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Photo Gallery of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards

Images of last Friday’s 37th National Magazine Awards gala are now online. Photography by KlixPix for the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

The NMAF wishes to thank all of its sponsors, judges and guests for another wonderful event. Congratulations again to the winners of the 37th National Magazine Awards.

Click to view the photo gallery.

Thank You to our National Magazine Awards Sponsors

The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors and partners that help us achieve our mission to recognize and promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian magazines at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.

Opening Video of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards

Smash reel of Canadian magazines nominated for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards, June 6, 2014. Produced by Relay Experience for the National Magazine Awards Foundation. Executive Producer: Melanie Lovell. Producer: Xavier Massé. Animation by Very Good Studios. Director/Senior Animator: Matthew Henning. Production Assistants: Tim Adams, Vikas Agarwal, Jitendra Singh. Audio Mixing: Joshua Hemming. Thank you to all the creators of Canadian magazine content.

A complete recap of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.

Follow @MagAwards on Twitter. Check out our YouTube channel for more videos, include previous NMA smash reels.

Announcing the Winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards!

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to announce the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.

At this year’s gala on June 6, presented by CDS Global and hosted by humourist (and award-winner) Scott Feschuk, the NMAF presented Gold and Silver awards in 47 categories representing the best in Canadian magazines from the year 2013.

Complete list (PDF) of all winners
Full-text of all nominated and winning articles
Twitter highlights
La version française

SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

Magazine of the Year
Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
Cottage Life

Magazine Website of the Year
Macleans.ca
14720

Tablet Magazine of the Year
Sportsnet

Best New Magazine Writer
Sponsored by Reader’s Digest Foundation
Catherine McIntyre

Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
Kim Jernigan

Top Winning Magazines at the 37th National Magazine Awards:

Magazine Gold Silver HM
The Walrus 7 6 22
Maclean’s 4 1 13
Maisonneuve 4 1 9
L’actualité 3 2 18
Report on Business 3 2 16
Cottage Life 3 1 9
Eighteen Bridges 3 1 7
Legion Magazine 2 0 1
Western Living 1 3 4
Sportsnet 1 2 7
The Grid 1 1 12
Hazlitt 1 1 8
Flare 1 1 2
United Church Observer 1 1 2
enRoute 1 1 1
Malahat Review 1 1 1
Torontoist 1 1 1
Toronto Life 0 2 16
Jobboom 0 2 0

See the complete list of winners at magazine-awards.com.

INTEGRATED AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS  

Best Single Issue
Tenth Anniversary Issue
The Walrus


Magazine Covers
Larry Fink
Report on Business

Infographics
How Much Does a Street Cost?
The Grid

Editorial Package (Web)
Canada’s Best New Restaurants
enRoute
13628

Online Video
Boy Genius
Maclean’s

Single Service Article Package
Calendrier de l’avent
Ricardo

Words & Pictures
Sponsored by CDS Global
Water
The Walrus

WRITING AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS

Arts & Entertainment
Curtis Gillespie
Rebel Without Applause
Eighteen Bridges

Best Short Feature
Paul Wells
Boy Genius
Maclean’s 

Blogs
Jamie Bradburn, Kevin Plummer, David Wencer
Historicist
Torontoist

Business
Sponsored by Accenture
Charles Wilkins
This Little Piggy Went to Market…and the Farmer Lost Money
Report on Business

Columns
Sponsored by Impresa Communications Ltd.
Chantal Hébert
Politique
L’actualité

Editorial Package (Print)
Sponsored by Canadian Society of Magazine Editors
Marine Corniou, Dominique Forget, Joel Leblanc, Raymond Lemieux, Chantal Srivastava
Août 2013
Québec Science

Essays
Curtis Gillespie
In The Chair
Eighteen Bridges

Fiction
Jess Taylor
Paul
Little Brother Magazine

Health & Medicine
Ann Silversides
First Do No Harm
Maisonneuve

How-To
Jane Rodmell, David Zimmer
Best Flavour Ever
Cottage Life

Humour
Scott Feschuk
Assemble ingredients. Pause dramatically.
Maclean’s

Investigative Reporting
Adam Day
One Martyr Down
Legion Magazine

One of a Kind
Craig Davidson
The Marineland Dreamland
The Walrus

Personal Journalism
Liz Windhorst Harmer
Blip
Malahat Review

Poetry
Karen Solie
Conversion
Hazlitt

Politics & Public Interest
Lisa Fitterman
The Avenger
The Walrus

Profiles
Omar Mouallem
The Kingdom of Haymour
Eighteen Bridges

Science, Technology & Environment
Sponsored by GE Canada
Alanna Mitchell
Losing the Hooded Grebe
United Church Observer 

