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Alberta magazines affected by flooding; helping communities recover

The almost unbelievable scenes of flooding coming from Calgary and elsewhere in Alberta have shocked and saddened many of us, and while many magazines in the area have been affected, it’s encouraging to know that they and their staff are beginning the process of recovery and helping their communities do the same.

A note from Alberta Views magazine posted late yesterday, accompanying this photo of their staff, stated:

If you’ve tried to contact our office this week, please know that our building is still flooded and without power. We’ll be back up and publishing as soon as possible. Compared to many Albertans, we’re extremely lucky. And at least one small positive has come from all of this. The AV staff are diversifying our skills, particularly in the areas of home demolition and cleanup…! (Note the high-water mark near the top of the door.)

Elsewhere Janine Vangool, publisher and editor of UPPERCASE, published this note to her readers:

I am relieved that so much of my business is online and “in the cloud” and that even in challenging times it keeps us going. UPPERCASE supports me, my husband and our 3-year-old son as well as two employees, so it is always my biggest worry to ensure that the business can weather whatever storm.

Routes magazine, based in the town of High River, posted:

So much left to do in town. They are trying to clear roads of all the stray cars, and berm is completed so the water can be drained and then the water treatment can get up and running! Please realize these things must be done for our own safety. There is not yet a re- entry support location to go to, no emergency or health services and no sewer, and limited power.

Magazines such as Avenue, SwerveWestern Horse Review, Highline, Windspeaker, Impact, Alberta Oil, Where Calgary and more are keeping readers informed of what they need to do for their own safety and how their businesses are affected.

And kudos to the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association team for working round the clock the past few days to keep all of us, and especially the Alberta magazine community, informed about the flooding, evacuation, donations and recovery, in spite of all the obstacles:

Turns out AMPA’s website and possibly email aren’t functioning. Meh. Peanuts in the grand scheme of things these days. Reach us on twitter @albertamags, here on Facebook, or we’ll be back in the office (and hopefully up and running) tomorrow: 403 262 0081

Recovery efforts are continuing today and it will likely be quite awhile before businesses and lives are back to normal. Our thoughts are with you, Alberta. The Canadian Red Cross is collecting donations to support the flood relief effort, while Alberta’s business community and government have pledged immense support for the recovery.

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).

Border Crossings, Eighteen Bridges, subTerrain big winners at Western Magazine Awards

[This post has been updated] At last Friday night’s Western Magazine Awards gala in Vancouver, the Winnipeg-based arts and culture magazine Border Crossings was named Western Magazine of the Year, in a ceremony at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, hosted by Jo-Ann Roberts.

Alberta Oil was named Trade Magazine of the Year, while Toque & Canoe won for Best Online Magazine. And Coast Mountain Culture took the prize for Best New Magazine.

Eighteen Bridges won the award for Best Alberta/NWT magazine, as well as two three individual awards, for Best Alberta/NWT Article, for Best Public Issues Article and for Best Culture & Entertainment Article, the latter for “The Populist” by Curtis Gillespie, which won Honourable Mention in Profiles at this year’s National Magazine Awards.

Vancouver indie literary mag subTerrain won the awards for Fiction and for Best Illustration. Up Here also won two awards, for Best Profile and for Best Travel & Leisure Article. Vancouver Magazine won for Best Art Direction of a Single Article and for Best Human Experience Article.

New Trail Winter 2012_Big Melt.pdfIn the Best Photograph category the winner was “The Changing Face of the North” by John Ulan in New Trail, which also won Honourable Mention in Creative Photography at this year’s National Magazine Awards.

[Update] The Gold Award for Best Saskatchewan Article went to Ayelet Tsabari for “Yemeni Soup and Other Recipes” in Grain, which also won a Silver Award in the One-of-a-Kind category at this year’s NMAs.

Best New Writer went to Melissa Molloy for “The Accuser and Us” in Profiles West. Ms. Molloy also won the award for Best New Writer at this year’s Alberta Magazine Awards.

Best Cover went to “Last Supper” from Avenue, art direction by Anders Knudsen, which also won the same award at the Alberta Magazine Awards.

Other winners include Alberta Views, BC Business, Focus, Grain, Impact, Swerve and Western Living. Visit for more information, or check out the Canadian Magazines blog for more coverage.

