Stephen Weir
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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

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

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

First Comedy for Toronto's Film and Opera Director

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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 26, 2013 | 11:52 PM

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

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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 | 8:07 AM

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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 | 4:41 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 | 4:06 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 | 4:06 PM

BROCK AND BRONZE IN SAINT CATHARINES, ONTARIO

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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 | 11:36 AM

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 | 5:51 PM

The opera SALOME opens in Toronto

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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 | 2:33 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 | 7:49 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 | 11:19 AM

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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 | 11:28 AM

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 | 11:58 AM

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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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Evan Penny: Re Figured Sculptures at the AGO

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 5:01 PM

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Maybe, says Canadian artist but that was a long time AGO

It was the '60s: Vietnam, nuclear testing in the Pacific, Sgt Pepper, and, the Who singing they hoped their generation would die before it got old.

What could be worse than...

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The Unusual Way One Man is Getting His Story Out

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 5:37 PM

Meet Yahaya Baruwa (pronounced: YaHaYa BaRuWa). He is a recent York University Graduate. On Tuesday he and I shared a microphone at CHRY-fm. It was the My Data Bag show with William Doyle Marshall. I was talking about art, films and books in a big picture fashion, Yahaya was much...

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Ornge You Glad Canadians Can Smell PR BS From a Mile Away?

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 11:44 AM

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Being Ousted from the Best Seat at the Griffin Poetry Prize

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 12:14 PM

Bernard Gauthier (Bravo TV) and myself arrived early at the Griffin Poetry Prize award dinner in Toronto on June 7. The Distillery District hall doors had only been open for a few minutes. We were one of the first to be welcomed by Scott and Krystyne Griffin, the...

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My, Is That Group of Seven You're Wearing?

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 7:57 AM

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Toronto photographer Yuri Dojc's take on Group of Seven inspired fashion

Back in the early 70s, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute was Canada's incubator for the practical arts: journalism, radio, television, layout, design, fashion, theatre and photography.

And while each discipline was taught in a different...

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To The Media, The Caribana Festival Is Code For "Black Crime"

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 7:37 AM

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Spectators at last year's Caribbean Carnival Festival parade in Toronto

Late last week I joked with my associate Craigg Slowly that it would be only a matter of time before CFRB radio right wing on-air host Jerry Agar would link the

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These Shutterbugs Have Nothing to be Camera Shy About

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 7:37 AM

If you can get a photographer to talk, oh the stories you will hear...

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...

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