He’s not an acclaimed musician. In fact, he doesn’t even play an instrument. And now he’s no longer the unsung giant.
For years my father-in-law, Ed Robinson, has been the man behind the music. He’s been the commanding voice that only a select few have ever heard. The frontman for thousands.
Not only has he helped celebrate Canadian music but he has fostered new talent from coast to coast. He has provided opportunities for budding artists like Jacob Hoggard of Hedley to unleash their unparalleled talent on national stages.
And the Juno goes to …
While you wouldn’t have heard his name announced to millions, this past weekend he received one of the highest accolades in Canadian music: Juno.
Ed was recognized for his commitment to the music industry and leadership on the Junos in his role as Chairman of CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) over the last 6 years.
Everyone involved in the Junos kept it a surprise. Such a surprise that my mother-in-law was the only family on hand to see Steve Kane, President of Warner Music Canada take over the podium with the coveted statue in his hand. Twitter quoted him as saying:
Ed Robinson has been a tireless champion for CARAS, MusiCounts, the Junos, and Canadian music.
There’s no question, he’s had an incredible career. Originally a designated chartered accountant, CBC quickly recognized his innovative genuisness and promoted him to deputy creative head. It wasn’t long before CTV went knocking as they were looking for a barrel-of-laughs GM and VP of programming for their newly created 24-hour Comedy Network. He continued to rise with CTV. He retired from CTV as the Executive Vice-President for Programming, as well as President and General Manager of The Comedy Network and SPACE: The Imagination Station. In this role he oversaw programming such as Canadian Idol and the Junos. I know, amazing heh?!
We couldn’t be more proud of you Ed. Congratulations on this incredible honour. xo
ps – a small piece of Juno actually belongs to me. Wha?! Who do you think taught him all he knows about country?!1