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Canadian Cover Awards open for submissions until Jan 31

The annual Canadian Cover Awards, produced by CMC and Magazines Canada, is accepting submissions until January 31 for its 2013 awards.

There are eight categories this year, including Newsstand Marketer of the Year. Last year’s winner of that award, Greg Kielty, highlighted a successful 2012 awards for SkyNews magazine.

Submissions are open to Canadian magazines that were distributed on newsstands between September 2012 and September 2013, and are sales-final. Submissions must be accompanied by distribution verification.

This year’s awards ceremony will once again be held at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown at 6 pm on February 25, 2014.

60th anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards open for submissions

The 2013 KRW Awards, at One King West (Photo: Dean Bradley)

Marking 60 years of recognizing excellence in b2b publishing in Canada, the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards is seeking submissions for awards in 25 written, visual, digital and special categories.

The early-bird deadline (save on entry fees) is February 7. Final deadline (including all required hard copies) is February 14.

Submitters are requested to review the categoriesguidelines and helpful tips before submitting.

This year’s 60th anniversary Kenneth R. Wilson Awards gala will be held on June 3 in Toronto, at One King West. More at krwawards.ca.

Each year the competition includes participation from more than one hundred Canadian business-to-business publications. Last year’s major KRW Award winners included OilweekUp Here Business and Marketing.

The 2013 KRW Awards, at One King West (Photo: Dean Bradley)

New exhibit from NMA-winning photographer Mark Peckmezian

A new solo exhibition by National Magazine Award-winning photographer Mark Peckmezian is set to open on Friday, November 22 at the O’Born Contemporary gallery in Toronto.

The Canadian photographer, now based in New York, won the Gold National Magazine Award last year in Portrait Photography, for “Never Left Art School” (a series with Douglas Coupland) in Montecristo magazine. He was previously a finalist for the Best New Visual Creator award in 2010, for “A Man Called Cope” (Report on Business).

The exhibition, “Pictures,” is on display until December 21.

From the O’Born Contemporary site: Working within portraiture and documentary photography, Peckmezian attempts to leverage the analog-digital divide, producing work that draws into relief the enduring value of analog processes in our new digital-dominated photographic landscape. He recently completed his BFA in Photography from Ryerson University in Toronto, and is represented for commercial and editorial work by Stash. His photographs have been published in Prefix Photo, on the cover of Report on Business and Function, and have been selected for inclusion in Flash Forward, touring internationally.

More: Mark Peckmezian in the NMA Archive

Several NMA laureates among Writers’ Trust Prize finalists

Invite-HeaderTomorrow the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto. The five shortlisted novelists and short-story writers are among Canada’s most celebrated authors, and four of them are previously National Magazine Award honorees:

  • Lynn Coady, a Writers’ Trust finalist (and winner of the Giller Prize) for Hellgoing, is a five-time National Magazine Award finalist, most recently in 2012 for two stories, “Publish then Perish” (Eighteen Bridges) and “Dogs in Clothes” (Canadian Notes & Queries); the latter is one of the stories included in Hellgoing.
  • Lisa Moore, shortlisted for Caught, is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist, most recently for “Notes from Newfoundland” (2011, The Walrus).
  • Cary Fagan, shortlisted for A Bird’s Eye, was nominated for a National Magazine Award for fiction in 2007, for his story “Shit Box” (Taddle Creek).
  • Krista Bridge, shortlisted for The Eliot Girls, was nominated for a National Magazine Award for fiction in 2002, for “Crusade” (Toronto Life).

The fifth Writers’ Trust finalist is Colin McAdam, for A Beautiful Truth, which was also shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award earlier this year.

The winner will be revealed on Wednesday, November 20 at the annual Writers’ Trust Awards at Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, which also includes the Journey Prize for Short Fiction.

The 3 finalists for this year’s Journey Prize include Eliza Robertson, whose entry “My Sister Sang” (Grain magazine) was a finalist for this past year’s National Magazine Award for fiction.

The other two finalists are Doretta Lau (“How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?”; Event magazine) and Naben Ruthnam (“Cinema Rex”; The Malahat Review).

More information about the Writers’ Trust Awards.

