Grant Lawrence

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Grant Lawrence
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Lawrence at the 2007 NXNE festival
Background information
Born (1971-07-30) July 30, 1971 (age 47)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation(s)media personality, musician, writer
Years active1989–present
Associated actsThe Smugglers

Grant Lawrence (born July 30, 1971) is a Canadian broadcaster, musician and writer based in Vancouver, primarily associated with CBC Radio 3. Lawrence was also the vocalist for the indie rock group The Smugglers.[1]


In addition to his regular shifts on Radio 3 itself, Lawrence was the host of Radio 3's Saturday night program on the CBC Radio 2 network until March 17, 2007, when that program was discontinued. He is also regular host of the service's monthly podcast, which is the most widely downloaded Canadian podcast on the Internet as of 2006. Spin magazine dubbed it the best podcast in Canada.[2] In 2012, he also hosted the summer series The Wild Side on CBC Radio One.[citation needed]

Lawrence began his association with the CBC in the 1990s, filing stories about life on tour with the Smugglers for David Wisdom's show Night Lines.[1] When Nightlines ended in 1997, Wisdom and Leora Kornfeld, the former host of RealTime, went on to host the new series RadioSonic. Lawrence initially worked for the show as a researcher, and later became a producer, and became host of RadioSonic in 2001 after Wisdom and Kornfeld left the program.[1]

In addition to his duties with The Smugglers, Lawrence briefly fronted West Vancouver grindcore outfit Angstschluss from 2003-2004.

In the summer of 2013, Lawrence and director Brent Hodge did a cross-country tour called The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions, which was distributed as a web series on CBC Music and other streaming video sites. It followed Lawrence across Canada visiting various musicians and other personalities along the way, including the Darcys, Hollerado, Sam Roberts, Theo Fleury, Hawksley Workman and others. The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions won an award for Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media – Non-Fiction at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards.[3]

Lawrence published his first book, Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound, in 2010.[4] A memoir of his visits to the Desolation Sound area of British Columbia, the book was a shortlisted nominee for the 2011 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction and the 2011 Edna Staebler Award.[5]

Lawrence published his second book, The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a Reluctant Goalie, in 2013. Both books won the BC Book Prize for Book of the Year in their respective years.

His third book, Dirty Windshields: The Best and the Worst of the Smugglers Tour Diaries, was published in 2017.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to singer-songwriter Jill Barber.[7]

Lawrence co-founded and currently plays hockey for the Vancouver Flying Vees, an amateur hockey team staffed largely by Canadian musicians.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Michael Barclay, Ian A.D. Jack and Jason Schneider, Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-992-9.
  2. ^ Mitges, Lynn (June 1, 2006). "More stuff you should know about Grant Lawrence and his podcast". The Province. pp. B3.
  3. ^ “Watermark,” “My Prairie Home” up for Canadian Screen Awards. Real Screen, January 13, 2014.
  4. ^ "Grant Lawrence Taking 'Adventures in Solitude' to a Town Near You"[permanent dead link]. Hour, October 16, 2010.
  5. ^ "Nominees for Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Non-Fiction announced" Archived January 4, 2013, at National Post, September 20, 2011.
  6. ^ "Review: Grant Lawrence's Dirty Windshields charts rock ’n’ roll fantasies". The Globe and Mail, June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ Surgeoner, Brae (November 2008). "Jill Barber: This is no faded love Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine", BeatRoute. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
  8. ^ the flying vees Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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