Off the Page, with Dan Rubinstein

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Dan Rubinstein (photo by Lisa Gregoire)

This week on Off the Page, our interview series with National Magazine Award winners, we chat with author and NMA-winning journalist Dan Rubinstein, whose 2015 book Born to Walk emerged from a National Magazine Award-nominated story in The Walrus.

NMAF: Congratulations on the recent publication of your book Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act (ECW Press). You’re a self-described obsessive walker, meditating on the many benefits walking offers. How did your obsession with walking begin?

Born to WalkDan Rubinstein: I’ve always been interested in walking, both for fun and as a way to get from A to B. I like how the act allows me to intimately explore places or routes we typically don’t experience on foot. You never know what you’ll see or who you’ll meet, and you gain a deeper sense of how you fit into the natural and human ecosystem in which you live.

But this interest became an obsession in 2012. My “dream job,” as a magazine editor, had become a nightmare, and the long lunch-hour runs I took to escape the stress led to a blown knee. So I started going for walks at lunch, which offered a similar physical and psychological release.

And when I was back at my desk, I kept stumbling over news stories and research studies online that spoke to the many curative properties of walking, from physical and mental health to social cohesion and economic sustainability. I was hooked!

NMAF: Your article “The Walking Cure” — published in The Walrus and winner of two National Magazine Honourable Mentions in 2013 in the categories Society and Health & Medicine — seems to be the starting seed for Born to Walk. Can you talk a bit about the expansion of the article and the development of the book?

Dan Rubinstein: One of the first conversations I had about the myriad benefits of walking was with Stanley Vollant, the medical doctor at the heart of the “The Walking Cure.” He’s an Innu from eastern Quebec — the province’s first aboriginal surgeon — and had started a multi-year walking project, a series of group treks between First Nations communities in which dozens of participants experience the power of this healthy activity and re-establish connections to the land and to one another.

Stanley’s walks are hundreds of kilometres long, often in the winter, and people realize that the only way to reach the end of such a daunting journey is to approach it one step at a time — and they realize if they can do this, they can attempt to overcome any challenges they face. Stanley had the vision that inspired him to begin this project while doing the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain.

He didn’t know why he had to start walking with aboriginal youth and elders in Canada, but as he told me when we first spoke, “When you begin a journey, you don’t know why. The trail will show you the way.”

Writing this article was a natural first step for me, and expanded into the opening chapter of my book, it establishes the main themes and sets the tone. It also introduces Stanley, a recurring voice of wisdom in the book.

Read "The Walking Cure" (The Walrus)
Read “The Walking Cure” (The Walrus)

NMAF: Walking clearly influences the content of your writing, but does it influence how you write? Does the physical endurance built by walking long distances transfer to the long-term focus and dedication one needs to complete a book? Moreover, has walking influenced the form or pace of your writing?

Dan Rubinstein: I find it easier to walk for hours and hours than to sit and write for hours and hours. Walking is invigorating and inspiring — writing, for me, is hard work. But I did keep reminding myself, while working on the book, to take a “one step at a time” approach.

And the book, like many great walks, is a meandering journey, with a lot of side trails, that ultimately leads to a satisfying conclusion. At least I hope it does for readers.

NMAF: Do you have a familiar, favourite walk? Where is the strangest place walking has led you?

Dan Rubinstein: I don’t really have a specific favourite walk. I like walking from the place I am to the place I have to be. I like utilitarian transects that force me to go somewhere unexpected — say, an industrial park, or a subdivision that’s still under construction.

When I lived in Edmonton, I loved walking along the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park, or along the North Saskatchewan River in the city’s river valley. In Ottawa, where I now live, there are some beautiful trails along the Rideau River or in nearby Gatineau Park.

But really, I prefer the more unusual places where I’ve walked, such as the four-day hike I did from my parents’ house in Toronto to their cottage near Algonquin Provincial Park (which became an article for Cottage Life).

You don’t have to travel somewhere exotic to have a profound experience. You can literally walk out the front door and keep going.

NMAF: Since 2003, you’ve won a number of National Magazine Awards for work published in a variety of magazines (The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, Western Living, and Alberta Views). What is the role of magazine work — and magazine award nominations and wins — in the life of a freelancer?

Dan Rubinstein: Magazine assignments help freelancers explore ideas that they’re curious and passionate about. I’ve written about walking, for instance, in a dozen different publications.

This is the fun part of a freelancer’s life. Other gigs, like communications work, help beef up your income, but it’s the magazine assignments that provide the freedom that makes it all worthwhile. And if you write a story that wins an award, that makes it easier to pitch ideas to editors you haven’t worked with before.

