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Win a Scott Helman prize pack to celebrate his latest #GoldinCanada certifications!

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Were you one of the lucky fans in attendance at Scott Helman‘s recent Toronto show when he was surprised with a Gold plaque for “Hang Ups” on stage at the Danforth Music Hall? Since then, Scott’s received his second #GoldinCanada certification of 2019 for “Kinda Complicated,” joining “PDA” as the second track from 2017 album Hôtel de Ville to reach Gold status!

To celebrate, we’ve teamed with Warner Music Canada to give one lucky fan a shot at winning a sweet Scott Helman vinyl prize pack featuring two vinyl records (Hôtel de Ville Augusta EP) and more Hôtel de Ville swag (CD, t-shirt, sticker set)!


Simply head over to Gold/Platinum Canada’s Instagram, find our contest post, and:

  1. Follow Gold/Platinum Canada on Instagram.
  2. Like the contest post.
  3. Comment with your favourite Scott Helman song certified #GoldinCanada (make sure to use the hashtag!).
  4. Tag a friend you’ve listened to it with.

That’s it! All entrants must be following Gold/Platinum Canada on Instagram, so if you’re not already, don’t forget to do that once you’ve entered.

By entering the contest, you agree to the Official Contest Rules.

Contest closes at 11:59PM EST on Monday, May 20, 2019.


Scott Helman surprised with Gold plaque for “Hang Ups” on stage at hometown show

Toronto singer-songwriter Scott Helman returned to his hometown last weekend for a sold out show at the Danforth Music Hall as part of his 2019 cross-Canada tour. During a break in his set, Warner Music Canada surprised the JUNO-nominee with his third Canadian Gold award plaque for 2018 single “Hang Ups.”

Following the presentation, Helman joined his fans in the front row for a picture with the plaque, and you can watch how it all went down below.


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In 2015, Helman received his first Gold plaque for “Bungalow,” which was later certified Platinum in 2016. In 2018, “PDA” from his 2017 album Hotel de Ville become his second Gold-certified track.

Watch the video “Hang Ups” below.


Photos: Scott Helman and Vincent Vallières shine at Capital Beat

Parliament Hill was alive with the sound of music last week, as the inaugural Capital Beat event brought together parliamentarians, Hill staff, and media for a non-partisan celebration of Canadian music. Presented by Music Canada and Quebecor, Capital Beat featured performances by Scott Helman and Vincent Vallières, as well as remarks by special guest speaker The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Also sponsored by TD Bank Group and Stingray Digital, Capital Beat took place at the National Arts Centre, where invited guests enjoyed the performances in an intimate setting. DJ del Pilar provided music before the event as well as at the afterparty.

“Tonight we are here to acknowledge the importance of music – music unites us – it inspires us – it makes us smarter and allows us to tell our stories,” said Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President of Music Canada in her opening remarks. “It builds our communities and heals our wounds.”

“It is both a pleasure and an honour for Québecor to help foster an exchange between artists, politicians and industry people but, most of all, we are happy to bring these remarkable musical talents to the attention of our nation’s parliamentarians,” said J.Serge Sasseville, Québecor’s Senior Vice President, Corporate and Institutional Affairs, in a release the day of the event.

Prior to the show, both Scott Helman and Vincent Vallières, as well as their label and management teams, were treated to a tour of Parliament by Julie Dabrusin, MP for Toronto-Danforth and member of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.


A selection of attendee reactions to the show are embedded below. For additional photos, see our album on Facebook.


Music is back on Parliament Hill as Scott Helman, Vincent Vallières take the stage at Capital Beat with special guest speaker The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

OTTAWA, May 16, 2017:  Music Canada and Quebecor, as presenting sponsors, are excited to bring an intimate celebration of some of Canada’s best music and artists back to Parliament Hill on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Also sponsored by TD Bank Group and Stingray Digital, Capital Beat will bring together parliamentarians, Hill staff and media for a non-partisan evening designed to celebrate Canadian music among Ottawa’s most important decision-makers. Capital Beat’s previous incarnation, Minister’s Music Night, was named by Maclean’s Magazine as one of the five events that matter most to Ottawa’s power brokers.

The event will take place in The Studio at the National Arts Centre (1 Elgin Street) and will include performances by Scott Helman and Vincent Vallières, as well as special guest speaker The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Following the breakout success of his debut Augusta EP in 2014, which includes the Platinum Single “Bungalow,” Scott Helman has just released his first full-length album Hôtel de Ville on Warner Music Canada and is currently on tour supporting his first single “Kinda Complicated.”

