Stan Klees

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Stan Klees (born 29 April 1932 at Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian retired music industry businessman. He created the music recording companies Tamarac and Red Leaf Records in the 1960s.

Klees was a presenter at CHUM radio in the late 1940s then was employed by London Records. He founded Tamarac Records in 1963.[1]

His advice to Walt Grealis led to the development of RPM Weekly in 1964. Klees formally joined RPM as a staff member in 1971 to assist with organisation and publication design. He also designed the "MAPL" logo to identify Canadian content of produced songs, also known as the Cancon movement.[2][3] Klees and Grealis established RPM's annual awards for Canadian music in 1964 which led to the creation of the Juno Awards ceremonies in 1970.[4]

In 1995, Klees was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.

In 2001, Klees was awarded the Special Achievement Award at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ Graham, Sandy (26 April 2012). "Happy Birthday Stan !". Cashbox. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Stan Klees: The Man Behind Cancon and Why It Had to Happen".
  3. ^ CRTC. "The MAPL System". National Campus and Community Radio Association. Archived from the original on 12 July 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  4. ^ Wheeler, Brad (23 August 2012). "The Juno Awards: It's always been about the bread". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  5. ^ "2001 SOCAN AWARDS | SOCAN". Archived from the original on 16 September 2016.
  6. ^ Larry LeBlanc (2001). "SOCAN recognized McLaughlin, Klees, Bachman and Cummings". Billboard: 74–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  7. ^ "The Guess Who, Murray McLauchlan Win Big At SOCAN". Chart Attack, 20 November 2001

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