York U honours Canadian music industry trailblazer Bernie Finkelstein on Oct. 10


Toronto, Oct. 9, 2012 – Leading figure in the Canadian music industry, Bernie Finkelstein, will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from York University on Wednesday, October 10. He will address graduates at the 10:30am Convocation at the Tennis Canada Rexall Centre on York’s Keele Campus (see map).

For more than 45 years, Bernie Finkelstein has been one of the leading figures in both the Canadian and worldwide music industry.

He began his career managing two of Canada’s earliest internationally known groups, The Paupers and Kensington Market, and later handled such stars as Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan, Dan Hill, Barney Bentall, Stephen Fearing and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings.Image of Bernie Finkelstein

In 1969, he founded True North Records, Canada’s oldest and one of its largest independent record companies. With more than 500 releases, 40 Juno Awards and 40 gold and platinum records to its credit, True North is an incredible Canadian success story. In addition, he started The True North Publishing Group, which had extensive interests in music publishing and overseeing a rich catalogue of works by song-writers including Bruce Cockburn.

His industry involvement is extensive. He served as Chairman of the Ontario Film Development Corporation, the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA), and MUCHFact. He has also served as a board member of the Canadian Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), the Toronto Arts Awards and Starmaker.

He has been honoured with the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the Juno Awards (the highest honour given to a non-musician by the music industry), the Estelle Klein award, the Order of Canada, and election into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In 2012, he released his memoirs, True North (A Life in the Music Business).

Convocation ceremonies will take place at the Convocation Pavilion located at the Rexall Centre, 1 Shoreham Drive, at York University’s Keele campus.
Ceremonies will be webcast at the following link, which will become live when ceremonies begin: http://www.yorku.ca/mygrad/livewebcast.


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