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Universal Music Canada donates EMI Music Canada archive to University of Calgary

Tom Hickerson, vice-provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) at the University of Calgary

Tom Hickerson, vice-provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) at the University of Calgary

As the city prepares for this weekend’s JUNO Awards festivities, the University of Calgary revealed today that Universal Music Canada (UMC) has donated EMI Music Canada’s complete archives to the university’s Libraries and Cultural Resources, which were acquired by the label in 2012 when Universal Music Group purchased EMI Music.

The University of Calgary has also partnered with the National Music Centre, which played a leading role in bringing the EMI archive to Calgary by connecting UMC with the university. The partnership will allow for collaboration on opportunities for the public to celebrate music in Canada through educational programming and exhibitions that highlight the archive.

“Plans for an educational component around music and the ambitions for this archive are tremendously exciting,” said Jeffrey Remedios, President and CEO of UMC, who spoke at Thursday’s announcement along with Deane Cameron, former President and CEO of EMI Music Canada, and celebrated Canadian artist Tom Cochrane. “EMI Music Canada became the source of the music many Canadians grew up listening to. It’s such a rich and treasured history and it’s terrific that generations to come will have the opportunity to explore that.”

In addition to the gift of the EMI Music Canada Archive, Universal Music Canada will provide substantial funding over several years to support the preservation and management of the collection.

“We are eager to work with Universal Music Canada and the University of Calgary to explore programming and exhibition opportunities that bring the wealth of this collection to Canadians,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO for the National Music Centre. “From our burgeoning music scene, the opening of Studio Bell this summer and this incredible archive, it is safe to say that Calgary is becoming a serious music city.”

Spanning from 1949 to 2012, the EMI Music Canada Archive collection consists of 5,500 boxes containing more than 18,000 video recordings, 21,000 audio recordings and more than two million documents and photographs. Over 2,500 Canadian and international artists are represented in the archive, which includes master recordings, publicity photos, demo tapes, album cover art, creative outlines for music videos, marketing plans, awards, drafts of song lyrics and correspondence between artists, producers, engineers and EMI Music Canada executives.

Established in 1949, EMI Music Canada included Capitol Records Canada and was the recording company for a range of Canadian artists, including Anne Murray, Tom Cochrane, Sarah McLachlan, Nickelback, Glass Tiger, Kim Mitchell, Helix and the Rankin Family. The company was also the Canadian distributor for major international acts such as the Beatles, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Heart, Smashing Pumpkins, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Queen and Iron Maiden.

Visit the University of Calgary’s website for more information on the archive acquisition and view the video below for a sample of what the collection has to offer.

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats presented with first Gold plaque in Toronto

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Prior to their sold out show at Toronto’s Pheonix Concert Theatre Wednesday night, soulful rock group Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats were presented with a Canadian Gold award plaque for their breakthrough hit “S.O.B.” by Universal Music Canada.

This is the first award plaque for the band, as Canada is the first territory to certify the track. The band shared their appreciation for their Canadian support with a photo on their Twitter account.

The band will return to Canada in mid-January for shows in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. You can watch the video for “S.O.B.” off their 2015 self-titled album below:

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Arkells Receive First Gold Plaques For High Noon

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Hamilton, ON’s Arkells paid a visit to the Universal Music Canada offices in Toronto last week, where they were presented with their first Canadian Gold award plaques for 2015 JUNO Rock Album of the Year High Noon. The band, who also took home the JUNO for 2015 Group of the Year in their hometown, thanked their fans through their Twitter page earlier this summer when the album was officially certified.

Arkells are currently preparing for a European tour in November before returning to Canada for a run of shows beginning November 21 in Quebec City.

Watch Arkells video for 11:11″ from the Gold-certified High Noon below:

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July Talk Presented With Gold Plaques For Debut Album

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During a recording session in their hometown of Toronto, ON, alternative/blues-rockers July Talk were surprised with custom Gold record plaques for their 2012 debut self-titled album in an award presentation spearheaded by Sleepless Records. The band thanked their fans with the following Instagram post:

July Talk are getting set to head out on an American tour starting in Boston, MA on October 26. Recently, the band played one of their biggest shows to date, opening for Alabama Shakes at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

The video for “Summer Dress” off the Gold-certified July Talk can be viewed below:

 

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Jeffrey Remedios Named President and CEO of Universal Music Canada, Randy Lennox Departs for Bell Media

The Canadian music industry has seen a major development today with the change in leadership at Universal Music Canada.

Randy Lennox has been appointed the President of Entertainment & Broadcasting at Bell Media. Having most recently served as the President and CEO of Universal Music Canada, Randy will bring more than 25 years of music industry experience to this newly-created position at Bell Media, where he will oversee all English and French radio and local television broadcasting and their associated digital assets.  Randy leaves behind a deep legacy in the Canadian music industry, having influenced the careers of hundreds of artists and countless music professionals.

