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.
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.
The Dead South (L-R: Danny Kenyon, Scott Pringle, Nate Hilts, Colton Crawford ) with Six Shooter Records staff (L-R: Morgan Coates, Helen Britton, Chris Wynters, Shauna de Cartier, Matthew Maw, Emily Smart)
Amidst a North American tour in support of their latest album Sugar & Joy, Saskatchewan’s The Dead South stopped in Toronto a few days before their highly anticipated Halloween show at The Phoenix Concert Theatre. During a private event last Wednesday, Six Shooter Records presented the Regina-based band with their first Canadian Gold Single Award plaques for 2014 hit “In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company” which was officially certified earlier this year.
“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.
Prior to their highly anticipated show at Toronto’s Velvet Underground, American electro-pop trio SHAED were presented with a Canadian Gold Single Award plaque by Universal Music Canada for their breakthrough hit “Trampoline.” Initially released in 2018, the song has since been re-released in 2019 with vocals from Multi-Platinum artist ZAYN.
On Thursday night, Lizzo returned to Toronto for a sold out show at Budweiser Stage. This was the second Toronto concert of 2019 for the American ‘Bop Star,’ who played the 1,500 capacity Danforth Music Hall in May following the release of her major label debut album, Cuz I Love You. Originally scheduled to perform at night club Rebel, Thursday’s show was later moved due to overwhelming demand to the 15,000 capacity Budweiser Stage, ten times the size of crowd she played to just months earlier.
Ahead of the massive show, Lizzo was surprised by Warner Music Canada with a Gold award plaque for Cuz I Love You, along with a Triple Platinum award plaque for one of the summer’s biggest hits “Truth Hurts.” Cuz I Love You also features the Gold-certified hit “Juice,” which Lizzo closed out Thursday’s show with.
Watch the brand new lyric video for “Truth Hurts” below.
Prior to her sold out show at Toronto’s Velvet Underground last Saturday, UK pop sensation Mabel was surprised with a Double Platinum plaque for the summer hit “Don’t Call Me Up” by Universal Music Canada. Mabel shared the exciting new with her fans in through her Twitter account, and promised “more to come” following the track’s North American success.
Toronto that was lit and I just found out that “Don’t Call Me Up” is double platinum!!! Thank you to everyone who bought / streamed / listened to this song! More to come I promise ❤️😘❤️ pic.twitter.com/Puqpv71ig8
On Friday, August 9, Saskatchewan-bred rockers The Sheepdogs were in Toronto to throw out the first pitch at Rogers Centre ahead of the Blue Jays game against the New York Yankees. The band also performed a free outdoor show ahead of the game as part of the Jays’ Summer Sound Festival, which also featured James Barker Band the following day.
During the game, Warner Music Canada surprised the band with their second Canadian Platinum certification plaque for their 2012 self-titled album, joining JUNO Rock Album of the Year winner Learn & Burn. The album’s lead single “Feeling Good” also received a Platinum Single Award certification in 2019.
Canadian electronic artist was surprised last week by Cadence Music Group with his first ever Platinum plaque for the hit single “Get What You Give.” It is his second award plaque presentation of 2019, following a Gold award surprise at Bud Light Dreams Festival for his Lights collaboration “Love Me.”
i arrived in toronto and found out Get What You Give went platinum! holy shit… my first platinum record!! never really thought something like this would happen… life is crazy rn. thank you everyone who shared this one with their friends ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/laxfFgCnC7
Back in February of 2019, Canadian artists Lights and Felix Cartal teamed up to release their single “Love Me.” The summer-ready collaboration is now officially certified Gold in Canada, and the pair were surprised with custom plaques by Cadence Music Group in Toronto ahead of Felix Cartal’s highly anticipated set at Bud Light Dreams Festival.
Veteran indie rock outfit Death Cab for Cutie returned to Toronto last week for a show at Echo Beach in support of their 2018 album Thank You for Today. Prior to their set, Warner Music Canada surprised Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr with Platinum plaques for their fifth studio album Plans, which was the band’s first album to receive Canadian Gold status in 2006. Plans was certified Platinum earlier in 2019 along with the singles “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” and “Soul Meets Body,” which was certified Gold.
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