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Television and Radio | Online Media and Gaming
Newspaper and Magazines | Film | Literature | Art and Architecture | Music
Philosophy and Social Theory
Television and Radio
- Ziya Tong, MA'99, co-hosts the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet.
- Emmy Award-winning TV writer and producer Alex Herschlag, BA’79, has been a major contributor to some of the most successful sitcoms of recent years, including Modern Family, Will & Grace and Ellen.
- Hubert Lacroix, BCL'76, MBA'81, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CBC/Radio Canada.
- Entertainment entrepreneur Andy Nulman, BCom’83, was a driving force behind Just For Laughs, building it into world's largest and most influential comedy festival. The former CEO of Just For Laughs, he recently returned as its group president for festivals and television.
- Mark Phillips, BA’70, a CBS News correspondent in their London bureau, has covered the Falklands War, the death of Princess Diana and the conflict over weapons inspection in Iraq, among other major stories.
- Best known for his starring role as Captain James T. Kirk in the television show Star Trek, William Shatner, BCom’52, DLitt’11, earned back-to-back Emmy Awards for his portrayal of eccentric attorney Denny Crane on the television series’ The Practice and Boston Legal. Shatner is the only actor to ever win consecutive Emmy awards for playing the same character on two different shows.
- Gail Simmons, BA’98, is known to millions of TV viewers for her work as a judge on the Emmy Award-winning Top Chef and as the host of Top Chef: Just Desserts.
- Evan Solomon, BA’90, MD’74, is one of the Canada’s most prominent journalists, hosting Power & Politics on CBC News Network and The House on CBC Radio One.
- Radio and television producer Mark Starowicz, BA’68, DLitt’01, is the mind behind some of Canada’s most groundbreaking news and documentary programs, including As It Happens and Canada: A People's History.
- Zain Verjee, BA’95, has been a television anchor and correspondent for CNN since 2000. She is the co-anchor of CNN International’s European daytime program World One and serves as the international correspondent for American Morning.
- Broadcaster and writer Eleanor Wachtel, BA’69, DLitt’09, is widely respected in the literary world for her work as the host of Writers & Company on CBC Radio One.
Online Media and Gaming
- Alan Emtage, BSc’87, MSc’91, created Archie, the first Internet search engine, which, at one time, attracted half the web traffic in Canada.
- A prominent activist, author and political commentator, Judy Rebick, BSc’67, is the founding publisher of one of Canada’s most successful independent online magazines, rabble.ca.
- Jade Raymond, BSc’98, is the managing director of UbiSoft Toronto and was the lead producer for UbiSoft’s best-selling and award-winning Assassin’s Creed video games.
Newspapers and Magazines
- Suroosh Alvi, BA’91, is the co-founder of Vice, a brash, street culture-focused publication that has evolved from its Montreal-based roots into an international media conglomerate focusing on music, TV production and fashion.
- John F. Burns, BA’66, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, is the London bureau chief for the New York Times. One of the world’s most respected foreign correspondents, he reported on apartheid-era South Africa, the Serbian War, Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
- A staff writer and essayist at The New Yorker since 1986, Adam Gopnik, BA’80, is the author of such best-selling books as Paris to the Moon and Through the Children’s Gate: A Home in New York.
- Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, Charles Krauthammer, BA'70, DLitt’93, is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post and frequently contributes to Time, The Weekly Standard and The New Republic.
- A co-founder and former head of Citytv, Moses Znaimer, BA’63, is the founder and CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited and the publisher of Zoomer Magazine.
- Mortimer Zuckerman, BA’57, BCL’61, LLD’11, is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Boston Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT). He is also the editor-in-chief and publisher of U.S. News & World Report and the publisher of the New York Daily News.
- Montreal-born Jake Eberts, BEng’62, DLitt’98, was the producer of such Oscar-winning films as Dances With Wolves, Gandhi and Driving Miss Daisy.
- Together with his scriptwriting partner Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, BA’05, has written the screenplays of such films as Superbad, Pineapple Express and The Green Hornet.
- Larysa Kondracki, BA’99, co-wrote and directed The Whistleblower, a thriller starring Rachel Wiesz that examines the involvement of UN peacekeeping personnel in international sex trafficking.
- Robert Lantos, BA’70, DLitt’00, has produced some of Canada's most critically-acclaimed films, including David Cronenberg’s Crash and Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter.
- Joe Medjuck, BA’65, is a successful Hollywood producer whose credits include Old School, Up in the Air and Ghostbusters II.
- Allan Scott, BA’61, is a screenwriter and producer working in both film and theatre. He co-wrote the thriller Don’t Look Now and co-produced the Broadway version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
- Edward Saxon, BA’82, is the Oscar-winning producer of such films as The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Adaptation.
- Jennifer Baichwal, BA'90, MA'96, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker of such films as Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark.
- David Bezmozgis, BA’96, earned widespread acclaim for his first book, Natasha and Other Stories, winning the Commonwealth First Book Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for best first collection of short stories in the English language. His latest book, The Free World, was longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
- Montreal poet, editor, literary critic and McGill professor Louis Dudek, BA’39, is widely recognized as one of Canada's most prominent men of letters. During the fifties he helped publish the first works of several well-known Canadian poets, including Leonard Cohen.
