7 Things We Love on Cottage Life’s YouTube Channel

Canada’s reigning Magazine of the Year, Cottage Life, delights its readers with great storytelling, photography, DIY advice and other essential things for your cottage life.

The magazine’s broadcasting arm, Cottage Life TV and the Cottage Life YouTube channel, expand that mandate with everything from how-to guides for food, style and entertainment, to just plain outdoor fun. Here are some favs.

How to make a floating hot tub
DIY “Brojects” regulars Andrew and Kevin show off their innovative craftsmanship with an amphibious hot tub that floats in the lake. They almost can’t believe it worked!

Make your own all-natural bug juice
Ever read the label on a bottle of bug spray and wonder if you should just take your chances with the black flies? Try putting these 6 ingredients together:

Great smoked trout
Among the many great food preparation videos, this one takes you from the catch to the plate, via a regular propane bbq, with that most familiar and delicious of Canadian freshwater fish, the trout.

Bring in the Canadian Shield
A guide to creating a granite shield for your stove with Canada’s national rock.

Canoe on wheels
Because what if you need to hitch a canoe to your bicycle for the next portage?

Make your own beef jerky
Why not? It’s actually pretty easy.

How to make a zipline
To deliver beer from the cottage to the picnic table, obviously. Not so much a detailed “How-To” as it is “Hey, look what I did with my spare time.”

Discover more at the Cottage Life channel.

The nominees for this year’s National Magazine Awards will be announced on May 4.

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.

Feathertale Review trailer previews two beginnings, no end, to new issue

Video trailers for magazine issues are becoming increasingly popular, and this one from National Magazine Award-winning humour & literary magazine The Feathertale Review caught our eye today.

Check out the new issue. For more about Feathertale, check out our recent interview with founder and editor Brett Popplewell.

The Feathertale Review, issue no. 6, winner of Best Magazine Cover, 2010 National Magazine Awards
The Feathertale Review, issue no. 6, winner of Best Magazine Cover, 2010 National Magazine Awards

The submissions deadline for the National Magazine Awards is January 19. Don’t miss it!

Watch: 4 National Magazine Award-winning editors talk about Canadian Magazines

Last Thursday on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, four prominent Canadian magazine editors appeared together in conversation about the challenges and opportunities of magazine publishing and engaging readers in a digital age and in a crowded, shifting marketplace. (SPOILER ALERT: The answer to the digital-age question–“Will there still be print magazines in 10 years?”–is yes!)
  • Haley Cullingham, editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve
  • Sarah Fulford, editor-in-chief of Toronto Life
  • Jonathan Kay, editor-in-chief of The Walrus
  • Steve Maich, senior vice-president & general manager of Rogers Publishing and founding editor of Sportsnet
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A few annotations:

When host Steve Paikin introduces everyone with their associated magazine, describing each as having won “Best Canadian Magazine of…” he is referring to the National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year (or, in the case of Sportsnet, Tablet Magazine of the Year).

Toronto Life: Magazine of the Year 2007 (and 1985 & 1989)
Maisonneuve: Magazine of the Year 2011 (and 2004)
The Walrus: Magazine of the Year 2006
Sportsnet: Tablet Magazine of the Year 2013

Steve Maich is a member of the board of directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

Opening Video of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards

Smash reel of Canadian magazines nominated for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards, June 6, 2014. Produced by Relay Experience for the National Magazine Awards Foundation. Executive Producer: Melanie Lovell. Producer: Xavier Massé. Animation by Very Good Studios. Director/Senior Animator: Matthew Henning. Production Assistants: Tim Adams, Vikas Agarwal, Jitendra Singh. Audio Mixing: Joshua Hemming. Thank you to all the creators of Canadian magazine content.

A complete recap of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.

Follow @MagAwards on Twitter. Check out our YouTube channel for more videos, include previous NMA smash reels.

Top Magazine Videos in Canada (Part 2)

For the second year the National Magazine Awards Foundation is recognizing excellence in the production of Online Video by Canadian magazines. This year’s 8 finalists were announced on May 1 along with the complete list of this year’s nominations. The winners will be revealed at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 6. [Tickets]

Last week we profiled the first 4 nominees; here’s a look at second batch of finalists for Online Video.

Which do you think is best? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #OnlineVideo

 

“Les gentlemâles”

Video-Chatelaine

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Title: Les gentlemâles
Credits: FarWeb.TV, Direction; Robert Boulos, Producer; Charles Grenier, Video Editor

Intimacy, family values and gender roles are discussed at liberty by three prominent Québécois actors, Vincent Graton, Christian Bégin and Réal Bossé.  Over the course of two hours, four cameras capture an intuitive, unfiltered conversation led by the subjects.

