Joe Fiorito
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Joe Fiorito
Joe Fiorito
Fort William (Thunder Bay), Ontario
OccupationNewspaper columnist
Notable worksThe Song Beneath the Ice
Notable awards

Joe Fiorito is a Canadian journalist and author.[1][2] In 2017, he retired from his position as a columnist for the Toronto Star.[3] He is the author of one novel, The Song Beneath the Ice (2003) and a number of non-fiction books. In 2018, he published his first book of poetry, City Poems, which was shortlisted for the 2019 ReLit Award for poetry.[4]

Early life

Fiorito was born in Fort William, Ontario, where he attended St. Patrick's High School.[5][6]


Before becoming a columnist he worked in a paper mill, surveyed roads, laboured in bush camps, worked in community development and served as a regional consultant for the Ontario Arts Council.

He then worked with a staff of Inuit journalists at CBC Radio in Iqaluit for five years. Following this he wrote, produced and directed CBC Radio's weekly program The Food Show.

He has previously written columns for the Montreal Gazette, the National Post and The Globe and Mail[7] and reviews for the Literary Review of Canada.[8]



  • Tango on the Main (Nuage / Signature Editions, 1996) - collection of essays that originally appeared in the Montreal Gazette between 1994 and 1995.
  • Comfort Me with Apples (Nuage / Signature Editions, 1994; updated McClelland & Stewart, 2000) - a memoir-cum-recipe book.
  • The Closer We Are to Dying (McClelland & Stewart, 1999) - a family memoir, which became an international bestseller.[9][10][11]
  • The Song Beneath the Ice (2003), a novel
  • Union Station: Love, Madness, Sex and Survival on the Streets of New Toronto (McClelland & Stewart, 2006) - a tribute to his home city, Toronto.


  1. ^ David J. Casarett (12 January 2010). Last Acts: Discovering Possibility and Opportunity at the End of Life. Simon and Schuster. pp. 214-. ISBN 978-1-4165-8071-3.
  2. ^ "Closer We Are to Dying". Publishers Weekly
  3. ^ "Joe Fiorito - Authors - Toronto Star".
  4. ^ "40 books shortlisted for 2019 ReLit Awards". CBC Books, April 12, 2021.
  5. ^ Maureen O'Connor (23 August 2011). Life Stories: A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries. ABC-CLIO. pp. 294-. ISBN 978-1-61069-146-8.
  6. ^ "Sometimes you have to go home again: Fiorito | the Star".
  7. ^ Union station. 2006. p. Blurb.
  8. ^ "Joe Fiorito - Literary Review of Canada".
  9. ^ Orest Stocco (3 January 2015). The Sum of All Spiritual Paths. pp. 120-. ISBN 978-1-926442-02-0.
  10. ^ The Canadian forum. Canadian Forum,Limited. March 1999. p. 45.
  11. ^ F & L Primo. F.L. Primo, Incorporated. 2003. p. 18.

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