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.
July Talk with Sleepless Records staff in Ottawa (Credit: Sleepless Records)
Toronto rock band July Talk were the talk of the 2017 JUNO Awards following their sensational performance of “Picturing Love” from Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre. The performance capped off an exciting weekend for the group, who took home Alternative Album of the Year for their sophomore album Touch at Saturday’s Gala.
On Friday, March 31, July Talk were also surprised with a Gold award plaque by Sleepless Records for their hit “Guns + Ammunition” at Ottawa’s Albion Room. The track was the third single from July Talk’s debut self-titled album, which was certified Gold in Canada on September 1, 2015.
The video for “Guns + Ammunition” can be viewed below.
Bebe Rexha with staff from Warner Music Canada in Toronto
Bebe Rexha may have first appeared on your radar with G-Eazy’s breakout track “Me, Myself, & I,” a song the Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter co-wrote and featured on. The track was certified Triple Platinum in Canada, and she’s appeared on several other Canadian certified tracks including Martin Garrix’s “In The Name Of Love,” David Guetta’s “Hey Mama,” and Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home.”
Last Thursday, Rexha appeared at Toronto’s Phoenix Concert Theatre amidst her North American tour for her acclaimed EP All Your Fault Pt. 1. Prior to the show, Rexha was surprised with a Gold plaque for the lead single “I Got You” by staff from Warner Music Canada, which she shared with her Rexhars through her Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Fans won’t have to wait long for new music from the singer. Rexha confirmed via Twitter she will release the EP All Your Fault Pt. 2 in mid-April.
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