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Ontario Music Fund creating ‘Snowball Effect’ for artist development at Warner Music Canada

Last week, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Scott Helman released his new music video for “Bungalow”, which was filmed on location in Scugog, Ontario and supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)’s Ontario Music Fund. The video was shot over 2 days and featured a cast and crew of approximately 25 people.

Helman’s debut EP, Augusta, was released earlier this year on Warner Music Canada, and was also supported by the Ontario Music Fund. Through this support, the Ontario Music Fund is helping to launch the career of a new artist, said Warner Music Canada’s Chris Moncada, creating a “snowball effect” which will pay dividends for many years.

“The record and the videos trigger a cycle that sets many layers of employment opportunities into motion,” said Moncada. “The record and videos create the momentum for a tour, which creates a ripple effect. That ability to tour will provide activity for everyone from agents and promoters, to venue operators, sound technicians, bartenders, and parking lot attendants across Ontario. With Scott going on tour throughout the fall and into next year, this cycle is only beginning – it could move the needle for 18 to 24 months going forward”

Helman’s “Bungalow” is the latest video that Warner Music Canada’s artists have created with support from the Ontario Music Fund. Earlier this year, Canadian country artist Brett Kissel shot and filmed videos for “Tough People Do” and “Something You Just Don’t Forget” in Toronto. The songs are featured on Kissel’s 2013 album “Started With A Song”, and are the fourth and fifth videos borne out of the album. The first three videos were filmed in Nashville and Los Angeles, but the creation of the Ontario Music Fund helped make the case to move filming of the latter two videos to Ontario. Both of the videos featured a cast and crew of 15 to 20 people, working approximately 15 hours on each shoot.

The Fund also supported the creation of Mississauga punk rock band Billy Talent’s “Show Me The Way” video, which was filmed in Ontario and required approximately 15 full day crew.

“The Ontario Music Fund helped facilitate these videos, which might have otherwise been shot in a different province or country” said Moncada. “It has a real trickle-down effect that helps support video production jobs in Ontario, creating a day’s work for everyone from the actors and techs, to the caterers and truck drivers, and beyond.”

In addition to the videos, Warner Music Canada has leveraged the Ontario Music Fund to further the careers of Canadian artists such as Measha Brueggergosman.

“With Measha Brueggergosman, the OMF was integral in the creation of her upcoming Christmas album” said Moncada. “She is a Canadian star with worldwide appeal, so we’re really excited to see the reception to this record as we move into the holiday shopping season.”

In addition to videos and domestic recording, Warner Music Canada has leveraged the Ontario Music Fund to further the international careers of Canadian artists such as Kitchener Ontario’s Courage My Love.

“With Courage My Love, the OMF allowed us to invest in expanded marketing and publicity in the U.S. while the band was on the Vans Warped Tour this past summer. This directly contributed to the band having some of the highest merchandise sales on the tour for developing acts,” said Moncada. “On the strength of the Warped Tour response, the band has booked a headlining tour of clubs across America.  After these shows the band will come back to Ontario to work on their next record – again, it’s that snowball effect.”

The examples from Warner Music Canada illustrate that through targeted support, the Ontario Music Fund is driving activity in Ontario studios, production houses, and music companies, as well as increasing opportunities for Canadian artists to build their careers in Ontario, Canada, and internationally. For more information on the Ontario Music Fund, see the overview on the OMDC website.


UK’s Charli XCX Presented With Platinum Award For “Boom Clap”


UK singer/songwriter Charli XCX had quite the summer in 2014. After reaching #1 with her appearance on Iggy Azalea‘s summer anthem “Fancy”, Charli XCX earned a Canadian Platinum certification for her own song “Boom Clap”, which was featured on the soundtrack for the The Fault In Our Stars. Prior to her sold out show in Toronto, Charli XCX was presented with a Platinum award plaque for “Boom Clap” from the Warner Music Canada team, along with a plaque commemorating the #1 position of the song on Canadian CHR/Top 40 radio.