Paul and Audrey Grescoe were recognized as winners of the WMA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Related Post:
Western Magazine Awards announce finalists

Your Guide to Summer 2013 Magazine Writing Contests

It’s summer at last — time to get outdoors and write! Check out some of these great writing contests on offer from many of Canada’s award-winning magazines.

The Walrus: Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry, juried prize and people’s choice prize
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $2500 and publication (juried winner); $2500 (people’s choice winner)
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)

Alberta Views Perspectives on a Province
Section: Fiction
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $1000 (1st), $250 (2nd); publication
Entry Fee: $30 (includes subscription)

Antigonish Review: Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize
Sections: Poetry
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Prize: $600 (first); $400 (second); $200 (third); publication
Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)

Up Here Robert Service Poetry Contest
Section: Poetry (in the style of Robert Service)
Deadline: July 1, 2013
Prize: $750 (1st), $250 (2nd); publication in Up Here
Entry Fee: None

Matrix Magazine: LitPop Awards
Sections: Poetry; Fiction; Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: July 1, 2013
Prize: For winners in each section, round-trip ticket and accommodation to POP Montreal Festival in September; publication in Matrix
Entry Fee: $25

Malahat Review: Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize
Sections: Creative Nonfiction
Deadline: August 1, 2013
Prize: $1000; publication in Malahat Review; interview with winning author
Entry Fee: $35 (includes subscription)

Geist: Erasure Poetry Contest
Sections: Poetry
Deadline: August 31, 2013
Prize: $600 (first); $250 (second); $150 (third); publication in Geist; prize packs for HM
Entry Fee: $20 (includes subscription)

Did we miss something? Email staff[at]magazine-awards[dot]com or hail us on Twitter @MagAwards.

More Magazine Contests:
Your Guide to Fall 2012 Magazine Writing Contests
Your Guide to Winter/Spring 2013 Magazine Writing Contests

Check out the Contests section of this blog for frequent updates on opportunities from Canadian magazines.

The 36th National Magazine Awards Gold Book

Make your summer reading the National Magazine Awards digital Gold Book. More than forty magazine stories and visual spreads representing the Gold winners from the 36th annual National Magazine Awards, available FREE for your computer or mobile device.

Including National Magazine Award-winning work by these Canadian literary and visual artists:

Caroline Adderson, Dave Cameron, Karen Connelly, Craig Davidson, Sierra Skye Gemma, Jessica Johnson, Tom Jokinen, Peter Ash Lee, Angus Rowe MacPherson, Greg McArthur, Leah McLaren, Conor Mihell, Jonathan Montpetit, Alison Motluk, Mark Peckmezian, Graeme Smith, Emma Teitel, Chris Turner, Jeff Warren, Sam Weber and more!

With stories from Canada’s best magazines, including Adbusters, Avenue, Azure, Canada’s History, Canadian Notes & Queries, Eighteen Bridges, Explore, Geist, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Reader’s Digest, Report on Business, Sportsnet, The Feathertale Review, The Grid, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Toronto Life and more!

Congratulations to all of this year’s National Magazine Award winners, and happy summer reading to all!

Canada’s Best Magazine Covers of 2012

At the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala last week, the Gold Award for Best Magazine Cover went to Adbusters, for the cover of their 100th issue, entitled “Are We Happy Yet?”

"Are We Happy Yet?" - Adbusters, Art Direction by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue
“Are We Happy Yet?” – Adbusters, Art Direction by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue

Why the judges picked this cover: “It resonated loudly and immediately on all counts, with its tight connection between the striking cover image and the solitary cover line. An instant classic… [it] challenges one of the primary goals of advertising–to stimulate desires–and implicitly answers its own question. At once strong, direct, incisive, compelling and complete: a brilliant magazine cover.”

The Silver award for Magazine Covers went to Maisonneuve.

"Issue 45" - Maisonneuve, Art Direction by Anna Minzhulina
“Issue 45” – Maisonneuve, Art Direction by Anna Minzhulina

Congratulations to all the winners of the 36th National Magazine Awards.

Related post:
Meet the NMA Finalists for Magazine Covers

Get to know Corporate Knights: Canada’s Magazine of the Year

The coveted award for Magazine of the Year is the most prestigious award bestowed upon a Canadian magazine. At this year’s National Magazine Awards, the winner of Magazine of the Year was Corporate Knights.

