A Must-Read: Larry LeBlanc Rallies Support for the National Music Centre
You might know a lot about influential Canadian music journalist Larry LeBlanc, but did you know that he’s a strong supporter of the National Music Centre?
Here’s a short excerpt from an article on the NMC website that’s a must-read if you’re interested in Larry LeBlanc’s career, and how it ties into the NMC:
A keen supporter of NMC and its efforts to preserve and celebrate Canada’s music story, LeBlanc notes some of the many Canadian breakthroughs that deserve recognition: From the pioneering work of Windsor, Ontario’s Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva and their contribution to techno in the ’90s to Canada’s role in the emergence of children’s music with acts such as Toronto’s Raffi and Sharon, Lois and Bram, and Winnipeg’s Fred Penner.
“We kick-started the children’s thing internationally,” he says. “There’s a number of different types of music where we really led the way. We ruled folk music with Ian & Sylvia, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gordon Lightfoot, and Bonnie Dobson. Even with metal, hard rock and rock ‘n’ roll—whether you like it or not, Nickelback’s ancestors are bands like Triumph.”
At 67, he is still just as plugged-in to music as ever, able to speak deeply and knowledgeably about diverse genres from across Canada. Be it Cape Breton fiddlers Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald and Buddy MacMaster or Nova Scotia’s The Rankins. Be it iconic Quebec singer-songwriters Robert Charlebois and Richard Séguin or the province’s pop megastars Celine Dion and Ginette Reno.