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September 5, 2006
The City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine announce the “face the arts” recipient for September: Linda Schuyler
The City of Toronto and Toronto Life magazine, as part of Toronto’s Live With Culture campaign and Toronto Life’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, are pleased to announce internationally renowned television producer Linda Schuyler as the “face the arts” recipient for September. Ms. Schuyler will be featured on the “face the arts” Web site at as well as in the September issue of Toronto Life magazine.

About Linda Schuyler

Linda Schuyler executive produced and co-created the multi-award winning Degrassi series including The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, Degrassi Talks and Degrassi: The Next Generation. These series have won two International Emmies, 14 Gemini Awards, two Prix Jeunesses and countless other honours from festivals around the world.

In addition to the Degrassi franchise, Ms. Schuyler executive produced the Movie of the Week X-Rated, which later inspired the creation of 26 episodes of the dramatic series Liberty Street and three seasons of Canada’s soap opera, Riverdale.

Currently, Ms. Schuyler is in production on the sixth season of the popular, Degrassi: The Next Generation adding to the completed 100 episodes. Building on her knack for youth programming, Ms. Schuyler is following up with a third season of her half-hour teen drama, Instant Star.

In recognition of her contribution to Canadian television programming, Ms. Schuyler was awarded the Order of Canada in 1994. The honour represents “distinguished service to mass media. …her candid productions of real-life drama have touched millions of viewers around the world…opening lines of communications between adults and youth.”

In addition to producing and mentoring, Ms. Schuyler is a founding member of the Association of Media. Ms. Schuyler is the Past Chair of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association Board of Directors and a long-standing member of that organization. In addition, she is a member of WEC, T-WIFT and the Centennial College Advisory Board for Radio and Television.

Ms. Schuyler is as a member of the Canadian Screen Training Centre’s advisory council and a volunteer for UNICEF and Big Sisters.

Each month, a different photographer is chosen to create the portraits of the recipients for the pages of Toronto Life. Chris Wahl photographed Linda Schuyler for the September issue of Toronto Life. Born in Toronto, self-taught photographer Chris Wahl has captured photos of celebrity icons such as Iggy Pop, Sean Penn and the Queen of England. Mr. Wahl says of the shot of the Queen blinking during a Royal Visit to Winnipeg in 2002, “I like to get people during awkward, somehow decisive moments.” His editorial highlights include The New Yorker, LIFE, Newsweek, GQ, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, The Independent Sunday Magazine, Metropolis, Dwell and Macleans. Chris has also done extensive advertising work which includes clients such as The Rolling Stones, IBM, Nike, Federal Express and Molsons.

About “face the arts”

The “face the arts” program is designed to acknowledge and provide wider exposure for 10 extraordinary Toronto-based cultural mavericks who, through artistic promise, achievement or vision, have enriched the cultural life of this city now and for future generations. From March until December 2006, a different individual from diverse artistic disciplines will be featured within the pages of Toronto Life and on

Funding for “face the arts” has been provided by the City of Toronto, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Government of Canada through the Cultural Capital of Canada program. Toronto Life is a presenting sponsor of this program.

Live With Culture is a 16-month celebration of Toronto’s extraordinary arts and cultural communities, shining a spotlight on the vibrant and diverse activities happening in the city each and every day. From September 2005 until the end of 2006, Live With Culture showcases the vast scope of the city’s culture of creativity and inspires Torontonians to make culture part of their daily lives. How do you live with culture? Visit, the ultimate guide to Toronto’s culture scene.

Media contact:
Rita Davies, Toronto Culture, 416-397-5323



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