Hot on the Newsstand: 3 magazines making news right now

The 10th anniversary issue of The Walrus hit newsstands last week, an impressive 124-page, perfect-bound magazine with a cover photograph by Edward Burtynsky. On the inside, illustrations by Barry Blitt, fiction by Lisa Moore, and journalism from Ron Graham, Mellissa Fung, Katrina Onstad, Andrew Coyne and more.

The Walrus was born in October 2003, when the big stories were Paul Martin, SARS and a re-arming Russia (plus Lewis Lapham essaying on Marshall McLuhan). Since then the magazine has won 99 National Magazine Awards for its journalism, fiction, poetry, design, photography and illustration, and won Magazine of the Year in 2007. Buyers of the anniversary issue will also receive a free Walrus e-Book and be entered in a drawing to win a place on an Adventure Canada Greenland and Wild Labrador expedition.

A newly renovated Western Living is out on newsstands this month, featuring a bold redesign by art director Paul Roelofs for the magazine’s annual Designers of the Year issue. More than just a new look, however, the award-winning TC Media title has expanded its content, too, with a host of new columns (including Just One Room, On Trend, 48 Hours In, Out There, Spirit Guide) and an editorial roster that promises readers “more faces in places, more pan-regional content, an authoritative voice, more entertaining stories [and] more travel stories with a design focus.” 

The September Designers of the Year issue is the largest for the magazine in 20 years, and is accompanied by events in Vancouver (with the Western Living Design Week from Sept 12-22) and Calgary (on Oct 2) celebrating the best new designs in Western Canada. Founded in 1970, Western Living has won 13 National Magazine Awards from 49 nominations.

The September-October issue of This Magazine presents its annual Corporate Hall of Shame report, and this year the publication is adding a twist: launching a new film series Every Film is Political. The series gets underway with a screening on September 25 of the film WAL-TOWN, “director Sergeo Kirby’s NFB-produced look at the business practices of mega-retailer Wal Mart and the ongoing debate of the company’s effect on towns across Canada.” The film will be screened at the Tranzac in Toronto (event info and tickets). The new issue of This Magazine, winner of 17 National Magazine Awards since 1977, is on stands now.

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