Canadian Magazine Industry News
24 April 2015,     TORONTO

The Kit has a new editor-in-chief

Laura deCarufel is the newly appointed editor-in-chief of The Kit, a Canadian beauty and style publication.

deCarufel comes to The Kit from Elle Canada where she held the position of executive editor. She has also worked at Fashion magazine, The Look and Elm Street, and launched Hardly Magazine, an online arts and style magazine for teenage girls.

22 April 2015,     VANCOUVER

Geist founders usurped after 95 issues

Geist is under new management, and to announce the change, the ideas and culture magazine released the following tongue-in-cheek statement:

21 April 2015,     TORONTO

SABEW Canada Best in Business award recipients announced

The winners of SABEW Canada’s first-ever Best in Business awards have been announced. Nine winners were chosen out of 26 finalists to represent the best business reporting, published or broadcast in 2014.

20 April 2015,     TORONTO

Birks Group and St. Joseph Media launch 1879 by Birks

Birks Group Inc. has partnered with St. Joseph Communications to launch a new bi-annual lifestyle magazine entitled 1879 by Birks—which happens to be the year founder Henry Birks first opened a small jewelry shop in Montreal. The publication targets readers interested in fine jewellery, travel, food and design.

The Birks Group owns and operates the Mayors chain of jewellery stores across Florida and Georgia, ergo the U.S. magazine will be called Mayors Magazine.

“St. Joseph is thrilled to be working with Birks on this project," 1879’s publisher Douglas Kelly said.

20 April 2015,     TORONTO

Canadian Business Media wants to strengthen B2B publishing

Canadian Business Media, a national trade association representing the B2B media industry in Canada, is launching various marketing, promotion, communication, education, networking and recognition initiatives, in order to boost and sustain support within the industry.

Formerly known as Canadian Business Press, CBM will continue to produce the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, an annual event that celebrates outstanding achievements in the B2B industry.

CBM has also launched B2Blog for B2B Publishers, a resource that is also aimed at building a stronger community. The new tool will offer relevant, timely, educational and compelling information about B2B publishing.

16 April 2015,     MONTREAL

Ricardo magazine goes digital

Ricardo Media has launched a digital edition of its magazine on Next Issue.

"I'm thrilled to deliver our content to readers wherever they may be," chef Ricardo Larrivée said. "Plus, the tablet editions round out our multi-platform offerings, which includes print, web, mobile and television."

"The tablet editions give readers an interactive experience that lends itself perfectly to cooking," adds Brigitte Coutu, Ricardo Media president.

16 April 2015,     MANITOBA

MMPA holds annual vote for magazine of the year

As the 2015 Maggie Awards draws near, its organizers, the Manitoba Magazine Publishers Association, is seeking the opinion of magazine readers to choose their favourite publication of the year.

Nominees for the People's Choice award include Canada’s History, Geez, Cellar Door, Conservator, Prairie Fire, The Hub and The Cottager.

Winners will be announced at the Maggie Award celebration on May 28 at the Viscount Gort Hotel in Winnipeg. Visit the website to vote, and for more information.

16 April 2015,     MONTREAL

Next Issue launches French-language interface

Next Issue, a digital magazine subscription service, is expanding its newsstand by offering readers an all-French language interface with over 20 Quebec-based French magazine titles—which will also be available in English.


9 April 2015,     TORONTO

Magazines Canada is looking for a new CEO

After 16 years as CEO of Magazines Canada, Mark Jamison is stepping down. Jamison’s last day will be on December 31, and Magazines Canada is aiming to fill his role by 2016.

"This is very much Mark’s decision, and as you would expect, he has provided ample advance notice to allow for a smooth transition," Michael Fox, chair of magazines Canada's board of directors said . "All of the Board members join me in acknowledging the tremendous leadership that Mark has provided, and in appreciating his practical approach to planning the future of the association as well as evolving his career."

9 April 2015,     TORONTO

The CSME tackles multi-platform display

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is holding an event on April 16 to help editors translate the success they see in print, to success online.

Managing multi-platform display will feature panelists Patrick Walsh, editor-in-chief of Outdoor Canada; David Topping, executive online editor of; and Simone Castello, the life and relationships web editor at

The panelists will provide expertise on using social media to drive web traffic, tips for writing award-winning display and the best tools to optimize content, based on keywords and trends.

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