Stephen Weir
Stephen Weir is a well-known Toronto communicator. He is an active publicist working on many important cultural projects including the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana), McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.

Weir has worked on assignments for Space Canada, OPSEU, the Association in Defence of the Wrongfully Convicted, The Ontario Science Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Varley Gallery, the Sharon Temple and Toronto’s Marine Museum. He has handled PR assignments for a number of well-known authors, artists and public figures including Johnnie Cochran, Hurricane Carter, Robert Bateman, Bob Rae, Norval Morrisseau and Tim Cook.

He has written for a number of TV shows including the TSN 13-part airplane series Sky High that continues to find audiences around the world. Stephen Weir is also an active journalist who has one non-fiction book published (The Sinking of the Mayflower) under his own name and has ghost written two other books. For thirty years he has been researching, watching and writing about the History of Diving in the Movies. Mr. Weir is the travel editor of Diver Magazine and is a regular condo story contributor to daily Toronto newspapers.

Entries by Stephen Weir

Is This Trending Photograph Making a Statement About Overfishing?

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 11:48 AM

Photo by Neil Kremer

With the bounty of the sea on their restaurant table two spear fishermen, still in their dive gear, prepare to place an order with a nonplussed waiter. Is this rapidly trending photograph a statement about overfishing and...

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Kingston's Iain Reid Wins Emerging Author Award

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 12:30 PM

On Monday, Iain Reid, a Kingston, Ontario based writer, was named the recipient of the 2015 RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award. Mr. Reid was nominated for the Award by Plum Johnson whose book They Left Us Everything: A Memoir won the 2015 RBC Taylor Prize in early March.

Established jointly...

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Florida's Favourite Road Trip Wreck Dive Site Has a Birthday Thursday

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 1:11 PM


Eastern Canadian scuba divers think of the wreck of the Benwood as the reward at the end of the annual 24-hour non-stop marathon road trip to Florida. The shipwreck is at the top of the Florida Keys, is close to shore, safe to...

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Buy Book Lovers Canada's Best Nonfiction From 2014 (Charles Taylor Prize Longlist Announced!)

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 1:31 PM

It is almost Christmas, the stretch run that authors and publishers in Canada live for. As the clock ticks down book buying consumers push some book genre sales an amazing 280 per cent. The industry watchdog Booknet Canada explains the book buying frenzy as consumerism fueled by "desperation...

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

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 4:37 PM

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 Trial that Shocked a Country. She is 40th author to capture Toronto's annual literature prize. Gray's $10,000 win was announced at last...

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A Prize Week For Authors In Canada

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 5:42 PM

Yesterday it was the Giller. This morning it was the Griffin and the Weston Prizes and this weekend Word On The Street. This week is the busiest time of the year for authors, readers and the nation's book industry.

On Tuesday it was the Scotiabank Giller Prize announcing...

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Watch This Documentary Before the Glamour Boyz Disappear

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 3:30 PM


Toronto's Caribbean Tales International Film Festival kicked-off its ninth annual season last night at the Royal Theatre with a world premier screening of a new documentary about the Mighty Sparrow (Dr. Slinger Francisco) and Lord Superior (Andrew Marcano). Once...

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

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 11:10 AM

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 just ended and the subway platform is crowded. Amongst the post show murmur two names are...

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Toronto, It's Time to Sink This Ship

(1) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 12:52 AM

...and Captain John doesn't even have to go down with his ship.


Sometime on my bum-busting boat ride out from Fort Myers, I realized that the city of Toronto could do something special for its diver tourism industry ... sink...

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Stand Up for the Wrongfully Convicted

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 9:07 AM

Over the past 20 years, the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) have quarterbacked 18 post-conviction exonerations of people convicted of murder here in Canada. As AIDWYC gets set to mark its 20th anniversary, there are appeals before the courts...

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Public Relations Dark Art Secrets -- Where, Oh, Where Should It Be?

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 5:41 PM

I have done it in a plane. On a train. There was that time amongst Cuba's sugar cane. Always too often in the rain, and even yes, once in Spain (well a Spanish restaurant). I have never organised or attended one held in a meat market...until today. I am rhyming...

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Enjoy the Art Exhibit But Mind the Bull Shark

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:06 PM

It is an international happening -- an art show that will have you holding your breath -- but only for so long. People in-the-know and who have access to dive equipment, a big boat and the willingness to swim with big fishes, have been making underwater pilgrimages all summer to...

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Danek Mozdzenski Wins a Million-Dollar Commission

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 5:06 PM



Every winter, when the temperature dips below zero, and the snow swirls across the campus of the University of Alberta, someone trudges out into the cold and puts a toque and scarf around Danek Mozdzenski's life-sized statue...

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:36 PM

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 international photographers in 175 venues throughout the city. But for the rest of us, it is a challenge to see at best a few...

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Headless in Judea: Atom Egoyan Dials Back the Kink

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 6:51 PM

The opera SALOME opens in Toronto


Atom Egoyan believes it wasn't adolescent angst that made a young princess demand the head of a prophet as payment for dirty dancing in front of her stepfather. No, says the Canadian filmmaker (Exotica, The Sweet...

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St Joseph's Mojo Moves Homes In Strange Ways

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 3:33 PM

I have been a publicist for has-been TV stars, up-and-coming authors, and even convicted (but innocent) murderers. So I am probably the last person that should be canvassed for an opinion, but I believe that aside from St. Joseph, everyone and every product needs a publicist.

As I like to...

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In 2012 Our Best Achievements Were Underwater

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 8:49 AM

Ignore what Captain James T. Kirk said. In 2012 the final frontier was underwater.

Never in the history of the planet has mankind ventured so far under the surface. And, in pushing the underwater boundaries, more individual achievement records were set this year than ever before. From the seven-mile underwater...

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The Canadian Icons Still Getting Fan Mail Long After Death

(3) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 12:19 PM


There are signs that the Group of Seven is finally hip with the Canadian people, even those who don't go to art galleries. I was out at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection with a video crew last week. The McMichael has a...

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Canadian Photographer Arnaud Maggs: The Master Passes

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Eighty-six-year-old photographer Arnaud Maggs didn't suffer media fools lightly. "If another reporter asks me how come I have managed to stay active so long, and what is my secret to long life, I am going to tell him sex and drugs," he groused as we walked out of the Canada...

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Two Promotional Campaign Fails

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 12:58 PM


Saying something loudly doesn't make it true. Doubly so when it is the printed word doing all the yelling.

I was given a card (pictured top) to keep so that I wouldn't forget the show I had just paid to see....

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