Service: Health & Family
Sharon Adams
Lest We Forget: The Shocking Crisis Facing Our Wounded Veterans
Legion Magazine

Service: Lifestyle
Valérie Borde
Vive le poisson éco!
L’actualité

Service: Personal Finance & Business
Sponsored by Manulife Financial
Denny Manchee
The Hand-Me-Down Blues
Cottage Life

Society
Dan Werb
The Fix
The Walrus

Sports & Recreation
Jonathan Trudel
La machine à broyer les rêves
L’actualité

Travel
Taras Grescoe
Big Mac
The Walrus

 

VISUAL AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Sponsored by The Lowe-Martin Group
Paul Sych
Issue 1
fshnunlimited (f.u.)

Art Direction of a Single Article
Underline Studio
Not in the Age of the Pharaohs
Prefix Photo

Beauty
John Van Der Schilden, Photographer
Brittany Eccles, Art Director
Juliana Schiavinatto, Stylist
Vanessa Craft, Beauty Director
Masterpiece Theatre
ELLE Canada

Creative Photography
Paul Weeks
Wall Candy
Azure

Fashion
Petra Collins, Photographer
Jed Tallo, Art Director
Corey Ng, Stylist
Pastels Take Shape
Flare

Homes & Gardens
Martin Tessler, Photographer
Paul Roelofs, Art Director
Nicole Sjöstedt, Stylist
Bright Idea
Western Living

Illustration
Selena Wong
Old Wounds
Maisonneuve

Magazine Website Design
TheWalrus.ca
The Walrus

Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Sponsored by CNW Group
Brett Gundlock
El Pueblo
Maisonneuve

Portrait Photography
Anya Chibis
Larry Fink
Report on Business

Spot Illustration
Gracia Lam
The Elite Yellow Peril
Maisonneuve

Still-Life Photography
Liam Mogan
Set Pieces
Sharp

ABOUT THE 37th ANNUAL NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

More than 500 members of the Canadian magazine industry—publishers, editors, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators, circulators and more—joined esteemed sponsors and other guests at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 6, 2014, at The Carlu in Toronto, presented by CDS Global.

This year, from nearly 2000 individual entries received nationwide, the NMAF’s 238 volunteer judges nominated a total of 376 submissions from 92 different Canadian magazines for awards in 47 written, visual, integrated and special categories.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, as well as the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

The NMAF thanks its corporate sponsors Accenture, GE Canada, Manulife Financial, RBC Royal Bank, The Lowe-Martin Group, Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, Penguin Random House and Reader’s Digest Foundation for their generous financial support of the National Magazine Awards.

The NMAF thanks its media partners Cottage Life Media, Impresa Communications Ltd., Masthead, Rogers Media, TC Media and Toronto Life for their generous support of the National Magazine Awards.

The NMAF thanks its event partners CNW Group and Media Vantage, The CarluDaniel et Daniel, Relay Experience, KlixPix and Michèle Champagne for their generous support of the National Magazine Awards.

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges all its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise. Thanks also to our hard-working event volunteers.

And thanks again to our wonderful Master of Ceremonies, Scott Feschuk.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS FOUNDATION

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is a bilingual, not-for-profit institution whose mission is to recognize and promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.

For more information, visit magazine-awards.com and follow us on Twitter (@MagAwards).

 

 

Tonight: The 37th annual National Magazine Awards

What: The 37th National Magazine Awards
WhereThe Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor, Toronto [MAP]
When: 6pm (Reception); 7:30pm (Awards presentation)

Tweech! You could win $500. Find out more.

Have a ticket?
If you purchased a ticket and did not request it to be mailed, you can pick up your ticket at the Will-Call tables in front of the elevators at The Carlu. There are separate ticket tables for judges’ tickets.

Need a ticket?
Tickets are available for purchase at the door: $190 (table seats incl dinner) / $125 (balcony/Round Room) including HST. Credit cards or cash accepted.

