Larry Wanagas, Artist Manger, To Be Honored By Music Managers Forum Canada
Larry Wanagas, Artist Manger, To Be Honored By Music Managers Forum Canada

Artist manager Larry Wanagas, whose first breakthrough client was k.d. lang, will follow Bruce Allen, Ray Danniels, Sam Feldman, Terry McBride and Bernie Finkelstein into the Music Managers Forum Canada's Honour Roll.

Wanagas, who is basedin Toronto, will receive the Honour Roll Award during a special presentation for him at the city's Bymark Restaurant on March 23 during Canadian Music Week 2012.

Now in its sixth year, the award, sponsored by Slaight Music, recognizes outstanding achievements and excellence in Canadian and international artist management.

Wanagas got his start in the music business as booking shows at University of Alberta in Edmonton. In 1979, after leaving school, he opened a recording studio, Homestead Recorders, and Bumstead Productions, a company he still runs today that focuses on artist management, a record label and publishing.

In 1983, Wanagas met a young singer, k. d. lang. Within days of hearing her sing, he signed her to management, recording and publishing agreements - what is now known as a 360 deal. He guided her career for the next 15 years, watching her become a multi-platinum artist with sell-out tours and numerous awards.

He went on to manage a number of successful artists over the years including Susan Aglukark, Big Sugar, Colin James, Erasure (in North America) and Madeline Peroux. Today, his roster includes The Trews, Two Hours Traffic, Tim Chaisson and Poor Young Things.

The Music Managers Forum Canada is a non-profit organization operating under the umbrella organization International Music Managers Forum (IMMF). The mandate of the IMMF and its 17 MMF chapters around the world is to raise the profile and professional standards of music managers.

The MMF Canada has about 100 members representing over 300 acts.