Awards and nominations are a good calling card. They can help get you in the door. But at the end of the day, they’re not why most of us do this. It’s the stories that matter.


Dan Rubinstein is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist and author of Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act (ECW Press). Read more about the project at borntowalk.org/about/. Follow Dan on Twitter @dan_rube

Very special thanks to Leah Edwards for researching and conducting this interview with Dan. 

The 2016 National Magazine Awards are now open for submissions until January 15. Awards will be presented in 39 categories at the 39th annual NMA gala on June 9. Digital publications and magazine content can also enter the Digital Publishing Awards (deadline Feb 16).

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Emily Urquhart
, author of Beyond the Pale
Arno Kopecky, author of The Oilman and the Sea
Joshua Knelman, author of Hot Art

Magazine of the Year Cottage Life on special display at Chapters Indigo

When the lights came up on the final prize of the 2013 National Magazine Awards, the 500 gala guests at The Carlu and the thousands following the show on Twitter leaned in to hear the following words: “The winner of the award for Magazine of the Year: Cottage Life.”

This month and next, you can find the latest issue of Canada’s Magazine of the Year on a special display at 91 Chapters and Indigo superstores across Canada, alongside many other National Magazine Award-winning titles as part of a new promotional partnership between the NMAF and Indigo Books & Music, Inc. This promotion is made possible in part, through funding from the Ontario Media Development CorporationContinue reading

A Look at Canada’s Best Magazine Websites

At this year’s 37th annual National Magazine Awards, macleans.ca–the website of Canada’s 103-year-old venerable news magazine–won the award for Magazine Website of the Year.

The award goes to the magazine website (either a companion site or an online-only magazine) that most successfully fulfills its editorial mission by representing the highest journalistic standards and effectively serving its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of web-based publishing. A jury convened by the National Magazine Awards Foundation evaluates all entries and comes to a consensus on three finalists and a single winner.

With more than 2.1 million total weekly readers, Maclean’s magazine continues to be a major force in Canadian news and opinion. Online, macleans.ca is a compelling destination for political commentary and discussion, feature stories, social debate and cultural musings. Visitors get full access to exclusive online features, interactive media and the latest from its award-winning bloggers.

The Maclean’s web team presents a platform that can look great on any screen, big or small. Their grid-like display allows for easy translation to a scrollable list format on your mobile device. Functionality and content prominence are what make their simplistic design work.

“For Maclean’s, we are now presenting more information than ever before, while at the same time occupying less screen real estate until you need it,” says senior director and publisher Ryan Trotman.

Their layout choices create a site that is easily digestible and remains consistent with the way we currently consume information through social media. Our surfing habits have changed and macleans.ca has addressed this new social characteristic.

 

HONOURABLE MENTION

The judges awarded Honourable Mention in the category Magazine Website of the Year to Hazlitt and Torontoist.

Five of Hazlitt‘s most recent and popular features play on a slideshow atop the site, which was founded in 2012 as an online literary and cultural affairs magazine by Random House Canada. Sections chosen for Hazlitt’s menu bar communicate their unique role in the world of literary fiction.

Features, Blog, A/V, Comix, Fiction and Hazlitt Originals line the top of their homepage, echoing their core value in exhibiting great writing on diverse subject matter while contributing to cultural at all levels. A grid-like image and title display sits to the right of a list of their ‘most popular’ articles. Their most recent publications and twitter feed follow, appearing atop a freeform of content links organizes in blocks.

Users can scroll titles referring to subsection headings for anything that may be of interest. The style does not present the visitor with rigid sections, but rather allows the content to be displayed in a way that gives all subsections equal treatment.

“Hazlitt aspires to publish great writing on everything,” its editors told the NMAF in a statement submitted with its application. “Politics, art, the environment, film, music, law, business. Books and writers, their ideas, insights and stories, are at the heart of what we do, because books and writers are at the heart of culture, both high and low.”

Displaying a cover photo and a lead to impress visitors to ‘read more,’ the Torontoist site exhibits a format similar to what we see when we open a newspaper to scan for stories. Editor-in-chief Hamutal Dotan says this was done intentionally to challenge the idea that online magazines are somehow less informative or not as well-researched as hard copy, printed articles.

“We aim to be the home for people who really care about Toronto, who want to engage in its development and evolution, but who don’t equate formality of tone with substance,” she says.

Regular features, such as ‘Extra, Extra’ and ‘Newsstand’ are Torontoist’s way of offering curated content in what Dotan calls “a downright commitment to sharing work that other publications, including our competitors, are producing.”

