2015 National Magazine Awards Gala to be held at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on June 5

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) announced today that this year’s 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala, presented by CDS Global, will be held on Friday, June 5, at a new venue—the stylish Arcadian Court in downtown Toronto. [Version française]

Originally opened in 1929 and long cherished as one of Toronto’s most dazzling and dynamic event spaces, the Arcadian Court is managed by Oliver & Bonacini Events & Catering, which will cater this year’s gala, and sits in the heart of the city’s thriving Queen & Bay bustle. Featuring more than 8000 square feet of contemporary gala space, the Arcadian Court was recently named Best Ballroom in Canada at the Bizbash Event Style Awards.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Canadian magazine industry to this exquisite new venue for the National Magazine Awards. Our annual gala attracts more than 500 of Canada’s best magazine publishers, editors, artists, journalists, marketing and sales teams, and other members of our industry from across the country. We look forward to celebrating with you this year at the Arcadian Court.”
— Joyce Byrne, president of the NMAF

Tickets for the 38th annual National Magazine Awards go on sale on May 4, the date on which the NMAF will announce the nominees for awards in 43 categories recognizing the best in Canadian magazine publishing, writing, photography, illustration and design from 2014.

This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be announced in May. The date of the 38th annual National Magazine Awards gala is Friday, June 5, 2015.

Visit magazine-awards.com for information about the gala, awards and nominees.

For sponsorship inquiries please contact Barbara Gould, NMAF Managing Director, at staff@magazine-awards.com.

What’s on Canadian Magazine Newsstands in April

Welcome to April, the month of Easter and Earth Day, Pesach and primroses, hockey playoffs and opening-day pitches. We stop wearing Canada Goose and start planning patio parties. We crave spring fashions, healthy menus, and weekend escapes. And everything we need to know is held in the pages of a magazine.

Here’s just a sampling of National Magazine Award-winning titles on newsstands now. Happy spring reading!

Image via WikiCommons.

Spacing Magazine launches Spacing Films with “Powers of Towers” documentary

Award-winning Spacing magazine, the urbanist’s go-to resource, continues to build on its successful brand–magazine, successful line of city swag, the new Spacing store on Richmond Street in Toronto–with this week’s launch of “Powers of Towers,” the first production of Spacing Films.

For the film’s production Spacing has partnered with Tangent Motion Pictures and Foxley Films, with financial support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

“Powers of Towers” profiles Graeme Stewart and Sabina Ali, two remarkable people on the forefront of a revolution that’s transforming Toronto’s now aging suburban high-rise clusters into livable communities that work — and attracting the attention of the international planning community in the process. For their work, Stewart and Ali have been awarded the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize presented by Spacing magazine.

More at Spacing.ca.

Quill & Quire marks 80th anniversary with special issue

Quill & Quire magazine, the eminent guide to Canada’s book publishing industry, is marking its 80th anniversary with a special issue highlighting 80 books, people and events that have helped shape Canadian literature.

“It’s by no means a definitive list, ” Q&Q editor Sue Carter told Masthead online.:

We called on experts, and spent hours with our image archive, sorting through fresh-faced author photos and candid snaps of book launches, dance parties, and fairs. There was early talk of ranking the entries, but who wants to pit Alice Munro against Anne Shirley? There are the obvious inclusions the moneyed prizes, literary stalwarts, and dominant publishers are all here—but we also selected quiet moments that may have slipped by unnoticed but were in some way meaningful to various communities.

Quill & Quire is published 10 times per year by St. Joseph Media. The anniversary April issue is available now. #QuillLove.

KRW Awards seeking nominations for Harvey Southam Award for Career Achievement in B2B publishing

The Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious publishing awards programs, recognizing excellence in Canadian business-to-business (B2B) publishing for over 60 years, is seeking nominations from the industry for the Harvey Southam Award for Career Achievement.

Deadline for 2015 nominations: April 15.

