A founding member of the TFCA, Peter Howell has been since 1996 the movie critic for The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest daily newspaper. Prior to this, he was The Star‘s rock critic. He is a close observer of Canadian film, and was a jury member of TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten panel in 2012. Howell was one of the first journalists in North America to begin a regular Internet column, which debuted in January 1995, under its original title “CyberPop.” Howell is a voting member of the Los Angeles-based Broadcast Film Critics Association, which awards the annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.
Johanna Schneller is one of North America’s leading freelance journalists specializing in entertainment features. Her cover stories have appeared in a variety of major magazines, including In Style, Premiere, Vanity Fair, Ladies Home Journal and more. She was a senior writer in the Los Angeles bureau of GQ magazine from 1990 to 1994.
Currently, she writes the weekly Fame Game column in The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper; and for two seasons, she hosted TVO’s renowned film series, Saturday Night at the Movies. As a screenwriter, her work includes adaptations of Sailor Girl, based upon the novel by Sherri Lee Olson; Every Lost Country, based upon the novel by Steven Heighton; and Girl Crazy, based upon the novel by Russell Smith.
Marc Glassman is the director of This Is Not A Reading Series, Pages Beyond Bricks and Mortar; the editor of POV Magazine and Montage Magazine; and the Film Critic for Classic FM 96.3.
Glenn Sumi is the associate entertainment editor (stage/film) at Toronto’s NOW Magazine, where he’s written about theatre, film, dance and comedy for over 15 years. He’s written for several newspapers and magazines, has been a pop culture correspondent for CBC Radio and, for three years, was a weekly arts contributor to CTV NewsChannel’s weekend show. He likes to watch. Follow him on Twitter: @glennsumi
Alice Shih is a Toronto-based film journalist. She is also an advisory board member and programmer of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and a regular contributor for CineAction. Her critique on films can also be heard on Fairchild Radio, the national Chinese radio broadcaster in Canada. She specializes in world films, especially films from Asia and the Asian Diaspora. She received an honours degree in Film Studies from Ryerson University. Her commercial script “Unsupervised Viewing” is the recipient of the Walter Bell Memorial Merit Award for Creative and Human Excellence. She is currently translating written works of Jia Zhangke.
Susan G. Cole is a playwright, broadcaster, feminist commentator and the Books and Entertainment editor at NOW Magazine, where she writes about film. She is the author of two books on pornography and violence against women: Power Surge and Pornography and the Sex Crisis (both Second Story books), and the play A Fertile Imagination. She is the the editor of Outspoken (Playwrights Canada Press), a collection of lesbian monologues from Canadian plays. Hear her every Thursday morning at 9 AM on Talk Radio 640’s Media and the Message panel or look for her monthly on CHTV’s Square Off debate. Contact Susan at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @susangcole.
President of the TFCA from 2009-2016, Brian D. Johnson was on staff as a Senior Writer at Maclean’s, Canada’s weekly newsmagazine, from 1985 to 2013, and continues to write for the magazine as Contributing Editor and online film critic. He has also worked as an author, filmmaker, musician and broadcaster. Born in England and raised in Toronto, Johnson has written for publications ranging from The Globe and Mail to Rolling Stone, and has won three National Magazine Awards. He has hosted onstage interviews with authors, actors and filmmakers, most recently, in 2013, an evening of conversation with Al Pacino at Massey Hall in 2013. His books include a 1974 volume of poetry, Marzipan Lies (the first work published by the Porcupine’s Quill), the 1994 novel Volcano Days, and a written history of TIFF, Brave Films, Wild Nights: 25 Years of Festival Fever (2000). Johnson has produced and directed two BravoFACT short films, both premiering at TIFF: Tell Me Everything (2006), a poetic montage of hands at work, featured original music by Leonard Cohen; Yesno (2010), a mix of animation and live action, adapted a book of poetry by Dennis Lee, with readings from Cohen, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje. Johnson is currently developing The Purdy Project, a feature documentary for the CBC about the movement to restore Al Purdy’s A-frame house as a writing retreat, in tandem with The Al Purdy Songbook, an album of music inspired by the poet. Johnson lives in Toronto with his wife, author Marni Jackson, and they have a son, Casey.