NMA winner Carol Shaben to accept prize at Laurier University

National Magazine Award winner Carol Shaben, whose recent book Into the Abyss began as an award-winning story in The Walrus, will speak at two public events this Wednesday, November 13, at Wilfrid Laurier University, and will receive the 2013 Edna Staebler Prize which was announced earlier this year.

First, an interview with Ms. Shaben, conducted by Bruce Gillespie, assistant professor of Journalism, will take place on Laurier’s Brantford campus from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in RCW203. Then, the presentation of the Edna Staebler award will take place on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Senate and Board Chamber.

Carol Shaben is a freelance writer who lives in Vancouver with her husband and son. In 2005 she left a business career to focus on her long-time passion for writing, and in 2009 she was nominated for three National Magazine Awards, winning two: a Gold Medal for Investigative Reporting and a Silver Medal for Politics and Public Interest. Into the Abyss is her first book. She was also a finalist for Best New Magazine Writer of 2009.

Related posts: 
Off the Page, with Carol Shaben (interview)
New book by NMA winner looks at the safety of our skies

More: Carol Shaben in the National Magazine Awards archive

Frontier College hosts fundraiser with NMA winner JJ Lee

On Saturday, November 9 in Vancouver, Frontier College and the Raindance Festival for Independent Authors will host a fundraiser reception with National Magazine Award-winning writer JJ Lee.

According to the organizers, the reception is open to the public and will appeal to readers and writers alike. JJ Lee will answer questions, sign books, talk about the life of a full-time writer and share his observations of the Canadian publishing industry. Net proceeds will be donated to Frontier College to help fund literacy initiatives in British Columbia.

The event will be held at Earl’s Restaurant in Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, November 9. Tickets are $20 each ($25 at the door) and include an appetizer and beverage.

Founded in 1899, Frontier College is Canada’s original literacy organization and a charitable organization that recruits and trains volunteers to deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in communities across the country.

JJ Lee won a Gold National Magazine Award in 2011 for Best Short Feature (Elle Canada). His recent memoir, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit (McClelland & Stewart), was a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the B.C. Book Prize for Non-Fiction, the Hillary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

More: JJ Lee in the National Magazine Awards archive

CSME event promises to help you supercharge your email skills

[Update: CSME has cancelled this event per a note on their website, but invites members to drop them a note to request the topic again in future.]

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is hosting a mixer next Tuesday, October 22, at the CSI Annex Cafe in Toronto. The event promises to help you “supercharge your email management skills” and features William Tully, a Technical Business Analyst for Metroland Media Digital Commerce.

Join CSME and speaker William Tully for our first mixer of the season to socialize, have some drinks and snacks and get secrets to owning your inbox once and for all. Topics to be covered include how to use folders and filters, deleting vs. archiving, email etiquette, and how to never again lose a message or attachment.

Details:
When: Tuesday, October 22, 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst St. (south of Bloor), ING presentation room
How much: $10 for members, $25 for non-members ($15 and $30 at the door) – includes one drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres

More info and tickets at CSME.

Ryerson Journalism School marks 60th anniversary

rrj-3Ryerson University’s venerable School of Journalism will celebrate its 60th anniversary this weekend in Toronto, with a reception Friday evening and a conference of panel sessions on Saturday.

The Friday event, called Journalism on the Rocks, will honour 12 alumni of the journalism program, including 3-time National Magazine Award winner and longtime Ryerson faculty member Don Obe. Other inductees into what the school is calling its Journalism Headliners include the late sports journalist Randy Starkman, Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the TV series Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Shelley Ambrose, co-publisher of The Walrus.

Saturday’s panel sessions will focus on Ryerson and Journalism: The Next 60 Years, featuring National Magazine Award-winning Ryerson alums Julia Belluz and Elizabeth Renzetti, as well as a number of other remarkable journalists.

It would be almost impossible to calculate how many Ryerson alumni and faculty have won National Magazine Awards or edited NMA-winning stories, but there’s no doubt the program has had a deep and meaninful impact on the Canadian magazine industry. Its highly regarded, student-run Ryerson Review of Journalism has won 6 National Magazine Awards from 30 nominations since it was founded in 1984.

Congratulations Ryerson School of Journalism on 60 great years and many more to come.

MagsBC offers workshops on video production

MagsBCLast year’s National Magazine Awards introduced a new category for Online Video, open to any single video produced by a magazine companion website or online only magazine. As more magazines look to boost online audiences and support creators through diverse digital projects, the new award recognizes these innovations in the Canadian magazine industry.

