Bernie Finkelstein

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Bernie Finkelstein
Born (1944-08-12) August 12, 1944 (age 72)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s) Music executive, manager
Years active 1966–present
Labels True North
Associated acts Bruce Cockburn
Murray McLauchlan
Dan Hill
The Golden Dogs Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Rough Trade, Stephen Fearing, Barney Bentall

Bernard "Bernie" Finkelstein C.M. (born August 12, 1944 in Toronto) is a Canadian music executive and talent manager.[1][2]

Finkelstein began his career in music as the manager of The Paupers from 1966–1967 and Kensington Market from 1967-1969.[2]

In 1969, Finkelstein founded True North Records. The first artist signed to the label in 1969 was Bruce Cockburn. Through 1972-1981, in partnership with Bernie Fiedler, he managed the careers of Ronney Abramson, Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan and Dan Hill. In 1970, he and Cockburn became partners in the music publishing firm Golden Mountain Music.[1]

By the time Finkelstein sold True North, the label had released over 550 albums, including records from such Canadian notables as Rough Trade, Randy Bachman, The Rheostatics, Lynn Miles, Cowboy Junkies, Colin Linden, Catherine MacLellan, Tom Wilson, Moxy Fruvous, and Lighthouse, among others. True North continued to also release records for acts that Finkelstein managed including Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Murray McLauchlan, Stephen Fearing Barney Bentall and Bruce Cockburn. During the period from 1969 to 2007 True North received over 40 Gold and Platinum records and over 40 Juno Awards.

In December 2007, True North was acquired by an investment group led by Linus Entertainment.[3] Finkelstein remained as chairman and long-term consultant. He continued as Cockburn's manager and also managed The Golden Dogs.

Until 2011, Bernie was the Chairman of MUCHFACT for 26 years, an organization he co-founded with Moses Znaimer in 1984 when it was known as VideoFACT. Bernie was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2006, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) awarded Bernie the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, which is only given to "individuals who have contributed to the growth of the Canadian music industry". Mr. Finkelstein received the Order of Canada in 2007.[4]

On April 16, 2012, Finkelstein's autobiography, "True North: A Life Inside The Music Business" was published.

On October 10, 2012, he received an Honorary Degree from York University in Toronto. The degree was a Doctor of Letters.

On June 22, 2015, Finkelstein was honoured by SOCAN at the 2015 SOCAN Awards in Toronto, where he received the prestigious Special Achievement Award.[5]


  1. ^ a b McPherson, David, "Bernie Finkelstein's Golden Mountain", Words and Music, Fall 2012
  2. ^ a b "True North Records". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Billboard article: Linus Acquires True North Records
  4. ^ "Order of Canada: Bernard Finkelstein". The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
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