- Mary Lawson, BA’68, is the author of the international bestselling novels Crow Lake and The Other Side of the Bridge, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
- Publishing more than 50 volumes of poetry and fiction during his lifetime, Irving Layton, BSc(Agr)’39, MA’46, is one of Canada's most celebrated poets. He won the Governor-General's Award in 1959, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976, and was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981.
- Julie Mazzieri, PhD'05, is the 2009 Governor General's Literary Award winner for fiction for her novel Le Discours sur la tombe de l'idiot.
- Andrew Pyper, BA’91, MA’92, is an award-winning author whose best-selling books include Lost Girls, The Wildfire Season and The Guardians.
- A Rhodes Scholar, professor of constitutional law, and founding member of the socialist movement in Canada, F.R. Scott, BCL’27, LLD’67, was also a giant in modern Canadian poetry, influencing the likes of Al Purdy and Margaret Atwood. His Essays on the Constitution and Collected Poems won the Governor General's Literacy Award in 1977 and 1981, respectively.
- Fiction by critically acclaimed Canadian author Susan Swan, BA’67, has been published in twenty countries. Her 1993 novel, The Wives of Bath, was made into the feature film Lost and Delirious, which debuted at Sundance and the Berlin Film Festival in 2001.
Art and Architecture
- Internationally celebrated Canadian architect Arthur Erickson, BArch’50, LLD’75, was the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions for his innovative designs. His works include such buildings and complexes as Robson Square in Vancouver, BC, the Canadian Chancery in Washington, DC, and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.
- Marc Mayer, BA'84, is an art curator and director of the National Gallery of Canada.
- Architect Raymond Moriyama, MArch’57, has received widespread acclaim for his work, which includes the Ontario Science Centre (1964), the Bata Shoe Museum (1991), the National Museum of Saudi Arabia (1999), and the Canadian War Museum (2005).
- Witold Rybczynski, BArch’66, MArch’72, DSc’02, is an award-winning author whose popular books (including Home: A Short History of an Idea) often deal with architectural themes. A professor of urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania and the architecture critic for Slate, he is a member of the U. S. Commission of Fine Arts, which advises the U.S. government on matters pertaining to the arts and the architectural development of Washington.
- The visionary architect behind Montreal's “Habitat” for Expo 67, Moshe Safdie, BArch’61, LLD’82, has designed some of Canada's best-known buildings, including the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver's Library Square and the rebuild of Toronto's Pearson Airport.
- Darcy James Argue, BMus’97, is the composer and conductor for the Secret Society, an innovative New York-based 18-piece jazz band that earned Grammy and Juno nominations for their first album, Internal Machines.
- With 70 Top 40 hits in the US and 52 Top 40 hits in the UK, Burt Bacharach, Dip AMus’48, DMus’72, is one of the most important composers of popular music of the twentieth century. His songs have been performed by artists like Aretha Franklin, Tom Jones, Dusty Springfield, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright and Dr. Dre.
- Juno-winner Win Butler, BA’04, is the co-founder and lead singer for Arcade Fire. The band’s first album, Funeral, was named one of 2004's best releases by The New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine. Their most recent album, The Suburbs, won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and the Polaris Music Prize.
- Acclaimed novelist, poet, singer and songwriter, Leonard Cohen, BA’55, DLitt’92, is one of the most widely recognized Canadian artists of the late twentieth century. He was awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada in 2003, Canada’s highest civilian honour, and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
- Christine Jensen, BMus’94, MMus’06, is a jazz saxophonist and composer and the leader of the Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, whose 2010 album Treelines won the Juno Award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.
- Richard King, MMus’91, an associate professor with the Schulich School of Music’s Sound Recording Program, is one of the most in-demand recording engineers in the world of classical music. His Grammy Award-winning work has included collaborations with such performers as Yo-Yo Ma and Renée Fleming.
- Sam Roberts, BA’98, is a Juno award-winning musician whose 2002 debut CD, The Inhuman Condition, is one of the bestselling independent releases in Quebec and Canadian music history.
- With more than 60 recordings to his name, classical music singer Daniel Taylor, LMus’92, is one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world today.
- Ken Vandermark, BA'86, is a jazz saxophonist and MacArthur Foundation Genius Award winner.
- Robert Stanley Weir, BCL1880, LLD1897, authored the English words to "O Canada" in 1908.
Philosophy and Social Theory
- Essayist and novelist John Ralston Saul, BA'69, DLitt'97, is widely regarded as one of Canada's leading intellectuals. He was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1999.
- A Companion of the Order of Canada, Charles Taylor, BA’52, is one of the most influential philosophers of our time, writing on subjects as diverse as individual rights and collective responsibilities, artificial intelligence, language and multiculturalism. Among his many accolades, Taylor became the first Canadian to win Japan’s Kyoto Prize for arts and philosophy in 2008.