In 2000, Shaun Proulx left a successful career in finance to pursue his creative ambitions. In 2009, he was crowned ‘King Of All Media’ by fab magazine, and was featured on CBC’s Connect with Mark Kelly in a career segment on successful people who were “technically unqualified, but rocked their careers based on sheer talent and moxie.”
In May 2009, OUTtv, Canada’s queer television network, began shooting the acclaimed The Shaun Proulx Show inside the PROUD FM studios (home for three years of his wildly popular afternoon drive radio show) and on location, including Los Angeles. In October that year, the first episode - featuring Vanessa Williams and Liza Minnelli as guests - premiered to huge success before a national television audience, with OUTtv ordering 19 episodes. In January 2010, Montreal’s Hour magazine ranked Shaun on their 3rd annual Hot List.
Shaun has appeared on stage as a lead in the Canadian premiere of Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, and as a lead on screen in Die Mutter, which premiered at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2006, he co-produced the Fashion Cares documentary DecAIDS - Anything Is Possible for Global Television, his first foray into documentary filmmaking. It won ‘Best Social Documentary’ at WorldFest in 2007, ‘Best Full Length Feature’ at the New York AIDS Film Festival in 2007 and was an official selection of the Hollywood Festival the same year.
Previously, Shaun appeared regularly on television, contributing to shows such as CBC’s The HOUR, and MuchMoreMusic’s Popaganda. His work also appeared for years in various sections of Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail including 'Globe Style' and 'Globe Toronto'. He is owner and publisher of the widely enjoyed online magazine GayGuideToronto.com, the city’s first online portal, currently celebrating eight years of serving the community. His daily blog, HIMBO! was named in eye Weekly’s Best of Toronto list.
For several years Shaun wrote the popular scene column ‘Cocktail Confessions’ for Xtra! and was a button-pushing monthly columnist and feature contributor, gaining infamy from his leading-edge, provocative articles on such topics as crystal meth and HIV and the law. He is a popular keynote speaker, focusing on personal empowerment and the Law of Attraction, and is frequently sought by mainstream Canadian and American media for comment on GLBT issues ranging from same-sex marriage to marketing to the queer community to issues around HIV / AIDS.
“Shaun's words, wit, humility, humour, intelligence, and open-mind left us all in attendance from York University awe-struck. We could all relate to the stories and thoughts within his presentation, and I know I left Mr. Proulx's speech with stronger sense of all I am and can become. It was a great afternoon and Shaun even met with and spoke with all of us afterwards. Such an uplifting experience.”
– Phillip Daniel Tetro
Shaun lives in Toronto with his fiancé, Patrick Marano (aka porn star Eddie Stone), with whom he was named ‘Canada’s Next Power Couple’ by Outlooks magazine in 2009. They have two dogs, Jack and Ella, and a cat, Annie.