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Niall Horan receives first solo Canadian Double Platinum plaque at MMVAs

During the 2017 iHeartRadio MMVAs celebrations, Irish singer-songwriter Niall Horan was presented with a Canadian Double Platinum award plaque for his single “This Town.” The track is Horan’s first Canadian award plaque since debuting as a solo artist following his departure from multi-Platinum pop group One Direction.

Horan is pictured above with Universal Music Canada President Jeffrey Remedios, which was shared through Remedios’ Twitter page. Universal also shared a photo of their team with Horan and his plaque.

A live video of Niall Horan performing “This Town” can be viewed below.


Julia Michaels presented with first Canadian award plaque at 2017 iHeartRadio MMVAS

American singer-songwriter Julia Michaels received her first Canadian Double Platinum plaque in Toronto at the iHeartRadio MMVAs this past Sunday for her breakout track “Issues.” Michaels was presented with the plaque by her Universal Music Canada team, and can be seen posing with President & CEO Jeffrey Remedios above.

Michaels shared the news with her fans through an Instagram featuring the whole Universal team, thanking them for their work with the hit.

Michaels’ performance of “Issues” from the iHeartRADIO MMVAs can be viewed below.



Universal Music Canada to open new office, recording studio, and live music venue in Downtown Toronto

It’s official; Universal Music Canada will move to downtown Toronto in 2018.

In an announcement Tuesday outside their future location at 80 Atlantic Ave., Universal Music Canada President and CEO Jeffrey Remedios revealed the company’s plans to move the from their North York office to the Toronto tech hub located in the city’s west end.

“80 Atlantic will be the next phase of the growth and evolution of our city’s music community as we build greater resources and support for artists, enabling them to fully refine their craft at home,” said Remedios outside the new location across from Lamport Stadium.

The new facility will be “so much more than a record label’s office,” as Remedios revealed plans for recording, live performance, content creation, and fan-focused spaces, which will be open to independent artists.

Toronto Mayor John Tory was also on hand for the announcement, praising Universal’s move, Remedios’ initiative, and the impact this will have on Toronto’s music scene.

“Universal is on the edge of innovation and digitization that continues to transform music and every aspect of our lives,” said Tory. “This is the kind of creativity and innovation that I want to see in every corner of Toronto.”

“Musicians attract other musicians,” Tory added, “and that is good for the soul of the city.”

The afternoon announcement featured a performance by Universal recording artists The Beaches, named after their east-end Toronto neighbourhood. The full announcement was live-streamed by Universal Music Canada, and is available to watch below.


Alx Veliz receives Gold Single plaque for “Dancing Kizomba” at Music Canada AGM


During Music Canada’s 2016 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, Toronto-based singer, songwriter, and producer Alx Veliz was presented with his first Canadian Gold plaque for the single “Dancing Kizomba.” The plaque for the breakout hit, which has also been recorded in Spanish and certified Gold in Spain, was presented to Veliz by Universal Music Canada President & CEO Jeffrey Remedios.

“Dancing Kizomba” was officially announced Gold in the first wave of Single certifications in September, when Music Canada revealed updates to its Gold/Platinum program to now include on-demand streams for track certifications.

Following the plaque presentation, Veliz performed three songs from his 2016 debut EP Love Has No Language, including “Heroes & Villains,” “Dancing Kizomba,” and his latest single “U+Me.”




Toronto music industry raises over $2000 for Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research


On Thursday night, members of Toronto’s music industry came together for a fundraiser in support of the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research. The group attended a Toronto Blue Jays game and gathered beforehand at Steam Whistle Brewery for a pre-game social.

Through beer, snack, and ticket sales, as well as a silent auction, attendees raised $2,100 for the Sunnybrook charity, surpassing the $1,000 goal leading up to the event.

More than 170 tickets were sold to the Blue Jays game, which included a donation to the Downie Fund with purchase. The event was organized by Jon Box of Universal Music Canada, who hopes the event can continue again next year and surpass 200 ticket sales.


Dierks Bentley receives Gold plaque in Toronto during surprise club visit

Photo courtesy of CMT Canada

Photo courtesy of CMT Canada

Ontario country music festival Boots & Hearts celebrated its fifth anniversary over the weekend, with over 40,000 fans taking in some of the biggest acts in country like Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt, and many more. On the Thursday night before the festival, one of the weekend’s headliners joined Boots & Hearts 2015 Emerging Artist winners and 2016 festival performers James Barker Band during their warm-up show at Toronto’s Boots & Bourbon Saloon.

Following a performance of their hit “Lawn Chair Lazy,” the band began playing the opening chords to Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere On A Beach.” In front of a packed crowd, Bentley emerged from the side of the stage to perform his hit with the group, as well as his Platinum-certified hit “Drunk On A Plane,” and Gold-certified “I Hold On.”

During the intimate performance, Bentley received a surprise himself, as Universal Music Canada presented him with a Gold plaque on stage for “Somewhere On A Beach.” The following night, Bentley closed out the first night of Boots & Hearts.

Photos of the evening can be viewed at CMT Canada.


