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Music Publishers Canada and Music Canada launch new Songwriting and Music Publishing Award

May 17, 2022, Toronto: Music Publishers Canada and Music Canada are excited to launch their new Songwriting and Music Publishing Award. The award celebrates songwriters’ and music publishers’ contributions to officially certified Canadian Gold and Platinum recordings. 

“Songwriters and music publishers have always played a vital role in the creation of Canadian songs ​​that are heard daily on the radio, on streaming services, in video games, and on film and television productions seen around the world. We are proud to now have an award that specifically recognizes and celebrates the contributions of songwriters and music publishers to Gold and Platinum certified songs,” said Margaret McGuffin, CEO of Music Publishers Canada. 

“Gold and Platinum Awards are recognized world-wide as markers of commercial success for artists and their teams – whether the artist has just released their first hit, or if they are a global superstar creating the songs that define a generation. We are thrilled to extend our Gold and Platinum Program so that it recognizes the close creative working relationship between songwriters and performing artists and their teams,”  said Patrick Rogers, CEO of Music Canada.  “Canada’s music industry is a dynamic and competitive marketplace, built on creativity and collaboration. And just as Canada’s major labels partner with music publishers to support artists’ creative and commercial goals, this award marks a new level of partnership between our associations.”

The first award was presented last week during JUNO Week to Serena Ryder, in recognition of her songwriting contributions to her Platinum-certified song “Weak In The Knees.” The award was presented by ArtHaus Music and Music Publishers Canada, ahead of Ryder’s performance at the JUNO Songwriters’ Circle. 

As well, Soran, and his music publisher, Éditorial Avenue, were recognized with a plaque in a virtual presentation for their contributions to Johnny Orlando’s “Everybody Wants You,” a certified Gold Single.

“As both a publisher and songwriter, I am very excited to see the launch of an award that recognizes the impact of both of these roles on creating songs that resonate with music fans” said Vincent Degiorgio, President of CYMBA Music Publishing and Chair of the Music Publishers Canada Board of Directors. 

Music Publishers Canada members who hold publishing rights to songs contained in a Gold/Platinum certified recording are now eligible to order the new Award plaque for themselves, their sub-publishing partners as well as the credited songwriters who they represent in Canada.


Erica Meekes
Music Canada
(416) 462-1485

Margaret McGuffin
Music Publishers Canada
(647) 405-1261

About Music Publishers Canada
Music Publishers Canada is a non-profit membership-based organization whose mission is to create business opportunities for our members and to promote their interests and those of their song writing partners through advocacy, communication, and education.  

About Music Canada
Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada:  Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster.


Chris Buck Band presented with first Canadian Gold plaque

Canadian country rockers Chris Buck Band were presented with their first Canadian Gold Single Award plaque by Royalty Records in Lake Country, BC for hit “That’s When You Know,” which also features Canadian country artist Kira Isabella. The 2017 track was included on the band’s debut self-titled album, and was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2017 CCMA Awards.

In a video posted to their social media, Chris shared his reaction to receiving the band’s first Gold plaque.

Chris Buck Band will play the upcoming Celebrate Culture concert this weekend in Fort Saskatchewan, AB along with Reuben and the Dark and Chubby Cree. Watch the music video for “That’s When You Know” below.


Eric Ethridge surprised with first Canadian Gold plaque

Over the 2020 holidays, Sarnia, ON born country singer Eric Ethridge received his first Canadian Gold award plaque commemorating his singles “California” and “If You Met Me First.” In a video posted on his Instagram, the Nashville-based Anthem Entertainment artist and wife, artist Kalsey Kulyk, unbox the custom award plaque, and thank their label teams, family, and fans for the support of these singles since their release back in 2018.

With their 2020 tour schedules cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple sold all their possessions, built a state-of-the-art camper van, and began their socially-distanced Love On The Road tour across Canada performing to audiences from the rooftop.


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Watch the music video for “If You Met Me First” below.


Brett Kissel reveals first Platinum certification at Edmonton drive-in concert

Brett Kissel announcing the Platinum certification of “Airwaves” at Edmonton drive-in concert (Photo Credit: Warner Music Canada)

Over the weekend, Canadian country star Brett Kissel performed 8 sold-out drive-in concerts in the parking lot of Enoch, Alberta’s River Cree Resort and Casino, with all proceeds benefiting Food Bands Alberta via the Safeway Community Action Fund. With strict social distancing measures in place, Kissel made good on his commitment to “having one hell of a good time together, while apart!”

During one of his shows on Saturday, June 13, Kissel announced to his fans that “Airwaves” had now been officially certified Platinum in Canada. Fans celebrated with a chorus of car honks before launching into the hit single. Video of the announcement was captured by fans below.

“Airwaves,” from 2015 album Pick Me Up, is Brett Kissel’s first Platinum certification in Canada. In 2016, it became the first song to be officially certified under the Single Award guidelines, which allowed for on-demand audio streams to be included in the certification criteria.

Kissel will continue his run of drive-in concerts in Regina, SK this Saturday, and in Saskatoon on Saturday, June 27.

Watch the video for “Airwaves” below.


Aaron Goodvin surprised with virtual Gold record

Canadian country star Aaron Goodvin thought he was joining a standard Zoom meeting with his team at Warner Music Canada last week. With the help of his wife Victoria, the 2020 JUNO nominee and 2018 CCMA Songwriter of the Year Award winner was surprised with a virtual Gold award presentation for his single “You Are,” and it was all captured for his fans in a recording posted on the artist’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“You Are” is Goodvin’s second Gold Single in Canada, joining hit “Lonely Drum” which was certified Platinum one year ago to the date.

Warner promises they will present Goodvin with a physical plaque when they are able to. Speaking with CTV News, the Alberta-born singer-songwriter doesn’t mind a bit, noting a Gold record is still a dream come true and “it’s all bonus.”

