In Memory of Mark Anderson

The sad news reached us recently of the passing of Mark Anderson. Mark was an accomplished and enthusiastic magazine journalist who won three National Magazine Awards for his work in Explore and Outdoor Canada.

We read his work in a number of other Canadian magazines, including Financial Post Magazine, Listed, Report on Business, MoneySense, Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Cottage Life, Ontario Nature and Canadian Business.

His editor at Outdoor Canada, Patrick Walsh, former president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, talked to us about Mark’s enduring legacy.

For us at Outdoor Canada, Mark was the complete package—an incredibly gifted storyteller with the added bonus of being a highly accomplished angler. Not only did he win major awards for his feature writing, he also earned laurels for his fly-fishing expertise, competing in both national and international competitions. Mark leaves a major vacancy in our stable of writers, and all I can say is we are so thankful we had him on our team when we did.

Mark was indeed one of Canada’s best fly fisherman. The Canadian Fly Fishing Championships awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year.

In one of his best-known stories for Outdoor Canada, “Requiem for a River,” Mark travelled to Quebec’s Rupert River, famous among anglers for its exquisite natural beauty and genetically unique brook trout, the summer before it was dammed as part of a massive hydroelectric project in the province. The story showcased Mark’s rare gifts as an inquisitive and thoughtful writer and conservationist.

I start working my way down the shoreline, all heavy brush and treacherous deadfalls, and when I break out into the open a half-kilometre later, I’m in for a shocking sight: clear-cut as far as the eye can see. It’s the slash Freddy Jolly warned us about, Hydro-Québec’s relentless drive to denude the banks of the Rupert in preparation for the coming flood. After three days surrounded by raw wilderness, it’s a dismal, depressing scene.

The story won a National Magazine Award for Travel writing in 2008 and was also nominated in Sports & Recreation. You can read the entire story here from the National Magazine Awards archive.

A Celebration of Mark’s Life was held at Algonquin College’s Observatory lounge on Sunday, October 26. Donations are being accepted in Mark’s name to Algonquin College Foundation’s Mark Anderson Memorial Bursary, via CanadaHelps.org. Mark’s obituary appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on October 22.

Photographs by Theodore Smith for Outdoor Canada. Special thanks to James Little and Patrick Walsh.

Round-Up of November Magazine Events

Happy Hallowe’en from the National Magazine Awards. Don’t forget to watch out for little ghouls and goblins and kids dressed up as magazines on the streets tonight. And sleep an extra hour on Sunday. Here’s a look at what’s on tap in Canadian magazines for the month of November.

Saturday, November 1 (Toronto) & November 8 (Vancouver)
CANZINE, presented by Broken Pencil, Saturday, November 1 in Toronto and November 8 in Vancouver, Canada’s annual Zine festival.

Tuesday, November 4, Toronto
OCCUPY NOW, presented by This Magazine and Rabble.ca, a panel discussion about the Occupy Movement, three years on.

Thursday, November 6, Toronto
State of the Magazine Nation, a one-day event presented by Magazines Canada on the latest innovations in Canadian magazine publishing.

Friday, November 14, Toronto
Shamie Awards, Shameless magazine’s 10th anniversary celebration and presentation of the Shamie Awards, hosted by comedienne Catherine McCormick

Wednesday, November 19, Toronto
Return of the lecture series, “What We Talk About,” presented by Little Brother magazine. 8pm at the Drake Hotel. Cost of admission gets you a copy of the latest issue.

Thursday, November 20, Toronto
Canadian Online Publishing Awards: 5pm at The Phoenix. Recognizing excellence in online publishing, including by consumer and trade magazines.

Friday, November 21, Toronto
Grand opening of the Spacing Store. 401 Richmond Street.

Saturday, November 22, Toronto
Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market, featuring more than 30 small, independent Canadian magazine and book publishers. At the Tranzac in the Annex, all day.

Tuesday, November 25, Toronto
The Walrus Talks Philanthropy, a panel discussion event of The Walrus Foundation on the state of philanthropy in Canada, also featuring music by Molly Johnson, Tom Jackson & more.

Tuesday, November 25, Toronto
Ryerson Review of Journalism fundraiser to support the Spring 2015 issue of Canada’s leading j-school magazine. At the Supermarket in Kensington Market.

December 1, Nationwide
Call for Entries for the 2014 National Magazine Awards.

Did we miss one? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter @MagAwards.

Jonathan Kay named new Editor-in-Chief of The Walrus

The Globe and Mail reported today that Jonathan Kay, previously the managing editor of letters, issues and comments at the National Post, has been hired to the top editorial post at The Walrus magazine.

Shelley Ambrose, Walrus co-publisher and Walrus Foundation executive director, made the announcement in Toronto Wednesday afternoon. Kay, 46, succeeds John Macfarlane, 72, at the general interest magazine that, since its founding in fall 2003, has been the most-decorated periodical at the annual National Magazine Awards.

The Walrus has won 113 National Magazine Awards (72 Gold, 41 Silver) since its founding in 2003, under the editorships of David Berlin, Ken Alexander and John Macfarlane. This past June, it won 7 Gold and 6 Silver National Magazine Awards, including the award for Best Single Issue for its tenth anniversary edition.

 

Cottage Life, British Columbia Magazine win big at IRMA Awards

This Cottage Life illustration by Byron Eggenschwiler was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and won Silver at the IRMAs
This Cottage Life illustration by Byron Eggenschwiler was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and won Gold at the IRMAs

Cottage Life, crowned Magazine of the Year at the 37th annual National 
Magazine Awards this past June, scooped up 8 awards at the annual International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) awards this past weekend in New Hampshire, many of them for work that was also recognized by the NMAF.

Winning Gold awards for Columns, Illustration, Reader Service, and Department, Silver awards for Covers, Profiles and Nature & Environment, and an Award of Merit for Essays, Cottage Life continued an incredible year of recognition for its outstanding journalism.

1240372_10151647288723391_1225830601_nBritish Columbia Magazine also won 8 awards at IRMA including a Silver award for Best Website, while Yukon: North of Ordinary won a Bronze award in the Covers category (under 35,000 circ.).

The IRMA awards recognize publishing excellence by U.S. and Canadian member magazines devoted to regional interests. Read more about the awards night at the Canadian Magazines blog.

 

NMAF Newsstand Displays at Chapters Indigo extended until Nov 2

As part of its mandate to promote award-winning Canadian magazines to readers across the country, the NMAF has partnered with Indigo Books & Music Inc to showcase this year’s National Magazine Award winners in special displays at 91 Chapters and Indigo bookstores across the country, and now this special publicity effort has been extended until November 2.

Visit your nearest Chapters or Indigo bookstore and look for the special displays, and pick up a copy of National Magazine Award-winning titles like Chatelaine, Azure, ELLE Canada, Fashion Magazine, The Walrus and Cottage Life, Canada’s Magazine of the Year.

Tweet us a photo of the display @MagAwards.

A look at some of the National Magazine Award winners on display:

For this promotional effort the NMAF acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation.  An agency of the Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film and television; book and magazine publishing; interactive digital media and music industries. www.omdc.on.ca

Apply for an Internship with the National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is now accepting applications for one paid Administrative Internship position for the National Magazine Awards (NMAs) and the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards (KRWs) in Toronto for Winter 2014/Spring 2015.

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