Bruce MacKinnon Biography
A native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, Bruce MacKinnon studied at St. Francis Xavier University, Mount Allison University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
His first professional experience in cartooning was at the age of 14, when he was hired to draw cartoons for the local weekly, The Casket. While in high school, he drew for the Antigonish Spectator and while attending St. F.X. University, he was a contributing cartoonist for the Xaverian Weekly. Bruce started drawing a weekly editorial cartoon for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald in 1985, working at home while raising his newborn daughter. He joined the paper full-time in August of 1986.
Many of Bruce's cartoons are part of St. Francis Xavier University's permanent art collection. He has published four books of cartoons and caricatures: Inklings (1990); Inklings II (1994); Pendemonium (2002); and Penetration (2010), which marked his 25th year with the Chronicle Herald. In 2013 the Chronicle Herald published Drawing Opinions, featuring mainly MacKinnon cartoons and related Herald content.
To date, Bruce has been nominated seven times for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 1992, 1993 and 2013; he's also won 17 Atlantic Journalism Awards for Editorial cartooning (including Journalist of the year in 1991 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000); nine straight "Best Political Cartoonist" awards in The Coast's "Best of Halifax" Reader's Survey (including a 2009 Hall of Fame induction which formally closed the category). In 2004 he won second prize in the World Press Cartoon Competition in Portugal. In 2014 he won the World Press Freedom Award in Ottawa and took second prize in the 2014 Niels Bugge International Cartoon Award, in Denmark.
In 1996 he was awarded an honourary doctorate by St. Mary's University for his work in the field of editorial cartooning. In October, 2011 he was appointed to the Order of Nova Scotia and in 2013 he received both an honourary Doctor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University and the Friend of St.F.X. Award from St. Francis Xavier University.
Bruce lives in Halifax with his wife, Peggy. His daughter, Robyn, is a visual artist and his son, Jamieson, is a drummer who performs with Bruce as the father-son duo, Bruce & Jay.