Finkelstein named 2006 recipient of Walt Grealis Award.

Veteran Canadian manager and label head Bernie Finkelstein has been named the 2006 recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Founder of True North Records and long-time manager of troubadour Bruce Cockburn, Finkelstein is being honored with an award that recognizes individuals who have contributed to the growth and development of the Canadian music industry.

The award will be presented will be made in Halifax, Nova Scotia during the 2006 Juno Gala Dinner & Awards ceremony on April 1. In addition, Finkelstein will also be honored during a segment featured at the 2006 Juno Awards the following night.

“As we celebrate the 35th year of the JUNO Awards, we can’t think of a more fitting recipient to be honored with this award,” said CARAS President Melanie Berry. “Throughout his career, Bernie has continually been pivotal in bringing Canadian music and artists to Canada and the world.”

Finkelstein began his career managing two of Canada's earliest
internationally known groups, The Paupers and Kensington Market. In 1969, he launched True North Records which since its inception has released over 400 albums. The label's current roster includes such Canadian artists as: Bruce Cockburn, 54-40, Lynn Miles, Joel Kroeker, and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings.

Today, Finkelstein also manages Cockburn, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and Stephen Fearing. Over the years he has also handled Murray McLauchlan, Dan Hill, and Barney Bentall.

In addition to being founder and chairman of Canadian video funding agency VideoFACT, Finkelstein is one of the original founders of the Canadian Independent Record Production Association where he is currently a board member. He is also a former chairman of the Ontario Film Development Corporation.