The annual Canadian Cover Awards, produced by CMC and Magazines Canada, is accepting submissions until January 31 for its 2013 awards.
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.
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.
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 Oilweek, Up Here Business and Marketing.
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.
Tomorrow 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 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).
[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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.
The winners of Magazine of the Year:
- Small circ: Up Here
- Medium circ: Cottage Life
- Large circ: Canadian Living
- Best Trade Magazine: Precedent
- Best Custom Publication: enRoute
- Best Blog: Reader’s Digest Open Kitchen
- Best Front of Book: Up Here
- Jim Cormier Award for Best Display Writing: Cottage Life
- Best Web Editorial (under 150k): Fresh Juice
- Best Web Editorial (over 150k): Canadian Living
- Editor of the Year: Penny Caldwell, Cottage Life
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.