Larry Solway

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Larry Solway
Born13 August 1928
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died9 January 2012(2012-01-09) (aged 83)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canada
Years active1960s–1990s

Lawrence S. "Larry" Solway (13 August 1928[1] – 9 January 2012) was a Canadian actor and broadcaster.


During the 1960s he hosted radio programmes at CHUM in Toronto such as the early Canadian talk show Speak Your Mind.[2][3] He left the station in 1970 due to a dispute with the station over a series of shows on sex. In the aftermath, he wrote The Day I Invented Sex about the controversy.[4]

Solway was known nationally as a panelist of the CBC Television programme This Is the Law in the early 1970s. He returned to the radio talk show circuit later that decade with Talkback on Brampton, Ontario station CHIC until management there dismissed him without warning.[5] He was seen in minor roles in films such as Meatballs and The Brood.[4] In the late 1970s he was a columnist for the newly launched Sunday Star.

He was a candidate for the Ontario New Democratic Party in the 1999 Ontario general election but was unsuccessful in his campaign in St. Paul's riding.[6]

In a column written for Straight Goods, Solway lamented the "Christmas Envy" that he felt as a Jew.[7]

Solway was diagnosed with bladder cancer at age 83. In November 2011 he wrote a final blog post to say goodbye to his readers. He died 9 January 2012, at Toronto General Hospital of complications arising from his bladder cancer.[4][8]


  • 1960s: Speak Your Mind, 1050 CHUM
  • September 1976 - January 1979: Talkback (CHIC)[5]
  • September 1986 – ?: Larry Solway Show, CFGM[9]
  • 1989 – ?: talk show, CFLY-FM[10] Talk show host CFRB 1991–92, Talk 640 1995-97




  • The Day I Invented Sex (McClelland and Stewart, 1971; ISBN 978-0-7710-8205-4)
  • Don't Be Blindsided by Retirement (2008; ISBN 0-9783286-1-2). Author Andrew Bertram; Solway was a contributor.


Solway returned to the stage from 1979 to 1984, with appearances at Neptune Halifax, Oakville, Red Barn, Teller's Cage, and the National Arts Centre. He appeared in leading roles in "Same Time Next Year," "Plaza Suite," "The Subject Was Roses," and "Last of the Red Hot Lovers."


  1. ^ "Lawrence (Larry) Solway". Mount Pleasant Group. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  2. ^ 1050 Chum: Photo Gallery - 1960s
  3. ^ "Direct dial citizen's forum". This Hour Has Seven Days. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 7 March 1965. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Larry Solway, TV and radio broadcaster, dies at 83". The Toronto Star. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b Downey, Donn (9 January 1979). "Victim of 'general blood-letting' CHIC drops Larry Solway". The Globe and Mail. p. 13.
  6. ^ "Ontario Votes 2003". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  7. ^ Solway, Larry. "Jewish and loving it...A frenzy of Christmas envy past and present". Straight Goods. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2012. I call it Christmas Envy. It comes back in a frenzy every year at this time. Awash in Chanukah, we Jews (some of us) try desperately to compensate for our lack of Christmas and trees and Santa and gifts and wassail and holly and Wise Men.
  8. ^ "Deaths - Solway, Lawrence S. (Larry)". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  9. ^ Mietkiewicz, Henry (17 September 1986). "Larry Solway phones home after 16 years". Toronto Star. p. F1.
  10. ^ Burliuk, Greg (7 July 1989). "Play lets Solway combine three loves". Kingston Whig-Standard. p. 1.
  11. ^ Allan, Blaine. "Juliette and Friends". Directory of CBC Television Series 1952-1982. Queen's University. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.

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