Canadian Magazine Industry News
20 November 2014,     TORONTO

The NMAF offers a small magazine rebate

In a bid to attract more entrants for the 2014 National Magazine Awards (NMA), The NMA foundation is offering a Small Magazine Rebate. The rebate allows magazines with revenue of $200,000 or less, one free submission to the 2014 awards. 

Applications for the Small Magazine Rebate will replace the Co-Financing program from previous years and the deadline for applications is Jan.5. Submissions for the 2014 awards will open on Dec. 1. For more information on the rebate visit the NMA wbsite.

20 November 2014,     TORONTO

The COPAS are here

The 6th annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) will take place tonight at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. The COPAs aim to foster digital publishing excellence in Canada. Some of the publications up for awards tonight are Canadian Living, MoneySense, Toronto Life and Fashion Magazine.

The cocktail reception takes place at 5pm with the main event starting at 7pm. Single tickets are $35 and $45 at the door, with available discounts for groups.

To make the COPAs an industry showcase, a trade show component has been added this year – “Publishing World” that will be held at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto Nov 22-24 to provide some great networking for the COPA participants. Publishing World will be held in conjunction with Print World and Design City.

17 November 2014,     MONTREAL

Transcontinental consumer magazines find new home with TVA Group

Transcontinental Inc. is selling 15 of its consumer magazines, accompanying websites and related platforms to TVA Group Inc. Some of the publications included in the $55.5 million transaction include Coup de Pouce; Elle Québec; Décormag; Le Bel Âge Magazine; Magazine Véro;; Canadian Living; Style at Home; Elle Canada; Good Times and The Hockey News. Vancouver Magazine and Western Living will remain the property of TC Media.

“Transcontinental Inc. has decided to now focus on the local advertising market, which offers us more business opportunities through our 180-odd newspapers in Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces,” François Olivier, President and Chief Executive Officer said.  “This important phase in the evolution of the Corporation also gives TC Media full latitude to further develop its digital and interactive marketing products for retailers, among others, and to advance the production and delivery of content in the fields of business and education.”

17 November 2014,     TORONTO

The Ryerson Review remembers Don Obe

The influential Don Obe passed away on Nov. 7. Obe was the former editor-in-chief of Toronto Life, associate editor of Maclean’s, professor, and founder of the Ryerson Review of Journalism. Read more on the Legacy of Don Obe as told by Tim Falconer, the current instructor of the Review here.

A wake will be held on Friday November 21 at 5:30 in the East Common Room of Hart House.

13 November 2014,     TORONTO

Harrowsmith’s Almanac goes digital

Readers who have enjoyed Harrowsmith’s Almanac in print, will now be able to enjoy the publication on their tablets and smartphones.

Publisher Yolanda Thornton of Moongate Publishing said the choice to go digital was made in order to broaden the scope of the publications audience. “Historically in the past with Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine (sister publication, no longer published) the audience was pretty much 35-64 year olds or 35+,” Thornton said. “There’s a huge portion of the younger demographic that are interested in these types of editorials and want to read about organics, DIY, home renovation, energy efficiency and growing your own fruits and vegetables. We wanted to be able to attract and capture a younger demographic.”

13 November 2014,     PHILADELPHIA

UofGuelph-Humber’s Emerge Magazine wins big at Pinnacle Awards

Emerge Magazine, produced by fourth-year media studies students at The University of Guelph-Humber, was named Feature Magazine of the Year at the 2014 Pinnacle Awards

The Pinnacle’s celebrate excellence in student produced college media, created during the academic year. The ceremony took place in Philadelphia during the Fall National College Media Convention.

The magazine also won six additional Pinnacles and two Associated College Press Best of Show Awards:

12 November 2014,     MONTREAL

BLD Publications reaches a milestone

With the release of the November issues of Les Débrouillards, Les Explorateurs, DébrouillArts et Curium, BLD Publications will have created, produced and printed over 500 magazines in Québec.


6 November 2014,     TORONTO

Winner of The Walrus Poetry Prize announced

U of T graduate Michael Prior has won the $4,000 Walrus Poetry Prize and $1,000 Readers Choice Award for his piece entitled Ventriloquism for Dummies.

Award-winning poet Amanda Jernigan and Walrus poetry editor Michael Lista chose prior out of hundreds of submissions—the Reader’s Choice award was selected by the magazines online audience and is supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation.

6 November 2014,     CALGARY

AMPA seeks judges for the Alberta Magazine Awards

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association is looking for judges. AMPA communications and events coordinator Laura Lushington provided us with the following statement:

The Alberta Magazine Awards recognizes, supports and celebrates outstanding magazine content in the province. Nominations open in November and we’re seeking experienced magazine professionals to add to our roster of judges. If you're an accomplished magazine publisher, editor, writer, illustrator, designer, art director or photographer interested in donating your time and expertise to the program, please email Suzanne Trudel, AMPA executive director, at Judges will have three weeks to assess entries and judging takes place in late January/ early February. 

*This notice was also published on Oct. 9, 2014*

4 November 2014,     TORONTO

Fly AWAY with Toronto’s latest travel magazine

St. Joseph Communications, Media Group has partnered with the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) to launch AWAY; a new quarterly magazine that will serve outbound passengers at the Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The first issue will launch mid-December to take advantage of the holiday travel season and will feature stories on shopping, food and drink, behind-the-scenes airport stories, worldwide destinations, travel tips and maps to help passengers navigate the airport.

200,000 copies will be printed per issue and will be available for free on dedicated racks at passenger departure locations throughout Terminals 1 and 3. The 64-page magazine will also be available in English and French on 2500 iPads throughout the same departure areas.  Maryam Sanati, editorial director, special projects for Toronto Life and Deborah Stokes, senior editor at Content labs are editorial co-leads on the magazine.

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