Known as the magazine for clean capitalism, Corporate Knights is published 4 times per year by Corporate Knights Inc. It is published as a quarterly insert in the Globe and Mail and Washington Post. As one of the world’s largest circulation (125K+) magazines focused on the intersection of business and society, CK is the most prominent brand in the clean capitalism media space.

Founded in 2002, Corporate Knights tirelessly works to shine a light on sustainable businesses and government practices through a mix of news, analysis, commentary, features and original research. Known for their much-anticipated rankings that measure the sustainability performance of various institutions, places and investment funds, the magazine also walked the talk. Following the same environment and social standards it celebrates, it became the first business magazine to become a Certified-B Corporation.  After the arrival of a new editor in chief and designer/senior art director, 2012 saw some more big changes and the magazine’s look and feel was revitalized. Over the year, Corporate Knights attracted top-notch freelancers and illustration talent as well as launched a new digital magazine app, enabling them to build their global subscriber base.

Discover more at And congratulations to this year’s Magazine of the Year!

36th National Magazine Awards Seals

Magazine publishers – promote your National Magazine Awards with our official 36th NMA Finalists’ and Winners’ seals. Celebrate your award-winning magazines by putting these seals on your covers, promotional material, and website.

Like the National Magazine Awards Foundation, Canadian readers look for great Canadian content. That’s why we are offering the National Magazine Awards FoundationWinner/Finalist Seals for Gold and Silver award winners, Finalists, Magazine Cover of the Year and Magazine of the Year.  We encourage award-winning magazines to help create greater reader awareness of the prestige and honour that comes with winning a National Magazine Award.

Download National Magazine Awards seals (pdf).

Best in Canadian Magazines: At the 36th NMA Gala

Talking about the National Magazine Awards and Canadian Magazines. Video produced by Unbound Media. See more from the Magazine Awards YouTube Channel, including this year’s Opening Module.

Thank You! From the 36th National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation wishes to thank Claire Dawson and Fidel Pena, their team at Underline Studio, and photographer Colin Faulkner for creating and executing the look and feel of this year’s National Magazine Awards.

Thanks also to Levi Nicholson of Biohazard Design for his creative direction of the gala program.

And thanks to the team at Relay Experience for their production of the gala including the multimedia show.

If you would like to order a copy of the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala program please get in touch with us at staff[at]magazine-awards[dot]com.

The NMAF is also grateful to its suppliers and partners who helped make this year’s National Magazine Awards a success, including:

PrintingThe Lowe-Martin Group

Translation: Rédaction Charles Girard, Inc

Publicity: Smitten Creative

Event PhotographyDean Bradley

Outstanding Achievement Portraiture: Nigel Dickson

Event Exhibit: National Sign, Inc.

Volunteer Coordination: Erin Klassen

News Release Distribution: CNW Group

Chartered Accountants: Beckett Lowden Read

CateringDaniel et Daniel

Flowers: San Remo Florists

VenueThe Carlu

Master of Ceremonies: Zaib Shaikh

Additional thanks to Gary Campbell, Nicolas Dagenais, Paul Dallas, Avary Lovell, Noémi Mercier, Jordanna Tennebaum and our event volunteers. And of course to all of our sponsors and partners, our judges, our staff and board of directors… thank you for your support of the National Magazine Awards and the Canadian magazine industry.

And to all who support Canadian magazines and their creators: Thank you from the NMAF.

The 36th National Magazine Awards Opening Video

Opening Module of the 36th National Magazine Awards, June 7, 2013. Sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

Creative Direction – Xavier Massé; Animation – Matthew Hemming; Artwork Preparation – Joana Ferret; Music – Bustafunk; Remix & Foley – Joshua Hemming.

Check out all of this year’s National Magazine Award gold winners in the 36th NMA Gold Book. Visit for more info.

Full coverage of the 36th National Magazine Award Winners
Complete list of nominees and winners [pdf]

Announcing the winners of the 36th National Magazine Awards!

Tonight the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) presented the winners of the 36th annual National Magazine Awards at a gala this evening in Toronto at The Carlu, presented by CDS Global, and hosted by Canadian actor Zaib Shaikh. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 47 categories, after the NMAF’s 250 volunteer judges evaluated 2000 submissions from nearly 200 Canadian consumer magazines.