Watch the music video for “You Are” below.


The Lumineers presented with Gold plaques in Toronto

Top row (L to R): Dan Hawie (Dualtone Canada), Byron Isaacs (Band), Jeremiah Fraites (Band), Lauren Jacobson (Band), Stelth Ulvang (Band), Cristina Fernandes (Listen Harder PR), David Tysowski (Canvas Media) Bottom row (L to R): Christina Fitzgerald (eOne Canada), Brandon Miller (Band), Wesley Schultz (Band), Chris Moncada (GM, eOne Canada) Photo Credit: Auston Roa

Folk rock band The Lumineers returned to Canada last week on the first leg of their 2020 World Tour, beginning with two sold out nights at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena before making their way to Montreal’s Bell Centre and Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre. Prior to their set in Toronto, the Denver-based New Jersey natives were surprised with Gold award plaques from eOne/Dualtone for their 2019 album III, their ambitious cinematic third album presented across three chapters. The Gold-certified album also features the Gold hit “Gloria.”

The band are no strangers to Canadian certifications. Since the release of their debut 4x Platinum self-titled album in 2012, the band has amassed 10 Gold singles in Canada, with their breakthrough hit “Hey Ho” earning a Diamond certification in 2019.

The Lumineers will return to Canada in September for a run of shows through Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg.

Watch the music video for their latest certified hit “Gloria” below.


JP Saxe receives first Canadian Platinum plaque in hometown

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter JP Saxe returned to his hometown of Toronto last week for a sold out show at The Drake Underground. Prior to the show, JP was surprised with a Canadian Platinum plaque by Sony Music Canada for his breakthrough hit “If The World Was Ending,” his collaboration with multi-Platinum artist Julia Michaels.

JP shared the news with his fans on his social media channels with a photo of the couple, who initially met while writing the hit track, posing with the plaque.


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Watch the music video for the FINNEAS-produced track below.


2019 Gold/Platinum Year-End Recap

Left to Right: Felix Cartal, Lights, Tyler Shaw, Grandson

2019 has proven to be another spectacular year for Music Canada’s historic Gold/Platinum program. For the fourth consecutive year, the program has experienced a steady surge in Single Award certifications thanks to Canada’s continued shift towards on-demand audio streaming, which in 2018 accounted for 60% of recorded music revenues in Canada.

In 2019, Single Award certifications increased 33% from 2018’s total, with a 38% increase in tracks receiving their first Canadian Gold certifications (40,000 units). Music Canada began accepting on-demand subscription service streams with the introduction of the Single Award in September 2016, and has since experienced a 177% increase in new tracks receiving their first Canadian certifications.

11 singles received Diamond certifications (800,000 units) this year, surpassing 2018’s total. “Old Town Road,” the breakthrough hit by American crossover star Lil Nas X, was the only single released in 2019 to receive the top certification. Post Malone, who received the most certifications of any artist in 2019, followed this with the 2019 single “Wow.” at 7x Platinum, while Billie Eilish‘s hit “bad guy” received the third highest for a 2019 release at 6x Platinum.

Toronto-born rapper Drake‘s hit “God’s Plan,” which received the highest certification in 2018 for a Canadian artist at 8x Platinum, joins The Weeknd‘s “Starboy” and Loud Luxury‘s “Body (ft. Brando)” as the highest certifications for Canadian artists in 2019, each receiving a Diamond certification for their respective tracks. The Weeknd also received the highest album certification for a Canadian artist with the 5x Platinum certifications of 2015’s Beauty Behind The Madness and 2016’s Starboy. Khalid‘s Free Spirit, Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding, and Billie Eilish’s WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? were the top certified albums released in 2019, each earning a Double Platinum (160,000 units) certification.

Several Canadian artists received their first Single Award certifications including Loud, Arcade Fire, Jade Eagleson, Craig Cardiff, The Dead South, Ali Gatie, Lucky Rose, Death From Above 1979, Frank Walker, Hunter Brothers, Patrick Watson, and The Barr Brothers. 

All singles receiving their first #GoldinCanada certifications in 2019 have been compiled into a playlist on Spotify and Apple Music available to stream below.


Jonas Brothers receive Platinum plaques in Toronto

Photo Credit: Jonas Brothers / Universal Music Canada

2019 was an epic year for American pop sensations Jonas Brothers, who returned to the spotlight following the release of their fifth studio album Happiness Begins and their first major arena tour in a decade. The band played three shows at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena over the course of the tour, along with a stop at Montreal’s Bell Centre on Wednesday night. Prior to Tuesday’s show in Toronto, Nick, Kevin, and Joe were surprised with their own Platinum award plaques for Happiness Begins by Universal Music Canada, sharing the news across their social media accounts with their Canadian fans.

Happiness Begins was the brothers’ first Canadian album certification since August 2009, when A Little Bit Longer (2008) received its Double Platinum certification and Lines, Vines and Trying Times (2009) was certified Platinum. Happiness Begins also features the certified hits “Sucker” (4x Platinum), “Only Human” (Platinum), and “Cool” (Platinum), which are included on the custom award plaque.

Watch the music video for “Sucker” below.


Jason Mraz presented with Gold Single plaque in Toronto

Photo Credit: Warner Music Canada

Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Jason Mraz returned to Toronto Tuesday night for the first of two intimate shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre alongside indie-folk quintet Raining Jane. Ahead of the performance, Warner Music Canada surprised Mraz with a Gold plaque for single “Have It All” from his 2018 album Know., which is his first Canadian certification since 2014’s Gold album YES!. 

During this Fall 2019 run of “Evening with” shows, Mraz also visited Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.

Watch the music video for “Have It All” below.