Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances)
Written by Denise Donlon
Feminist. Social Activist. Broadcaster. Corporate leader. One of Canada’s most celebrated and dynamic citizens, Denise Donlon has long been recognized as a trailblazer in the Canadian cultural industries.
In this smart, funny, and inspiring memoir, Donlon chronicles her impressive and storied career, which has put her at the forefront of the massive changes in the music industry and media. From her early days at MuchMusic and the cult show The NewMusic, where she was a host and producer, she quickly moved up the ranks as director of music programming and VP and general manager. Her mandate was relevance, during a time when music videos became a medium that would change pop music and popular culture forever. She became the first female president of Sony Music Canada, where she navigated the biggest crisis in the music industry with the rise of Napster and the new digital revolution. She then joined CBC English Radio as General Manager and Executive Director when the corporation absorbed cutbacks on federal funding, leading to mass layoffs, the closure of stations, and a shadow over the future of Canada’s national public broadcaster.
Throughout her incredible journey, she shares colourful and entertaining stories of growing up tall, flat, and bullied in east Scarborough; interviewing musical icons such as Keith Richards, Run-DMC, Ice-T, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Annie Lennox, and Sting; working with talent agent Sam Feldman, media pioneer Moses Znaimer, executive vice-president of CBC Radio Richard Stursberg, and her co-host on the current affairs magazine show TheZoomer, Conrad Black. And finally, she details her life-changing experiences with WarChild Canada and her work with other charitable organizations, including Live8 and the Clinton Foundation.
Told with humour and honesty, As Fearless as Possible (Under the Circumstances) is a candid memoir of one woman’s journey, navigating corporate culture with integrity, responsibility, and an irrepressible passion to be a force for good.
DENISE DONLON is one of Canada’s most successful broadcasters and corporate leaders. She has been a co-host and producer of The NewMusic, Director of Programming and VP/General Manager of MuchMusic/CityTV, President of Sony Music Canada, General Manager and Executive Director of CBC English Radio, and co-producer and co-host of The Zoomer. She has also devoted herself to numerous charitable initiatives, working with organization such as WarChild Canada, the Clinton Foundation, and the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative. She sits on a number of boards and has been honoured with the Humanitarian Spirit Award and the Trailblazer Award at Canadian Music Week, Woman of the Year from Canadian Women in Communications, Woman of Vision from Wired Women, and was inducted in the Broadcast Hall of Fame. She is a Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Member of the Order of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her husband, Murray McLauchlan.