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The Editors and Staff

Why The Walrus?

When The Walrus began its development, its founders wanted to create a smart, distinctly Canadian general interest magazine. They also wanted to dissociate this country with the “log chomping” and “earnestness” of our national animal (and cliché), the beaver.

Enter the tusked mammal—an arctic icon they viewed as curmudgeonly but clever, bulky but agile (if only in water). It was an eccentric but sensical choice, they thought—the perfect namesake for a publication with enough intellectual heft, confidence, and wit to dig deeply into matters vital to Canadians.

Like its animal counterpart, which swims with unexpected grace, The Walrus thrives in its niche environment. It is Canada’s best, most awarded magazine—the industry’s elegant heavyweight. The Walrus brings Canadians stories that are engaging, important and original; in doing so, it is proving itself the “fun beast” of its founders’ vision.

Selected Contributors

Arts and Culture: Marianne Ackerman, Julia Dault, Wendy Dennis, Charles Foran, Alexander Gelfand, Don Gillmor, David Gilmour, Adam Gopnik, Pico Iyer, Marni Jackson, Pasha Malla, John Bentley Mays, Hal Niedzviecki, Adam Sternbergh, Timothy Taylor, Clive Thompson

Design: Bruce Mau, James Victore

Fiction and Poetry: Margaret Atwood, Randy Boyagoda, Joseph Boyden, Dionne Brand, Leonard Cohen, Douglas Coupland, Helen Humphreys, Wayne Johnston, Lisa Moore, Paul Muldoon, Miriam Toews, Jane Urquhart, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Michael Winter

Fine Art: Shary Boyle, Damien Hirst

Illustration: Monika Aichele, Marian Bantjes, Guy Billout, Ronald J. Cala, Seymour Chwast, Thomas Fuchs, Jason Logan, Bruce McCall, Gary Panter, Graham Roumieu, Seth, Leanne Shapton, Yuko Shimizu, Tamara Shopsin, Joost Swarte, Jillian Tamaki, Gary Taxali, Team Macho, Sam Weber, Balint Zsako

Photography: Edward Burtynsky, Rita Leistner, Eamon Mac Mahon, Louie Palu, Lana Šleziç, Larry Towell, Christopher Wahl, Donald Weber

Politics and Society: Michael Adams, Joan Bryden, Deborah Campbell, Gwynne Dyer, Ron Graham, Allan Gregg, Chris Hedges, Mark Kingwell, J.B. MacKinnon, Roger Martin, Susan McClelland, Marci McDonald, Jeremy Rifkin, Chris Turner, John Vaillant, Chris Wood

Praise for The Walrus

“The country does need a high-quality magazine that talks up to its readers, and which brings humour, anger, and real passion to Canadian public debate.”
Michael Ignatieff, author and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada

“A magazine such as The Walrus promises to be the missing link in the cultural and intellectual life of this country.”
Anne Collins, executive editor, Random House of Canada

“My god, a critical discussion of intelligent issues! What will these Canadians think of next? ”
Clayton Ruby, lawyer

The Walrus is one of the most intelligent magazines to have entered the Canadian scene in some time. It has shown great courage; its standards are high and its success noteworthy. I would ask that you give generously to ensure the survival of this very important publication. The Canadian literary landscape will be better for it.”
Margaret Atwood, author, winner of the Booker Prize

The Walrus is one of the best things that has happened in Canada. It’s very rare, an outfit like this, informed by integrity, vision, and dedication. Please help The Walrus survive. We need it.”
Leonard Cohen, poet, singer-songwriter, and author

“Intelligent, long-form journalism that encourages thoughtful debate is not—as you have likely noticed—easy to come by in this era of sound bites, tabloids and ‘journalism’ designed to sell us goods and gossip. Then there is The Walrus—a sophisticated magazine with a mandate to engage Canadians in issues of national importance.”
Pamela Wallin, journalist, broadcaster, and diplomat

“What is a country without conversations, and stories to tell? How do we remember the past, think about the future without an examination of where we are today? The Walrus brings us together, each turn of page is a new opportunity to discover, explore, and learn more about our home and native land: I am The Walrus. We are The Walrus. Canada is The Walrus.”
Frank McKenna, deputy chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank, former politician and diplomat

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