True North

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
One of the all-time greats in Canadian music recounts his life and times in the business from the 1960s to the present. Whether acting as a producer, record label owner, or manager of great singer/songwriters and bands, Bernie Finkelstein, recipient of the 2006 Juno Special Achievement Award, has played a pivotal role in bringing great Canadian music to the rest of the world.

Bernie Finkelstein has been a prominent figure in the Canadian music industry for nearly five decades. Now, a couple years after selling his beloved True North label and only recently stepping down from his role at MuchFACT, which has given out more than $63 million in grants to Grammy-winning acts like Sarah McLachlan, Nelly Furtado and Arcade Fire, Bernie is finally ready to talk. In this wildly entertaining and outspoken memoir, the producer, label owner, and artist manager opens up about his childhood, breaking into the Greenwich Village scene with The Paupers at age 19, discovering Bruce Cockburn, producing the "loudest band in the world," Kensington Market, managing and producing Murray McLauchlan, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, and Rough Trade, winning 40 Junos, and much more.


It was early March 2009 when the ring of the phone shook me from my daydream. I’d been staring out the window of our little library at the farm my wife and I had bought in Prince Edward County a few hours east of Toronto, deep in Ontario’s newest wine district.
I’d been watching the birds...
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 • "A powerful testament to two things: the importance of timing and the difference one person can make. . . . Irresistible, and [Bernie] tells it all like a born raconteur." -- Montreal Gazette
 • "A modest, candid and lively memoir. . . . A true Canadian, he lets his failures shine as brightly as his triumphs." -- Maclean's
 • "[A] funny and fascinating new memoir." -- National Post
 • "[Bernie Finkelstein] takes readers on a fascinating tour inside his career and his professional relationships." -- CTV News
 • "Bernie Finkelstein's latest 'gift' to the music business is the release of his book." -- Cashbox Magazine Canada