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Walt Grealis

Walt Grealis
Born (1929-02-18)18 February 1929
Toronto, Ontario
Died 20 January 2004(2004-01-20) (aged 74)
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Occupation publisher
Known for Juno Awards, RPM

Walter Grealis OC[1] (18 February 1929 – 20 January 2004) was a Canadian publisher and music industry leader. With partner Stan Klees, he co-founded Canada's national music honours, the Juno Awards.[2] As an ardent supporter of Canadian music, Grealis is credited with coining the term CanCon.[3][4][5][6][7]


Walt Grealis was born in Toronto and attended Central High School of Commerce in that city until his tenth grade. His initial career was in law enforcement, first as an Royal Canadian Mounted Police then in 1952 as a Toronto city police officer.[3]

Music career

He entered the music industry in 1960 after leaving policing and trying various careers in the late 1950s. He founded Canadian music industry magazine RPM in February 1964, publishing weekly for most of its existence until November 2000.[8]

With partner Stan Klees, the Gold Leaf Awards were founded to honour Canadian music industry achievements. From 1964 to 1969, winners were announced in RPM at the end of each year. In 1970, this was expanded to a formal ceremonial event and renamed to Juno Awards later that year.[9]


Grealis was appointed an Officer of the [11] At the Juno Awards of 2004, he was posthumously honoured with the music industry achievement award named the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award.[12][13]

Later life

Grealis, a non-smoker, died at Klees' residence in 2004 following several years of lung cancer.[14]

See also



  1. ^  
  2. ^ "The JUNO Awards: A Brief History". //database.cajunoawards.  
  3. ^ a b Joseph Chrysdale (August 2004). "Biographies Pioneer Grealis, Walt (1929–2004)". .ca.broadcasting-historywww. Canadian Communities Foundation. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Stan Klees, Walt Grealis. "RPM Stan and Walt Remember". /all/search/ .html_e/ Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Dick Drew. """The Godfather of Cancon "Walt Grealis. .com.canadianachieverswww. Canadian Achievers. Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Early Canadian rock ‘n’ roll: going against the tide". .comnewsdurhamregion.  
  7. ^ "Background CSHF/PACC Annual Gala". .ca.cansongwww.  
  8. ^ Richard Green, Acting Director, Music Division  
  9. ^ "About the Juno Awards". .cacarasonline.  
  10. ^  
  11. ^ "Hall of Fame Walt Grealis Background". .orgccma.  
  12. ^ "Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award". .cacarasonline.  
  13. ^ "Past recipients of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award". //database.cajunoawards.  
  14. ^ "Canadian music pioneer Walter Grealis dies". .ca.cbcwww.  


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