Check out the video for “Boom Clap” below:


Echosmith Presented With Gold Plaques For Single “Cool Kids”


During a tour stop in Vancouver, BC on Wednesday, Los Angeles indie-pop outfit Echosmith were presented with Canadian Gold award plaques for their single “Cool Kids” off their debut album Talking Dreams (Warner Canada). Echosmith is comprised of 4 siblings: Sydney, Graham, Noah, and Jamie Sierota. This summer, the band completed their second stint on the Vans Warped Tour and is currently opening for American Authors on the Honda Civic Tour.

Upon recieving their awards, Echosmith tweeted the following:

Check out the brand new video for “Cool Kids” below:


Clean Bandit Surprised With Platinum Awards For “Rather Be”

CleanBanditRatherBeAwardDuring a stop in Toronto for a sold-out show at The Virgin Mobile Mod Club, rising UK electronic act Clean Bandit were presented with Canadian Platinum Digital Download award plaques for their single “Rather Be”, from their debut album New Eyes (Warner Music Canada). The show marked the beginning of their first-ever North American tour and was also the only stop in Canada. In January 2014, “Rather Be” became the fastest-selling single of the year in the UK and in February became the most streamed song in a single week on Spotify UK with 1.09 million plays, surpassing Daft Punk‘s record for their hit “Get Lucky”.

You can watch the official video for “Rather Be” below:


Bruno Mars Presented With Custom 3D Canadian Gold/Platinum Award Plaque


Prior to his headlining concert at Toronto, ON’s Air Canada Centre, Warner Music Canada recording artist Bruno Mars was presented with a unique 3D Canadian certifications plaque for the titles listed below. Yes, blue and red glasses are required for the full pop-out effect – how cool is that?

The titles featured on the award plaque are:


Doo-Wops & Hooligans – 3X Platinum

Unorthodox Jukebox – 3X Platinum


Grenade – 6X Platinum

Just The Way You Are – 6X Platinum

The Lazy Song – 4X Platinum

Marry You – 3X Platinum

It Will Rain – 3X Platinum

Locked Out Of Heaven – 5X Platinum

When I Was Your Man – 4X Platinum

Treasure – 2X Platinum

Gorilla – Gold

Young Girls – Gold


2014 Canadian Country Music Association Awards Nominees Announced

Congratulations to the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Award nominees, which were announced today by the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA).

Flat Lake, Alberta’s Brett Kissel leads the nominations with eight, including Single of the Year, Album of the Year, and Male Artist of the Year. Dean Brody and Gord Bamford also received several nominations, with six and five nominations each, respectively, while Tim Hicks and Deric Ruttan follow closely behind with four nominations each. The full list of nominees is now available on the CCMA website.

CCMA and broadcast partners CBC and CMT also announced that Juno-Award winner singer-songwriter Jann Arden and CBC-TV’s Gemini-Award winning host and comedian, Rick Mercer, will host the 2014 CCMA Awards Show. The show will be broadcast on Sunday, September 7 on CBC-TV at 8:00 p.m. local time (8:30 NT) with an encore airing on CMT (Canada) at 10:00 p.m.

Music Canada is proud to sponsor the CCMA Record Company of the Year Award. Nominees in that category include:

  • MDM Recordings Inc.
  • Open Road Recordings Inc.
  • Sony Music Entertainment (Canada) Inc.
  • Universal Music Canada
  • Warner Music Canada

In total, 41 CCMA Awards will be given out over four award ceremonies during Country Music Week in Edmonton, Alberta, September 4 – 7. Eight awards will be given out on the 2014 CCMA Awards Show, taking place at Edmonton’s Rexall Place on September 7th.


The Sheepdogs Presented With Gold Plaques In Toronto

sheepdogsgoldCongratulations to Saskatchewan’s The Sheepdogs, who were presented with their Gold Digital Download plaques for the rock hit “Feeling Good” before their Canada Day show at Toronto’s Echo Beach. The track comes off their 2013 Gold album The Sheepdogs released by Warner Music Canada. The plaques feature custom action figurines of the band members which were designed by Toronto artist Kira Shaimanova and featured in the “Feeling Good” music video.




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