In an editorial mandate received by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, the Torontoist editors referred to the site as “compulsively readable and up-to-the-minute… Torontoist is a digital magazine for the modern, edgy urbanite, eschewing categorization in order to serve and reflect a dynamic city full of people who want to learn more about the place they call home.”

Make macleans.ca, Hazlitt and Torontoist part of your summer online reading.

And congratulations to all the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.

Special thanks to Melissa Myers for her research and conducting interviews for this post.

Photo Gallery of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards

Images of last Friday’s 37th National Magazine Awards gala are now online. Photography by KlixPix for the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

The NMAF wishes to thank all of its sponsors, judges and guests for another wonderful event. Congratulations again to the winners of the 37th National Magazine Awards.

Click to view the photo gallery.

Thank You to our National Magazine Awards Sponsors

The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors and partners that help us achieve our mission to recognize and promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian magazines at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.

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.

Announcing the Winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards!

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to announce the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.

At this year’s gala on June 6, presented by CDS Global and hosted by humourist (and award-winner) Scott Feschuk, the NMAF presented Gold and Silver awards in 47 categories representing the best in Canadian magazines from the year 2013.

Complete list (PDF) of all winners
Full-text of all nominated and winning articles
Twitter highlights
La version française

SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

Magazine of the Year
Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
Cottage Life

Magazine Website of the Year
Macleans.ca
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Tablet Magazine of the Year
Sportsnet

Best New Magazine Writer
Sponsored by Reader’s Digest Foundation
Catherine McIntyre

Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
Kim Jernigan

Top Winning Magazines at the 37th National Magazine Awards:

Magazine Gold Silver HM
The Walrus 7 6 22
Maclean’s 4 1 13
Maisonneuve 4 1 9
L’actualité 3 2 18
Report on Business 3 2 16
Cottage Life 3 1 9
Eighteen Bridges 3 1 7
Legion Magazine 2 0 1
Western Living 1 3 4
Sportsnet 1 2 7
The Grid 1 1 12
Hazlitt 1 1 8
Flare 1 1 2
United Church Observer 1 1 2
enRoute 1 1 1
Malahat Review 1 1 1
Torontoist 1 1 1
Toronto Life 0 2 16
Jobboom 0 2 0

See the complete list of winners at magazine-awards.com.

INTEGRATED AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS  

Best Single Issue
Tenth Anniversary Issue
The Walrus


Magazine Covers
Larry Fink
Report on Business

Infographics
How Much Does a Street Cost?
The Grid

Editorial Package (Web)
Canada’s Best New Restaurants
enRoute
13628

Online Video
Boy Genius
Maclean’s

Single Service Article Package
Calendrier de l’avent
Ricardo

Words & Pictures
Sponsored by CDS Global
Water
The Walrus

WRITING AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS

Arts & Entertainment
Curtis Gillespie
Rebel Without Applause
Eighteen Bridges

Best Short Feature
Paul Wells
Boy Genius
Maclean’s 

Blogs
Jamie Bradburn, Kevin Plummer, David Wencer
Historicist
Torontoist

Business
Sponsored by Accenture
Charles Wilkins
This Little Piggy Went to Market…and the Farmer Lost Money
Report on Business

Columns
Sponsored by Impresa Communications Ltd.
Chantal Hébert
Politique
L’actualité

Editorial Package (Print)
Sponsored by Canadian Society of Magazine Editors
Marine Corniou, Dominique Forget, Joel Leblanc, Raymond Lemieux, Chantal Srivastava
Août 2013
Québec Science

Essays
Curtis Gillespie
In The Chair
Eighteen Bridges

Fiction
Jess Taylor
Paul
Little Brother Magazine

Health & Medicine
Ann Silversides
First Do No Harm
Maisonneuve

How-To
Jane Rodmell, David Zimmer
Best Flavour Ever
Cottage Life

Humour
Scott Feschuk
Assemble ingredients. Pause dramatically.
Maclean’s

Investigative Reporting
Adam Day
One Martyr Down
Legion Magazine

One of a Kind
Craig Davidson
The Marineland Dreamland
The Walrus

Personal Journalism
Liz Windhorst Harmer
Blip
Malahat Review

Poetry
Karen Solie
Conversion
Hazlitt

Politics & Public Interest
Lisa Fitterman
The Avenger
The Walrus

Profiles
Omar Mouallem
The Kingdom of Haymour
Eighteen Bridges

Science, Technology & Environment
Sponsored by GE Canada
Alanna Mitchell
Losing the Hooded Grebe
United Church Observer 

Service: Health & Family
Sharon Adams
Lest We Forget: The Shocking Crisis Facing Our Wounded Veterans
Legion Magazine

Service: Lifestyle
Valérie Borde
Vive le poisson éco!
L’actualité

Service: Personal Finance & Business
Sponsored by Manulife Financial
Denny Manchee
The Hand-Me-Down Blues
Cottage Life

Society
Dan Werb
The Fix
The Walrus

Sports & Recreation
Jonathan Trudel
La machine à broyer les rêves
L’actualité

Travel
Taras Grescoe
Big Mac
The Walrus

 

VISUAL AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Sponsored by The Lowe-Martin Group
Paul Sych
Issue 1
fshnunlimited (f.u.)

