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
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.
1981 – 1991: He was co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record.
1991 – 2007: Canadian bureau chief of Billboard magazine from 1991-2007, Larry was also the Canadian editor of its late
competitor Record World, 1970-1980.
Larry was the associate producer of the 1996 four-CD box set “Oh What A Feeling,” and co-executive producer of its
follow-up “Oh What A Feeling 2” in 2001. The two comprehensive retrospectives of Canadian music raised $5.2 million for
He is co-author of the 2010 book “Music From Far And Wide: Celebrating 40 Years Of The Juno Awards.”
Present: Senior writer of the weekly U.S. entertainment trade CelebrityAccess overseeing the influential profile series, “In
The Hot Seat.” Larry has acted as a consultant for Metrolyrics, The Canadian Competition Bureau, The Canadian Private
Copying Collective, The Canadian Association of Broadcasters, and the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada.
2013: Larry is celebrating his 50th year writing about Canadian music.
JOBS YOU LIKELY DIDN’T KNOW LARRY HAD:
1965-1968: Ajax News Advertiser – Wrote weekly music column for community paper.
1966-1970: Toronto Telegram – Wrote a regular column in After Four, the paper’s youth supplement.
1967-1971: Canadian High News – Began as a freelancer at the monthly publication and became Editorial Assistant in 1969.
1968-1971: Hit Parader. Canadian Editor – Provided profiles and news coverage on Canadian music artists for the monthly
1974-1975: Muntz Tape Guide. Editor – Wrote music features for the monthly publication distributed to Muntz Tape
customers in Canada.
1986-1988: Network – Consulting editor and feature writer for the Canadian bi-monthly magazine distributed by the “Sam
The Record Man” retail chain.
1991-1995: World Entertainment News Network – Canadian editor of the daily syndicated print and audio news service
based in London, England, reaching 18 countries daily.