Not able to come?
Follow our twitter handle @MagAwards and #NMA14 for live tweets throughout the show. Keep it right here on this blog for a full recap of the awards and all the winners (sometime after 11pm ET).

The Nominees?
A recap of this years nominees
Full-text articles of all nominated work
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
Q&A with the finalists for Best New Magazine Writer
Q&A with the creators of the nominees in Magazine Covers

The Master of Ceremonies?
Scott Feschuk

Other Things:
Gala FAQs
Tonight’s Menu

Tweet your Thank-You Speech for a Chance to Win $500

Can you give a thank-you speech in 140 characters or fewer?

At this year’s National Magazine Awards gala, all nominees and winners are invited to “Tweech” (Tweet their Speech) for a chance to win a cash prize of $500 for Best Tweech.

All Tweeches must include the hashtag #NMA14 to be eligible.

As usual, all Gold winners at the gala will be invited to collect their award on stage and give a brief word of thanks. But the Tweech competition is open to all Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention recipients.

Follow @MagAwards and #NMA14 on Twitter to read this year’s Tweeches and all of the news and fun at Friday’s gala. We’ll be live-tweeting the entire show.

The winner of the best Tweech will be announced on June 7.

The Menu for the National Magazine Awards Gala

At this year’s National Magazine Awards gala [tickets] we are pleased to have the food provided by Daniel et Daniel catering in Toronto. Here’s a peek at the menu:

 

For more info on Friday night’s grand gala, see our NMA Gala FAQs.

National Magazine Awards Gala FAQ

 

Got questions about this year’s National Magazine Awards gala? We’ve got answers.

Answers to questions like:

  • Who can attend? (Short answer: Everyone.)
  • Who is hosting? (Long answer: Scott Feschuk.)
  • Are there discounts for tables? (Unfortunately no.)
  • Can I make special seating requests? (Yes, but hurry.)
  • Can I make special eating requests? (Ditto.)
  • Can judges attend? (Yes, but RSVP ASAP.)
  • What do I wear? (We call it “Cocktail Chic” and let you decide how to interpret.)
  • How do I find a drink when I need one? (We’ll make it easy for you.)

Complete answers to these questions and more on our National Magazine Awards gala FAQ. Contact us with any other questions or hail us on Twitter @MagAwards #NMA14.

Gala tickets on sale now. Early-bird deadline May 16.

A Sneak Peek at the 37th National Magazine Awards Creative

The 37th annual National Magazine Awards are June 6 at the Carlu in Toronto. For this year’s awards, designer Michèle Champagne took up the challenge to create the centrepiece image for the celebration of Canadian magazines in 2014.

She calls it “The Circus File.”

“Magazine publishing is a measure of the moment,” Michèle said. “Today, stacks bear witness to public conversations from the early 21st century, where the market and the internet converge to form a circus of new ideas, energy, and instability. The design for the 37th National Magazine Awards is inspired by this circus, one where a new kind of performer juggles timeless storytelling with craft and technology across media. Magazines are, beyond all, a tribute to the ‘now’ in all its discomfort, courage and glory.”

Come see the Circus File in all its splendor at the 37th NMA gala on June 6. Tickets.

For more information about Michèle Champagne–who is also nominated for 2 National Magazine Awards this year, for Fashion and for Art Direction–visit michelechampagne.com.

See also: Previous Illustrations for the National Magazine Awards

 

Look who’s hosting this year’s National Magazine Awards…

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is excited to announce that the one and only Scott Feschuk–author, columnist, two-time NMA-winning humour writer, noted magazine lover–is bowing to temptation and returning to host the annual National Magazine Awards for a record 4th time. This year’s gala is June 6 at the Carlu in Toronto.

“Magazines are so essential to people in our society, especially those who are waiting patiently for their colonoscopy,” Feschuk said. “In the end, I just couldn’t say no to hosting a celebration for which most expense will be spared.”

Scott Feschuk is a partner in the speechwriting and communications firm Feschuk.Reid. He was chief speechwriter to the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin during his time as prime minister. Scott has written for the Globe and Mail, the National Post and CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes. His third book, The Future and Why We Should Avoid It, will be published this fall. He currently writes a column for Maclean’s and Sportsnet magazines.

You can follow him on Twitter @ScottFeschuk | #NMA14

Tickets are on sale now for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards. The early-bird deadline is Friday, May 16.

Photo of Scott Feschuk by Blair Gable.

