Christopher Terry Mosher, OC
Aislin is the name of Terry Mosher’s eldest daughter, and the nom de plume he has used for over forty years as the political cartoonist for Montreal’s English-language daily newspaper, The Gazette. Mosher is also the President emeritus of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists.
Born November 11, 1942 in Ottawa, Ontario, Mosher attended fourteen different schools in Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City, graduating from the École des Beaux-arts in 1967. He famously won entrance to this fine arts college (now part of UQAM) by forging his high-school graduation certificate, which he called his most successful work. He then began working for The Montreal Star, moving to the Montreal Gazette in 1972.
Aislin’s drawings have also appeared in numerous international publications, such as Punch, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, National Lampoon, Time, The Washington Star, The New York Times and the Canadian edition of The Reader’s Digest. He is the author of 46 books.
Filmaker John Curtin produced a Life and Times episode on Terry Mosher entitled Dangerous When Provoked that won the Gemini for Best Biography Documentary in 2007.
In 2011, the Polar Lines exhibit of Canadian political cartoons on the subject of the north was organized by Terry Mosher in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. ITK is a national advocacy organization representing 55,000 Inuit in 53 northern communities.
In that role, he organized a successful convention of the ACEC that was be held in Montreal, from June 28 to July 1, 2012.
He is the recipient of two National Newspaper Awards and five individual prizes from the international Salon of Caricature. In 1985 Mosher became the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Canadian News Hall of Fame. In 2003 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In 2007, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from McGill University.
In 2012 Terry Mosher 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.
Also in 2012, Aislin won the gold prize from the National Magazine Awards in the Words and Pictures category for a visual memoir that he created about the 1972 Canada-Russia hockey series for History Magazine.
The Montreal Gazette’s Terry Mosher, better known under his nom de plume, Aislin, and La Presse editorial cartoonist Serge Chapleau are being honoured for their lifetime contributions to public discourse. The Public Policy Forum will award the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism to the two political cartoonists on April 16, 2015.
Concordia University bestowed an honorary doctorate to Terry in the spring of 2017.
In 1993, Mosher became the first artist to have his work denounced by a Member of Parliament (Robert Layton) in the House of Commons as “a crime against fundamental Canadian values of decency and mutual respect.” He considers this to be the best day of his long career as a political cartoonist.