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.
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.
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 their set at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage Saturday opening for OneRepublic, Los Angeles neo-soul band Fitz and the Tantrums were surprised with Double Platinum award plaques for their hit single “HandClap.”
“HandClap,” which is the lead single from their 2016 self-titled album, is the first track by the band to be certified Double Platinum in Canada, with their hit “The Walker” reaching Platinum status in 2016.
The band shared a short video of the plaque presentation with their fans through their Twitter page.
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.
Music Canada is excited to reveal our new ‘Gold In Canada’ playlist, available now through Spotify and Google Play Music. The playlist features fifty of the latest tracks of all genres and eras certified as a Gold Single in Canada, and will be updated every Thursday to keep the rotation fresh with the latest certifications.
Music Canada’s current Gold/Platinum Single Award, which includes on-demand streams towards certifications for the first time in the program’s history, was introduced September 12, 2016. Since the update, Music Canada has seen over a 60% increase in Gold track certifications from the previous year, with many domestic and international artists receiving the first Canadian Gold certifications of their careers.
Spotify users can follow the playlist by visit the embedded player below, and Google Play Music users can click here to subscribe to the playlist. Music fans are encouraged to follow and share the playlist when they see their favourite artists added to the rotation using the hashtag #GoldInCanada.
Licensed music services interested in featuring the Gold In Canada playlist on their platform can contact email@example.com.
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.
New on @musonomics: We want & need live music, but even as some states begin to reopen, what will it take for masses of fans to return? We unpack a groundbreaking new study from Music Canada. With @GFHenderson @cheriehu42 @jazu https://open.spotify.com/episode/6HZwgjP4YtpZLi26xScs99 @nyusteinhardt @NYUMusicBiz
What is the future of live music in Toronto? @NOWToronto interviews local artists, promoters & venue owners, and cites the recent @AbacusDataCA research conducted for Music Canada, which examines when fans will feel comfortable returning to live events. https://nowtoronto.com/music/features/the-future-of-live-music-in-toronto/
TODAY'S EPISODE: Most artists make most of their income from touring. We want and need live music, but even as some states and venues begin to reopen, what will it take for masses of fans to return? We unpack a groundbreaking new study from Music Canada. https://bit.ly/3c7992V
Music Canada’s @GFHenderson joined @LarrySMiller on the @Musonomics podcast, to discuss the findings of the new @AbacusDataCA research on how Canadians are feeling about the pandemic as it relates to music and live music in particular. http://musonomics.org/podcast
ARTHAUS Music is launching The Art of Wellness, a 6 week online program for the arts community starting June 2nd. Created in collaboration with Serena Ryder & Dr. Anita Shack, the program helps participants manage stress & find balance.
For details, visit https://www.arthausmusic.com/wellness
Anyone who is a hoopy frood knows they should wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds to prevent the spread of #COVID19. They also know where their towel is so they can dry them. http://ow.ly/m2dp50zPoJW #TowelDay
CBC Airplay's Dave White, @GFHenderson & @miramulholland talk about the closure of live music venues across Canada, & our new study that says the tough times won't end when physical distancing rules are relaxed: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-81-airplay/clip/15778019-live-music-scene-facing-a-tough-time
New study shows some music fans will never go to a concert again: Music Canada’s @GFHenderson spoke with @CityNews’ @LindsayDunnTV about the findings of the recent @abacusdata research commissioned by Music Canada https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/05/21/concerts-music-fans-study-coronavirus/
A new study shows that even after social distancing restrictions are lifted Canadians wouldn’t feel comfortable going to a music event while some may never return. @LindsayDunnTV looks at the challenges venues and artists could face going forward. https://bddy.me/3cTj25f