Canadian Publishing Industry News
19 January 2023,     TORONTO

Amazon to shut down Kindle Newsstand


Publishers Weekly reports that Amazon will phase out print and digital magazine and newspaper subscriptions service next year. The tech giant had offered the services in the U.S. and three other markets. A large offering of mags and newspapers will continue to be included with Kindle Unlimited.

The program is winding down as the company is looking to cut costs as it faces slowing growth, and is announcing large layoffs.

19 January 2023,     PELHAM, ON

Village Media expands to Pelham


Village Media, a local-news company, has added to its portfolio. This is Village Media’s 20th owned-and-operated local news website in Ontario. It also owns outlets in Thorold and Niagara on the Lake in the Niagara Region.
       The Voice, the weekly newspaper that served Pelham for 25 years printed its final edition last month and its editorial staff will move to Pelham Today.
       Village Media owns a network of more than 60 websites in Canada and the United States.

19 January 2023,     TORONTO

Changes at Annex digital to manage growth


A few staff changes to report on at Annex Digital.

      Kyle Shay has been promoted to vice president of Digital Media. In this new role, Shay will be responsible for leading the company’s overall digital strategy, including new technology, email marketing, online advertising, webinars, social media, and the next big thing. He will also be working closely with other departments to ensure that digital initiatives are aligned with overall business goals.

19 January 2023,     NEWMARKET, ON

Brainspace marks 10 years with global expansion


Brainspace, a title for kids, is celebrating its 10th year in business with expansion plans. The title is now translated into French and Spanish across North America, and it has recently signed a deal with Asia21 distribution, a large education media company, to distribute in China. 

"They reached out largely because of the science content we produce. Their clients include a few other children's magazine publishers including magazine giant, Highlights in the US. I contacted Highlights magazine to chat about their experience with the company. It was nice to get their guidance and recommendations on proceeding with business in China. It's been a very organic and exciting process," said publisher Nicky Middleton.

19 January 2023,     TORONTO

ChatGPT and the future of magazines


OpenAI’s ChatGPT is everywhere. Both terrifying, compelling it raises a lot of questions. Recently, Bo Sacks, veteran magazine commentator, examined its potential, and its dark side, for the magazine industry.

He points to the increased efficiency to automate repetitive tasks, such as fact checking and proofreading, personalization of content for individual readers, data analysis that can inform content creation, automated content generation that can help keep up with a fast-paced news cycle, predictive analytics that can forecast future trends, cost savings, and better user experiences.

18 January 2023,    

Corel Changes Name to Alludo


Corel has announced that it is undergoing a full rebrand, including a new name, Alludo. With more than 2.5 million paying customer relationships in more than 130 countries, the rebrand leverages a history of more than 35 years, according to a statement from the company. The company’s products include Parallels, CorelDRAW, MindManager and WinZip. These brand names will remain the same.

15 January 2023,     TORONTO

Canadian Publishers Chase for Gold at the 2022 COPAs

The COPAs have become the preeminent industry showcase of the Canadian publishing industry in its 14th year. This year’s crop of COPA finalists had 72 publishers from across Canada. The publishers with the most finalist nominations include Discourse Community Publishing with 14 nominations for their various brands that include The Discourse (6), IndigNews (5), The Wren (2) and Sun Peaks (1). Next up was IT World Canada, UBC School of Journalism and University Affairs magazine all with eight nominations. See below for a full list.

The COPA 2022 Finalists chase for Gold will be revealed on February 9, 2023 at an hybrid event held at the Dim Sum King Restaurant in Toronto, with the live event being webcast on Zoom. The 2022 COPA event will cost $95 for the live event that will be an intimate dinner party with a 10 course meal. The webcast is $35. Tickets can be purchased at this link

10 January 2023,     TORONTO

Brunico Communications Acquires NATPE


Brunico Communications has acquired the assets of the National Association of Television Programming Executives (NATPE). Those assets include NATPE’s international content markets, conferences and events NATPE Global, NATPE Budapest, NATPE Streaming+, and the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards. The sale has been approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court and is expected to close before the end of January.

10 January 2023,     TORONTO

Gonez Media buys Now


Gonez Media, an online media company, has bought NOW Magazine. On January 17, NOW, as the publication will be known, will relaunch in a digital-only format via

         "This is a huge move for us. It elevates Gonez Media to become a true dominant player in Canada's digital media landscape," says Brandon Gonez, Chief Executive Officer of Gonez Media (GMI).

10 January 2023,     REGINA

University of Regina journalism school suspends admissions


The University of Regina’s journalism school is temporarily suspending admissions for 2023 as it conducts a major revamp to meet the changes of legacy media and address the student and professor shortage.

Classes will continue as usual for students who are already enrolled in the bachelors or masters program but not for those looking to apply into the school.

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