 

“Revising the Revolution”

MagazineReport on Business
Title: Revising the Revolution
Credits: Sven Creutzmann, Director & Videographer; Stephen Wicary, Hannah Sung, Producers; Clare Vander Meersch, Co-Producer; Julian Liurette, Douglas Peretz, Video Editors

The “cuentapropistas,” or Cuban entrepreneurs, have begun opening small businesses in certain local industries. Las Tres Mesallas is a restaurant that has sprung up in Havana. Owner Mireya Luis’ three gold medals in Olympic volleyball provide her the celebrity, while her husband chips in the recipes to keep her brand and restaurant thriving.

 

“Julie Cusson”

MagazineGlow
Title: Glow Artist Spotlight: Chanel Makeup Artist Julie Cusson
Credits: Alex Cirka, Director & Videographer; Samra Habib, Director & Producer; Ryan Bauer, Video Editor

Freelance and self-taught makeup artist Julie Cusson speaks about fashion photos and painting techniques that have inspired her work. Subtle lounge music plays in the background, bringing a relaxing atmosphere to her discussion on high fashion makeup products and her experience working with Chanel.

 

“Cold Comfort”

MagazineUnited Church Observer
Title: Cold Comfort
Credits: Kevin Spurgaitis, Director & Producer; Jill Kitchener, Video Editor; Chelsea Temple Jones, Contributor

This short documentary displays a night in the life of a church shelter through a touching profile of Waterloo, Ontario’s First United Church and its Out of the Cold program. It is a video testament on how the working poor and homeless are coping in today’s economic conditions.

Special thanks to Melissa Myers for the episode capsules.

See also:
Top 7 Fashion Spreads in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Canadian Magazine Illustrations
Top 9 Infographics in Canadian Magazines
Top 6 Canadian Magazines for Art Direction
How Did They Create That Cover?

Top Magazine Videos in Canada (Part 1)

The Complete Collection (full-text articles) of all National Magazine Awards nominees.

Top Magazine Videos in Canada (Part 1)

For the second year the National Magazine Awards Foundation is recognizing excellence in the production of Online Video by Canadian magazines. This year’s 8 finalists were announced on May 1 along with the complete list of this year’s nominations. The winners will be revealed at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 6. [Tickets]

Here’s a look at the first 4 finalists for Online Video. Check back next week for our profile of the remaining 4 finalists.

Which do you think is best? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #OnlineVideo

 

“Vacant”

Magazine: FILLER
Title: Vacant
CreditsNelson Lee, Director & Video Editor; Jennifer Lee, Producer; Michael Lockridge, Videographer

As a self-proclaimed “fashion magazine for culture junkies,” FILLER’s aptitude for marrying entrancing song with daring fashion is exemplified in a unique way in Celebrity Style & Fashion Films: Oldboy’s Pom Klementieff for FILLER Magazine. This video brings clothing to life by creating a world that compliments its style, offering a new fashion experience above and beyond that of the still photograph.

 

“Glassblower”

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Title: Glassblower: Nick Chase
CreditsSheri Graham-Delagran, Director; Ryan Louis, Producer; Jason Stickley, Videographer; Patrick Malone, Video Editor

This candid portrait of a glassblower and his work explores how Nick Chase pairs organic leaf structures with man-made, glass-blown objects.  He shares the ways in which the inconsistencies in his pieces reflect emotional truths within himself.  This story allows viewers access into the mind and soul of a contemporary artist practicing a trade aged by centuries.

 

“One Room, Six Ways”

MagazineCanadian House & Home
Title: One Room, Six Ways
Credits: Sheri Graham-Delagran, Director; Ryan Louis, Producer; Jason Stickley, Videographer; Erin Gulas, Video Editor

An eye-opening exhibit of how to decorate a room, this video shows how artwork can liven up and personalize any space.  Creating six new moods while utilizing one furniture layout, Anya Shor and Manny Neubacher share a simple solution for anyone yearning to amp up their interior-design style.

 

“Boy Genius”

MagazineMaclean’s
Title: Boy Genius
Credits: Jessica Darmanin, Michelle Turingan, Directors & Producers

Paul Wells’s interview with Kristine and Jacob Barnett creates the basis for this fascinating depiction of how one mother took her autistic son’s therapy into her own hands, releasing him back into their world.  This compelling story challenges medical expectations while uncovering the mathematical genius of an impressive young man.

Editor’s Note: Paul Wells’s story for the print edition of Maclean’s, “Boy Genius,” is also nominated for a National Magazine Award for Best Short Feature.

 

Special thanks to Melissa Myers for the episode capsules.

See also:
Top 9 Infographics in Canadian Magazines
Top 6 Magazines for Art Direction
How Did They Create That Cover?