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Terry Mosher

Terry Mosher

AISLIN is the name of Terry Mosher’s elder daughter and the penname that he has used for fifty years working as a cartoonist in Montreal, primarily for the English-language daily newspaper, The Gazette. Mosher is also the President emeritus of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists.

Along with author Peter Desbarats, Terry wrote a history of Canadian political cartooning entitled THE HECKLERS that was published in 1979. A film based on the book was released by Canada’s National Film Board in 1980.

Mosher is a regular speaker on the topics of humour, history and the importance of cartooning as a communications tool. He has appeared at national conferences such as Idea City, the Banff Festival for The Arts, Montreal’s Canadian Club and numerous writers’ festivals. Mosher has also served as a judge and participant in International cartoon competitions and other gatherings, most recently in Portugal, Turkey, China, Australia Cuba, and South Korea.

Filmmaker John Curtin won the Canadian Gemini Award for best biography documentary of 2007 for his Life and Times documentary on Terry Mosher entitled DANGEROUS WHEN PROVOKED.

In recognition of his charitable work and his contribution to the world of political cartooning, Mosher was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in May 2003.

The winner of two National Newspaper Awards and a gold National Magazine Award, In May of 2007 Terry received an honorary Doctor of Letters from McGill University.

In 2012 he was inducted into the Canadian Cartoonist's Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Toronto as part of the 8th Annual Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning.

In April of 2015, Terry, along with fellow cartoonist Serge Chapleau of La Presse, received the coveted Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism.

In March of 2017, a book was published, his 49 th , entitled: From Trudeau to Trudeau: Fifty Years of Aislin Cartoons. The introduction was written by Bob Rae who has been around almost as long as Terry has.

From April 7 th to August 13 th , 2017, Montreal’s McCord Museum hosted a retrospective of Aislin’s 50 years of work. A similar exhibition was held in Toronto from June 7 th to June 16 th at Zoomerplex and at Idea City. An additional retrospective will be held at the Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery from October 12 th to the 29 th , 2017.

After that, Terry will be taking a nice long vacation!

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