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Toronto's True Murder Story Wins the City's Top Book Award

Stephen Weir | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada
Stephen Weir

Ottawa author Charlotte Gray is the winner of the 2014 Toronto Book Award for her non-fiction book, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Tria...

On a Wig and an Aria: Atom Egoyan's Ship Sails In

Stephen Weir | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada
Stephen Weir

First Comedy for Toronto's Film and Opera Director Sailing ship in blue wig It is night-time in downtown Toronto. The opera, Cosi Fan Tutte, has j...

Three Toronto Photo Shows To Make Contact With Before It All Ends

Stephen Weir | Posted 07.29.2013 | Canada
Stephen Weir

Somewhere in the great city of Toronto, there is an art lover who has seen every single Contact Festival picture hung by over 1,500 Canadian and inter...

The Canadian Icons Still Getting Fan Mail Long After Death

Stephen Weir | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada
Stephen Weir

There are signs that the Group of Seven is finally hip with the Canadian people, even those who don't go to art galleries. At the end of last week's taping I took the TV crew to see the Group of Seven cemetery. We got there and I found that someone had taken the time to write fan letters to the long-dead artists and placed them in front of their rough-rock headstones.

Canadian Photographer Arnaud Maggs: The Master Passes

Stephen Weir | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada
Stephen Weir

Eighty-six-year-old photographer Arnaud Maggs didn't suffer media fools lightly. He had so much energy. So much life. He looked 60, yet 90 loomed. People wanted to know if it would ever end. It did. On Saturday. After a brief battle with cancer, the country's most skilled black and white studio photographer passed away in a Toronto hospice.

These Shutterbugs Have Nothing to be Camera Shy About

Stephen Weir | Posted 07.08.2012 | Canada
Stephen Weir

Over the years I have handled publicity assignments for some of Canada's best known artists, authors, and, now and then, photographers. Although one shouldn't make sweeping generalizations about the personality traits of red hot artists, when it come to photographers, the best cliché is "Mum's the Word".