the integrity of our Gold/Platinum program, which has historically recognized the active choice consumers make when building their personal music libraries.”

During County Music Week in London, ON, rising country stars Brett Kissel and Chris Lane were presented with the first Single Award plaques leading up to Sunday’s 40th CCMA Awards broadcast.

“We are thrilled that Music Canada is now accepting streams with its new Single Award,” says Steve Kane, President of Warner Music Canada, who presented Kissel with his plaque for the Gold Single ‘Airwaves’ at Saturday’s CCMA FanFest. “Canadian music fans have welcomed the arrival of streaming subscription services with open arms, and are now consuming more music than ever before. We are excited to honour new milestones for our artists who have flourished on this new path, and whose fanbases continue to grow as streaming increases in popularity.”

The new Single Award will combine on-demand audio streams from subscription services with digital download and CD single sales. Streams can be used toward certification using a conversion formula of 150 streams equaling 1 unit towards certification. This 150:1 ratio is consistent with other major global counterparts. Streaming data from YouTube/VEVO videos will not be accepted towards certification upon launch.

The Single Award launch also coincides with the reveal of new bilingual branding for the program, which has certified over 16,000 releases in its 41-year history.

Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts are live with the new branding. For more information, visit www.musiccanada.com/gold-platinum.

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Canadian Country Music Association announces 2016 CCMA Award nominees

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Today, the Canadian Country Music Association revealed the nominees for the 2016 CCMA Awards, taking place in London, Ontario. 34 CCMA Award categories were revealed, with 8 of the categories being presented during the live CBC broadcast on Sunday, September 11, 2016, hosted by Jessi Cruickshank.

The nominees for the 2016 CCMA Fans’ Choice Award were revealed last night on ET Canada, featuring artists Dean Broady, Brett Kissel, Johnny Reid, Dallas Smith, and Yoan. Fans can vote beginning today, and have until 5 PM on September 11 to cast their vote.

2016 also marks the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Country Music Association bringing Country Music Week across the country. Along with the CCMA Awards, London will also host an industry conference and music festival, which includes a Songwriters’ Series, talent showcases, FanFest, and Legends Show that pays tribute to Canada’s most cherished country artists.

Country Music Week and the 2016 CCMA Awards are expected to generate an economic impact of $6-$8 million dollars for London. In 2015, Halifax, NS, exceeded economic impact estimates, generating $11.8 million in economic activity for the province, and $5.5 million in new money (GDP).

Performers for the broadcast will be announced throughout August. For more information, visit the full CCMA release.

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Brett Kissel presented with Gold plaque at epic ‘Hometown Homecoming’ show

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On Saturday, June 18, 2016, Canadian country star Brett Kissel returned to his hometown of St. Paul, Alberta, for a special sold out concert at Jaycee Ballpark. Dubbed the Hometown Homecoming, Kissel performed for over 3,000 fans in attendance, and thousands of more listeners across the province through a live broadcast on 840 & 910 CFCW.

‘It’s hard to put into words,” said Kissel of the special evening, “I’m blown away by the excitement and atmosphere. It really was surreal and so, so special to be performing for so many fans, family, friends, and people I grew up with who’ve supported me since the beginning, in my hometown. It was an awesome night.’

During the show, the JUNO Award winning artist was presented with a Gold plaque for his 2013 debut single “Started With A Song,” certified earlier this year. Kissel has previously received a Gold plaque for his single “3-2-1,” and posed with his latest plaque backstage following his monumental performance.

The event also raised over $60,000 for local charities and non-profit organizations, including a $10,000 donation from Kissel and event producers. $5,000 was donated to local cancer-support society Haying In The 30s, and another $5,000 was directed to Fort Murray fire-relief efforts.

The video for “Started With A Song” can be viewed 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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2014 Canadian Country Music Awards presented during Canadian Country Music Week in Edmonton, AB

Congratulations to the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Award winners, which were presented this past weekend during Canadian Country Music Week in Edmonton, AB.

During the Awards broadcast Sunday night, Dean Brody won Album of the Year for ‘Crop Circles’, while Gord Bamford won Single of the Year for ‘When Your Lips Are So Close’, in addition to picking up the Male Artist of the Year Award. Jess Moskaluke won Female Artist of the Year, while Small Town Pistols were recognized as Group or Duo of the Year. Brett Kissel was honoured with the CMT Video of the Year award for ‘3-2-1’, as Tim Hicks won the Rising Star award, and Johnny Reid was the Fans’ Choice Award winner.