Similarly, the Magazine Association of British Columbia is offering two workshops — the first tonight, the second next Thursday, October 10 — on “Shooting, editing and uploading to the Web,” targeting magazine professionals who are “interested in attracting more readers and viewers, and expanding your skills and your magazine’s online presence by providing media content.”

The evening workshops, held at Langara College, are open to all magazine professionals, either as a staff member or a freelancer, as well as post-secondary students in publishing and journalism programs.

More info here.

Word on the Street? Great magazine deals & more

This weekend in 5 cities across Canada, it’s the annual book and magazine festival, Word on the Street, a smorgasbord of workshops, author readings, presentations and a marketplace for great deals on books and magazine subscriptions.

Saturday in Kitchener, and Sunday in Lethbridge, Halifax, Saskatoon and Toronto, all open to the public.

It’s an especially great opportunity to acquaint yourself with many of Canada’s wonderful independent and literary magazines.

In Toronto, for example, you’ll want to check out the booths of great (and National Magazine Award-nominated or -winning) titles such as Canadian Dimension, Canadian Art, The Feathertale Review, Maisonneuve, The New Quarterly, Shameless, Spacing, Taddle Creek, THIS Magazine, Toronto Review of Books, The Walrus, Worn Fashion Journal and more.

And the impressive list of authors on hand includes National Magazine Award-winners Anne Dowsett Johnson, Don Gillmor, David Macfarlane, Shawn Micallef, Katrina Onstad and others.

Come out this weekend and join the fun!

Canadian Dimension hosts Chris Hedges in Toronto

This Friday, September 20 in Toronto Canadian Dimension magazine is hosting an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist Chris Hedges.

A former 15-year foreign correspondent for The New York Times, winner of the Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism, and author of a recent cover story in The Walrus, Mr. Hedges is the author of the new book The World As it Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress

He famously sued the Obama administration last year over the constitutionality of the National Defense Authorization Act, and won.

Tickets for the Toronto event are available but nearly gone. A note on the site states that a few tickets are on sale via EventBrite or at Another Story Bookshop (315 Roncesvalles Avenue in Toronto).

Canadian Dimensions is an independent Canadian magazine with a global focus, founded in 1963 in Winnipeg. In 2005 it was nominated for a National Magazine Award for “The Battle for Canadian Universities.”

Maclean’s, Toronto Life, Hazlitt headline COPA finalists

The companion sites of Maclean’s and Toronto Life magazines will vie with those of Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and Spacing for the title of Best Overall Companion Website at this year’s Canadian Online Publishing Awards, the finalists for which were announced earlier today.

Maclean’s was tabbed for 8 nominations in 15 categories in the COPAs’ Red Division, which consists of consumer magazines (print and online). Toronto Life garnered 4 nominations, including Best Website Design, Best Smartphone App and Best Mobile-Optimized Site.

Hazlitt, the online-only literary publication which earlier this year won the National Magazine Awards for Magazine Website of the Year, Magazine Website Design and Best Online Video, is nominated for 4 COPAs, including Best Overall Online-Only Publication Website, where it will compete against RedNation Online, Torontoist, Tuja Wellness, and What’s Really Good Magazine.

Hazlitt is also nominated for a COPA in Best Website Design, Best Blog and Best Online-Only Article. The online-only city mag Torontoist also nabbed 4 nominations in total.

In the category for Best Tablet Edition, the nominees are Maclean’s, Best Health, Clin d’oeil, Canadian Living and Travel + Escape. And for Best Smartphone App, Maclean’s and Toronto Life will compete against Cool! and YoyoMama.

Check out all of this year’s nominees, including those in the Blue (trade publications) and Green (newspaper & broadcast media) divisions.

This year’s COPA winners will be announced on November 13 at a soiree at The Hoxton in Toronto. Ticket and event info here.

Call for Participants: NMAF Round Table on Eligibility & Judging

[This post has been updated] Each autumn the NMAF convenes one or more Round-Table discussions with members of the industry to help us ensure we are representing the needs of our stakeholders.

On Thursday, September 26 [Update: at 2:30pm] in Toronto the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) will host an industry Round-Table discussion concerning its policies on magazine eligibility and its judging process. All stakeholders and representatives of participating magazines are invited attend, but must RSVP not later than Friday, September 20.