National Magazine Awards named one of Toronto’s top events

BizBash magazine has named the National Magazine Awards gala one of Toronto’s top 100 events, #4 in Media and Literary Events for 2013.

We’re honoured to be in the great company of the Word on the Street Festival, International Festival of Authors, and Scotiabank Giller Prize Gala.

This year’s National Magazine Awards gala is on Friday, June 6 at the fabulous Carlu in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now. For a complete list of this year’s nominees, visit magazine-awards.com.

Announcing the Nominees for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the nominees for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.

Complete List of Nominees [PDF]*
Press Release: English | Français
Gala Info & Tickets
* Credit Changes due by May 7

Winners will be revealed at the annual National Magazine Awards gala on Friday, June 6, at The Carlu in Toronto.

For Magazine of the Year, the three finalists are:

From the best Canadian magazines across the country, this year’s jury selected 3 finalists for the prestigious award for Magazine of the Year: Azure, Cottage Life and Nouveau Projet.

For Magazine Website of the Year, the three finalists are:
Hazlitt, Maclean’s, Torontoist.

For Tablet Magazine of the Year, the three finalists are:
Canadian Business, Sportsnet, The Hockey News.

For Best New Magazine Writer, the three finalists are:
Suzannah Showler (Maisonneuve), Liz Windhorst Harmer (The New Quarterly), Catherine McIntyre (This Magazine).

For Best Magazine Cover, the ten finalists are:
BCBusiness, Chatelaine, Fashion Magazine, L’actualité, Maclean’s, Report on Business (2), Toronto Life, subTerrain, Western Living.

For Best Single Issue, the eight finalists are:
Azure, Cottage Life, depict Magazine, Rotman Management, Spacing, The Grid, Toronto Life, The Walrus.

For Art Direction of an Entire Issue, the six finalists are:
Canadian Business, Flare, fshnunlimited (f.u.), Nouveau Projet, Prefix Photo, The Walrus.

In a new category for Infographics, the nine finalists are:
Alberta Construction, Maclean’s, Sportsnet, The Grid (5), Toronto Life.

View all finalists | PDF

 

Top nominated magazines for the 37th National Magazine Awards:

Magazine Written Integrated Visual Special Total
The Walrus 24 3 8 0 35
L’actualité 20 2 1 0 23
Report on Business 10 4 7 0 21
Maclean’s 11 6 0 1 18
Toronto Life 9 6 3 0 18
Maisonneuve 8 0 5 1 14
The Grid 3 8 3 0 14
Cottage Life 7 2 3 1 13
Eighteen Bridges 11 0 0 0 11
Sportsnet 7 2 0 1 10
Hazlitt 8 1 0 1 10

Five magazines are nominated for National Magazine Award for the first time: Alberta Construction Magazine, depict Magazine, fshnunlimited (f.u.), Little Brother Magazine, and Quatre-Temps. 

 

WRITING AWARDS
There are 24 categories for magazine writing. Curtis Gillespie leads all individual finalists with five nominations in written categories for his work in Eighteen Bridges and Western Living. Nicholas Hune-Brown is nominated four times for written work in Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest and The Grid, followed by Jonathan Trudel, Catherine Dubé, Eric Reguly, Ray Ford and Charles Wilkins, who garnered three nominations each. View all finalists | PDF

VISUAL AWARDS
There are 12 categories for visual content (photograph, illustration, art direction, web design). The Grid’s art director, Vanessa Wyse, is nominated five times in the new Infographics category and three times for Best Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article. In addition, photographer Chris Nicholls is nominated five times for his work for FASHION Magazine and Dress to Kill, while art director Domenic Macri secured four nominations on behalf of Report of BusinessView all finalists | PDF

INTEGRATED AWARDS
There are 7 categories for integrated magazine content, including Words & Pictures, Single Service Article Package, Online Video, Editorial Package-Web, Infographics, Magazine Covers, and Best Single Issue. View all finalists | PDF

FOUNDATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
As announced on April 30, the winner of the 2014 NMAF Award for Outstanding Achievement is Kim Jernigan, longtime editor of The New Quarterly and veteran champion of literary magazines in Canada. Read more.

37th NMA GALA
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Gold and Silver awards will be handed down on June 6 in 24 written categories, 12 visual categories and 7 integrated categories. All other finalists will receive Honourable Mentions. Winners will also be celebrated in 5 special categories: Outstanding Achievement, Best New Magazine Writer, Magazine Website of the Year, Tablet Magazine of the Year, and Magazine of the Year.

