In June of 2015, film director Atom Egoyan was presented with the Governor -General’s Performing Arts Award for his contribution to Canada’s film culture. At 54 years of age, Egoyan isn’t quite ready to fold away his director’s chair yet. Egoyan was born in Cairo, Egypt to Armenian parents, both aspiring painters who came to Canada and ran a furniture store in Victoria, BC. Egoyan picked up a degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto before attempting to pursue a career in his first passion, the theatre. Miffed at not being accepted at the University of Toronto’s theatre school, Egoyan decided to make a film, and it was from that experience that led him on to a remarkable career that included such films as Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Ararat, Chloe and The Captive. His films have received two Academy Award nominations and 25 Genie Awards. He has also directed the Canadian Opera Company’s productions of Salome and The Ring. His next feature film, Remember , is scheduled for release in 2016.
Ken Rockburn spoke to Atom Egoyan in Ottawa
A veteran journalist and broadcaster widely recognized for his irreverent and entertaining interview and presentation style, Ken is an award-winning journalist with almost 40 years of experience on radio and television. He first joined CPAC in 2001 as host of Talk Politics which ran for eight seasons. He returned to CPAC in 2010 to host Rockburn Presents. Prior to joining CPAC, Ken hosted CBC Radio’s All In a Day, CBC TV Ottawa’s Rockburn and Company and was news director at CHEZ-FM in Ottawa.