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.
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:
- Katie Keir, “When Good Partners go Bad,” Advisor’s Edge
- Regan Reid, “Gold Rush,” Canadian Insurance Top Broker
- Stephanie Brooks,” The Great Divide,” Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters 20/20
Check out the complete list of KRW nominees.
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 Magazine, Homes & 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.
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.
Among Canadian consumer magazines entered, Maclean’s (macleans.ca) won 3 Gold awards (Best News Coverage; Best Use of Social Media; Best Cross-Platform Initiative), while Canadian Art (canadianart.ca) was a double Gold winner (Best Online-Only Article; Best E-Newsletter).
Other consumer (red division) winners included:
- Canadian Living (Best Data Visualization)
- Wondereur (Best Tablet Edition)
- BlogTO (Best Smartphone App)
- United Church Observer (Best Video or Multimedia Feature)
- Apartment 613 (Best Blog)
- Sharp for Men (Best Website Design)
- Red Nation (Best Overall Online-Only Publication Website)
Big winners in the Blue (B2B, trade and scholarly magazines) division were Sparksheet.com (4 Gold and 3 Silver awards), University Affairs (2 Gold and 2 Silver) and IT World Canada (2 Gold).
In the Green (newspapers and broadcasters) division, CBC dominated with 6 Gold awards, while the National Post and The Globe and Mail each won 2 Gold and 1 Silver.
Tomorrow (Oct 24) the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors presents a luncheon event titled “Learning From Each Other” featuring editors from B2B and consumer magazines who will share their tips on magazine publishing and the wisdom they’ve accumulated throughout their careers. The participants include:
- Douglas Thomson: President of National Magazine Awards Board of Directors and Editor of Canadian Home Workshop, a consumer title currently celebrating its 35th anniversary.
- Peter Carter: Editor of Today’s Trucking and winner of the 2011 CSME Editor’s Choice Award for best trade magazine editor.
- William Morassutti: Creative director of Star Content Studios, Torstar’s new custom content arm, and former editor-in-chief and founding member of Toro magazine.
The event is being held at Peridot, 81 Bloor St E (right at Yonge/Bloor subway station) in Toronto from 12-2pm on Wednesday, Oct 24. Buy tickets online at CSME; discounts for members and for buying in advance.
Shameless, the energetic and National Magazine Award-nominated magazine for young women and trans youth, is hosting a silent auction fundraiser event in Toronto on Thursday, October 25 at the ING Direct Cafe (221 Yonge St).
Shameless is an independent magazine that since its 2004 launch has been run entirely by volunteers, many of whom are young professionals in the magazine industry.
Last week the finalists for the 4th annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs) were announced. Among Canadian magazines competing in the Red (consumer mag) division, Canadian Living‘s companion site canadianliving.com led all publications with 7 nominations, followed by Canadian Art (5) and Maclean’s (4).
The Red division consists of 15 categories including Best Overall Companion Site, Best Design, Best News Coverage, Best Blog, Best Use of Social Media, Best Smartphone App and Best Tablet Edition. There are similar divisions for newspapers and daily news sites (Green) and trade publications (Blue).
The awards presentation will be held on Monday, October 22nd at The Hoxton in Toronto’s King West district, and tickets are on sale now ($25 in advance; $40 at the door). The event will be emcee’d by TV personality Amber Mac.
Toronto-based illustrator Selena Wong, who won the Gold National Magazine Award for illustration at the 35th anniversary NMA gala earlier this year, is participating in a multi-artist exhibit entitled “Black Math” which opens this Wednesday, October 3 with a reception at the Steam Whistle Brewery in downtown Toronto.
The exhibit features work from 9 artists and the theme is decidedly Hallowe’en. Doors open for the reception at 7pm on Wednesday, and the exhibit is on for the entire month of October. [More info]
The Steam Whistle Brewery is located at 255 Bremner Blvd downtown Toronto, near the base of the CN Tower.
Selena Wong won her first National Magazine Award in June for her artwork accompanying a story in The Walrus, titled “Meet You at the Door.”
Discover more of her work and style at selenawong.com.
Word on the Street is the annual Canadian book and magazine festival, which this year is coming to 6 Canadian cities:
Toronto: Sunday, Sept 23 at Queen’s Park Circle
Halifax: Sunday, Sept 23 by the Maritime Museum
Saskatoon: Sunday, Sept 23 at Civic Square
Lethbridge: Sunday, Sept 23 at Main Library
Kitchener: Sunday, Sept 23 around City Hall
Vancouver: Sept 28-30 (various locations)
If you’ve never been to WOTS before, it’s basically a fun day in the park surrounded by magazines, books, authors and food. It’s often a great opportunity to snag great subscription deals and hard-to-find back issues of your favourite magazines, as well as discounted books.
Plus, readings from wonderful authors and informative, career-building speaker series. Most of all, it’s a great place to discover new reads.
This Magazine is celebrating its brand new redesign (as of the Sept/Oct ’12 issue) with an event this coming Wednesday, September 19, at the watering hole known as No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street).
More info on their Facebook page.
Five bucks gets you in the door and a copy of the new issue. (RSVP suggested.)
More info at the Spacing site.
Any other launches or events coming up, please let us know.