Ed Glinert, founder of Toronto-based Casablanca Media Publishing and a 40-year veteran of the Canadian music business, died suddenly May 21 after suffering a stroke. He was 63.
"Unfortunately the extent of the damage from his stroke was too severe to recover," wrote his business partner Jennifer Mitchell, vice president, Casablanca Media Publishing, in an e-mail to her colleagues and clients.
"The family, knowing that Ed would never want to be kept alive on machines, has made the decision to make him an organ donor so that he might help countless other people live full and productive lives. I think everyone that knew Ed's generous nature would agree that he would have wanted that."
Prior to forming Casablanca Media Publishing, Glinert was an entertainment lawyer for more than 25 years, during which time he advised such clients as Ray Charles, David Letterman, Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Jim Carey and Howie Mandel, as well as record companies, music publishers, artists, writers, producers, film and television corporations, and private investment groups.
After moving into publishing, Casablanca became one of the foremost independent music publishers in the country. In addition to its own catalogue, it is the Canadian representative for such catalogues as Carlin, Bug/Windswept, Arc, Trio, 20th Century Fox, and S1 (Dreamworks).
He also had extensive experience as an agent and promoter. He was the co-owner of adult-contemporary leaning National Variety Promotions that presented acts such as Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra and Don Rickles and produced the stage play "Pirates of Penzance," starring Barry Bostwick and Andy Gibb. Prior to that, he owned and operated the booking agency Frederick Lewis, handling prominent acts including Led Zeppelin, John Denver, Sly and The Family Stone, Neil Diamond, Gordon Lightfoot, Five Man Electrical Band, Kensington Market and the Guess Who.
Glinert also co-founded two children's labels, Children's Group and Casablanca Kids, and remained co-owner of Solid Gold Records and house label Trax.
The funeral service was held on May 23 at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel in Toronto. Donations can be made in Glinert's name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Hospital For Sick Children.