Sherbrooke’s own Vincent Vallières is a staple of the Quebec music scene. His 2009 album Le Monde tourne fort earned a Platinum certification, on the strength of his hit single On va s’aimer encore, which became an instant classic. Three years after Fabriquer l’aube, which earned a Gold certification, Vincent Vallières came out with his seventh album in March of this year, Le temps des vivants, whose first single “Bad Luck” is currently sitting atop the radio charts.

The two headliners will perform 45 minute sets followed by an afterparty at the National Arts Centre with music curated by DJ del Pilar.

“I’m so pleased that we are able to bring this intimate celebration of music back to Parliament Hill with a brand-new look,” said Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President of Music Canada. “Music is an essential part of Canada’s national identity and a significant economic contributor. Capital Beat is an incredible way to emphasize the value of music and the importance of Canada’s music creators.”

“It is both a pleasure and an honour for Québecor to help foster an exchange between artists, politicians and industry people but, most of all, we are happy to bring these remarkable musical talents to the attention of our nation’s parliamentarians,” said J.Serge Sasseville, Québecor’s Senior Vice President, Corporate and Institutional Affairs.

Capital Beat is an invitation only event. For more information or to RSVP, visit

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For more information:

Corey Poole, Music Canada
+1 (647) 808-7359

Hugo Delaney, Québecor
+1 (514) 463-5880


About Music Canada

Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada, namely 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.

About Quebecor

Quebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.

Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds an 81.07% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs more than 10,000 people in Canada.

A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations working in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.


La musique est de retour sur la colline du Parlement à Ottawa, où on pourra entendre Vincent Vallières et Scott Helman en concert ainsi qu’une allocution spéciale de l’honorable Mélanie Joly, ministre du Patrimoine canadien

OTTAWA, le 16 mai 2017 : Music Canada et Québecor, à titre de commanditaires présentateurs, sont enchantés de pouvoir faire vibrer une fois de plus la colline du Parlement au rythme de la musique et des artistes canadiens dans le cadre d’un concert intime qui sera présenté le mardi 16 mai 2017. Également commandité par le Groupe Banque TD et Stingray Digital, le concert Au rythme de la capitale rassemblera les parlementaires, le personnel politique et les médias lors d’une soirée non partisane conçue comme une célébration de la musique canadienne en présence des décideurs les plus importants de la capitale nationale. Dans sa première mouture, cet événement précédemment connu sous le nom de « Soirée de musique de la ministre », a été reconnu par le magazine Maclean’s comme l’un des cinq événements les plus importants aux yeux des acteurs les plus influents d’Ottawa.

Le spectacle, qui aura lieu au Studio du Centre national des Arts (1, rue Elgin), mettra en vedette les artistes Vincent Vallières et Scott Helman et comprendra une prise de parole de l’invitée d’honneur de la soirée, la ministre du Patrimoine canadien, l’honorable Mélanie Joly.

Originaire de Sherbrooke, Vincent Vallières est un incontournable de la scène musicale québécoise. Sortie en 2009, Le Monde tourne fort, a été certifié platine et le succès On va s’aimer encore est devenu un grand classique. Trois ans après la parution de Fabriquer l’aube, album certifié or, Vincent Vallières présentait en mars dernier son septième disque, Le temps des vivants, dont le premier extrait « Bad Luck » trône présentement au sommet des palmarès radio.

Dans le sillage du succès remarquable de son premier EP, Augusta (2014), qui renferme l’immense succès « Bungalow », certifié platine, Scott Helman vient de lancer son premier album complet, Hôtel de Ville, chez Warner Music Canada, et fait actuellement la promotion du premier extrait, « Kinda Complicated », en tournée.

Chaque vedette présentera une prestation de 45 minutes et le tout sera suivi d’une réception au Centre national des Arts sur des rythmes sélectionnés par DJ del Pilar.

« Je suis tellement heureuse que nous puissions ramener cette célébration musicale intime sur la colline du Parlement dans une présentation complètement nouvelle », a déclaré Amy Terrill, vice-présidente principale de Music Canada. « La musique est un aspect essentiel de l’identité nationale du Canada, et elle joue un rôle important dans l’économie. Le concert Au rythme de la capitale est une façon fantastique de souligner la valeur de la musique et l’importance des créateurs et créatrices de musique du Canada. »

« C’est un honneur et un plaisir pour Québecor de contribuer à créer un moment d’échange privilégié entre les artistes, les politiciens et les gens de l’industrie, et surtout, de mieux faire connaître nos remarquables talents musicaux aux parlementaires et aux autres décideurs de la capitale », souligne J.Serge Sasseville, vice-président principal, Affaires corporatives et institutionnelles de Québecor.