Art Direction of a Single Article
Underline Studio
Not in the Age of the Pharaohs
Prefix Photo

Beauty
John Van Der Schilden, Photographer
Brittany Eccles, Art Director
Juliana Schiavinatto, Stylist
Vanessa Craft, Beauty Director
Masterpiece Theatre
ELLE Canada

Creative Photography
Paul Weeks
Wall Candy
Azure

Fashion
Petra Collins, Photographer
Jed Tallo, Art Director
Corey Ng, Stylist
Pastels Take Shape
Flare

Homes & Gardens
Martin Tessler, Photographer
Paul Roelofs, Art Director
Nicole Sjöstedt, Stylist
Bright Idea
Western Living

Illustration
Selena Wong
Old Wounds
Maisonneuve

Magazine Website Design
TheWalrus.ca
The Walrus

Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Sponsored by CNW Group
Brett Gundlock
El Pueblo
Maisonneuve

Portrait Photography
Anya Chibis
Larry Fink
Report on Business

Spot Illustration
Gracia Lam
The Elite Yellow Peril
Maisonneuve

Still-Life Photography
Liam Mogan
Set Pieces
Sharp

ABOUT THE 37th ANNUAL NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

More than 500 members of the Canadian magazine industry—publishers, editors, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators, circulators and more—joined esteemed sponsors and other guests at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 6, 2014, at The Carlu in Toronto, presented by CDS Global.

This year, from nearly 2000 individual entries received nationwide, the NMAF’s 238 volunteer judges nominated a total of 376 submissions from 92 different Canadian magazines for awards in 47 written, visual, integrated and special categories.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, as well as the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

The NMAF thanks its corporate sponsors Accenture, GE Canada, Manulife Financial, RBC Royal Bank, The Lowe-Martin Group, Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, Penguin Random House and Reader’s Digest Foundation for their generous financial support of the National Magazine Awards.

The NMAF thanks its media partners Cottage Life Media, Impresa Communications Ltd., Masthead, Rogers Media, TC Media and Toronto Life for their generous support of the National Magazine Awards.

The NMAF thanks its event partners CNW Group and Media Vantage, The CarluDaniel et Daniel, Relay Experience, KlixPix and Michèle Champagne for their generous support of the National Magazine Awards.

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges all its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise. Thanks also to our hard-working event volunteers.

And thanks again to our wonderful Master of Ceremonies, Scott Feschuk.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS FOUNDATION

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.

For more information, visit magazine-awards.com and follow us on Twitter (@MagAwards).

 

 

Tonight: The 37th annual National Magazine Awards

What: The 37th National Magazine Awards
WhereThe Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor, Toronto [MAP]
When: 6pm (Reception); 7:30pm (Awards presentation)

Tweech! You could win $500. Find out more.

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: $190 (table seats incl dinner) / $125 (balcony/Round Room) including HST. Credit cards or cash accepted.

Not able to come?
Follow our twitter handle @MagAwards and #NMA14 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 years nominees
Full-text articles of all nominated work
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
Q&A with the finalists for Best New Magazine Writer
Q&A with the creators of the nominees in Magazine Covers

The Master of Ceremonies?
Scott Feschuk

Other Things:
Gala FAQs
Tonight’s Menu

Tweet your Thank-You Speech for a Chance to Win $500

Can you give a thank-you speech in 140 characters or fewer?

At this year’s National Magazine Awards gala, all nominees and winners are invited to “Tweech” (Tweet their Speech) for a chance to win a cash prize of $500 for Best Tweech.

All Tweeches must include the hashtag #NMA14 to be eligible.

As usual, all Gold winners at the gala will be invited to collect their award on stage and give a brief word of thanks. But the Tweech competition is open to all Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention recipients.

Follow @MagAwards and #NMA14 on Twitter to read this year’s Tweeches and all of the news and fun at Friday’s gala. We’ll be live-tweeting the entire show.

The winner of the best Tweech will be announced on June 7.

Who Will Be Canada’s Magazine of the Year?

