Canadian Magazine Industry News
2 July 2015,     TORONTO

Magazines Canada asks industry to team up for new campaign

Magazines Canada is reaching out to the magazine industry to fund its next multi-platform campaign. With no available funding, Magazines Canada is hoping publishers, retailers, distributors and wholesalers will pitch in to create a campaign that provides tangible results for Canadian magazines at retail.

Magazines Canada aims to:

  • Feature at least 120 participating magazine titles
  • Work with 185 retail outlets and 2 major retail chains to promote the campaign
  • Retailers to generate a 3% increase in sales over the previous year
  • Make 8 million impressions through PR/advertising, social media & in-store promos
  • Obtain 80,000 online video views and 15,000 store locator clicks on
  • Add 15 new retailers to the MC distribution roster
To download the participation agreement, and for more information visit the website.

2 July 2015,     TORONTO

St. Joseph Media's Douglas Knight appointed to the Order of Canada

St. Joseph Media president, Douglas Knight, has been appointed to the Order of Canada as a Member (C.M.), “for his service to the arts community and for his leadership as a media publisher.”

Knight is the chair of the Governor General’s performing arts Awards Foundation, chair of Magazines Canada, and vice-chair of the Writer’s Trust of Canada.

2 July 2015,     TORONTO

Only four days left to enter the 2015 COPA awards

The deadline to enter the 2015 COPA awards is only four days away. Submissions will be accepted until July 6 at midnight PST. Those interested in entering can upload their work to the COPA award website for $115 per category. Independent publishers with 20 employees or less can enter for $95, but must be registered as such.

Winners will be announced in November at the annual awards party. Visit the COPA website for more details.

25 June 2015,     TORONTO

Freelancer takes to Twitter to expose low-paying writing jobs

A US-based freelance writer is calling out companies who expect writers to produce work for little pay, using the Twitter handle @crapwritingigs. The account is run anonymously, and the poster is known only as “Freelance Writer.” Freelance Writer shared their motivation to start the account with j-source, “The goal is to call out companies for their terrible rates, and also to remind writers that they’re worth more than the miserly fees that are being offered all too often for online writing.”

Read the full interview at j-source.

24 June 2015,     TORONTO

Canadian Living hit hard by major layoffs

* Story has been updated with comments from TVA*

It was only last year that TVA Group acquired 15 of Transcontinental’s consumer magazines, yet the Quebecor Media subsidiary has already made changes.

On Thursday June 18, executive editor Doug O’Neill, senior web editor Jennifer Gruden, senior features editor Robin Stevenson, assistant art direct Aimee Nishitoba, and associate art director Shelley Frayer, were let go from Canadian Living.

The publication also let go of senior marketing director communications and events Tracy Finkelstein, and senior marketing specialist Erin Quinn.

22 June 2015,     QUEBEC

Québec Franchise magazine turns 20

Québec Franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1995, the magazine informs readers on how to successfully start their own businesses, or become self-employed. According to Québec Franchise, when it was initially published, there wasn’t any media focused on franchising in Québec, which led to their success.

Distributed three times a year, Québec Franchise prides itself on having adapted to the ever-changing franchise and business opportunities market, as well as the changing needs of prospective entrepreneurs. 

18 June 2015,     WATERLOO

University of Waterloo grad launches magazine

During her third co-op term at the University of Waterloo, Victoria Stacey launched Passion 8, a magazine that aims to help youth discover their passions outside of their daily routines.

Now a graduate of the arts and business program, Stacey plans to balance working on Passion8 with her full time job at Kohl and Frisch Ltd.

Read more about Passion8 at the University of Waterloo website.

17 June 2015,     TORONTO

Chatelaine names new editor-in-chief

Chatelaine magazine has promoted Lianne George, its editorial director, to the position of editor-in-chief.

"I've been a Chatelaine reader for as long as I can remember. No other publication has such a rich tradition of chronicling the lives of Canadian women – their families, careers, challenges, and of course, the eternal question of what's for dinner," George said. "The opportunity to help reimagine Chatelaine across multiple platforms for a new generation of readers is a great honour."

15 June 2015,     TORONTO

Type Books is Magazines Canada’s Retailer of the Year

Earlier this month Type Books was named Magazines Canada’s Retailer of the Year for 2014. The annual award is given to a client of Magazines Canada’s distribution service who cultivates a connection between its consumers and Canadian magazines.

Type Books celebrates 35 years of chickaDEE magazine

15 June 2015,     MISSISSAUGA

Tom Venetis appointed editor of Graphic Monthly Canada and

Tom Venetis has been named editor of our sister site /magazine Graphic Monthly Canada and

Venetis brings over twenty years of journalism and editing experience to the position, having worked on the Business Desk at the Canadian Press and taking on several editorial roles at some of Canada’s top technology business publications. He was news editor at Computer Dealer News, and assistant editor at The Computer Paper where he distinguished himself as a leader on Internet security and privacy issues in Canada.

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