Agenda: The NMAF has proposed two general topics for discussion and feedback; however, we also invite attendees to table other questions, concerns and ideas regarding the policies, procedures and roles of the NMAF in the magazine industry.

  1. Magazine Eligibility: What defines a magazine and who may participate in the National Magazine Awards?
  2. Digital Magazines & Content: Is the NMAF serving the needs of the industry and representing relevant creators?

Participants: Members of the NMAF Board of Directors and Judging Committee will join industry representatives for a 90-minute open discussion. Ideal participants will fulfill one or more of the following criteria:

  • General familiarity with NMAF’s operations, stakeholders and roles in the Canadian magazine industry;
  • Prior service as an NMA judge, particularly judges who’ve participated in multiple years and/or multiple categories;
  • Interest in / experience with being involved with the broad issues of the NMAF and the Canadian magazine industry at large;
  • Working in / knowledge of digital magazine production or digital aspect of the magazine industry;
  • General seniority or prominence in the industry;
  • Representation from a variety of participating magazines, magazine companies, and geographic regions of Canada.

Participants from outside Toronto may attend via teleconference. Participants in Toronto are encouraged to attend in person.

Those interested to attend should please contact NMAF Special Projects Manager Richard Johnson not later than Friday, September 20.

Email: richard.johnson [at] magazine-awards.com

Confirmed participants will receive a detailed agenda and other event information by Monday, September 23.

Leif Parsons exhibits opening this week

Canadian illustrator Leif Parsons, a three-time National Magazine Award winner for his work in The Walrus as well as the creator of the cover art for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala, has an exhibit of his work opening  this Saturday, September 14, at the Buffalo Arts Studio, with a reception starting at 7pm.

Titled “Leif Low Beer: First Conference of the International Network of Personal Relationships (INPR),” Leif’s exhibit is an “installation of individual sculptures that interact with low-hanging two-dimensional mixed media works to produce a singular integrated composition.” The exhibit runs through November 9 if you find yourself in the Buffalo area.

And Leif’s work will also be part of a group show in Brooklyn starting Friday September 13 and running through October 6 at the Greenpoint Terminal Gallery.

PitchFest Edmonton starts this weekend

For aspiring magazine writers and veterans looking to brush up on their skills, join the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association for a two-part PitchFest in Edmonton at the Public Library, starting on Saturday September 7.

PitchFest features an opening seminar with industry expert (and editor of many National Magazine Award-winning stories) Shelley Youngblut, followed by a panel of accomplished local magazine editors.

The seminar promises “time-tested strategies for developing your idea, polishing your query, making the approach and following up to get results [and] also insider tips for establishing and nuturing the editorial relationships that can make getting future assignments a snap.”

The one-hour moderated panel discussion features Max Fawcett (Managing Editor, Alberta Venture), Tim Querengesser (Senior Editor, Alberta Venture), Steven Sandor (Editor, Avenue Edmonton) and Lindsay Shapka (Editor, Where Edmonton).

In part two of PitchFest (on Saturday Sept 14) “you’ll take everything you’ve learned to refine or write a new pitch and return for one-on-one sessions with the editor of your choosing from the panel. You’ll receive feedback, specific advice and maybe even sell a story.”

Cost and all other details here.

The MagAwards blog is back! Latest news…

The Magazine Awards blog is fueled up and ready to roll again after a summer hiatus. Hope you, too, enjoyed your summer, perhaps part of which was spent curled up with the 36th National Magazine Awards Gold Book, a digital collection of this past year’s NMA Gold Winners.

And now for a little Magazine Awards news to get us back in the swing…

Belated congrats to two-time NMA winner Carol Shaben, whose 2012 book Into the Abyss was named the winner of this year’s prestigious Edna Staebler Prize for Creative Non-fiction, an award bestowed by Wilfred Laurier University that includes a cash prize of $10,000. Read our profile of the book Into the Abyss as well as our interview with Carol Shaben about her incredible story and her path to becoming a writer. Ms. Shaben will receive her award in a ceremony on November 13.

Former National Magazine Award winner David Baines has been named this year’s winner of the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Jack Webster Foundation honoring career excellence in British Columbia journalism. The award will be presented at a ceremony in Vancouver on October 30. Mr. Baines has been a reporter at the Vancouver Sun for more than 25 years. He won a Gold National Magazine Award in 1994 for his work in Vancouver Magazine.

