Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter Jason Mraz returned to Toronto Tuesday night for the first of two intimate shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre alongside indie-folk quintet Raining Jane. Ahead of the performance, Warner Music Canada surprised Mraz with a Gold plaque for single “Have It All” from his 2018 album Know., which is his first Canadian certification since 2014’s Gold album YES!.
During this Fall 2019 run of “Evening with” shows, Mraz also visited Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.
On Thursday night, Lizzo returned to Toronto for a sold out show at Budweiser Stage. This was the second Toronto concert of 2019 for the American ‘Bop Star,’ who played the 1,500 capacity Danforth Music Hall in May following the release of her major label debut album, Cuz I Love You. Originally scheduled to perform at night club Rebel, Thursday’s show was later moved due to overwhelming demand to the 15,000 capacity Budweiser Stage, ten times the size of crowd she played to just months earlier.
Ahead of the massive show, Lizzo was surprised by Warner Music Canada with a Gold award plaque for Cuz I Love You, along with a Triple Platinum award plaque for one of the summer’s biggest hits “Truth Hurts.” Cuz I Love You also features the Gold-certified hit “Juice,” which Lizzo closed out Thursday’s show with.
Watch the brand new lyric video for “Truth Hurts” below.
On Friday, August 9, Saskatchewan-bred rockers The Sheepdogs were in Toronto to throw out the first pitch at Rogers Centre ahead of the Blue Jays game against the New York Yankees. The band also performed a free outdoor show ahead of the game as part of the Jays’ Summer Sound Festival, which also featured James Barker Band the following day.
During the game, Warner Music Canada surprised the band with their second Canadian Platinum certification plaque for their 2012 self-titled album, joining JUNO Rock Album of the Year winner Learn & Burn. The album’s lead single “Feeling Good” also received a Platinum Single Award certification in 2019.
Veteran indie rock outfit Death Cab for Cutie returned to Toronto last week for a show at Echo Beach in support of their 2018 album Thank You for Today. Prior to their set, Warner Music Canada surprised Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr with Platinum plaques for their fifth studio album Plans, which was the band’s first album to receive Canadian Gold status in 2006. Plans was certified Platinum earlier in 2019 along with the singles “I Will Follow You Into The Dark” and “Soul Meets Body,” which was certified Gold.
Columbus, Ohio’s Twenty One Pilots made their triumphant return to Toronto last week on their Bandito Tour in support of the 2018 album Trench, the follow-up to 4x Platinum 2015 album Blurryface. Prior to the highly anticipated sold out show at Scotiabank Arena, Warner Music Canada surprised the band with Gold plaques for Trench and its singles “Chlorine,” “Jumpsuit,” and “My Blood.”
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)!
HOW TO WIN
Simply head over to Gold/Platinum Canada’s Instagram, find our contest post, and:
During his 2019 Outrunning Karma North American tour, American singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin stopped in Toronto over the weekend for a show at The Mod Club. Prior to his set, Warner Music Canada presented Benjamin with his first Platinum award plaque for his hit “Let Me Down Slowly,” which was first certified Gold in Canada in December of 2018.
Earlier this week, American pop group Why Don’t We played their biggest Canadian shows to date, stopping at Laval, QC’s Place Bell and Toronto, ON’s Coca-Cola Coliseum as part of their 2019 North American tour. Ahead of Tuesday’s sold-out show in Toronto, Warner Music Canada surprised WDW with their first ever award plaques for any territory, commemorating the Canadian Gold certification of the their single “8 Letters,” the title track of their 2018 debut album.
Fans across the globe celebrated with the band on social media, whose members include Daniel Seavey, Zach Herron, Corbyn Besson, Jonah Marais, and Jack Avery.
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.
On Friday, March 1, Toronto musician grandson performed his biggest hometown show to date at The Opera House to wrap up the Canadian leg of his 2019 “No Apologies” North American headlining tour. Prior to his highly anticipated performance, Warner Music Canada surprised the 2019 JUNO Breakthrough Artist of the Year nominee with a Gold Single Award for his breakout hit “Blood//Water,” which is featured on his debut 2018 EP a modern tragedy vol. 1.
last show at home was for 100-150 people
less than a year later we sold out almost 1000.
tonight will be an unbelievable night for the grandkids and I hope you feel personally responsible for this in some way because you are.
Patiently waiting to see @BarackObama with @metalworksARTS students @economicclubca & Global Institute for Conscious Economics. Today’s talk on “The Future of Work & The New Economy,” brings together a diversity of perspectives to challenge how we think about work & society.
Great chat between @PresidentCBCRC Catherine Tait and @ArleneDickinson at @CdnClubTO today celebrating diversity & inclusivity, and focusing on how to preserve #Canada's news & culture in the digital age. @CBCNews
Registration is now open for #Searchlight, @CBCMusic's hunt for Canada’s undiscovered musical talent. Thanks to a partnership w/ @TheJUNOAwards, the winner will take part in the Allan Slaight JUNO Masterclass & record at @nmc_canada. To apply, visit https://www.cbc.ca/musicinteractives/searchlight
@MacLeodLisa @MonteMcNaughton @Music_Canada @cfccreates You’re absolutely right Minister! The music community offers significant opportunities in skilled trades. The jobs are exciting, they are remunerative & they deserve recognition & support: the type of support that the Ontario Gov’t is now extending to the skilled trades community
Love the work @MonteMcNaughton is doing on the skilled trades. In roundtables last week with @Music_Canada & @cfccreates skilled labour was raised as an important area where Ontario can help grow our culture industries. 👷♀️+ 🎤🎬🧗♀️= 🎯 https://twitter.com/MonteMcNaughton/status/1219047920223379461
We had an amazing dialogue about the future of #Ontario's #musicindustry at the studio today with our dynamic Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport @MacLeodLisa, @Music_Canada @LastGangEnt @TicketmasterCA @miramulholland @loreena @warnercanada & @erin_benjamin. Thanks to all!
More excellent dialogue w/ some of our music industry leadership, 🙏 @MacLeodLisa for making time to listen, share + learn, + for your commitment to the sector. @Music_Canada @LastGangEnt @TicketmasterCA @metalworksLIVE @miramulholland @loreena @warnermusic @erin_benjamin
A productive roundtable with @MacLeodLisa who heard how gov. can create & sustain a healthy music ecosystem. Excited to continue working together as allies who recognize our cultural industries as an economic driver. Thank you @metalworksSOUND for hosting!