True North: A Life Inside the Music Business

By Bernie Finkelstein

One of many all-time greats in Canadian tune recounts his lifestyles and instances within the company from the Nineteen Sixties to the current. even if appearing as a manufacturer, checklist label proprietor, or supervisor of significant singer/songwriters and bands, Bernie Finkelstein, recipient of the 2006 Juno designated success Award, has performed a pivotal position in bringing nice Canadian track to the remainder of the world.
Bernie Finkelstein has been a popular determine within the Canadian tune for almost 5 a long time. Now, a pair years after promoting his loved actual North label and only in the near past stepping down from his position at MuchFACT, which has given out greater than $63 million in can provide to Grammy-winning acts like Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado and Arcade fireplace, Bernie is eventually able to speak. during this wildly interesting and outspoken memoir, the manufacturer, label proprietor, and artist supervisor opens up approximately his early life, breaking into the Greenwich Village scene with The Paupers at age 19, researching Bruce Cockburn, generating the "loudest band within the world," Kensington marketplace, dealing with and generating Murray McLauchlan, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and tough exchange, winning 40 Junos, and lots more and plenty extra.

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Within the early Nineties I signed superb songwriters to precise North: Gregory Hoskins and Stephen Fearing. They have been certain artists, and even supposing i'd in basic terms make albums with Gregory, i might have a sixteen-year dating with Stephen. I constantly thought of Stephen to be a really exact expertise and it was once a continuing sadness for me that I couldn’t holiday him greater than I did, even supposing i believe I helped him have a continuously worthwhile profession in track. Stephen did convey to me probably the most enjoyable initiatives i've got ever been concerned with – Blackie & the Rodeo Kings. And to imagine, I nearly became it down. someday in 1996 Stephen known as to inform me approximately an idea that he and Colin Linden had get a hold of and to determine if I’d prefer to get entangled. simply to again up for a second, Colin used to be an individual I had recognized or recognized approximately for many of my lifestyles. He could come to the Riverboat along with his mom while he was once only a child and likewise appear at a few of the exhibits we have been selling at Massey corridor. Colin was once whatever of a kid prodigy, an awesome guitar participant with an encyclopedic wisdom of song, either its background and the gamers. This used to be very true while it got here to his old flame, the blues. while Bruce made not anything yet a Burning mild with T-Bone Burnett, he employed an all-star band that incorporated Booker T. Jones of “Green Onions” popularity, drummer Jim Keltner, and bassist Edgar Meyer, whose credit variety from Alison Krauss to Yo-Yo Ma. while it got here time for Bruce to journey, we weren't going in an effort to get those very, very busy studio musicians to move at the street with us on the drop of a hat, so Bruce urged that we name Colin Linden, who knew the easiest roots avid gamers in Canada. in spite of everything, we used Colin’s band and spent a number of nice years at the street jointly. Bruce went directly to use Colin’s band as his studio workforce for Dart to the center. finally Colin succeeded T-Bone as Bruce’s manufacturer and made a number of albums with Bruce, together with what I think about one in all his most sensible, The Charity of evening. notwithstanding, whilst Stephen known as me to assert that he and Colin were kicking round the suggestion of forming a gaggle to checklist a tribute album to songwriter Willie P. Bennett, utilizing because the identify in their band the identify of 1 of Willie P. ’s songs, i used to be under inspired. thankfully for me, I agreed to have lunch with Stephen, Colin, and Tom Wilson. Tom, who was once going to be the 3rd member of Blackie, is a huge, proficient, adorable man you may simply mistake for a biker. He had already got one gold list for his paintings with the crowd Junkhouse. by the point the 4 folks had comprehensive lunch i used to be thoroughly bought at the notion of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings. (A little-known little bit of minutiae: I turned often called Blackie, a name I stored until eventually i finished operating with the band in 2007. ) Willie P. Bennett used to be actually one of many nice songwriters of his new release and that i had nearly thoroughly ignored him – one more reason to maintain an open brain and hear the musicians you're employed with. So although i used to be not able to get Stephen the hit documents i feel he deserved, i used to be in a position to get him a few airplay with the Blackie undertaking.

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