Gold award winners in written, visual and integrated categories (except Best Single Issue) receive a cash prize of $1000; Silver winners $500. The winner of Best New Magazine Writer receives a cash prize of $500.

Tickets

CREDIT CHANGES
Email us at staff[at]magazine-awards.com to request any credit changes to your nomination. The deadline for credit changes is May 7.

THANK YOU!
A grand thank you to all of our judges who evaluated this year’s entries to the National Magazine Awards. From nearly 2000 individual entries nationwide, the NMAF’s 238 volunteer judges nominated a total of 376 submissions from 92 different Canadian magazines for awards in 48 written, visual, integrated and special categories.

FOLLOW THE NOMINEES
Subscribe to the Magazine Awards blog for frequent updates and profiles of nominees during the month leading up to the NMA gala on June 6. Follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/MagAwards) and Twitter (@MagAwards) for photos, news and more.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise.The 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala is presented by CDS Global. The NMAF thanks its corporate sponsors Accenture, GE Canada, Manulife Financial and RBC for their generous financial support of the event.

Tickets are on sale now at magazine-awards.com.

We need your feedback: Complete the 2-minute NMA survey

Have you ever attended the National Magazine Awards gala? Do you love it? Do you think it could be even better? What are the most important elements of this once-a-year gathering of the Canadian magazine industry?

Please take two minutes to complete our survey.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation relies on the feedback and support of its stakeholders to fulfill our mandate to promote and support creators in the Canadian magazine industry.

Thank you for your time! Click here to access the survey.

Best in Canadian Magazines: At the 36th NMA Gala

Talking about the National Magazine Awards and Canadian Magazines. Video produced by Unbound Media. See more from the Magazine Awards YouTube Channel, including this year’s Opening Module.

Thank You! From the 36th National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation wishes to thank Claire Dawson and Fidel Pena, their team at Underline Studio, and photographer Colin Faulkner for creating and executing the look and feel of this year’s National Magazine Awards.

Thanks also to Levi Nicholson of Biohazard Design for his creative direction of the gala program.

And thanks to the team at Relay Experience for their production of the gala including the multimedia show.

If you would like to order a copy of the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala program please get in touch with us at staff[at]magazine-awards[dot]com.

The NMAF is also grateful to its suppliers and partners who helped make this year’s National Magazine Awards a success, including:

PrintingThe Lowe-Martin Group

Translation: Rédaction Charles Girard, Inc

Publicity: Smitten Creative

Event PhotographyDean Bradley

Outstanding Achievement Portraiture: Nigel Dickson

Event Exhibit: National Sign, Inc.

Volunteer Coordination: Erin Klassen

News Release Distribution: CNW Group

Chartered Accountants: Beckett Lowden Read

CateringDaniel et Daniel

Flowers: San Remo Florists

VenueThe Carlu

Master of Ceremonies: Zaib Shaikh

Additional thanks to Gary Campbell, Nicolas Dagenais, Paul Dallas, Avary Lovell, Noémi Mercier, Jordanna Tennebaum and our event volunteers. And of course to all of our sponsors and partners, our judges, our staff and board of directors… thank you for your support of the National Magazine Awards and the Canadian magazine industry.

And to all who support Canadian magazines and their creators: Thank you from the NMAF.

The 36th National Magazine Awards Opening Video

Opening Module of the 36th National Magazine Awards, June 7, 2013. Sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

Creative Direction – Xavier Massé; Animation – Matthew Hemming; Artwork Preparation – Joana Ferret; Music – Bustafunk; Remix & Foley – Joshua Hemming.

Check out all of this year’s National Magazine Award gold winners in the 36th NMA Gold Book. Visit magazine-awards.com/goldbook for more info.

Full coverage of the 36th National Magazine Award Winners
Complete list of nominees and winners [pdf]

Tonight: The 36th annual National Magazine Awards!

What: The 36th National Magazine Awards
WhereThe Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor, Toronto [MAP]
When: 6pm (Reception); 7:30pm (Awards presentation)

Have a ticket?
If you purchased a ticket and did not request it to be mailed, you can pick up your ticket at the Will-Call tables in front of the elevators at The Carlu. There are separate ticket tables for judges’ tickets.

