Graeme MacKay

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Graeme MacKay
Born 1968 (age 48–49)
Dundas, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Cartoonist

Graeme MacKay (born 1968) is the Hamilton Spectator's resident editorial cartoonist. Born in 1968, grew up in Dundas, Ontario. A graduate from Parkside High School in Dundas, Graeme attended the University of Ottawa majoring in History and Political Science. There he submitted cartoons to the student newspaper, The Fulcrum, and became the graphics editor.

After a 2 year working tour through Europe and North Africa he returned to Canada in 1994 and submitted cartoons to various newspapers. His work caught the eye of The Hamilton Spectator and in 1997, he was hired as a full-time editorial cartoonist[1]

Besides creating five editorial cartoons per week for the Spectator, Graeme's work is nationally syndicated through Artizans. Through distribution his cartoons appear across the Internet and in newspapers, big and small, throughout Canada, and occasionally in the United States.

Between 2008 and 2010 Graeme was President of the Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists, and hosted its biennial gathering in Hamilton[2] in September, 2010.

Graeme has lived in Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto and London UK, for 18 months (1994) as a counter clerk in the food halls of Harrods in Knightsbridge. He now resides in Hamilton, with his wife Wendi, and their daughters, Gillian and Jacqueline.


  • The Duncan MacPherson Award, 1996
  • The United Nations/Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards, 2006[3]
  • The United Nations/Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards, 2013[4]
  • The George Townsend Award, 2014[5]


  • Participant, "Bush Leaguers: Cartoonists Take on the White House", 2007, Washington D.C., USA[6] exhibited in Pittsburgh PA., and Columbus, OH.
  • Participant, "Doodles to Digital: Editorial Cartooning in the 21st Century", 2010, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada[7]
  • Participant, "Polar Lines”, 2011, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada[8]
  • Participant, “World Press Cartoon 2012", Sintra, Portugal[9]
  • Participant, "Cartoonist Amigos", Havana, Cuba[10]
  • Participant, “The Auld Acquaintance” travelling exhibit on Scotland independence, 2014;[11] St.Just-le-Martel, France; London, UK; Glasgow, UK, Lleida, Spain; Limoges, France; Edinburgh, UK


  1. ^ "Hamilton Spectator". 
  2. ^ "Hamilton Spectator". 
  3. ^ "Citation for Excellence, 2006". 
  4. ^ "Citation for Excellence, 2013". 
  5. ^ "Association of Canadian Editorial Cartoonists".  (Townsie), 2014
  6. ^ "Bush Leaguers".  The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, July 2007, Katzen Center, American University, Washington D.C., USA
  7. ^ "Doodles to Digital: Editorial Cartooning in the 21st Century". The Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Sept 4 to Dec 12, 2010
  8. ^ "40th anniversary of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami".  November, 2011
  9. ^ "World Press Cartoon 2012".  April 21 to July 30, 2012, Sintra Museu de Art Moderno
  10. ^ "World Press Cartoon 2012".  May–June, 2014, Vitrina de Valonia Gallery
  11. ^ "Scottish Cartoon Art Studio".