On Friday night distinguished members of the Canadian magazine industry will gather to recognize excellence in magazine publishing and content creation at 37th annual National Magazine Awards. [TICKETS]

The gala will conclude with the presentation of the most prestigious award: Magazine of the Year, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.

This year the jury has selected from magazines across Canada 3 finalists.

Which is your favourite? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #MagazineOfTheYear

And the nominees are…

Azure

What the jury said:

With outstanding design and art direction, Azure offers us a new way of looking at the world around us. Through a masterful integration of images and words, and guided by an intelligent and playful editorial curation, Azure showcases design solutions in a way that’s accessible and inspiring. Lively and surprising, the magazine understands what it’s readers crave, and covers the international design scene with a Canadian perspective.

L’avis du jury :

Se distinguant grâce à son design et sa direction artistique remarquables, Azure nous offre une nouvelle façon de voir le monde qui nous entoure. Grâce à l’intégration magistrale des images et des mots et à un contenu éditorial à la fois réfléchi et ludique, Azure présente des solutions de designs de manière accessible et inspirante. Animé et étonnant, le magazine comprend ce que les lecteurs recherchent et couvre la scène internationale du design d’une perspective canadienne.   

http://www.azuremagazine.com/

Cottage Life

What the jury said:

Smart, engaging and instructive; a magazine that manages to be both realistic and aspirational, and really knows its audience. With its versatile range of long-form features, profiles and service pieces, sophisticated mix of editorial illustration, photography and information graphics, and a cohesive typographical approach, Cottage Life delivers with confidence on its mandate to enhance and preserve the quality of cottage living.

L’avis du jury :

Un magazine intelligent, captivant, une source de renseignements pour ses lecteurs; Cottage Life connaît très bien son lectorat et approche son sujet d’une manière à la fois attrayante et concrète. Par la diversité de ses articles de fond, portraits et articles de service, l’amalgame sophistiqué d’illustrations, de photographies et d’infographie, ainsi que l’uniformité de son approche typographique, Cottage Life remplit avec assurance son mandat qui est de rehausser et préserver la qualité de ce mode de vie.    

http://cottagelife.com/

Nouveau Projet

L’avis du jury :

Publication au design magnifique, Nouveau Projet est un magazine d’idées innovant et original. Lancé il y a trois ans, il s’est imposé sur la scène du magazine canadien grâce à son look audacieux et contemporain et la diversité surprenante de ces articles, essais, critiques culturelles et son journalisme narratif captivant. Chaque numéro de Nouveau Projet est une aventure vers l’inattendu qui informe et ravit le lecteur en bout de parcours. La direction artistique, le design et la production sont exceptionnellement soignés.

What the jury said:

A beautifully designed magazine of ideas that feels fresh, this three-year-old publication has burst on the scene with a bold, contemporary look and an astonishing range of compelling stories, essays, narrative reporting and cultural critique. Each issue of Nouveau Projet is a journey of the unexpected that ultimately informs and delights. The art direction, design and production are of the highest order.

http://nouveauprojet.com/

 

See all of the nominees at magazine-awards.com.

On Friday one of these 3 magazines will be named Canada’s 2013 Magazine of the Year. Which is your favourite? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #MagazineOfTheYear 

Top 3 Tablet Magazines in Canada

It’s Magazines Week in Canada, and following the conferences, seminars, workshops and presentations is Friday night’s 37th annual National Magazine Awards. [TICKETS]

One of the most special awards at this year’s gala is Tablet Magazine of the Year, awarded to the magazine that most effectively serves its audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the medium of tablet publishing. 

This year the jury has selected from magazines across Canada 3 finalists for Tablet Magazine of the Year. The Gold medal will be announced on Friday.

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

And the nominees are…

Canadian Business

Duncan Hood, Editor
John Montgomery, Art Director
Contributors: Marc Tavas, Christopher White, Conan Tobias

 

Sportsnet

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John Intini, Editor
Jamie Hodgson, Art Director
Contributors: John Grigg, Brett Popplewell, Ryan Dixon, Daniel Robson, Kristina Rutherford, Dave Zarum, Arden Zwelling, Evan Rosser, Naoko Asano, Craig Battle, James Doyle, Jordan Heath-Rawlings, Gare Joyce, Dafna Izenberg, Shannon Proudfoot, Brianne Collins, Myles McCutcheon, Setareh Sarmadi, Graham Bakelaar, Drew Lesiuczok, Dave Chau, Kevin MacLennan

 

The Hockey News

Jason Kay, Editor
Erika Vanderveer, Art Director
Edward Fraser, Contributor

Check out all the National Magazine Awards finalists on our Facebook page. Which do you think is best? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #TabletMagazine

See also:
Meet the Nominees for Best New Magazine Writer
How Did They Create That Cover?
All the Nominees

The Menu for the National Magazine Awards Gala

At this year’s National Magazine Awards gala [tickets] we are pleased to have the food provided by Daniel et Daniel catering in Toronto. Here’s a peek at the menu:

 

For more info on Friday night’s grand gala, see our NMA Gala FAQs.