Need a ticket?
Tickets are available for purchase at the door: $180 (table seats) / $110 (balcony/Round Room) including HST. Credit cards, cash and cheques accepted.

Not able to come?
Follow our twitter handle @MagAwards and #NMA13 for live tweets throughout the show. Keep it right here on this blog for a full recap of the awards and all the winners (sometime after 11pm ET).

The Nominees?
A recap of this year’s finalists in all 47 categories.
A PDF list of all nominations and credits.
Winner of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The Master of Ceremonies?
Zaib Shaikh

A Message from Douglas Thomson, President of the NMAF

Tomorrow we gather to celebrate excellence in Canadian magazine publishing at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards. [Version française ci-dessous]

“Content is King.” It’s a phrase we’ve heard time and again over the past few years. And while talking about it is one thing, investing in it is quite another.

What does Content is King actually mean in practice? To my eye, it means all of a magazine’s resources are dedicated to its highest priority: producing the best content possible. It also suggests that without this quality control, your chances of survival as a business are severely limited.

It doesn’t matter if your readership is 5,000 or 500,000. To believe Content is King is to commit fully to the work of the writers, editors, designers, photographers and illustrators—your most important assets—regardless of the scope of the budget.

The good news is that consumers will always be drawn to quality content. That may not be news in itself, but it is a sign that we are beginning to see the true result of that investment, be it monetary or intellectual. Ideally both.

It is that success that we’re here to celebrate. Take a look around you at tomorrow night’s gala. The people here care about content. They believe content is what really matters. Congratulate them. These are the people in whom we’ve put our collective faith, these talented creators who strive for excellence. Some of the nominees you’ve no doubt heard of before, and some are nominated for the first time, including Chez Soi, Globe Style Advisor, Hazlitt, Infopresse, Le Must, New Trail, Nouveau Project, Ottawa Citizen Style and Write Magazine.

I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to the hard-working folks who helped get us here, including of course the staff at the NMAF: Managing Director Barbara Gould, Media Liaison and Special Projects Manager Richard Johnson, and Josh Penslar our Production Manager. I also want to thank the NMAF board of directors and the 251 volunteer judges who have chosen the very best of the 186 magazines who submitted the work of their editors, writers, designers, photographers and illustrators.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the NMAF Digital Roundtable last fall and shared their industry knowledge. They helped us launch additional awards this year, including awards for Tablet Magazine of the Year, Blogs and Online Video, which honour excellence in digital magazine publishing.

So, welcome to—as one editor recently proclaimed in her Twitter feed—“the most magical night of the year.” I couldn’t agree more.

Mot du président: Douglas Thomson

« Le contenu est souverain. » Voilà une phrase que nous aurons maintes fois entendue au cours des dernières années. Le dire est une chose, mais investir dans cette démarche en est une autre.

Comment se traduit dans la pratique le principe du « Contenu souverain »? À mes yeux, cela signifie que toutes les ressources d’un magazine doivent converger vers la priorité la plus importante : produire le meilleur contenu possible. Cela signifie également que sans ce contrôle de la qualité, vos chances de survie, comme entreprise, sont gravement menacées.

Cela vaut, que vous ayez un bassin de 5 000 ou de 500 000 lecteurs. Préconiser que « Le contenu est souverain », c’est prendre l’engagement d’appuyer sans réserve le travail des rédacteurs, rédacteurs en chef, photographes et illustrateurs, vos meilleurs atouts, quelle que soit l’importance de votre budget.

Les consommateurs sont toujours plus avides d’un contenu de qualité, et c’est heureux. Il n’y a peut-être rien de nouveau à cela, mais on peut y voir le signe du véritable résultat de notre investissement, monétaire ou intellectuel. Idéalement, les deux à la fois.

C’est ce succès que nous célébrons cette année. Regardez autour de vous. Pour ceux et celles qui sont ici ce soir, le contenu est une préoccupation constante. Ils estiment que c’est d’abord et avant tout le contenu qui compte. Félicitez-les. C’est sur eux, des créateurs de talent qui visent l’excellence, que nous plaçons toute notre confiance. Vous reconnaîtrez sans doute certains des finalistes, mais d’autres sont en nomination pour la première fois cette année, dont Chez Soi, Globe Style Advisor, Hazlitt, Infopresse, Le Must, New Trail, Nouveau Project, Ottawa Citizen Style et Write Magazine.

