Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award 2013

WINNER

Larry LeBlanc

Category:

Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award

Year:

2013

While Larry LeBlanc has been an influential figure in Canadian music for almost five decades, he is also recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world. He has been extensively quoted on music issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, the London Times, and the New York Times.

Larry began his career in the mid-60s writing primarily on Canadian music for the Ajax News Advertiser, RPM Music Weekly, Canadian Teen, Teen Weekly, Hit Parader, and the Toronto Telegram. During the ‘70s, Larry was writing about Canadian acts for such international publications as Rolling Stone, Melody Maker, Record Week, Sound, Side One, Crawdaddy, Zoo World, Circus, and Zigzag, as well as Maclean’s, Toronto Star, Today’s Generation, Beetle, Grapevine back home.

Larry has had his own music program on Toronto radio stations Q107, CKFM, and CJCL, and has worked extensively at CBC Radio, including being the music producer for “Morningside” and “Dayshift” programs. He has been a regular music commentator on “Canada A.M” for 35 years, and has been featured on numerous CBC-TV, CTV, YTV, MuchMusic, and Newsworld programs in Canada as well as VH-1, and Entertainment in the U.S.; and BBC in the U.K.