[Version française]
[Complete list of winners PDF]
[36th NMA Gold Book]

Magazine of the Year

The coveted award for Magazine of the Year went to Corporate Knights. Honourable Mention for Magazine of the Year was awarded to Cottage Life, UPPERCASE and Urbania.

The award for Tablet Magazine of the Year went to Canadian House & Home for their “Colour Issue” from March 2012.

The award for Magazine Website of the Year went to Hazlitt, the online literary magazine published by Random House Canada.

Renowned Canadian editor, teacher and mentor Stephen Trumper was presented with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The winner of the award for Best New Magazine Writer was Sierra Skye Gemma, for her story “The Wrong Way” published in The New Quarterly.

Top Winning Magazines at the 36th National Magazine Awards:









The Grid




The Walrus








Report on Business
















Toronto Life








Eighteen Bridges




Canadian House & Home








Reader’s Digest




The Feathertale Review




Québec Science




The article “Building with the Brigadier” (Report on Business) by Greg McArthur and Graeme Smith—about the SNC-Lavalin investment in Libya—was the most celebrated individual article of the 36th National Magazine Awards, winning two Gold Awards, in Business and in Investigative Reporting, as well as Silver in Politics & Public Interest.

The Gold award for Best Single Issue went to The Feathertale Review (“Issue 9”), the Toronto-based independent arts magazine. The Silver went to Toronto Life (“The Loneliest Man in Toronto”).

The Gold award for the best Magazine Cover of the year went to Adbusters for their fast food satire “Are We Happy Yet?” by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue. “Issue 45” of Maisonneuve by Anna Minzhulina took the Silver award.

The new online literary magazine Hazlitt, in addition to winning Magazine Website of the Year, also took the Gold awards for Magazine Website Design and for best Online Video, the latter for the first installment of their interview series “Pagelicker 01: Irvine Welsh.”

Journalist Catherine Dubé of L’actualité won her eighth National Magazine Award with a Gold in Service: Health & Family, for “Faut-il interdire le cellulaire à l’école?” – one of six Gold awards won by L’actualité, the most of any magazine.

Journalists from L’actualité also won Gold in Politics & Public Interest (“Jason, le missionaire de Harper” by Alec Castonguay); in Service: Personal Finance & Business (“La guerre des retraites est commencée” by Annick Poitras); in Profiles (“L’étoffe d’un premier ministre?” by Noémi Mercier); in Photojournalism & Photo Essay (“Au coeur d’Attawapiskat” by Renaud Philippe); and in Spot Illustration (“Papa souffre, moi aussi” by Gérard Dubois).

The Grid led all publications with 7 total awards, including 5 Gold Awards: in Editorial Package: Web for their feature “Are You Going to Eat That?”; in Single Service Article Package for “The Grid Guide to Getting Hitched”; in How-To for “The Grid Guide to Buying a Condo”; in Creative Photography for “Truckin’ A!” by Angus Rowe MacPherson; and in Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article, for “Chef’s Guide to Toronto” by Vanessa Wyse.

Corduroy, an independent style and fashion magazine based in Toronto, won Gold for Art Direction of an Entire Issue (“Issue 10”) and in Fashion (“ten covers x ten models”), with art direction by Peter Ash Lee.

Writer Chris Turner led all individuals with four nominations and won Gold in Travel for “On Tipping in Cuba” in The Walrus. Mr. Turner has now won nine National Magazine Awards.

The Walrus won 6 total awards including 4 Gold: in addition to the Travel category, also winning Gold in Illustration (“Apocalypse Soon” by Sam Weber); in One-of-a-Kind (“What Would Tommy Douglas Think?” by Tom Jokinen); and in Society (“Fade to Light” by Dave Cameron).

In Words & Pictures the Gold award went to “On Thin Ice” in Canada’s History, by Terry Mosher (a.k.a. Aislin), Mark Reid and Michel Groleau.

Writer Alison Motluk won Gold in Health & Medicine for her story “Is Egg Donation Dangerous?” in Maisonneuve. For Ms. Motluk this is her third National Magazine Award. The Montreal quarterly’s other Gold award came in the category Best Short Feature, for “Notes from the End of the War” by Jonathan Montpetit.

In Fiction the Gold went to Alberta novelist Caroline Adderson for her short story “Ellen-Celine, Celine-Ellen” published in Canadian Notes & Queries. Former Governor General Literary Award winner Patrick deWitt won the Silver for “The Looking-Ahead Artist” in Brick.

