|Art Director||Valerie Thai|
|Editor Emeritus||Mel Watkins|
|First issue||April 1966|
|Company||Red Maple Foundation|
This Magazine is an independent alternative Canadian political magazine.
History and profile
The magazine was launched "by a gang of school activists" in April 1966 as This Magazine is About Schools, a journal covering political issues in the education system. In 1973 the title was changed to This Magazine.
During its early years, its editorial offices were located near the University of Toronto in space rented from Co-operative College Residences Inc., which in the late 1960s spawned the experimental "free university" Rochdale College. The educational philosophy of Rochdale College was influenced by this association, and by several individuals who published in This Magazine, especially Dennis Lee. The name was shortened to simply This Magazine in 1973, and it gradually expanded its focus to include a wide variety of political, arts and cultural writing from a progressive perspective.
This Magazine is one of Canada’s longest-publishing alternative journals. Praised for integrating commentary and investigative reporting with in-depth arts coverage, it has been instrumental in trumpeting the new works of young Canadian writers and artists. This Magazine has introduced the early work of some of Canada's most notable writers, critics and artists.
This Magazine is published on a bimonthly by the Red Maple Foundation, a registered charity, and receives financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. It is indexed in the Canadian Periodical Index, the Canadian Literary Press Index, Alternative Press Index and the Canadian Magazine Index, and on microfiche and microfilm from University Microfilm, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The magazine's current editor is Erica Lenti, and its current publisher is Lisa Whittington-Hill.
Prominent Canadian writers published in This Magazine have included:
- Naomi Klein
- Margaret Atwood
- Dionne Brand
- Tomson Highway
- Evelyn Lau
- Dennis Lee
- Michael Ondaatje
- Rick Salutin
- Stan Persky
- Mel Watkins
- Al Purdy
- Drew Hayden Taylor
- Doug Saunders
- Mark Kingwell
- Sandra Alland
- Linda McQuaig
- Darren Wershler-Henry
- Julie Crysler
- Hal Niedzviecki
- Maggie Helwig
- Leah McLaren
- Marnie Woodrow
- Stuart Ross
- Phil Hall
- Audra Williams
- J. Kelly Nestruck
- Clive Thompson
- "A Writer's Guide to Canadian Literary Magazines & Journals". National Magazine Awards. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Harley S. Rothstein (January 1992). "The New School , 1962=1977" (PDF). University of British Columbia. p. 19. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
The most important source of early writing on Canadian alternative education is This Magazine Is About Schools, founded in 1966 by Bob Davis, George Martell, and Satu Repo.
- Miryana Goloubovich (Summer 2002). "Standing on Guard for THIS: A salute to 35 years of independent thought". Ryerson Review of Journalism. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
Now a national magazine with a political focus and a paid circulation of over 5,000, This was once distributed in an ice cream shop in Toronto's Cabbagetown. Known simply as This since 1995, it started out as This Magazine Is About Schools in 1966. Bob Davis, Satu Repo, and George Martell, a trio of radical teachers, put the first issue together in the basement of an alternative school on a farm near Guelph, Ontario.
- "Red Maple Foundation". Canada Helps. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Daniel H. Johnson (5 December 2014). "This Magazine Is About Schools". Brown University. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- "About". this.org. Retrieved 26 October 2016.