Renowned music industry journalist Larry LeBlanc will receive the prestigious Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the 2013 Junos.
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. He also serves on the board of the Mariposa Folk Festival.
LeBlanc has written for such international publications as Rolling Stone, Melody Maker, Crawdaddy, Zoo World, Circus, Guitar Player, and Zigzag, as well as Maclean’s, and the Toronto Star.
An accomplished broadcaster, LeBlanc has hosted radio shows on numerous Toronto stations including Q107and CBC Radio.
He spoke to Gloria Martin about the early days of the Juno awards, what he thinks is wrong with Cancon and who’s to blame for high concert ticket prices today.