The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences 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 "Dayshift" shows.