Linda Barnard is a freelance film critic with a career spanning more than 30 years in Canadian daily newspapers. A graduate of Ryerson University (BAA Journalism), she joined the Star and thestar.com in 2002, moving to the Entertainment department in 2005, becoming part of the Star’s team covering film in 2007. Barnard is a 2014 National Newspaper Award (Arts and Entertainment) winner, winner of a Dunlop Award for Feature Writing, and is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. She has participated on film juries, including Canada’s Top Ten and has programmed for the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Outside the multiplex, she has run three marathons and is passionate about food (spending four months as the Star’s interim restaurant critic), travel writing and New World wines. She goes on tour twice yearly with the stars of Coronation Street as onstage emcee and will always be glad she put herself through school as a bartender. So are her friends.
Adam Nayman has an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto and writes about film regularly for The Globe and Mail and The Grid. He is a contributing editor for Cinema Scope and POV. He reviews regularly for Sight and Sound, Little While Lies and Reverse Shot and been published in The Walrus, The Village Voice, Elle Canada, Film Comment and Cineaste. He has programmed films (and hosted) for TIFF’s Reel Talk series and The Toronto Jewish Film Society. He lectures on film at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University and hosts talks on directors and genres for the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. His first book, It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirls was published in 2014 by ECW Press. Adam has been a member of the Toronto Film Critics Association since 2002. He lives in Toronto with his wife and, unfortunately, their cat, Fellini.
Rad is the Toronto-based film critic for Canadian national breakfast show Your Morning on CTV. He also contributes to NOW Magazine, CTV News Channel and CBC Radio. Rad has an M.A. in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, which is where he also instructed a tutorial on Film History.
Liz Braun writes about film and books for Sun Media. She has worked in print, radio and television for over 20 years. In a previous incarnation she was the manager of publicity for Concert Productions International and CBS Records (Sony) Canada. Braun is a graduate of the University of Toronto.
Eli Glasner is an arts reporter and film critic with the CBC. His reviews, be they enthusiastic or scathing, can be seen every Friday on CBC News Network and heard on local CBC radio programs from St. John’s to Vancouver, as well as online at cbcnews.ca/arts. He also contributes a weekly video review to a variety of CBC weekend programmes such as Our Toronto and creates the Glasner On Film podcast. Eli appears regularly on CBC’s The National and can be found interviewing stars and covering cultural events from TIFF to the Oscars.
Jennie Punter has written on the Canadian film and TV industries, SXSW, and TIFF for Variety since 2008. She contributed regular film and music reviews and features to The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star from 1992 to 2012. During that time she was an editor/writer for Music Express and IMPACT magazines, and a contributing editor on music to Flare. From 2000 to 2012 Jennie was an active documentary field producer, researcher, and writer (Sphinx Productions, the National Film Board of Canada, 90th Parallel Productions, Storyline Entertainment). She won the 2013 Golden Sheaf Award (Yorkton) for Best Research for The Real Sherlock Holmes. In June 2013 Jennie became editor of Musicworks, covering Canadian and international experimental and avant-garde music and sound art since 1978. Her music writing is included in several anthologies, most recently Leonard Cohen On Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters (Chicago Review Press, 2014).
Mark Peranson is editor and publisher of Cinema Scope magazine.
Jake Howell has been published in Maclean’s, NOW Magazine, Screen International, The Toronto Star, University of Toronto Magazine, and a number of local film blogs. Outside of film writing, Jake is also a fellow of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters (2014 cohort). He is very, very tall. Follow Jake on Twitter: @Jake_Howell.
