Canadian Musician - January / February - Page 15

On-Demand Streaming Grew 75% in Canada in 2017 Nielsen Music Canada has revealed some of the biggest stories and trends in Canadian music consumption from 2017. Year-over-year in Canada, on-demand music streaming grew 75 per cent in 2017 with the week ending Nov. 30, 2017 marking the first week since Nielsen Music began tracking streaming in Canada that audio on-demand streams surpassed the 900 million mark. The Latin music genre saw the largest streaming increase, 163 per cent, due mostly to the popularity of the global hits “Despacito” and “Mi Gente.” The big increase in streaming helped offset a 16 per cent decline in album sales and 19 per cent decline in digital track downloads. As usual, there were very significant increases for artists who died. The week of Gord Downie’s death saw The Tragically Hip’s overall consumption increase by 1,000 per cent over the previous week. THE award goes to... STOMPIN' TOM Stompin’ Tom Posthumously Inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame The late Stompin’ Tom Connors is among the six honourees who were inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame on Nov. 15, 2017, at the Liberty Grand Theatre in Toronto. The award organizers say Connors’ legacy of uniquely Canadian songs extends far beyond the nearly five million records sold in his career, and deep into the hearts, homes, and classrooms of countless Cana- dians across the country. At the same ceremony, pop sing- er-songwriter Shawn Hook received the Walk of Fame’s 2017 Allan Slaight Honour, which recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who’ve achieved international success in the music industry. For more information, go to www. W W W. C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N . CO M C A N A D I A N M U S I C I A N • 15