Jeffrey Remedios will begin his position as Universal Music Canada’s President and CEO effective September 21. Jeffrey co-founded Arts & Crafts in 2003, and has created an impressive global operation with offices in Toronto, L.A, and Mexico City. He also serves as the Chairman of FACTOR, and volunteers on many boards of directors. Prior to Arts & Crafts, Jeffrey worked at Virgin Music Canada (later EMI Music Canada), working in both Media & Artist Relations and Digital Marketing, and later rising to Director of National Promotion. Jeffrey is a passionate supporter of Toronto’s local music scene.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Randy for many years: first at Universal Music, and most recently as one of our members at Music Canada. He is an experienced and passionate industry leader, whose years of experience and innovative thinking will him make a powerful addition to Bell Media’s senior leadership team. We are excited about his new path, and thrilled to begin working with his successor, Jeffrey Remedios. Jeffrey is a real powerhouse. From co-founding Arts & Crafts to creating the Field Trip festival, his dedication to artists and the music-business is without peer. It’s an exciting time for our industry,” says Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada.

For the full release from CNW, click here.

For the full release from Bell Media, click here.

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Sam Hunt Receives Gold Plaque For Debut Album

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Country newcomer Sam Hunt was in Toronto last week for an opening slot on multi-Platinum superstars Lady Antebellum’s summer tour with Hunter Hayes at the Molson Canadian Ampitheatre. During his visit, Universal Music Canada presented Hunt with a custom Gold plaque commemorating the sales achievements of his debut album Montevallo and single “Leave The Night On”. His latest single “Take Your Time” was also included on the plaque for it’s recent Platinum certification.

 

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Mumford & Sons Receive Platinum Plaques During Niagara Stopover

Photo Credit: Marcia Leeder Photography

Photo Credit: Marcia Leeder Photography

Canadian fans of UK folk-rock outfit Mumford & Sons have welcomed the band’s new electric sound with open arms, as their latest album Wilder Mind has officially been certified Platinum in Canada. After a brief hiatus since their 5X Platinum selling album Babel, Mumford & Sons returned to Canada on June 15 for a stopover on their Gentlemen Of The Road tour at The Commons in Niagara-On-The-Lake. During their visit, the band was presented with custom Platinum award plaques for Wilder Mind by Universal Music Canada and Glassnote label manager Ryan Shepard (pictured centre).

Wilder Mind’s lead single “Believe” can be listened to below, which was also certified Gold in Canada.

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Canada’s Walk Of Fame Announces Return Of Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program

Canada’s Walk Of Fame has announced the return of the successful Emerging Artist Music Mentorship Program, supported by RBC, as part of Canada’s Walk Of Fame Emerging Artists Programs and Scholarships. Now in its third year, the program calls for submissions from aspiring Canadian musicians (ages 10-35) for a chance at the Grand Prize consisting of private recording studio time, industry mentorship opportunities and a $25,000 cash prize. Six additional winners will also be chosen for a smaller cash prize and performance opportunities of Canada’s Walk Of Fame Events.

All winners will also be invited to participate in a private Music Industry Career Development Information Session with Q&A. The approximate value of the prizing in total is more than $100,000.00 CDN.

“Canada’s Walk of Fame is a celebration of everything that makes our nation great, and the mentorship program ensures that the next generation of artists achieve this greatness,“ said Randy Lennox, President/CEO of Universal Music Canada. “Universal is honoured to be attached to such a wonderful mentorship program with RBC, and we look forward helping the next bumper crop of talented Canadians reach their goals both at home and abroad. As we have seen with last year’s winner NEFE, who signed with Universal Music for the world, the campaign is helping Canadian artists grow into the stars of the future.”

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015.

For more information, see the program’s tool kit on the Canada’s Walk of Fame website.

 

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UK’s Ben Howard Presented With Gold Award Plaque In Toronto

benhowardgoldUK singer-songwriter Ben Howard was presented with Canadian Gold album award plaques in Toronto, ON last week for his 2011 Mercury Prize nominated LP Every Kingdom, which was officially certified earlier this year.

Howard (pictured right) along with with his manager Owain Davies (pictured left) were presented with the awards by Universal Music Canada publicist Mima Agozzino prior to his 2 sold-out shows at Toronto’s Massey Hall on February 1 &2, 2015. Howard is currently on a North American tour in support of his 2014 album I Forget Where We Were, which also featured Canadian stops in Montreal, QC and Vancouver, BC.

The video for “The Wolves” can be viewed below:

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UK Singer Sam Smith Presented With Canadian Multi-Platinum Award Plaque

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Moments before taking the stage for a sold-out show Tuesday night at Toronto, ON’s Air Canada Centre, UK singer and 2014 breakthrough artist Sam Smith was presented with a Multi-Platinum award plaque by Universal Music Canada. The custom award plaque commemorates the recent Double Platinum certification of his debut album In The Lonely Hour as well as it’s accompanying singles “Stay With Me” (4X Platinum) and “I’m Not The Only One” (Double Platinum).

Prior to his concert in Toronto, Smith’s tour stopped in Montreal for a sold-out show at the Bell Centre. Smith expressed his gratitude for his enthusiastic Canadian fans in the Instagram photo below:

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Sam Smith’s video for “Stay With Me” can be viewed below:

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