Warren Kinsella

Warren Kinsella is a raconteur, bon vivant, and – occasionally – a Toronto-based lawyer, author and consultant. Born in Montreal in August 1960, Warren has lived all over the place, but most often regards Calgary as home. Warren has three sons and one daughter, all of whom love Bad Religion.  (He adores them.) His wife is the beautiful and brilliant Lisa Kinsella.

In May 2006, Warren set up a firm called the Daisy Consulting Group; his son liked the name, and that was good enough for Warren. Previously, he was a special assistant to the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, and chief of staff in a pile of federal ministries.

Warren has written seven books: one on international terrorism, called Unholy Alliances (Lester, 1992); a national bestseller about organized racism, titled Web of Hate (HarperCollins, 1994, and republished in 1996 and 2001); a best-selling novel, Party Favours (HarperCollins, 1997); a book about political communications, called Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics (Random House, 2001); and Fury’s Hour: A Sort-of Punk Manifesto (Random House, 2005), about the punk movement. It contains exclusive interviews with Strummer, Joey Ramone, Sham 69, Eddie Vedder, the Buzzcocks, Joey Shithead, Blink 182, Stiff Little Fingers, Ian MacKaye, Bad Religion, Pennywise, and many, many swear words. His book on strategic communications and stuff like that, is called The War Room (Dundurn, 2007). His latest, Fight The Right, was published in North America in 2012 by Random House.

Among other things, Warren has been a newspaper and magazine columnist. Recently, he was a political pundit and the House Bolshevik at the Sun News Network, which was interesting. He’s also been a member of the executive of the Ontario Bar Association, and the Canadian Bar Association’s Communications Committee.

Currently, Warren plays bass and hollers in a geriatric punk rock group called SFH.