Since we've already paid tribute to the famous alumni who attended most of Montreal's major universities (McGill, Concordia, UdeM, Bishop's), it's about time we put the spotlight on the city's cégeps. And to get the ball rolling, we're starting with the province's largest cégep, Dawson College.
The former nunnery, which sees around 11,000 students walk through its doors everyday, has actually had more than a few famous folk graduate from the academic institution. Wondering who? Well find out and check out the ten celebrities who graduated from Dawson College below.
In the spotlight since his days on PMK (Popular Mechanics for Kids, also staring Elisha Cuthbert, in case you're too young to remember), Jay Baruchel has been a hometown hero for Montreal for years. Baruchel's list of film credits runs really long, with some features including productions by the esteemed Judd Apatow. But before he was a film star, Baruchel spent his days at Dawson College, just like you (might).
The main man behind everyone's favourite food show Epic Meal Time was once a Dawson student, then following up his academic career with a Bachelors of Education at McGill. In 2010, as you all know, Morenstein launched the YouTube show that would become an internet sensation, gaining him his current success and notoriety.
Perhaps best known for her role as Megan Draper on Mad Men, Jessica Paré is a Montreal native who attended Dawson College, but didn't actually graduate. During her studies at Dawson, Paré decided to pursue acting professionally and dropped out, so she technically isn't a Dawson alumnus. Still, Paré is noteworthy enough to include on this list, at least according to us.
Sometimes referred to as "MC Vagina" or "Everyday Normal Guy," comedian and YouTube star Jon Lajoie studied the art of acting at Dawson, graduating from the college's theatre program in 2002. In all honesty, I didn't really know Lajoie was a famous internet comedian, but did know him as Taco from The League, the FX comedy series that ran for 7 years.
An intellectual force to be reckoned with, Naomi Klein is a journalist and social activist famous for her critiques on corporate capitalism and economics. Often cited as one of Canada's most brilliant and influential thinkers, Klein is also a graduate from Dawson College, which definitely lends some academic cred to the institution.
Host of "Bitchin' Kitchen" along with the ongoing "Bite This," Nadia Giosia (or just Nadia G) grew up in Montreal's St. Leonard, as many Italian still do. A Dawson alumnus, Nadia G is famed for her fiery personality and unique approach to food, with her culinary talents passed down from her nonna, aunts, and mother, never having received professional training.
Currently with the Detroit Pistons, pro basketball player Joel Anthony is actually a Montrealer despite now living in the states. Before venturing of to the US (first playing for Pensacola Junior College), Anthony attended both Selwyn House School and Dawson College in Montreal, where he no doubt honed his b-ball skills.
If any of you guys used to watch Canadian kids show Big Wolf on Campus, you may get a real nostalgia-tastic flashback from Rachelle Lefevre, a Dawson alumnus and Canadian actress. Since her time on the small screen (which wasn't just limited to kids shows, btw, as she had recurring roles on a variety of programs), Lefevre has appeared in such Hollywood films like the first two Twilight movies.
Not quite on the same level of celebrity-hood as many of the other people on this list, Steven Pinker is quite famous in certain academic circles, being a leading authority on visual cognition and psycholinguistics. The current Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University began his post-secondary academic career at Dawson, graduating in 1971, then moving onto McGill, until he earned his Doctorate of Philosophy at Harvard in 1979.
A globe-trotting writer and explorer, Jeff Fuchs is noteworthy for being the very first westerner to traverse the Yunnan–Tibet Ancient Tea Horse Road, a journey he documented in his acclaimed book The Ancient Tea Horse Road: Travels with the Last of the Himalayan Muleteers. Fuchs, a Dawson alum, has also been published in such major publications as World Geographic, Outpost magazine (where he is now an editor), and the Kyoto Journal.