Au rythme de la capitale est un événement sur invitation seulement. Pour plus d’informations ou pour confirmer votre présence, rendez-vous sur


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Pour plus d’informations :

Corey Poole, Music Canada
+1 (647) 808-7359

Hugo Delaney, Québecor
+1 (514) 463-5880


Au sujet de Music Canada

Music Canada est une association professionnelle à but non lucratif qui représente les grandes maisons de disques au Canada, notamment Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada et Warner Music Canada. Music Canada collabore également à la promotion et au développement du secteur musical en collaboration avec de nombreux chefs de file de l’industrie musicale indépendante – étiquettes et distributeurs de disques, studios d’enregistrement, salles de spectacles, diffuseurs de concerts, gérants et artistes – à la promotion et au développement du secteur musical.

Au sujet de Québecor

Chef de file canadien des télécommunications, du divertissement, des médias d’information et de la culture, Québecor est l’une des entreprises de communication intégrée les plus performantes de l’industrie. Portées par la volonté de faire vivre la meilleure expérience qui soit à ses clients, toutes les filiales et marques de Québecor se distinguent par une offre de produits et services de qualité, multiplateformes et convergents.

Québecor (TSX : QBR.A, QBR.B), dont le siège social est solidement implanté au Québec, détient une participation de 81,07 % dans Québecor Média, laquelle emploie plus de 10 000 personnes au Canada.

Entreprise familiale fondée en 1950, Québecor a à cœur de s’impliquer activement dans sa communauté. Chaque année, elle s’investit auprès des gens qui œuvrent au sein de plus de 400 organismes dans des domaines aussi essentiels que sont la culture, la santé, l’éducation, l’environnement et l’entrepreneuriat.


Scott Helman receives first Platinum plaque in Toronto

Students from Timmins High and Vocational School’ s music business course got a first-hand look at how hard work in the music industry pays off.

During a visit to Coalition Music in Toronto, the students were given an exclusive mentoring session by Canadian singer-songwriter Scott Helman, who was rehearsing for his upcoming tour in support of his soon-to-be-released debut full-length album, Hotel D’Ville.

Following a Q&A and full band performance, Coalition and Warner Music Canada surprised Helman with the first Platinum plaque of his career for his single “Bungalow.”

Helman was presented with his first ever Gold plaque for “Bungalow” in the summer of 2015, and “Bungalow” was certified Platinum during the first round of certifications for Music Canada’s new Single Award.

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Helman also shared the news with his fans through his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

The music video for “Bungalow” can be viewed below.



Music Monday to host nationwide sing-a-long and Toronto youth rally May 2


On Monday May 2, 2016, thousands of students from coast to coast will come together to participate in Music Monday and celebrate the impact music education has on our lives. The nationwide event will begin when schools open on the Eastern shores of Newfoundland, moving across the country to closing school bells by the Western shores of British Columbia. At 12:30 PM EST, students will join in on the official singing of the Music Monday Anthem, “We Are One.”

Beginning at Noon ET, student supporters and Coalition For Music Education’s Youth4Music ambassadors will gather outside Toronto City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square for the Toronto Lives Music rally and showcase concert, hosted by Céline Peterson. Toronto Mayor John Tory, entertainers Sharon & Bram, and JUNO-nominee Scott Helman will be in attendance for the rally, which will also feature performances from Canadian Brass, Melanie Doane & The Uschool, Dijah SB, Charlotte Siegel, and more.

The Coalition For Music Education will also be presenting the NUFSICISUM Youth Leadership Awards at the rally, which are given to students who have made a special positive impact in their school music program.

In 2013, retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield helped lead a nationwide sing-a-long of his Music Monday anthem “I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing),” co-written by Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, aboard the International Space Station. Following a nationwide search in 2014, Bolton, Ontario’s Connor Ross penned his winning anthem “We Are One,” which will be performed again in 2016 across Canada.

Participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #MMC2C to share their Music Monday experiences, and can find the links to the nationwide rally and sing-a-long webcasts beginning Monday morning on the Music Monday website.