Music Canada would like to extend special congratulations to Deane Cameron, who was honoured with the Hank Smith Award of Excellence, which recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond in contributing his or her time and talents for the advancement of Canadian country music nationally. We would also like to congratulate Beverley Mahood, who received the 2014 Slaight Music Humanitarian Award, as well as Wendell Ferguson, who was the 2014 Artist Inductee to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and Ron Sakamoto, who was the 2014 Builder Inductee to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Congratulations as well to Open Road Recordings, who was named the Record Company of the Year at the CCMA Gala, a category that is proudly sponsored by Music Canada.

For a full list of winners, see the listing on the CCMA website.

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Canada Day 2014: Free Concerts Across The Country

Happy Canada Day! From coast to coast, we’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest free Canada Day concerts suitable for the whole family. Regardless of where you’re celebrating, don’t forget to bring water, a hat and sunscreen.

OTTAWA, ON

Thousands will join together on Parliament Hill to mark Canada’s 147th birthday. This year’s show will feature performances from national favourites like Serena Ryder, Marianas Trench, Whitehorse, French pop sensations Nadja and Daniel Lavoie, singer/impersonator Véronic DiCaire and Brett Kissel, who played the Minister’s Music Night in Ottawa 2013.

Canada Day in the Capital will be televised on CBC at 9 PM ET. The concert will be broadcast in its entirety live on CBC Radio 2 with host Tom Power (Radio 2 Morning) beginning at 8 PM ET. CBCMusic.ca/CanadaDay will also stream the concert live starting at 8 PM ET.

Canada Day in the Capital will highlight the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, the end of the mission in Afghanistan and the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown and Québec Conferences, as well as our Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI

Barenaked Ladies, Tegan & Sara will headline a jam-packed day of family-friendly activities at the new Charlottetown Event Grounds. All 10,000 advance free access passes for the PEI 2014 Canada Day Concert have been reserved, but an additional 5,000 free passes will be available on a first-come first-served basis Tuesday at the entrance gates.

ST. JOHNS, NL

From Noon to 6 PM, George St will host a family-friendly Rock & Soul Party, with face painting and balloon making for the kids. The schedule for music is Clean Sheets 1 PM, Chris Kirby & the Marquee AND Billy and the Bruisers 2pm, and The Rogues at 4pm.

HALIFAX, NS

Sam Roberts Band will headline a free annual concert at Alderney Landing with July Talk, The Belle Game and local favourite Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers. The day of activities begins with pancake breakfasts at Grand Parade and Alderney Landing, and the singing of the national anthem from Citadel Hill. There will also be a Tattoo Parade through downtown Halifax, the Maple Lodge Farms Family Fun-Fest on the Halifax Common, and a fireworks show on the harbour at 10 PM.

MONTREAL, QC

Bring your family down to Montreal’s Old Port for activity tents, an inflatable village and ceremonial 21-cannon salute. There will also be a concert beginning at 8:30 PM featuring Pascale Picard, Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli and many more.

TORONTO, ON

Beginning at 5 PM, Mel Lastman Square in North York will host a fun-filled evening of live music and performances. Toronto alt-country singer/songwriter Justin Rutledge will take to the stage at 8 PM to play his Juno award winning catalogue and pay tribute to Canadian legends The Tragically Hip, playing songs off his latest cover album Daredevil. At 9 PM, roots rockers NQ Arbuckle will be performing music from their latest release The Future Happens Anyway with special guests.

WINNIPEG, MB

Taking Place at The Forks, Winnipeg will have a free Canada Day event featuring 3 stages of Manitoba artists beginning at 1 PM. There are also tons of free activities for the whole family including a museum, obstacle courses and a photo booth.

CALGARY, AB

Labelled “Canadayyc”, Calgary will host a huge all-ages Canada Day bash including live music from Mother Mother and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald on Riverfront stage, First Nations Powwow on Prince’s Island, Living Flag activity, Food Truck Roundup and BassBus at Festival Market, and an amazing Fireworks display presented by Hudson’s Bay. Download the app to make sure you catch everything!

REGINA, SK

Due to significant rainfall in the month of June, the city of Regina decided to scale back the festivities this year, which unfortunately meant cancelling headliners Big Sugar and Wide Mouth Mason. However, the show will go on, featuring DJ The Beat Attic with Shawn Jobin. An official statement from the Regina Canada Day Committee (RCDC) can be read here.

SURREY, BC

British Columbia’s largest Canada Day party will be taking place in Surrey with a free all-ages event headlined by Matthew Good. Highlights of the event include a half a million square feet of site area, an expanded Kids Play area, over 100 exhibitors, shooting Star Amusements with superior midway games and rides, and a spectacular fireworks for the grand finale. Gates open at 10 AM and music will be going on all day.

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