Keith Urban and Brett Eldredge presented with Gold plaques in Toronto

Country superstar Keith Urban’s 2016 album Ripcord has been officially certified Gold in Canada, which the singer announced last Saturday during the second night of shows at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Midway through his set, Urban took a moment to announce the news and show his award plaque to his fans, thanking them for their continued support.

“All I can say is the record only came out a little while ago and you all already did this,” said Urban, as seen in a video of the special moment posted to his YouTube account. ”I love you Canada, thank you so much.”

The plaque also represents the certifications of Ripcord singles “Wasted Time,” certified Gold, and “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” certified Platinum.

Brett Eldredge, who’s supporting Urban for the remainder of his summer North American tour, was also presented with a Gold award plaque during the Toronto tour stop. Eldredge was presented with a plaque backstage by Warner Music Canada for the track “Lose My Mind,” which is his first Canadian Gold single since “Don’t Ya,” certified in 2013.



CONNECT announces increased royalties for Canadian music labels

CONNECT Music Licensing has announced that an efficiency project undertaken with Re:Sound Music Licensing has resulted in increased royalty payments for Canadian rights holders.

Data improvement and other efficiencies have led to an increase of CAD$1.2 million annually for CONNECT’s members, who range in size from major record labels to artist-owned imprints.

Improvements in data streams provided by CONNECT’s members, and the creation of a single repertoire database have also freed up an additional CAD$1 million in accelerated royalty payments for labels and another CAD$1 million to the performers on recordings through Re:Sound’s member organizations ACTRA RACS, MROC and ARTISTI.

“The increased royalties are particularly notable as they result from our drive to improve royalty collection in line with international best practices, as opposed to adding revenues from a new music service or higher tariff award from the Copyright Board,” said Graham Henderson, President of CONNECT Music Licensing, in the release. “Organizations like CONNECT and Re:Sound exist only to serve rights holders, and today we have delivered on that promise.”

Royalty distributions, as a result of this project, will also happen faster on ongoing basis. Depending on the tariff, payout timelines have been accelerated by 1-6 months, a CONNECT rep told Billboard.

Reaction from Canada’s major labels acknowledged their contribution through data stream improvements:

Members of Canada’s music industry also shared the positive news:

Coverage of the increase in royalties for Canadian rights holders has also been featured in Canadian Musician and FYI Music News.


Artists presented with Gold/Platinum awards at 2016 iHeartRadio MMVAs

Earlier this month, some of the biggest Canadian and international names in music gathered by Queen and John St. in Toronto, ON for the 2016 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards. During the festivities, many of the nominees and performers were presented with award plaques commemorating their recent Canadian Gold and Platinum certifications.

Universal Music Canada shared their plaque presentations through Twitter and Instagram, with Universal Music Canada President and CEO Jeffrey Remedios presenting Platinum awards to Hailee Steinfeld for “Love Myself,” Desiigner for “Panda,” and Nelson, BC’s Shawn Hook for “Sound Of Your Heart.”

James Bay was presented with a custom Gold plaque for his 2015 debut album Chaos And The Calm, as well as the Gold single “Hold Back The River.” The English singer/songwriter’s Platinum hit “Let It Go,” which he performed on the broadcast, is also represented on the plaque.


Canadian superstar Shawn Mendes was presented with a custom Platinum plaque for his album Handwritten. The plaque also represents the 2X Platinum certifications for “Life Of The Party” and “Something Big,” the Platinum certification for “Stitches,” and the Gold certification for “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which won Best Pop and Fan Fave video.


Edmonton, AB singer/songwriter Ruth B, seen below with manager Mark Cunningham, received her first Platinum award plaque from Sony Music Canada for her breakthrough hit “Lost Boy.” The 2016 Fan Fave Vine Musician nominee performed the song during the pre-show broadcast.

Photo courtesy of Sony Music Canada

Sony Music Canada also presented Fave International and Most Buzzworthy Group winners Fifth Harmony with a Platinum award plaque for “Work From Home.” Later in the evening, group member Dinah Jane Hansen shared a photo with the plaque through Twitter. Fifth Harmony closed out the 2016 iHeartRadio MMVAs with a performance of the Platinum hit.


Selena Gomez receives Gold award plaque for 2015 album Revival in Toronto


Since early May, American pop sensation Selena Gomez has been touring across North America on the first leg of her 2016 Revival Tour, which included a Canadian stretch beginning in Vancouver, BC, through to Montreal, QC.

During her tour stop in Toronto, ON, Wednesday night, Gomez was surprised with a custom award plaque by Universal Music Canada commemorating the Gold certification of her 2015 album Revival. The plaque also highlights the Platinum certification of her hit “Hands To Myself,” and Double Platinum certifications of “Good For You,” and “Same Old Love.”

Gomez was initially scheduled to play Toronto over the weekend, however an unprecedented playoff run by the Toronto Raptors caused the singer to reschedule her sold-out Air Canada Centre concert. Gomez made light of the situation by sporting a Raptors sweater during her dazzling 20+ song set, which included her multi-Platinum hits and covers of Hillsong United and The Eurythmics.

Gomez will return to Canada later this summer when she headlines Québec City’s Le Festival d’été de Québec July 7, and AtlanticFest 2016, happening September 3 in Paradise, NL, and September 4 in Moncton, NB.

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