Best Words & Pictures in Canadian Magazines

It’s almost time! The 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala is this Friday June 6. [TICKETS]

This year in the category Words & Pictures there are 8 finalists vying for the Gold and Silver awards. This category is sponsored by CDS Global, the presenting sponsor of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards.

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

 

Jim Moodie, Daniel Ehrenworth, Kim Zagar, Martin Zibauer
The Seven Year Pitch
Cottage Life

 

Barbara Amiel, Natalie Castellino, Erika Oliveira, Andrew Tolson, Stephen Gregory, Kim Honey
Barbara Amiel, 1979: Maclean’s Portrait SIP
Maclean’s

 

Kim Honey, Colin Campbell, Andrew Tolson, Natalie Castellino, Stephen Gregory
Cool Jobs feature in Maclean’s 2014 Guide to Jobs in Canada
Maclean’s

 

Rashi Khilnani, Sami Siva, Nayan Sthankiya, Domenic Macri, Dawn Calleja
The 18,700-kilometre journey ends here
Report on Business

 

Dan Robson, Roger LeMoyne, Myles McCutcheon, Jamie Hodgson, Dave Chau, Dafna Izenberg
This is Our House
Sportsnet

 

Edward Burtynsky, Brian Morgan, John Macfarlane, Kyle Carsten Wyatt, Sasha Chapman, Paul Kim, David Macfarlane
Water
The Walrus

 

Sadiya Dendar, Tony Lanz, Alicia Kowalewski, Erin Finlayson, Alex Mathers, Steph Hung
25 Easy Costumes Under $25
Today’s Parent

Congrats to all the nominees.

Check out all the National Magazine Awards finalists on our Facebook page. Which do you think is best? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14

See also:
Top 10 Canadian Magazine Editorial Packages
Top 10 Business Articles in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Personal Finance Articles in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Columnists in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Science Stories in Canadian Magazines
Top 7 Photojournalists in Canadian Magazines
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

Meet the Winner of Best New Magazine Writer: Catherine McIntyre

This post has been updated. 

At the 37th annual National Magazine Awards on June 6, 2014, the special award for Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer, sponsored by the Readers’s Digest Foundation, was presented to Catherine McIntyre, author of “Clusterf*ck” (THIS Magazine). We chatted with Catherine about her story and her perspective on writing for Canadian magazines.

NMAF: What is something about yourself that others would be surprised to know?

Catherine: Most of my jobs in the past have been physically labour intensive. I was essentially reared in a vineyard where I built up a tolerance for hard physical work (and a palate for wine). During my months off in university, I planted trees in BC and Alberta and I spent another summer farming in France. Working those jobs meant I spent a lot of time alone. Farm work and especially tree planting can be very solitary; they offer copious time and space, which for me is important for nurturing story ideas.

NMAF: When it came to writing your piece, did you have any sources of inspiration?

Catherine: Curiosity and a bit of fear originally drove me to this story. Growing up around farm country in Nova Scotia, I was exposed to lots of chemicals. I had no idea what kind of harm this exposure was causing long-term, so I started digging for disease rates in Nova Scotian farming communities. I came across Inka Milewski’s study on disease patterns throughout New Brunswick. She found that rates of certain cancers were high depending on the community in question, and she had evidence linking specific types of cancer to specific industries.

This sounded like a huge breakthrough to me: if we know what’s causing cancer, we can change our behaviours and prevent the disease. But no one was talking about this—not the local media, not community mayors—and I quickly realized why that was: drawing attention to Milewski’s findings would worry the public and may even encourage people to petition for change. But the kind of changes necessary to deal with the high rates of cancer would require a total overhaul of New Brunswick’s industries and economy. That’s why the province was ignoring Milewkski and that’s why I had to tell this story. Muzzling scientists like this really irks me. I don’t think people should be kept in the dark, especially when it comes to their health.

NMAF: What are your career goals?

Catherine: At this stage in my career I feel like I have to be flexible, which is the self-assuring way of saying “I’ll take what I can get.” Ultimately, I just want to tell good stories. I want to write feature articles and when the right idea comes around, I’d love to write a book. This is a tough industry, though, and I realize you have to pay your dues before landing a full-time feature writing gig that sustains your lifestyle. For that reason I often flit back and forth between pursuing writing and becoming a farmer and wine-maker. But for now, my sights are set on writing and getting published as much as possible. The business side of magazines has always appealed to me as well, and in the fall, I plan on going back to school to dabble in magazine and web publishing.

