Canadian Music Industry

Dale Kroke has been a passionate music maker since he was a kid.  He studied music in college and earned a teaching degree before pursuing an advance degree in composition.  His first job in the music industry was with Kaman Music in 1990, working with overseas distributors within the company's...
Gerry Labelle’s first musical instrument was the alto saxophone; later the tenor and soprano saxophone remained his main instruments, and he later played C Flute, piccolo & Alto flute. Gerry studied music with Frank Mella in Montreal, Canada.  He has traveled across Canada and the United States...
Lenny Lanteigne has been a passionate musician as long as he can remember.  When he had a chance to work in the music industry, he was thrilled.  Beginning in the early 1980s, Lenny worked at Steve's Music in Canada and has enjoyed being part of the growing company.  Part of that fulfillment comes...
Ron Larcombe formed a rock band with his friends while in high school and fell in love with music. He toured the United States and Canada with several tribute bands before deciding he wanted to try selling drums and other musical products. Ron worked in music retail at The Drum Shop in 1984,...
Jean Larrivee fell in love with the guitar as a young boy growing up in Canada during the folk craze of the 1960s. He imagined a unique sound for an acoustic guitar and set out to create a handcrafted instrument that would produce that sound. The more guitars Jean created, the more demand he seemed...
Henry Lee is the youngest son of Tom, the founder of the successful stores in Hong Kong and Canada. Henry interned the business after college and took over the Canadian operation while his brother Frank, who managed the operation before, then returned to Hong Kong. Henry helped expand the Canadian...
John Lee is the eldest son of Tom, the founder of the successful stores in Hong Kong and Canada. John spoke of the company’s expansion from Hong Kong into North America following his father’s interest in keeping the store growing in new markets. John took over the business in Canada after college...
Harvey Levy is the bow-tie wearing spokesman and brother of the founder of Levy – the world’s leading maker of guitar straps. Harvey has become synonymous with creating and designing products, and he has also been a long time supporter of music and music advocacy. Mr. Levy noted, “Making music...
Les Lillo grew up in the music industry; his parents founded Lillo's Music in 1963.  Les recalls growing up and working in the family business, playing drums in the family band and performing in and around his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  He recollects aspects of the music industry in...
Victor Lillo Jr. grew up in the music industry attending his first NAMM when he was 12 years old at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Vic reflects on his exposure to music and how a good attitude is a key to success.  He founded the Johnny Guitar Corporation in Hollywood, CA. (est. 1988) and...

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