This year’s winner of the first National Magazine Award for tablet publishing - Canadian House & Home - caught the attention of the high-profile blog of the software giant Adobe, which featured House & Home‘s tablet edition in a post in August. They noted, “every issue of this magazine is interesting, inventive and takes full advantage of the DPS features that enable an immersive, interactive experience.”

Legion, a periodical of Canadian military history, has been named one of three finalists for this year’s Pierre Berton Award, known more formally as the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Popular Media. Legion won an honourable mention at the 2010 National Magazine Awards for its special issue “World War I: The War that Shaped a Nation.” The other two finalists for this year’s Pierre Berton Award are military historians Tim Cook and Mark Zuehlke. The winner will be announced at the Governor General’s Awards ceremony in Ottawa on November 19.

The award-winning fashion title Flare has unveiled a redesign as of this month’s issue, the product of the magazine’s new creative director Michèle Champagne, and featuring custom calligraphy with a retro feel by Olivia Grandperrin. Editor Amanda Purves explains in her latest note to Flare‘s readers: “When I first met Michèle, she was sustaining herself, after spending several years in Amsterdam, with interesting contract gigs and making her own magazine about graphic design. I instantly knew she had the true vision of an artist. A fashion magazine needs that—the Alexander Libermans, the Fabien Barons—or it’s not special.”

And, Up Here magazine just announced the winners of its Robert Service Poetry Contest, with Gus Barrett of Qualicum Beach, B.C., winning the top prize for “Willy the musher.”

Good to be back on the blog. Stay with us for regular updates this year on National Magazine Award winners, events, news and more, including, of course, updates on this coming year’s National Magazine Awards submissions, slated to open on December 1.

And follow us on Twitter @MagAwards.

NMA Winners headline Saskatchewan Festival of Words

SFWThe 17th annual Saskatchewan Festival of Words is coming your way July 18-21 in Moose Jaw, with workshops, readings, concerts, film screenings and more.

Featuring Dave Bidini, two-time National Magazine Award winner for his work in Saturday Night and Maisonneuve, and author of ten books, most recently Writing Gordon Lightfoot; Annabel Lyon, twice a National Magazine Award finalist for her fiction in Toronto Life and The New Quarterly and author of the novel The Golden Mean; Ken Babstock, 1997 NMA gold winner in Poetry for his work in Prism International, and recipient of the Griffin Poetry Prize for his collection Methodist Hatchet;  Ross King, 2010 NMA nominee and 2012 Governor General Literary Award winner for The Last Supper; Candace Savage, six-time NMA finalist and winner of the Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for A Geography of Blood; and lots more.

Check out the full line-up and ticket info and the schedule (pdf).

Oilweek, Up Here Business, Marketing big winners at 59th Kenneth R. Wilson Awards

Last night inside the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto, Canadian Business Press announced the winners of the 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for Canadian B2B publishing, presented by CDS Global.

Complete list of winners. KRW digital Gold Book.

K_MoYt-oilweekWith two divisions for Magazine of the Year, Up Here Business was named Magazine of the Year–Professional, while Oilweek won Magazine of the Year–Trade. Read what the KRW judges said about these winning magazines.

Best Issue of the year went to Les Affaires for their May 2012 issue “Le pouvoir créatif.”

Best Cover went to Oilsands Review for their September 2012 cover:

Precedent won the award for Website of the Year.

The inaugural Kenneth R. Wilson Award for Best New Journalist went to Katie Keir for her article “When Good Partners go Bad” in Advisor’s Edge.

Marketing magazine led all publications with 3 Gold and 2 Silver awards, followed by CAmagazine, Up Here Business, OHS Canada and Conseiller.

Top Winning Magazines at the 59th Kenneth R. Wilson Awards:

Magazine

Gold

Silver

HM

Marketing

3

2

9

CAmagazine

3

1

13

Up Here Business

2

0

4

OHS Canada

2

0

3

Conseiller

2

0

0

Les Affaires

1

2

6

Precedent

1

2

5

Le Coopérateur agricole

1

2

0

University Affairs

1

1

6

Alberta Oil

1

1

2

Notable winners include writer Jason Contant, who won two Gold awards for OHS Canada. And Nicolas Mesly won a Gold and two Silver awards for his work in Le Coopérateur agricole.