In Poetry the Gold winner was former Governor General Literary Award winner Karen Connelly for her poem “The Speed of Rust, or, He Marries” in Geist. Sue Goyette won the Silver for her series of “Fashion” poems in Prairie Fire.

The story “Whale Rising” by Jeff Warren in Reader’s Digest was a double winner, taking Gold in Science, Technology & Environment and Silver in Essays.

Sportsnet took the Gold in Editorial Package: Print, for “Sports that can kill.” Québec Science won Silver for “50 défis pour 2050.”

Emma Teitel of Maclean’s won the Gold award in Columns. Ms. Teitel won Honourable Mention last year in the category Best New Magazine Writer.

Six of the ten finalists in the new category Blogs were from Maclean’s, with the blog “Science-ish” by Julia Belluz—a former winner of the National Magazine Award for Best Student Writer—winning Gold. Paul Wells won the Silver for “Inkless Wells.”

In Portrait Photography the Gold went to “Never Left Art School,” a series of portraits of artist Douglas Coupland by Mark Peckmezian for Montecristo.

The new French-language literary magazine Nouveau Projet won its first National Magazine Award for “Faux self mon amour” by Fanny Britt in the category Personal Journalism.

Eighteen Bridges gained ten nominations and won Gold in Humour for “The Hairs about our Secrets” by Jessica Johnson.

Toronto Life led all publications with 29 nominations, winning a Gold in Arts & Entertainment for “Something Borrowed” by Leah McLaren.

The new Globe & Mail magazine Globe Style Advisor won its first National Magazine Award, a Gold in the category Beauty for “Lady Obscura.”

Also winning Gold Awards:

Visit for the complete list of winners and to download the commemorative 36th National Magazine Awards Gold Book.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as financial support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is a bilingual, not-for-profit institution whose mission is to recognize and promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.

Tonight: The 36th annual National Magazine Awards!

What: The 36th National Magazine Awards
WhereThe Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor, Toronto [MAP]
When: 6pm (Reception); 7:30pm (Awards presentation)

Have a ticket?
If you purchased a ticket and did not request it to be mailed, you can pick up your ticket at the Will-Call tables in front of the elevators at The Carlu. There are separate ticket tables for judges’ tickets.

Need a ticket?
Tickets are available for purchase at the door: $180 (table seats) / $110 (balcony/Round Room) including HST. Credit cards, cash and cheques accepted.

Not able to come?
Follow our twitter handle @MagAwards and #NMA13 for live tweets throughout the show. Keep it right here on this blog for a full recap of the awards and all the winners (sometime after 11pm ET).

The Nominees?
A recap of this year’s finalists in all 47 categories.
A PDF list of all nominations and credits.
Winner of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The Master of Ceremonies?
Zaib Shaikh

A Message from Douglas Thomson, President of the NMAF

Tomorrow we gather to celebrate excellence in Canadian magazine publishing at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards. [Version française ci-dessous]

“Content is King.” It’s a phrase we’ve heard time and again over the past few years. And while talking about it is one thing, investing in it is quite another.

What does Content is King actually mean in practice? To my eye, it means all of a magazine’s resources are dedicated to its highest priority: producing the best content possible. It also suggests that without this quality control, your chances of survival as a business are severely limited.

It doesn’t matter if your readership is 5,000 or 500,000. To believe Content is King is to commit fully to the work of the writers, editors, designers, photographers and illustrators—your most important assets—regardless of the scope of the budget.

The good news is that consumers will always be drawn to quality content. That may not be news in itself, but it is a sign that we are beginning to see the true result of that investment, be it monetary or intellectual. Ideally both.

It is that success that we’re here to celebrate. Take a look around you at tomorrow night’s gala. The people here care about content. They believe content is what really matters. Congratulate them. These are the people in whom we’ve put our collective faith, these talented creators who strive for excellence. Some of the nominees you’ve no doubt heard of before, and some are nominated for the first time, including Chez Soi, Globe Style Advisor, Hazlitt, Infopresse, Le Must, New Trail, Nouveau Project, Ottawa Citizen Style and Write Magazine.

