THE WEEKND SCORES FIRST MULTIPLATINUM SINGLE OF 2015
Toronto’s The Weeknd becomes the first Canadian artist to see a 2015 single earn multiplatinum status, as “Earned It” strikes double platinum for sales in excess of 160,000 copies. Other certified 2015 singles are “I Really Like You” from Carly Rae Jepsen and “Sound of Your Heart” from Shawn Hook, both gold. “Where Are U Now” which features Canadian artist Justin Bieber has gone gold as well. “Something Big” by Ontario’s Shawn Mendes, though released in November 2014, peaked on the charts this year and has gone platinum.
WANTING QU MAKES HERSTORY
Vancouver based recording artist Wanting Qu now has scholarships named in her honour by The Art Institute of Vancouver. Launched on Canada Day, the college is now accepting applications for the Wanting Qu Rising Star Scholarship ($20,000) and the Wanting Qu Most Dedicated Artist Scholarship ($10,000). Qu was a 2007 graduate of the college with a Certificate in Electronic Music.
Wanting is featured on various artists album Herstory with Mayday. The latter is a very popular rock band based in Taiwan. The album is a compilation of some of the band’s greatest hits all covered by female superstars like Fish Leong and Sandy Lam. Wanting voices the opening track, “There Is An Absolute In Life”. See the MV below.
DISNEY AND DEADMAU5 PATCH THINGS UP
Things appear to be settled now on a long-running dispute between Disney and deadmau5 regarding his mau5 head. The EDM superstar had already trademarked his gear in 30 countries but was unable to do so in the United States because Disney objected saying that it bore too close a resemblance to Mickey Mouse ears. Deadmau5 retorted by demanding Disney stop using his track “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” in a remix featuring Mickey. The two parties seem to have realized that working together rather than being at odds would be more mutually profitable.
KIRA ISABELLA SET FOR THE STAMPEDE
Ottawan country superstar Kira Isabella will be performing July 11-12 with American artist Jason Aldean during the Calgary Stampede this year. With two stupendous albums under her belt, we do wonder why they would not have Kira headline her own show to a sold out Saddledome crowd, but the country music broadcast scene is in “bro mode” these days. In related news, the Calgary Stampede will not be serving cockroach pizza as originally planned because the critters were barred entry to Canada at the border. Last year, scorpion pizza was apparently a big hit!
HEDLEY TWO SHOES
BC band Hedley has created its own brand of shoes. They do look kinda nifty. Whether you use them to bowl, dance, or peddle bicycles is up to you.
CARLY RAE GRACES THE COVER OF ELLE
Elle magazine has decided to feature Carly Rae Jepsen on the front cover, looking super cool:
As promised, we leave you with Wanting Qu’s cover of Mayday’s “There Is an Absolute in Life”.
Much Music is airing new MV “Cold Coast”, the title track off Secret Sun’s debut album from last year. We ranked the album as within the top 4.5% of all 2014 Canadian LPs. The electronic duo from Montreal consists of Simon Landry and vocalist Anne-Marie Campbell. The apocalyptic music video is quite spooky, shot in Oregon, USA in classic black and white. iTunes
While a number of recording artists performed at various cities across the country to celebrate Canada’s 148th birthday, the main televised extravaganza took place in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. It was a beautifully done affair with Francophones and Anglophones, women and men all sharing the stage together, something we need to see more often. Most performers played three songs, and a single group of professional musicians backed them all. We took some screen shots posted below with notes on each performer. You can watch a condensed version of the concert here with just one or two songs per artist.
