Universal Music Canada staff pose with Niall Horan at Massey Hall
On Wednesday, November 1, pop sensation Niall Horan paid his Toronto die-hards a special visit for an intimate show at Massey Hall in support of his debut solo album, Flicker. Prior to the highly anticipated performance, Horan was surprised with a Gold plaque for the album by Universal Music Canada, which also commemorates his Double Platinum singles “Slow Hands” and “This Town.”
Following the presentation, the former One Direction member went on to perform tracks off his latest album for the excited Toronto crowd, including a cover of the 1D hit “Fool’s Gold.” As a member of the pop group, Horan earned four Canadian Gold Album Award certifications, with Take Me Home and Up All Night both earning Triple Platinum status.
The Irish singer-songwriter will return to Toronto next year for a show at Budweiser Stage on September 5, 2018.
Watch the lyric video for “Slow Hands” from the Gold-certified album Flicker below.
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.
Canadian country star Dean Brody returned to Toronto last week for a sold-out show at Budweiser Stage alongside Open Road Recordings label-mate Tim Hicks and rising Big Machine Records artist Carly Pearce. On Friday afternoon, Ron Kitchener, Brody’s manager and president of RGK Entertainment Group, surprised the artist with a custom award plaque commemorating his newly Canadian Gold-certified albums Gypsy Road (2015), Crop Circles (2013),and Trail In Life (2010).The plaque also commemorated Brody’s 2012 album Dirt, which was certified Gold in 2013.
American singer-songwriter K. Flay was surprised with her first Canadian Gold Single Award plaque last Saturday for her breakout debut single “Blood In The Cut.” K. Flay was presented with the plaque by Universal Music Canada prior to her set on the Main Stage at Riverfest in Elora, ON, headlined later that evening by Gold-certified psychedelic rockers MGMT.
K. Flay shared the exciting news with her fans through her social media channels.
well hot baby blood in the cut went gold in canada. could literally not have happened without you. infinitely grateful 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/wekZvRHhAK
Photo Credit: Katherine Kwan / Warner Music Canada
Prior to two sold-out headlining shows last week at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall, Portland, OR-based band Portugal. The Man were surprised with their first Canadian Gold award plaques by Warner Music Canada for their summer hit “Feel It Still.” The track comes off their eighth full length studio album Woodstock, released earlier in 2017.
The band shared the news with their fans through their Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Prior to performing a sold-out show at Toronto’s Rebel Nightclub Wednesday, American R&B singer Khalid received a custom Gold plaque for his 2017 debut album, American Teen. Presented to him by Sony Music Canada, the plaque also commemorates his Platinum debut Single, “Location.”
Toronto was the 19-year-old artist’s third and final stop in Canada on The American Teen Tour, following performances at Pemberton Music Festival in Pemberton, BC and Métropolis in Montreal, QC earlier this summer.
Prior to hitting the main stage at Toronto’s Dreams Festival, Canadian DJ duo DVBBS were presented with Platinum award plaques for their CMC$ collaboration “Not Going Home (ft. Gia Koka).” DVBBS’ Alex Andre and Chris Chronicles are shown in the photo above holding their new plaques, alongside CMC$ (far left), Asim “Awesome” Awan (Co-President, Ultra Music Canada), and Adrian Strong (Co-President, Ultra Music Canada/President, DMD).
The group shared a recap video of the monumental homecoming on their Instagram account.
Hamilton, ON’s Arkells and hometown heroes July Talk joined forces Saturday night for their biggest shows to date in front of a capacity crowd at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage. Prior to taking the stage for their 16 song set, July Talk were surprised with Gold award plaques by Sleepless Records for “Push + Pull,” the lead single from their 2016 album Touch.
Canadian R&B artist Karl Wolf now has another Canadian Gold award plaque to add to his collection.
During JUNO Weekend in Ottawa, Wolf was presented with a Gold Single Award plaque for his hit “Amateur At Love,” a track which features fellow Canadian hip hop artist Kardinal Offishall. The plaque was presented by Cordova Bay Records at Wolf’s party Friday, April 1, at Flybar.
“Amateur At Love” is Wolf’s first certification as a solo artist since 2012’s “Mash It Up,” and is the first to be certified under the Single Award guidelines, which includes on-demand subscription service streams. In addition to his solo work, Wolf has collaborated as a songwriter on many projects, most notably OMI’s breakthrough Seven Times Platinum hit “Cheerleader.”
Wolf shared several photos of the award presentation through Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
On June 26, in front of a sold out audience at the @economicclubca, Music Canada President & CEO Graham Henderson delivered a keynote address to launch our latest report Closing the Value Gap: How to Fix Safe Harbours & Save the Creative Middle Class. https://t.co/uqqWC5BzUM
"In Hell I'll Be In Good Company," the breakthrough single from Regina, Saskatchewan's @TheDeadSouth4, is officially their first #GoldinCanada certification! The song can be found on their 2014 debut studio album Good Company.
Congratulations to all of the 2019 @PolarisPrize #ShortList artists! The winning album will be determined at the Polaris Music Prize Gala on September 16 at The Carlu in Toronto, and will be live-streamed on @CBCMusic. https://t.co/6cbRs3hMq2 #Polaris2019
“The reality is the framework is broken and we need to fix it.” - @MiraMulholland shares her perspective as an artist living in the Value Gap in today’s @TorontoStar: https://t.co/2hVjx2n3gl We are very fortunate to have her as Chair of the Music Canada Advisory Council.
Music Canada’s @GFHenderson appeared on The Lawyer Life Podcast this week, where he discussed practicing with a revolutionary spirit with hosts Mike Anderson & Darlene Tonelli (a valued member of our Advisory Council) - listen in at https://t.co/hurZ4lCpp7
The @Canadian_Live Music Association, @cityofhamilton, @cityoftoronto and Nordicity are studying the benefits & financial health of music venues. Do you host live music in either of these cities? The survey isopen until July 19: https://t.co/OQQBDMuyld #livemusic