I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to the hard-working folks who helped get us here, including of course the staff at the NMAF: Managing Director Barbara Gould, Media Liaison and Special Projects Manager Richard Johnson, and Josh Penslar our Production Manager. I also want to thank the NMAF board of directors and the 251 volunteer judges who have chosen the very best of the 186 magazines who submitted the work of their editors, writers, designers, photographers and illustrators.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the NMAF Digital Roundtable last fall and shared their industry knowledge. They helped us launch additional awards this year, including awards for Tablet Magazine of the Year, Blogs and Online Video, which honour excellence in digital magazine publishing.

So, welcome to—as one editor recently proclaimed in her Twitter feed—“the most magical night of the year.” I couldn’t agree more.

Mot du président: Douglas Thomson

« Le contenu est souverain. » Voilà une phrase que nous aurons maintes fois entendue au cours des dernières années. Le dire est une chose, mais investir dans cette démarche en est une autre.

Comment se traduit dans la pratique le principe du « Contenu souverain »? À mes yeux, cela signifie que toutes les ressources d’un magazine doivent converger vers la priorité la plus importante : produire le meilleur contenu possible. Cela signifie également que sans ce contrôle de la qualité, vos chances de survie, comme entreprise, sont gravement menacées.

Cela vaut, que vous ayez un bassin de 5 000 ou de 500 000 lecteurs. Préconiser que « Le contenu est souverain », c’est prendre l’engagement d’appuyer sans réserve le travail des rédacteurs, rédacteurs en chef, photographes et illustrateurs, vos meilleurs atouts, quelle que soit l’importance de votre budget.

Les consommateurs sont toujours plus avides d’un contenu de qualité, et c’est heureux. Il n’y a peut-être rien de nouveau à cela, mais on peut y voir le signe du véritable résultat de notre investissement, monétaire ou intellectuel. Idéalement, les deux à la fois.

C’est ce succès que nous célébrons cette année. Regardez autour de vous. Pour ceux et celles qui sont ici ce soir, le contenu est une préoccupation constante. Ils estiment que c’est d’abord et avant tout le contenu qui compte. Félicitez-les. C’est sur eux, des créateurs de talent qui visent l’excellence, que nous plaçons toute notre confiance. Vous reconnaîtrez sans doute certains des finalistes, mais d’autres sont en nomination pour la première fois cette année, dont Chez Soi, Globe Style Advisor, Hazlitt, Infopresse, Le Must, New Trail, Nouveau Project, Ottawa Citizen Style et Write Magazine.

J’aimerais remercier du fond du coeur ceux et celles qui, par leur travail infatigable, ont contribué à la tenue de cet événement, y compris, bien sûr, le personnel de la FNPMC : la directrice générale, Barbara Gould, l’agent de liaison et directeur des projets spéciaux, Richard Johnson, ainsi que Josh Penslar, notre directeur de la production. Je souhaite également remercier le conseil d’administration de la FNPMC et les 251 juges bénévoles, qui ont choisi, parmi les 186 magazines qui ont soumis les candidatures de leurs rédacteurs en chef, rédacteurs, concepteurs visuels, photographes et illustrateurs, ceux qui se sont démarqués par l’excellence de leur travail.

Enfin, j’aimerais remercier tous ceux et celles qui ont participé à la Table ronde de la FPMC sur l’édition numérique, tenue l’automne dernier, et qui ont partagé leur savoir-faire sectoriel. Ils nous ont aidés à inaugurer de nouveaux prix cette année, y compris les prix Meilleur magazine de l’année – numérique, Blogues et Vidéo en ligne, qui célèbrent l’excellence dans le domaine de la publication de magazines numériques.

Je vous souhaite donc la bienvenue à, pour reprendre les mots qu’utilisait récemment une rédactrice en chef sur son fil Twitter, « la soirée la plus magique de l’année. » Je ne saurais mieux dire.

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Cottage Life, Up Here, Canadian Living big winners at Editors’ Choice Awards

Editor of the Year Penny Caldwell

Last night after a busy day of MagNet 2013 in Toronto, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors held its annual gala and editors’ choice awards ceremony.

The winners of Magazine of the Year:

  • Small circ: Up Here
  • Medium circ: Cottage Life
  • Large circ: Canadian Living

Other winners:

  • 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

Check out @CanadianEditors on Twitter for all the buzz from last night. More at

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:













Up Here Business




OHS Canada








Les Affaires








Le Coopérateur agricole




University Affairs




Alberta Oil




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 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]

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.

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.

All day – MagNet 2013, Courtyard Toronto Downtown.

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

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.