1. Dance music superstar Kiesza opens the event with double platinum “Hideaway” and two more songs:
2. The large crowd cheers for Kiesza. One man held up a sign asking her to marry him:
3. Beautiful fresh, young talents and two of our finest vocalists Francesco Yates and Andee welcome all to the event:
4. JUNO winner Karim Ouellet performs a string of his hits. We were very lucky to acquire him from Senegal:
5. Gord Bamford gets us countrified with hits including #1 radio smash “When Your Lips Are So Close”:
6. The sun begins to set in Ottawa:
7. Cassidy Mann reps The Peg and charms us with her sweet songs:
8. Jonas and the Massive Attraction rocks out equally well in both official languages:
9. Andee showed us just how incredible her vocals are, performing Top 40 hit “Never Gone” and other delights:
10. Francesco Yates proved he has natural performance talent flowing through his arteries:
11. Marc Dupré no doubt had the ladies swooning with his magnetic delivery:
12. MAGIC! capped things off with three including new single “Sunday Funday” getting beach balls going in the crowd.
13. The night wouldn’t have been complete without a stellar fireworks display:
Out on Canada Day, this week’s Billboard Hot 100 sees no drop-offs by domestic artists, and many entries have reached new peak positions. Albertan country star Brett Kissel lands his highest debut ever with new song “Airwaves”. New signee to Universal Music, Coleman Hell makes the chart for the first time with “2 Heads”. The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” reaches the Top 10. Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” is up to #21 and Scott Helman’s “Bungalow” #31. Mia Martina scores her fifth Top 40 hit as “Beast” vaults up to #39. Jocelyn Alice’s “Jackpot” is up 10 spots, Eric Zayne’s “Spin the World” a dozen positions, Dean Brody’s “Bring Down the House” 16 notches, and Coeur de Pirate’s “Carry On” 17!
The current Billboard Canadian Hot 100 is HERE
HOT 100 KEY
RK – CanCon rank
TW – This week’s chart position
LW – Last week’s chart position
RE – Re-entry
WC – Weeks on the chart
PP – Peak chart position
OR – Provincial origin of the artist
CE – Gold/platinum certification by Music Canada
G – Gold certification (40,000 units sold)
P – Platinum certification (80,000 units sold)
xP – Multiplatinum certification
Red maple leaf – Canadian artist
Magenta maple leaf – Partly Canadian artist
Blue maple leaf – Featured Canadian artist
Taking a break from posts on music, we wanted to share this essay on Canada Day for some inspiration.
On September 11, 2001, a pair of off-duty buddy firefighters in Ontario, their personal gear stashed in the trunk, were out for a drive with the radio on. An announcement came on, stating that planes had struck the twin towers in New York creating a double towering inferno. There were a number of typical things the Canadian firefighters did not utter in response. They did not say, “There are lots of firefighters in New York; let them deal with it.” They did not say, “Well, we’re off duty, and we don’t work for free.” They did not say, “Hey, we’ve got our own concerns.”
In short, there was no pettiness in their reaction. There was no hesitation. They turned the car around and gunned the vehicle south, crossing the border and heading straight to New York to lend a hand. It was an instant response.
This is very Canadian. And there is a word in the English language to describe such behaviour: it is called magnanimity.
During their so-called 9-11 crisis, the United States closed all airports as a security measure. Planes were left stranded in the air. Canadians agreed to allow these flights to land in their airports and to accommodate passengers in their own homes. Did they say, “I don’t want any strangers staying in my house – they could be crooks”? No. It was an immediate, welcoming response, one genuine and with open arms.
Magnanimity means showing a great, noble generosity that rises above petty concerns. And it is very Canadian. Whenever there is a group of people that are in desperate need, Canadians are often the first to respond to render assistance.
This was the case in 1979. The king of Iran, known as the Shah, was booted out of the country during their Islamic Revolution. The new regime decided to target religious minority groups as scapegoats, blaming all the country’s problems on them. Their number one target was the Bahá’í community. They began burning down their homes (after looting them), imprisoning them, torturing and executing them. Canada was the first country to admit refugees from the Asian nation.
Going back even further, the severe winter conditions of 1944–1945 had The Netherlands is a state of doom. Some 30,000 died of starvation. Holland was occupied by the Nazis and the in-exile Dutch government, in anticipation of a German collapse, ordered a general railway strike. In response, the Germans cut off all food and fuel to the western provinces. Hunger and disease brought on by the lack of heating began to set in. Canadians could not bear it, could not stand hearing about the demise of their Dutch brethren. Risking their lives, they flew over the country and dropped thousands of large bundles of food and blankets and then made it their personal mission to free the Dutch from Nazi occupation. The Dutch people have never forgotten this and love Canadians above everyone else even to today.
Canada’s magnanimity is also demonstrated in its willingness to redress past injustices within the nation. The Canadian government has offered official apologies and compensation to past injustices slapped upon Chinese Canadians. It performed it despite the court’s declaration after review that such practices were lawful at the time.
This magnanimity has historically risen above materialistic concerns. If Canadians had adhered to the petty arguments of financial viability, their country would never have established a system of universal health care, built the Canadian Pacific Railway, adopted a policy of multiculturalism, and maintained bilingualism. When it comes to a choice between what is profitable and what is right, Canadians have shown a noble preference for the latter.
Canada faces a number of current challenges that will put its intrinsic magnanimity to the test. The most glaring among them perhaps is finding a fitting way to deal with past atrocities meted out to Aboriginal Peoples. At the present time, all we can do is cling to hope.
In a planet of nearly 200 nations, each has a role to play, a contribution to make for the good of the whole. This is ours.
We start with some cuteness from Mia Martina. Awwww!