Warner Music Presents Artists With First Canadian Gold Awards

Over the weekend, representatives from Warner Music Canada presented 2015 breakout artists Scott Helman and Matoma with their first Canadian Gold plaques in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC.

Canadian singer/songwriter Scott Helman was presented with a Gold award plaque for his summer hit “Bungalow” by Steve Kane (President, left) and Ron Lopata (VP of A&R, right) at Edgefest in his hometown of Toronto. Helman, who was signed to the label when he was only 15, posted the photo below on his Instagram thanking the label for the surprise gift and continuous commitment to artist development. “Bungalow” is the lead track off his debut EP Augusta released in October 2014. Helman will join Walk Off The Earth on a Eurpean tour this October.


Prior to his set at Montreal’s IleSonique electronic music festival, Norwegian tropical house producer Matoma was also presented his first Canadian gold award at by John Delaney (Marketing, left) for his unique mix of “Old Thing Back” with the late Notorious B.I.G. and Ja Rule. The DJ also took to his Instagram to thank his Canadian fans and team for the success of the track. Matoma will return to Canada in October for a performance at Vancouver, BC’s Pacific Coliseum.



Ontario Music Fund creating ‘Snowball Effect’ for artist development at Warner Music Canada

Last week, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Scott Helman released his new music video for “Bungalow”, which was filmed on location in Scugog, Ontario and supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)’s Ontario Music Fund. The video was shot over 2 days and featured a cast and crew of approximately 25 people.

Helman’s debut EP, Augusta, was released earlier this year on Warner Music Canada, and was also supported by the Ontario Music Fund. Through this support, the Ontario Music Fund is helping to launch the career of a new artist, said Warner Music Canada’s Chris Moncada, creating a “snowball effect” which will pay dividends for many years.

“The record and the videos trigger a cycle that sets many layers of employment opportunities into motion,” said Moncada. “The record and videos create the momentum for a tour, which creates a ripple effect. That ability to tour will provide activity for everyone from agents and promoters, to venue operators, sound technicians, bartenders, and parking lot attendants across Ontario. With Scott going on tour throughout the fall and into next year, this cycle is only beginning – it could move the needle for 18 to 24 months going forward”

Helman’s “Bungalow” is the latest video that Warner Music Canada’s artists have created with support from the Ontario Music Fund. Earlier this year, Canadian country artist Brett Kissel shot and filmed videos for “Tough People Do” and “Something You Just Don’t Forget” in Toronto. The songs are featured on Kissel’s 2013 album “Started With A Song”, and are the fourth and fifth videos borne out of the album. The first three videos were filmed in Nashville and Los Angeles, but the creation of the Ontario Music Fund helped make the case to move filming of the latter two videos to Ontario. Both of the videos featured a cast and crew of 15 to 20 people, working approximately 15 hours on each shoot.

The Fund also supported the creation of Mississauga punk rock band Billy Talent’s “Show Me The Way” video, which was filmed in Ontario and required approximately 15 full day crew.

“The Ontario Music Fund helped facilitate these videos, which might have otherwise been shot in a different province or country” said Moncada. “It has a real trickle-down effect that helps support video production jobs in Ontario, creating a day’s work for everyone from the actors and techs, to the caterers and truck drivers, and beyond.”

In addition to the videos, Warner Music Canada has leveraged the Ontario Music Fund to further the careers of Canadian artists such as Measha Brueggergosman.

“With Measha Brueggergosman, the OMF was integral in the creation of her upcoming Christmas album” said Moncada. “She is a Canadian star with worldwide appeal, so we’re really excited to see the reception to this record as we move into the holiday shopping season.”

In addition to videos and domestic recording, Warner Music Canada has leveraged the Ontario Music Fund to further the international careers of Canadian artists such as Kitchener Ontario’s Courage My Love.

“With Courage My Love, the OMF allowed us to invest in expanded marketing and publicity in the U.S. while the band was on the Vans Warped Tour this past summer. This directly contributed to the band having some of the highest merchandise sales on the tour for developing acts,” said Moncada. “On the strength of the Warped Tour response, the band has booked a headlining tour of clubs across America.  After these shows the band will come back to Ontario to work on their next record – again, it’s that snowball effect.”

The examples from Warner Music Canada illustrate that through targeted support, the Ontario Music Fund is driving activity in Ontario studios, production houses, and music companies, as well as increasing opportunities for Canadian artists to build their careers in Ontario, Canada, and internationally. For more information on the Ontario Music Fund, see the overview on the OMDC website.


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