Suroosh Alvi

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Suroosh Alvi
Born (1969-03-26) March 26, 1969 (age 45)
Toronto, Canada
Residence New York City
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater McGill University
Occupation journalist
Known for co-founder of VICE magazine
Net worth Increase USD $400 Million

Suroosh Alvi (born 26 March 1969) is a Canadian journalist and filmmaker. He is the co-founder of VICE magazine, a youth media brand operating in 34 countries.[1] Alvi is a traveled journalist and an executive producer of film, covering global youth culture, news, and music. He has hosted and produced award-winning documentaries investigating controversial issues, movements, and subcultures, including conflict minerals in Congo, the Iraq war, and the rise of the Taliban of Pakistan.[2]

Early life[edit]

Suroosh Alvi was born in Toronto to Pakistani parents,[3] both of whom are academics; Sajida S. Alvi, professor emerita at McGill University[4] and Sabir A. Alvi, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto.[5] Alvi studied philosophy at McGill University.[6]


Suroosh Alvi launched VICE with Shane Smith and Gavin McInnes in Montreal in 1994.[7] Originally a punk magazine, VICE has expanded and diversified to include a network of online video channels, including,, and, and, a television production studio, a record label, an in-house creative services agency and a book publishing division. Today VICE produces over 60[quantify] original video series, covering news to travel to music to arts to fashion, and has a network of correspondents and bureaus.

In 2014, Alvi will serve as a guest curator for the PHI Centre in Montreal and oversee a month's worth of programming.[7]

VICE Reporting[edit]

As a journalist, Suroosh Alvi has covered stories from around the world, reporting from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip. He has produced and hosted documentaries for VICE News and VICE Travel series. Alvi most recently hosted segments for VICE's new series on HBO, VICE.

VICE Music[edit]

In 2002, Alvi created VICE Music, the company's record label which has partnered with over 50 artists and sold more than 7 million albums worldwide. Clients have included Snoop Lion, Action Bronson, Black Lips, Justice, Chromeo, The Streets, Bloc Party, and Death From Above 1979. In 2011, Alvi launched a partnership between VICE Music and Warner Bros. Records.[8][9]

VICE Film[edit]

In 2007, Alvi co-directed and executive produced the VICE Film, Heavy Metal in Baghdad - an original documentary that follows the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda from the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 to the present day. The film was an official selection at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, and winner of Best Documentary at the 2008 Warsaw Film Festival.[10]

In 2012, Alvi traveled to Jamaica with VICE where he produced the feature-length film, REINCARNATED, featuring Snoop Lion, along with Director Andy Capper. The film was accepted at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and had its US premiere at the 2013 SXSW festival.[11]


Alvi now resides in New York City.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brownstein, Bill (2000-11-30). Sex Carnival. ECW Press. pp. 79–. ISBN 978-1-55022-415-3. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Life after bin Laden in Pakistan". CNN. 7 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Spike Jonze Spends Saturday with Shane Smith, VICE, retrieved 12 June 2013 
  4. ^ introduction, Persian text with; translation,; Alvi, notes by Sajida Sultana (1989). Advice on the art of governance : an Indo-Islamic mirror for princes : Mauʻiẓah-i Jahāngīrī of Muḥammad Bāqir Najm-i S̲ānī. Albany: State University of New York Press. p. x. ISBN 0887069185. 
  5. ^ "OISE: Retired Faculty". Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "From Welfare to Media Empire". McGill News. 30 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "VICE Knows No Boundaries". Montreal Gazette. 1 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Vice Launches Three-Year Global Partnership With Warner Bros. Records". Hollywood Reporter. 22 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Vice Launches Three-Year Global Partnership With Warner Bros. Records". BillboardBiz. 22 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Heavy Metal in Baghdad". Heavy Metal in Baghdad. 2007. 
  11. ^ "Filmmakers on Snoop Dogg's Jamaican Reincarnation". Hollywood Reporter. 26 September 2012.