José Teodoro has written about film and literature for Cinema Scope, The Globe and Mail, Film Comment, Brick, The National Post, NOW Magazine, subTerrain, Stop Smiling, Moving Image Source, Cineaste, and other publications. He has served on film festival juries and panels in Canada, the United States, Cuba, Mexico and Germany. He is a writer and editor for the Toronto and Panama International Film Festivals. He was a contributor to the University Press of Mississippi’s Guy Maddin: Interviews.
Bruce DeMara is an entertainment reporter at the Toronto Star.
Anne Brodie is an award-winning writer who has covered film on television, print and online for more than 30 years, reviewing movies and interviewing thousands of filmmakers. Brodie reviews films and writes features for What She Said on Sirius XM Radio, Mrs. Robinson, Studio 12 News, Monsters and Critics, Metro News and her own blog.
She is a founding Canadian member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Chair of the Film Festival Committee, as well as a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and the Toronto Film Critics Association.
Tina Hassannia is a freelance film critic who has been published in The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and many more. Her book Asghar Farhadi: A Life in Cinema was published in 2014 by The Critical Press.
Gilbert Seah is an engineer by profession with an MBA to his credentials but a movie buff at heart. Born in Singapore and frequenting the neighbourhood repertory cinema since the age of 10, cinema has and always been been his life. Writing for Cinema Eye,Gilbert is content as a film critic though his unrealized dream was to direct a full feature of his own. The logic is that even though the film might be bad, a legacy would have been left behind. With a background in British and Asian film, he brings a unique perspective to his film reviews.
Barry Hertz is the deputy arts editor and film editor for The Globe and Mail. He previously served as the executive producer of features for the National Post, and was a manager and writer at Maclean’s before that. His arts and culture writing, focusing on film, has been featured in several other Canadian publications, including Reader’s Digest and NOW Magazine. His favourite film franchise is the Fast and Furious series, and he will offer no apologies for that fact. You can follow him on Twitter @hertzbarry.
Phil Brown is a Toronto-based writer who contributes ramblings about film, comedy, and other pop-culture obsessions to websites and publications like The Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, The Globe And Mail, C&G Magazine, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, High Def Digest, iChill, and others. He’s also appeared on CTV and made a variety of podcast and radio appearances to help delay his inevitable typing-related carpal tunnel syndrome. Follow Phil on Twitter: @thatphilbrown.
Jim Slotek has been a Toronto Sun columnist since 1983, as a movie critic, TV critic and comedy beat reporter. He’s been a scriptwriter for the NHL Awards, Gemini Awards and documentaries, and was nominated for a Gemini Award for comedy writing on a special (the NHL Awards). Prior to the Sun, he worked at the Ottawa Citizen as an entertainment reporter.
Jason Anderson is a critic for The Grid and writes regularly about film for The Toronto Star, Cinema Scope, Artforum.com, Sight & Sound and Movie Entertainment. He’s also written for Uncut, Entertainment Weekly, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest Canada, Men’s Fashion and many other publications. He’s served on juries for Hot Docs, Reel Asian, Canada’s Top Ten and the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. He’s the director of programming for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival and teaches a course on film criticism for the University of Toronto.
Calum Marsh is the National Post‘s Arts and Culture reporter. His writings have also appeared in such periodicals as the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Playboy, Esquire, and the Paris Review.
Thom is a film writer and broadcaster. His reviews can be seen every Friday Night on CTV National News. You can also read and watch Thom’s reviews on ReelThomErnst.com. Thom has written for the Toronto Star, Playback Magazine, Toromagazine.com and The National Post. He is also a frequent voice on CBC Radio Fresh Air, CBC Radio Syndication, Metro Morning and CFRB The Pay Chen Show. Thom also hosts live film talks at various venues, events and film festivals throughout Ontario. Prior to his work as a freelancer Thom was host and producer of TVO’s Saturday Night at the Movies and the on-air film critic for CBC’s PLAY with Jian Ghomeshi.
