Renowned music industry journalist recognized for his decades of
contribution to the Canadian music industry
TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and
Sciences (CARAS) is pleased to announce Larry LeBlanc as the recipient
of the 2013 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, recognizing
individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry.
LeBlanc will be honoured at the 2013 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on
Saturday, April 20 in Regina, SK.
"I'm proud to be honoured with the 2013 Walt Grealis Special Achievement
Award," LeBlanc says. "Walt Grealis gave me my start as a music
industry journalist at RPM Music Weekly in the '60s. From those roots
of Canadian music being a cottage enterprise, I've witnessed our
domestic music industry being able to develop global superstars. I'm
appreciative to have been along for the journey."
LeBlanc has covered Canadian music for five decades. He was Canadian
bureau chief of Billboard magazine (1991-2007), the Canadian editor of
Record World (1970-1980) and the co-founder of the late Canadian music
trade, The Record (1981-1991). He is currently senior writer of the
weekly American entertainment trade CelebrityAccess, overseeing the
authoritative profile series, "In The Hot Seat."
"Throughout his career, Larry has been instrumental in raising awareness
of the Canadian music scene and Canadian artists," said Melanie Berry,
President & CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards. "His keen ear for great music
and his passion for journalism have helped cultivate this country's
thriving music industry."
LeBlanc has written for such international publications as Rolling
Stone, Melody Maker, Crawdaddy, Zoo World, Circus, Guitar Player, and
Zigzag, as well as the Muntz Tape Guide, Maclean's, and the Toronto
Star. An accomplished broadcaster, LeBlanc has hosted radio shows on
Q107, CKFM, and CJCL in Toronto, and worked extensively at CBC Radio,
including time spent as a music producer for the "Morningside" and
For more information about the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award,
go to www.junoawards.ca.
The 42nd annual JUNO Awards and JUNO Week will be held in Regina and
Moose Jaw, SK, April 15 - April 21, 2013.
SOURCE: Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
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