J’aimerais remercier du fond du coeur ceux et celles qui, par leur travail infatigable, ont contribué à la tenue de cet événement, y compris, bien sûr, le personnel de la FNPMC : la directrice générale, Barbara Gould, l’agent de liaison et directeur des projets spéciaux, Richard Johnson, ainsi que Josh Penslar, notre directeur de la production. Je souhaite également remercier le conseil d’administration de la FNPMC et les 251 juges bénévoles, qui ont choisi, parmi les 186 magazines qui ont soumis les candidatures de leurs rédacteurs en chef, rédacteurs, concepteurs visuels, photographes et illustrateurs, ceux qui se sont démarqués par l’excellence de leur travail.

Enfin, j’aimerais remercier tous ceux et celles qui ont participé à la Table ronde de la FPMC sur l’édition numérique, tenue l’automne dernier, et qui ont partagé leur savoir-faire sectoriel. Ils nous ont aidés à inaugurer de nouveaux prix cette année, y compris les prix Meilleur magazine de l’année – numérique, Blogues et Vidéo en ligne, qui célèbrent l’excellence dans le domaine de la publication de magazines numériques.

Je vous souhaite donc la bienvenue à, pour reprendre les mots qu’utilisait récemment une rédactrice en chef sur son fil Twitter, « la soirée la plus magique de l’année. » Je ne saurais mieux dire.

See the National Magazine Awards Finalists
Show info & tickets

Early-Bird Deadline for National Magazine Awards Gala Tickets: Friday May 17

Don’t delay, the early-bird deadline for tickets to this year’s National Magazine Awards gala is tomorrow, Friday May 17. Table seats (including the reception, hors d’oeuvre, dinner, dessert and the awards show) are $140. (After May 17: $160)

Get your tickets here.

Don’t miss the event of the year when the magazine industry gathers at the Carlu in Toronto on FridayJune 7, 2013 to celebrate the very best in Canadian magazines. Join your colleagues and our Master of Ceremonies Zaib Shaikh for a night to remember! The 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala is presented by CDS Global.

Zaib Shaikh to host this year’s National Magazine Awards gala

Zaib Shaikh (Photo Tom Sandler)

Zaib Shaikh (Photo Tom Sandler)

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is excited to announce that this year’s Master of Ceremonies, presented by OMDC, for the NMA Gala will be renowned Canadian actor and writer Zaib Shaikh.
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Known best as the star of the international hit comedy series, Little Mosque on The Prairie, Zaib Shaikh has worked across Canada as an actor, director and producer. He starred in Deepa Mehta’s latest film, Midnight’s Children, adapted from the novel by Salman Rushdie. He co-produced Long Story Short: CBC Turns 75, hosted by Martin Short. He co-wrote, directed and co-produced the Gemini Award winning television film, Othello, the Tragedy of the Moor.  His other television work includes lead or guest starring roles in MetropiaDa Vinci’s City Hall, Book-a-boo, Murdoch Mysteries and The Dead Zone.

Currently, Zaib is in development with a variety of television and film projects under the banner of his production company, Governor Films. Recently he delivered a keynote at Harvard University’s 375th Anniversary, and he travels across Canada and the world speaking on the power of Arts and The Media as a platform to greater understanding between Eastern and Western cultures.

This year’s National Magazine Awards gala is Friday, June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. Tickets are on sale now at magazine-awards.com; the early-bird deadline for discounted tickets is Friday May 17, so don’t delay.

See also:
Announcing the 36th National Magazine Awards Nominees!
36th NMA Nominees List [PDF]
Stephen Trumper wins Outstanding Achievement Award
Tickets

Tickets on Sale for the National Magazine Awards gala

Carlu-GalaDon’t miss the event of the year when the magazine industry gathers at the Carlu in Toronto on FridayJune 7, 2013 to celebrate the very best in Canadian magazines.  BUY TICKETS

Early-Bird tickets (available until May 17) are $140 and include the industry reception and hors d’oeuvre, table seating in the concert hall, dinner and the show, plus dessert. (Regular price, after May 17: $160.)

Discount tickets for $95 are also available for seating in the Balcony or Round Room, including the reception, hors d’oeuvre, awards show and dessert.