NMAF: How did you feel about being an NMA nominee?

Catherine: I was not expecting an NMA nomination. I was obviously thrilled to be nominated, but part of me felt like an imposter. I was fresh out of university when I wrote the article and it was the first feature story I’d ever published. An NMA had not crossed my mind—not for this one. Am I even qualified? The nomination was certainly encouraging though. I’m new to this magazine thing and it’s sometimes difficult to imagine how I’ll ever make a living at it. Being recognized for my work was a reminder that maybe I shouldn’t abandon writing just yet.  

NMAF: What advice do you have for up-and-coming magazine writers?

Catherine: Write all the time. Even if you don’t have an idea worth publishing, write for yourself every day. Take any event with some sort of conflict and give it a beginning, middle, and end. Develop a character, sketch some scenes, and there—you’ve got a story. It’s good practice and you’ll start seeing there are stories everywhere. When you get an idea you think is interesting or important, dive into it. Research, make calls, and then pitch your story to a magazine, because if you don’t someone else will.    

This interview was edited for content. Special thanks to Nadya Domingo for conducting the interview.

You can read the full text of Catherine McIntyre’s winning story along with all of the National Magazine Awards nominees at magazine-award.com. Follow her on Twitter @CappyMc.

Here’s what this year’s NMA jury said about “Clusterf*ck”:

In Clusterf*ck, Catherine McIntyre dares to tackle a complex and underreported issue, digging into New Brunswick’s data on cancer clusters and correlating illness with areas of heavy industry. In every way a powerful feature—great sources, revealing scenes, vivid details—the work displays a principled grasp of the fundamentals of investigative reporting. Her piece, like the best journalism, has the potential to effect change.

See also:
Meet the other finalists for Best New Magazine Writer: Suzannah Showler | Liz Windhorst Harmer
More info on the award for Best New Magazine Writer

Meet the Nominees for Best New Magazine Writer: Suzannah Showler

The 37th annual National Magazine Awards are coming up on Friday June 6. One of the most special awards to be presented at the gala will be the honour of Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer, an award sponsored by the Readers’s Digest Foundation. This year there are 3 finalists, and recently we chatted with each of them to get to know the person behind the pen.

Our first nominee is Suzannah Showler, author of “On the Trail of Ignored Beasts” (Maisonneuve).

NMAF: What is something about yourself that others would be surprised to know?

Suzannah: My brain can’t distinguish between the number 5 and a capital letter B. 5ut I’m working on it.

NMAF: When it came to writing your piece, did you have any sources of inspiration? 

Suzannah: I was mostly inspired by the topic itself. I find cryptozoology endlessly fascinating. While I was preparing to write the piece, I became increasingly inspired, too, by the particular cryptozoologists I met. These are people doing their best to apply scientific skepticism to an activity that’s fundamentally motivated by what could be called faith. There’s a fine line between intellectual flexibility and out-and-out madness, of course, and there were times writing this piece when I wasn’t sure which side of that line I was reporting from. But on the whole, I found it genuinely inspiring to meet people living their lives with such imagination, and perseverance, and hope.

NMAF: What are your career goals? 

Suzannah: I’ll probably never shake my poetry-writing habit, but I’d love to try my hand at writing something longer in prose. Whether I can actually make that happen and whether that prose would detail true or untrue things remain to be seen.

NMAF: How did you feel about being an NMA nominee?

Suzannah: Very thrilled, obviously!

NMAF: What advice do you have to up-and-coming magazine writers?

Suzannah: I’m more or less a crossover from the literary side, which is one way people land in long-form magazine writing, but it’s maybe not the most efficient route. I would never tell someone: go and write poetry, mostly, and kind of dabble in short nonfiction until someone lets you try something longer. My personal experience doesn’t lend itself to amazing advice.

This interview was edited for content. Special thanks to Nadya Domingo for conducting the interview.

You can read the full text of Suzannah Showler’s nominated story along with all of the National Magazine Awards nominees at magazine-award.com. Follow her on Twitter @ZanShow.

Here’s what this year’s NMA jury said about “On the Trail of Ignored Beasts”:

In On the Trail of Ignored Beasts, Suzannah Showler hunts creatures stranger than sasquatches: the cryptozoologists who love them. Her reporting is strong, empathetic and insightful; urging readers past the wacky subject matter to consider the deeper reasons some of us just need to believe. She presents her subjects respectfully and thoughtfully, and the result is a poetic work of narrative non-fiction.

