Universal Music Canada President Jeffrey Remedios (middle) with James Barker Band (Photo Credit: UMC)
Ontario-crafted country outfit James Barker Band had a sensational 2017, raking in two Canadian Gold Singles for tracks of their breakthrough debut EP Game On. During JUNO weekend in Vancouver, the band was surprised by Universal Music Canada with a third Single Award plaque for the “Just Sayin.” The group also took home some more hardware from Vancouver, winning the JUNO for 2018 Country Album of the Year during the Gala Dinner and Awards, where they also performed.
The band announced the news to their fan in an Instagram video, popping champagne while overlooking the beautiful Downtown Vancouver scenery.
Demi Lovato (middle) with Universal Music Canada staff (L to R) Brian Smiley, Shelley Fremont, Stacey Kerslake & Brian Chick (Photo: Universal Music Canada)
Amidst her 2018 Tell Me You Love Me world tour, pop superstar Demi Lovato paid a visit to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre alongside DJ Khaled and Kehlani. Prior to her highly anticipated show Monday night, Lovato was presented with a custom award plaque backstage by Universal Music Canada. The plaque commemorates the Gold certifications of her 2017 album and title track Tell Me You Love Me, as well as the Triple Platinum status of the album’s single “Sorry Not Sorry.”
The album joins 2013 release Demi as her second Canadian Gold-certified album. Lovato has also received 6 solo track certifications in Canada, with “Sorry Not Sorry” now earning the highest certification level.
Watch the music video for “Tell Me You Love Me” below.
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.
Nashville-based band Judah & The Lion have spent the majority of 2018 selling out concerts in cities across North America on their Going To Mars tour. On Friday, the genre-bending group made their highly anticipated return to Toronto for a show at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.
During an interview with etalk’s Devon Soltendieck, the band was surprised with their first Canadian Gold Single Award plaque by Universal Music Canada for their hit “Take It All Back” from their 2016 album Folk Hop N’ Roll. The band also visited Canadian cities Vancouver and Montreal on this tour.
Canadian country group The Washboard Union were surprised with their first Canadian Gold award plaques by Warner Music Canada last week for the single “Shot Of Glory.” The Vancouver-based trio received the awards in Toronto during a listening session of their brand new album. Following the presentation, they took to their social media accounts to announce the news to their fans.
Vancouver-based DJ and electronic producer Felix Cartal was surprised by Cadence Music Group with his first Canadian Gold Single Award plaque in Toronto this week for “Get What You Give,” his unique take on the 90’s New Radicals hit.
He shared his excitement for receiving the plaque with fans through Twitter and Instagram. Following his JUNO nominations, he tweeted:
Wow…. a gold record last night, and now two nominations at @TheJUNOAwards !!! best dance recording and producer of the year. absolutely speechless…. craziest 24 hours of my life right now. THANK YOU
Felix Cartal was a special guest at Tuesday’s 2018 JUNO Awards nomination press conference in Toronto, which found him with two nominations for the track in the Dance Recording of the Year and Producer of The Year categories.
Ahead of her sold out show January 30 at Montreal’s MTELUS, British pop star Dua Lipa was presented with her first Canadian Gold and Platinum plaques for her breakout 2017 hits “New Rules” (Platinum) and “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” (Gold) by Warner Music Canada.
The highly anticipated Montreal appearance was the English singer-songwriter’s first Canadian appearance of 2018 and the second Canadian show of her Norther American Self-Titled Tour, which brought her through Toronto last November. Lipa will return to Canada on February 16 for a sold out show at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre.
L to R: David Waxman, Mark Dennis (Managing Director, Sony Music Sweden), Gunnar Greve (CEO, MER Musikk), Asim “Awesome” Awan, Björn Barnekow (President, Bad Taste Empire)
During ADE17 (Amsterdam Dance Event) in October, Asim “Awesome” Awan (Co-President, Ultra Music Canada) and David Waxman (Senior Vice President, Ultra Music) presented electronic musician Alan Walker’s management with a custom award plaque for his Canadian Single Award certifications. The plaque commemorates Walker’s certified tracks “Faded (4x Platinum),” “Sing Me To Sleep (Gold),” and “Alone (Gold),” which were all certified in September 2017.
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.
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