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Behind The Scenes: The Making of a Canadian Gold Record Plaque

Since the launch of our Gold/Platinum program in 1975, record labels across Canada have celebrated the success of their artists’ hit single or album with the presentation of an official Gold, Platinum, or Diamond certification plaque. These highly coveted plaques, which are also presented to the teams behind the certified release, are created by Music Canada’s exclusive manufacturers Frameworth Sports Marketing (Toronto, ON) and PIXSL Inc. (Montreal, QC).

Sandra Falcone has been designing Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum plaques at Frameworth for nearly a decade. In this new video, Sandra takes us behind the scenes of Frameworth Sports Marketing’s manufacturing facility in Toronto and shows the unique process of how those Gold or Platinum vinyl record plaques are created before making it to the hands of your favourite artists.

Watch and share the video on Gold/Platinum Canada’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, or view on YouTube below.

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Win a Vinyl or CD prize pack in our ‘Gold In Canada’ Back to School Contest!

Music Canada wants you to return to class with some fresh new vinyl in your collection from some of Canada’s favourite Gold-certified artists!

One lucky winner will receive our Grand Vinyl Bundle Prize, courtesy of Universal Music Canada, Sony Music Canada, and Warner Music Canada, which includes vinyl copies of:

  • Harry Styles Harry Styles
  • G Eazy The Beautiful & Damned
  • Arkells Morning Report
  • Lorde Melodrama
  • Khalid American Teen
  • Scott Helman Hotel D’Ville (featuring Gold single “PDA”)

Not too shabby, right?

If you’re not chosen as the Grand Prize winner, don’t fret! By entering the contest, you are also eligible to receive a CD prize pack of certified artists like Camila Cabello, Charlotte Cardin, P!nk, and more.

Each release included in the contest contains a track that has been certified #GoldinCanada by Music Canada. Every Thursday, Music Canada updates the Gold In Canada playlists on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play with 50 of the latest tracks earning the coveted Gold certification.

HOW TO WIN

    1. Follow Gold/Platinum Canada on Instagram and/or Twitter,
    2. Like the contest post,
    3. Tell us your favourite song certified #GoldinCanada this summer (hint: follow our playlist for the latest tracks, or visit the Gold/Platinum Canada database),
    4. Tag a friend that you listened to it with!

Don’t forget to ‘Like’ Gold/Platinum Canada on Facebook for more updates on the latest certified releases.

Click here to view the Official Contest Rules.

Contest closes at 11:59 PM EST on September 18, 2018.

 

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Vinyl sales soar as industry prepares for Record Store Day 2016

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For nearly a decade, the third Saturday in April has become an unofficial holiday for vinyl collectors and music enthusiasts across the globe.

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, eager crate diggers will once again set their alarms early in anticipation of Record Store Day, a music community celebration which aims to gather artists, customers, and staff to celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Each year, limited edition vinyl and CD titles are made available exclusively for the event. with many of the stores also running special sales throughout the day.

In Canada, an appetite for high-quality sound, artwork and a tangible product has lead to soaring vinyl sales. In 2015, vinyl posted its tenth consecutive year of sales growth, and experienced its biggest overall vinyl sales total in the SoundScan era, with a sales increase of 30% over 2014.

According to IFPI’s 2016 Global Music Report, Canada ranks #5 in top global vinyl sales, pushing 1.3 million units in 2015. Despite the sales surge, vinyl remains a niche portion of the physical market, which contributed 35% to Canada’s recorded music revenue in 2015 largely driven by CD sales. In 2015, digital revenue surged to 52% of Canada’s market share due to the rise in streaming service subscriptions. However, for labels and artists, the revenue generated from the sale of vinyl remains far greater than the revenue generated from free, ad-supported streaming services, due to what is known as the “value gap.”

While vinyl’s resurgence is excellent news for labels and artists, the few remaining North American pressing plants are struggling to keep up with the demand as aging equipment can lead to unforeseen delays for new releases. In 2015, Canada Boy Vinyl in Calgary, AB, opened its doors and is currently listed as the only vinyl pressing plant in Canada.

In Toronto, ON, a new startup aims to fix the issue of plant delays and their backlog of orders. Viryl Technologies, who will join Alan Cross on a panel for a free Record Store Day Music-Technology Meet Up, has developed their prototype “The Warmtone”, which uses digital technology to press up to three records per minute, an increase from the industry standard 35 seconds per unit.

Regardless of production delays, over 150 stores across Canada will participate in Record Store Day, stocked with thousands of new and vintage titles ready to be spun. The full list of participating Canadian record stores can be found at Record Store Day Canada’s website.

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Record Store Day 2015

On the morning of Saturday April 18, vinyl lovers across the globe will rise early in hopes to snag some great deals and exclusive titles from their local independent record shops. Now in its 8th year, Record Store Day is an annual tradition for the modern vinyl fanatic and record shop appreciator who understand the importance these stores have for the neighbourhoods they reside in.

“I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial,” says Dave Grohl, 2015 Record Story Day Ambassador.

While it remains a niche part of the global recording industry, vinyl sales continue to rise as more music listeners become invested once again in the format. According to a new IFPI report, the Canadian vinyl market grew by 30.4% in 2014, generating over $9.2 Million (US) and placing Canada 7th on the list of Top 10 markets.

A list of Canadian record stores participating in Record Store Day can be found their website, as well as the full list of the exclusive titles you can try to get your hands on. Some Canadian titles that are exclusive to Record Store Day include:

Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (LP)

Comeback Kid – Rain City Sessions (10″ Coloured LP)

Death From Above 1979 – Trainwreck (10-inch picture disc, 500 copies)

Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe – Cocaine Cat (10″ Picture Disc)

Sloan – Alternates (12″ Coloured Vinyl)

Happy hunting!

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