A former president of the TFCA, Bruce Kirkland has been a reporter with Sun Media for 31 years. He has worked the movies beat from 1980-2007, and still focuses on TIFF, Cannes, Oscars. Before taking a position at the Toronto Sun, he worked at the Ottawa Journal as entertainment editor and movie critic from 1979-80, and at Toronto Star as music critic and general-assignment news reporter from 1971-79.
Bill Chambers graduated from York University with a BFA in Film and Video production in 1998. In 1997, he started Film Freak Central, which was recognized by the Broadcast Film Critics Association as one of the Internet’s finest movie sites in 2009. Bill has edited and published five books under Film Freak Central’s banner and appeared as one of the critics interviewed in the John Hughes documentary Don’t You Forget About Me. He is also a founding member of the Online Film Critics Society.
Kate Taylor is a staff writer at the Globe and Mail where she currently serves as lead film critic as well as writing a weekly column about culture. Her arts journalism has been nominated three times for the National Newspaper Award, which she won in 2016.
Kate is also an award-winning novelist and the author of Serial Monogamy, newly published by Doubleday Canada. Her debut novel, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best first book (Canada/Caribbean region) and the Toronto Book Award in 2004. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen Award and won Kingston Reads: The Battle of the Books in 2011. You can follow her on Twitter @thatkatetaylor
Nathalie Atkinson is a freelance arts and culture journalist. She is also a columnist at The Globe & Mail, where she writes about fashion, film and books. Her award-winning work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including the National Post, where she was previously a columnist and editor. Nathalie has lectured on costume design (in which she takes a special interest) and the early history of cinema and conducted feature interviews at literary events like the International Festival of Authors and the Toronto Comics Arts Festival. She’s also a frequent radio and television guest commenting on topics ranging from intellectual property in fashion and garment industry workers’ rights to the deplorable shortage of decent female superhero films. Her favourite movies are Dinner at Eight, Metropolitan, Born Yesterday and anything Ernst Lubitsch.
You can follow her on Twitter @NathAt
Jason Gorber is a Toronto-based film journalist and critic. With over two decades of experience writing about the moving image, he is currently the featured critic at ScreenAnarchy.com, appears on CTV News Channel’s weekly Sunday movie segment, is the former script writer/host of OWN Theatre on Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, and is an active contributor to DorkShelf.com, Cineplex.com, Mashable.com, Esquire.com and several other prominent websites.
Jason regularly appears on radio (CBC, Newstalk 1010, and WGN) as well as on CBC and Global television networks, with articles appearing in major print publications and magazines.
Jason holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy, having written his thesis on Film Theory and Criticism. You can follow him on Twitter at @filmfest_ca
Andrew Parker is almost a twenty year veteran when it comes to film criticism. He’s currently the Film and Performing Arts Editor for the website Dork Shelf, and his work has appeared in NOW Magazine, The Boston Globe, t.o. night, Exclaim, Reader’s Digest, The Onion AV Club, and plenty of other places that you probably have/haven’t heard of. He also occasionally pops up on TV, but blink and you might miss him. Raised in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, he has called Toronto home for the past decade.
Karen Gordon is a freelance writer and broadcaster. She’s currently heard Friday mornings as the movie reviewer for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. She’s been covering movies, music and aspects of popular culture for more than twenty years on radio, television and in print. She also works as a creative producer, series story editor and writer for documentary and lifestyle television. She is also the co-writer for two award-winning cookbooks, David Rocco’s Dolce Vita and Made in Italy. Karen still gets a little thrill every time the lights go down and the movie begins.
Chris Alexander is the internationally-published editor-in-chief of such notable film magazines as Fangoria, Gorezone and Delirium as well as a long-time contributor to daily Toronto newspaper Metro. As a filmmaker he is the writer, director and composer of the award-winning vampire movie Blood for Irina and its follow-up Queen of Blood starring Skinny Puppy vocalist Nivek Ogre. He has also composed original music for several other feature films. He can be found at www.Chris-Alexander.ca
Angelo Muredda writes for Torontoist, Cinema Scope, and Film Freak Central. He’s completing a Ph.D. in Canadian literature at the University of Toronto.