Doors open at 6pm for the industry reception in the Grand Foyer of The Carlu, with bar service and hors d’oeuvre. At 7:30pm, dinner is served in the Concert Hall and the Awards Presentation commences. Following the conclusion of the awards ceremony, the gala will continue with dessert and bar service till late.

WHERE: The Carlu, 444 Yonge St., 7th Floor, Toronto
WHEN: 6:00 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvre and cash bar
7:30 p.m. Served dinner and awards presentation
TICKETS: Early-bird tickets are $140 plus HST each (until May 17) and $160 plus HST (after May 17).
Table tickets for the dinner & awards presentation are available on a first-come basis and tend to sell out.
Tickets for the reception, show-only and dessert are $95 plus HST
ATTIRE: Cocktail chic
DELIVERY: Tickets purchased by May 24 will be mailed if requested. After May 24, tickets will be available for courier pick up until June 3. All other tickets will be available for pick up at the gala.
REFUNDS: Ticket refunds are not permitted

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Opening Module of the 35th National Magazine Awards

Opening Module of the 35th National Magazine Awards, June 7, 2012. Sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). Produced by Wolfson Bell. Creative by the 35th National Magazine Awards nominees and winners.

35th National Magazine Awards in Pictures

The Carlu’s Concert Hall (Dean Bradley)

The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and contributors who helped make the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala an event to remember.

Special mention to Jason Jajalla and Dean Bradley and their volunteer assistants, who captured the evening’s celebration on camera. You can view the photos of the NMA gala on our Facebook page now.

The NMAF is also proud to thank:

NMAF President Arjun Basu greets Outstanding Achievement winner Heather Robertson (Jason Jajalla)

Multimedia Design & Show Production: Wolfson Bell

Advertising & Program Design: Anna Minzhulina

Illustration: Leif Parsons

Printing: Dollco, a division of the Lowe-Martin Group

Translation: Charles Girard

Event Photography: Dean Bradley, Jason Jajalla

Outstanding Achievement Portraiture: Clay Stang

Event Exhibit: Vinyl Xpress, Inc.

Volunteer Coordination: Erin Klassen

Guests enjoy the reception and nominees’ exhibit (Dean Bradley)

Production Assistants: Joi McConnell, Aaron Lai

News Release Distribution: CNW Group

Chartered Accountants: Beckett Lowden Read

Catering: Daniel et Daniel

Flowers: Sheridan Nurseries

Venue: The Carlu

Maisonneuve editor Drew Nelles accepts the Magazine of the Year award from emcee Ralph Benmergui (Jason Jajalla)

Additional thanks to Julia De Laurentiis Johnson, Levi Nicholson, Nicolas Dagenais, our interns Wajiha Suboor and Rebecca Zanussi, and our event volunteers. And of course to all of our sponsors and partners, thank you for your support of the National Magazine Awards and the Canadian magazine industry.

Thanks and congratulations to our Magazines Week event partners at the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards and Magazines Canada’s MagNet 2012.

And to all who support Canadian magazines and their creators: Thank you from the NMAF.

Check out all the photos at the NMAF Facebook page.

Guests enjoy the chocolate fountains after the awards show (Dean Bradley)

Complete the National Magazine Awards Survey

Did you attend the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala on June 7? Please take 2 minutes to complete this survey concerning some of the changes to this year’s awards program and event. We need your feedback to help us continue to fulfill our mandate to support and promote creators in the Canadian magazine industry. The National Magazine Awards program is for the industry by the industry.

http://35magawards.questionpro.com/

If you did not attend this year’s awards gala, we will be issuing a survey in the coming weeks to gather your feedback as well.

Tonight: The 35th Anniversary National Magazine Awards

What: The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards
Where: The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor, Toronto [MAP]
When: 6pm (Reception); 7:30pm (Awards presentation)

Have a ticket?
If you purchased a ticket and did not request it to be mailed, you can pick up your ticket at the Will-Call tables in front of the elevators at The Carlu. There are separate ticket tables for judges’ tickets.

Need a ticket?
Tickets are available for purchase at the door: $85 / $175 incl HST. Credit cards, cash and cheques accepted.

Not able to come?
Follow our twitter handle @NatMagAwards and #NMA12 for live tweets throughout the show. Keep it right here on this blog for a full recap of the awards and all the winners (sometime after 11pm ET).

The Nominees?
Read all about them. Read them all.

The Master of Ceremonies?
Ralph Benmergui

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