Named in honour of journalist Harvey Southam, founding editor of Equity magazine and longtime journalist at the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Province and Winnipeg Tribune, winners of this award represent the highest standards of B2B publishing and are recognized for their contributions to the Canadian Business Media tradition of distinguished initiative, leadership and integrity.

The award is open to publishers, editors, designers, creators, circulation experts, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, production managers – in short, to everyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously.

Nominations are welcome from the entire Canadian B2B publishing industry, and must consist of a completed entry form and at least two letters of support from fellow industry members, attesting to the achievements and qualifications of the nominee.

The board of the Canadian Business Media Association determines the winner, and the award will be presented at the 61st annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards gala, on June 2 at One King West Hotel in Toronto.

Previous winners of the Harvey Southam Award include Harvey Botting, Doug Bennet, Rolf Lockwood, Tom Davey and Jim Winsor.

More information and application at KRWawards.ca.

Happy 30th Anniversary Weddingbells

We’ve been together 30 years, but it feels like just yesterday we met.

This spring Weddingbells turns 30, and the award-winning magazine is celebrating with a special anniversary issue on newsstands now. The magazine also sports one of the most go-to Pinterest pages on the web, perfect for ideas for every wedding.

Over its three decades Weddingbells, published by St. Joseph Media, has won 6 National Magazine Awards for its art direction and wedding fashion and style spreads, from 16 nominations.

The magazine will host an invitation-only 30th anniversary party on April 1.

“This event will showcase some of our incredible wedding and party ideas. From live performances and innovative décor concepts, to an on-trend party menu of cocktail foods, an epic candy table and a very special wedding cake; this will definitely be a celebration to remember.” — Alison McGill, Editor-in-Chief of Weddingbells

Congratulations to the team at Weddingbells and best wishes for another 30 years!

Events this week in Canadian Magazines

Spring is pushing its way through winter (with apologies to the Maritimes), and this week a number of Canadian magazines are hosting public events to give you even more reason to get out.

TUESDAY MARCH 24
Ryerson Review of Journalism
Spring 2015 Launch Party Fundraiser
TORONTO – Bier Markt, the Esplanade, 5:30pm
Come celebrate the launch of the Spring 2015 issue of the award-winning RRJ, produced by the students of Ryerson School of Journalism.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 25
This Magazine
This is not a Ted Talk – Feminism in Canada
TORONTO – Supermarket (Kensington Market), 6:30pm

A launch event for their March-April issue, This Magazine hosts an evening of speakers on the subject of feminism in Canada. Speakers include Jill Andrew and Aisha Fairclough, the amazing women behind Fat in the City and the Body Confidence Canada Awards; trans rights activist Christin MilloySheila Sampath, editor of Shameless magazine; plus a video feature from Project Slut.

THURSDAY MARCH 26
The Walrus
The Walrus Talks Arctic
WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Art Gallery, 7pm
The Walrus welcomes Erin Freeland Ballantyne of Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, artist and sculptor Ruben Komangapik, historian Whitney Lackenbauer, Michael Maltzan, architect of the WAG’s new Inuit Art Centre, explorer and authorJames RaffanLola Sheppard, Arctic Adaptations project lead, Tanya Tagaq, performer and Polaris Prize winner, and Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental and human rights advocate.

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, MARCH 27-29
Cottage Life
Cottage Life Spring Show 2015
The International Centre, Mississauga, ON
The 22nd annual Cottage Life show is a kick-off to summer cottage season. Meet more than 550 exhibitors showing boats, docks, builders, contractors, innovative building products, green solutions, decor and style, arts and crafts, food and entertaining, water toys and more.

SATURDAY MARCH 28
Maisonneuve
Maisonneuve Issue 55 Launch Party
MONTREAL – Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 7pm
Featuring readings from Adam Kovac, Joseph Rosen, and Jessica Wei, the launch will be an opportunity to pick up the new issue, grab some refreshments, and hear what our contributors have written for the newest issue of the National Magazine Award-winning publication.