Tom Gierasimczuk, former editor of Marketing and now vice-president of editorial at Canada Wide Media, emcee’d the gala for the second year in a row. Tom was also a Gold winner himself, in the category Best Profile of a Company (“Vice Age” in Marketing).

For all the winners and coverage, visit krwawards.ca or on twitter @KRWawards and #KRW13.

Update: List of all 59th KRW nominees and winners (pdf)

Your Guide to 2013 Canadian Magazines Week

Mag-stackThe biggest week in Canadian magazines is finally here. Conferences, receptions, events and awards, all culminating in the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on Friday night, June 7. Hope to see you there. [INFO & TICKETS]

TUESDAY JUNE 4
5:30pm – MagNet Marquee: The opening event of MagNet 2013, Canada’s Magazines Conference, Courtyard Toronto Downtown by Marriott.

6:30pm – 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, recognizing excellence in Canadian business-to-business publishing, Grand Banking Hall, Hotel One King West, Toronto.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 5
All day - MagNet 2013, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

12:00pm – CMC Excellence Awards Luncheon, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

5:00pm – CDS Global Circulator reception, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

5:30pm – CSME Editors’ Gala, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

6:00pm – PWAC Awards Dinner Banquet, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

THURSDAY JUNE 6
All day - MagNet 2013, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

5:00pm – Magazines Canada Connecting Canada reception, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

FRIDAY JUNE 7
All day - MagNet 2013, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

12:00pm – PWAC Awards Luncheon, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

6:00pm – 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala, The Carlu, Toronto.

Kenneth R. Wilson Awards & Western Magazine Awards announce finalists

Today Canadian Business Press announced the finalists for the 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards in 24 written, visual, digital and special categories for Canadian business-to-business magazine publishing.

CAmagazine leads all magazines with 17 nominations, followed by Marketing (14), Les Affaires (9), Precedent and University Affairs (8 each).

The KRW Awards have 2 divisions for Magazine of the Year this year. The 3 finalists for Magazine of the Year – Professional are CAmagazine, Marketing and Up Here Business. The finalists for Magazine of the Year – Trade are Oilweek, Renovation Contractor and Salon Magazine.

Also this year the KRW Awards added a category for Best New Journalist, and those finalists are:

Check out the complete list of KRW nominees.

This year’s KRW Awards gala is June 4 at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto. Tickets are on sale at KRWawards.ca.

Earlier this week the Western Magazine Awards announced the nominees for its 31st year honouring excellence in Canadian magazines from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

The leading nominated magazines include Vancouver Magazine, Eighteen Bridges, BC Business, Alberta Views, Up Here, Western Living and Prairie Fire.

The 3 finalists for Best New Magazine are Coast Mountain Culture MagazineHomes & Living Magazine Vancouver and  Interlake Arts, Life & Leisure Magazine.

The 5 finalists for Best New Writer are:

  • Sherry Wong, “Dandelion,” Prism International
  • Melissa Molloy, “The Accuser and Us,” Profiles West
  • Carly Wignes, “Treaty Troubles,” The Tyee
  • Rosemary Anderson, “A Running Start,” Trek
  • Stacey McLachlan, “The Bounty Hunter,” Western Living

Check out all the WMA finalists.

The WMA Lifetime Achievement Award this year will go to Paul and Audrey Grescoe.

This year’s WMA Gala is Friday June 21 at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, hosted by Jo-Ann Roberts, the CBC radio host and currently the Harvey Southam Guest Lecturer at University of Victoria. Tickets go on sale on May 6 at WesternMagazineAwards.ca.

New Ryerson Review of Journalism to launch on April 4

Come one, come all to the launch party of the Summer 2013 issue of the award-winning Ryerson Review of Journalism, next Thursday April 4 at The Corner Place (11 Jarvis Street) in Toronto.

The annual publication (as of next year, the RRJ will drop from publishing 2 issues per year to 1) produced by the undergraduate and graduate students of Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, is celebrating its 30th anniversary–be warned (nay, be excited): the event will feature the music of 1983.

