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Larry LeBlanc

Larry LeBlanc

Larry LeBlanc was the recipient of the 2013 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, recognizing individuals who have made an impact on the Canadian music industry.

Legendary BBC 2's Bob Harris has described the veteran journalist/broadcaster/archivist as, "the glue that holds the Canadian music industry together."

While Larry has been an influential figure in Canadian music for nearly five decades, he is also recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world.

Canadian bureau chief of Billboard magazine from 1991-2007, Larry was also the Canadian editor of its late competitor Record World, 1970-1980. As well, he was co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record 1981-1991.

He is currently senior writer of the weekly U.S. entertainment trade CelebrityAccess overseeing the influential profile series, "In The Hot Seat". As well, he is an on-going consultant to the National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta.

Larry has acted as a consultant for The Canadian Competition Bureau, The Canadian Private Copying Collective, The Canadian Association of Broadcasters, Metrolyrics, Heritage Canada, Musicians' Rights Organization Canada, Astral, CHUM Ltd., and the Neighbouring Rights Collective of Canada.

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 was 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 E Entertainment in the U.S.; and BBC in the U.K.

His byline has appeared in over a thousand publications including Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, the Globe & Mail, and Maclean's. He has been extensively quoted on music issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, The Times (London) and the New York Times.

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 $6 million for Canadian charities.

He is co-author of the 2010 book Music From Far And Wide: Celebrating 40 Years Of The Juno Awards. He is a board member of the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia, Ontario.

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The Big Town Boys, Bobby Kris & the Imperials, The Guess Who, The Jon-Lee Group, Kensington Market, Little Caesar & the Consuls, The Lords of London, The Nocturnals, The Paupers, The Stampeders: Problems in Canada

Report by Larry LeBlanc, Hit Parader, February 1968

CANADA'S POP music industry is still in the planning stages, in comparison with the U.S. recording market. It is small and disorganized. When 'Shakin' All ...

The Band, Ronnie Hawkins: Ronnie Hawkins: Preaching Rock-A-Billy

Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Hit Parader, December 1969

LIFE ON Yonge St. in Toronto, is a crackerjack maze of flickering neon lights, honking car horns and fast people. ...

Joni Mitchell: Joni Takes a Break

Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Rolling Stone, 4 March 1971

CANADIANS are stunned by the vague, awesome level that Joni Mitchell has reached. She was the least-known of the Toronto group of folksingers of the ...

R. Dean Taylor: An Insider's View Of Motown

Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Hit Parader, July 1972

MOTOWN IN the Sixties. The image, if we can narrow it down to one, was slickly packaged blackness. It was Holland-Dozier-Holland producing bump-and-grind jukebox hits. ...

Justin Bieber, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, Asher Roth: Industry Profile: Scooter Braun

Profile and Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Celebrity Access, 13 December 2010

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Scooter Braun, founder, SB Projects ...

Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick: Industry Profile: Hal David

Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Celebrity Access, 26 July 2011

HAL DAVID'S NAME should be a lyric. This prolific American lyricist who turned 90 on May 25, 2011, is chairman emeritus of the Songwriters Hall ...

Salaam Remi, Amy Winehouse: Industry Profile: Salaam Remi

Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Celebrity Access, 8 January 2014

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Salaam Remi, composer, producer, musician and label executive. ...

Brian Eno: In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Brian Eno, musician, artist, producer, thinker

Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Celebrity Access, July 2018

IT IS APPARENT that there's no measure in contemporary culture to absolutely gauge Brian Eno. His staggering command of several creative disciplines places him alongside ...

Blondie, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, John Lennon, New York Dolls, Suzi Quatro, The Runaways: In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Toby Mamis, manager, Alive Enterprises

Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Celebrity Access, 30 August 2018

YOU ARE GOING to have to wait for a film to make much sense of Toby Mamis' fabulously winding career. ...

The Beatles: Interview: Cousin Brucie Morrow

Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Celebrity Access, 6 February 2020

IT'S THE PERFECT American fantasy of the '60s. Riding in a Mustang down a rural stretch of highway to the strains of the car radio ...

Desmond Child

Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Celebrity Access, 29 March 2021

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Desmond Child, songwriter and producer. ...

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