Over the past 30 years the RRJ has been nominated for 28 National Magazine Awards, capturing 3 awards for Best New Magazine Writer (formerly Best Student Writer) and also awards for Politics and for Profiles. In 1993 it was named Honourable Mention for Magazine of the Year.

Related posts:
Ryerson Review of Journalism launches Summer 2012 issue
Meet the NMA Finalists for Best New Magazine Writer

MagNet 2013 is online! Canada’s national magazine conference

Registration is open for MagNet 2013. Canada’s national magazine conference will take place June 4-7, 2013, at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown, leading up to the National Magazine Awards gala on Friday night, June 7 (at the nearby Carlu).

More than 50 sessions are on offer this year, in all areas of the industry including Ad Sales, Circulation, Design, Digital, Editorial, Management, Production and Writing.

In one of the many standout sessions, “Going for Gold: How to Create Award-Winning Content,” former NMAF President Patrick Walsh (Outdoor Canada) will join Toronto Life EIC Sarah Fulford, L’actualité EIC Carole Beaulieu, Report on Business creative director Domenic Macri, and NMA-winning writer and NMAF board member David Hayes for a discussion moderated by Deborah Rosser.

A special section of this year’s MagNet, “Meet the Inventive West,” will highlight the success of British Columbia’s magazine industry, with sessions featuring NMA winner David Beers (The Tyee), Tom Gierasimczuk (BC Business), Anicka Quin (Western Living), Gary Davies (Canada Wide Media) and more.

This year’s MagNet keynote speakers include:

  • Rebecca Wesson Darwin, President and CEO of Garden & Gun
  • David Carey, President of Hearst Magazines
  • Bob “Bo” Sacks
  • T.J. Tucker, Creative Director of Texas Monthly

Other featured sessions:

Visit magnet.magazinescanada.ca for all the details.

Following the conclusion of MagNet on Friday June 7, the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala will open just a block down the street, at The Carlu. Details and ticket information will be announced by May 1.

Brews & (Alberta) Views

AlbertaViews–former winner of the National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year–is hosting a great holiday-themed event (if your holiday includes beer) this Thursday evening at Shelf Life Books in Calgary.

Brews & Views is open to the public; free to subscribers and $15 (includes a subscription to AlbertaViews) for everyone else. You are requested to RSVP by December 4. More info at AMPA.

Check out AlbertaViews in the NMA Archives.

Magazines Canada Webinar features NMA winner David Fielding

David Fielding, executive editor of Canadian Business magazine

The next installment of Magazines Canada’s Fall 2012 Webinar Series is entitled “Strategies of an Award-Winning Editor” and will feature David Fielding, a renowned editor who has worked on National Magazine Award-winning stories and packages from Report on Business, Toro, The Grid and most recently Canadian Business.

The webinar will be hosted on Wednesday, November 14 at 2pm ET.

From the event site:

What does it take to get your magazine’s writers into the winner’s circle at the NMAs and other awards programs? Join David Fielding, executive editor at Canadian Business magazine, as he shares the strategies he’s used to help his writers get their best work onto his magazine’s pages—and score some prizes along the way as well.

Visit Magazines Canada for more information and to register for the event. Discount pricing is available for members and webinar packages.

NMA Winner Michael Harrington opens exhibit in Toronto

“Red House” by Michael Harrington.

Starting this Friday, November 2 the Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto’s Queen West district will be exhibiting a retrospective of work by Michael Harrington, a local artist and illustrator who won a 2006 National Magazine Award for illustration in Toro magazine.

The gallery is open Thursday to Saturday, 12-6pm, and Sundays from 1-5pm, and the Michael Harrington exhibit is on display until November 25.

From the gallery’s announcement of the exhibit:

Michael Harrington’s practice has focused on the depiction of the human form, occupying incomplete and ambiguous narratives. These scenarios aim to provoke an empathetic response from viewers. Harrington’s paintings employ traditional representational devices that he applies to a broad range of subject matter including cinema, theatre, literature, music, family folklore, and personal memory and experience.

Most recently his work considers the male figure in society. These men are positioned in the transient interiors and exteriors of the working world; hotel rooms, lobbies, boardrooms and barrooms. Also considered are the contemporary images of vacation sites; recreational vehicles, and the motels of south Florida.

“Brown Sofa” by Michael Harrington

“Forest People” by Michael Harrington

“Rehearsal” by Michael Harrington

More information here.

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