We’ll find out who wins the award for Best New Magazine Writer at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards, Friday June 6. Tickets.

See also:
Q&A with the creators of the finalists for best Magazine Cover
More info on the award for Best New Magazine Writer

Top 10 Canadian Magazine Editorial Packages

Next Friday June 6 we’ll find out who will be the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards. [TICKETS]

The award for Editorial Package (Print) goes to the most successful packaging of related editorial content, and is sponsored by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. The jury has selected a shortlist of ten finalists for the Gold and Silver awards.

ELLE Canada

Ottawa Magazine

Québec Science

 

Report on Business

Ricardo

Spacing

Sportsnet

Toronto Life

United Church Observer

Vancouver Magazine

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

See also:
Top 10 Business Articles in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Personal Finance Articles in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Columnists in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Science Stories in Canadian Magazines
Top 7 Photojournalists in Canadian Magazines
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

 

 

Top 10 Business Articles in Canadian Magazines

Next Friday June 6 we’ll find out who will be the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards. [TICKETS]

This year’s jury has selected 10 finalists for the award for Business magazine journalism, an award sponsored by Accenture. You can read the full-text articles of all National Magazine Awards nominees here. Here’s a peek at this year’s nominees…

Joe Castaldo
Betting It All
Canadian Business

 

Theresa Tedesco
A CEO’s Crisis Lines
Financial Post Magazine

 

Nicolas Mesly
Les financiers passent à la ferme
L’actualité

 

Marc-André Sabourin
Les dragons de la techno
L’actualité

 

Bruce Livesey, Nicole Brewster-Mercury
It Just Got More Complicated
Report on Business

 

Trevor Cole
The Sweet Spot
Report on Business

 

Eric Reguly
The Smartest Guys on the Planet
Report on Business

 

Charles Wilkins
This Little Piggy Went to Market…and the Farmer Lost Money
Report on Business

 

John Lorinc
Pension Envy
The Walrus

 

Leah McLaren
Trumped
Toronto Life

 

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

You can read the full-text articles of all National Magazine Awards nominees at magazine-awards.com.

See also:
Top 10 Personal Finance Articles in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Columnists in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Science Stories in Canadian Magazines
Top 7 Photojournalists in Canadian Magazines
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

Top 10 Personal Finance Articles in Canadian Magazines

In just over a week, on Friday June 6, we’ll find out who will be named the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards. [TICKETS]

The award for Service: Personal Finance & Business goes to the writer of best informational article covering personal finance, careers and business in a Canadian magazine. This award is sponsored by Manulife Financial. The jury has selected a shortlist of ten finalists for the Gold and Silver awards. You can read the full-text articles of all National Magazine Awards nominees here. Have a look at the finalists…

Bryan Borzykowski
Boost Your RRSP in 2013
Canadian Business

Denny Manchee
The Hand-Me-Down Blues
Cottage Life

Susan Mohammad
The best defence
Listed

David Aston
What’s Your Magic Number?
MoneySense

Dan Bortolotti
ETF All-Stars
MoneySense

Julie Cazzin
The Great TFSA Race
MoneySense

Sarah Efron
Reality Check
MoneySense

David Hodges, Preet Banerjee
Flex Your…”Money Muscles”
MoneySense

Deborah Aarts, Igor Bonifacic, Anthony Davis, Melissa Edwards, Jim McElgunn, Joanna Pachner, David Pimentel, Ian Portsmouth, Mira Shenker
Opportunity Guide 2014
Profit

Dawn Calleja, Doug Steiner, Anna-Kaisa Walker, Dave Morris, Thomas Watson, David Berman, Sean Silcoff, Shirley Won, John Daly
Invest Like a Legend
Report on Business

 

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

You can read the full-text articles of all National Magazine Awards nominees at magazine-awards.com.

See also:
Top 10 Columnists in Canadian Magazines
Top 10 Science Stories in Canadian Magazines
Top 7 Photojournalists in Canadian Magazines
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

Top 10 Columnists in Canadian Magazines

On Friday June 6 we’ll find out who will be the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards. [TICKETS]

The award for Columns goes to the writer of best regularly featured column in a Canadian magazine, and is sponsored by Impresa Communications, Ltd. The jury has selected a shortlist of ten finalists for the Gold and Silver awards. You can read the full-text articles of all National Magazine Awards nominees here. Have a look at the finalists…

Richard Warnica
The Culture
Canadian Business

Pierre Fortin
Économie
L’actualité

Chantal Hébert
Politique
L’actualité

Colby Cosh
Colby Cosh
Maclean’s

Linda Besner
Tangent
Hazlitt

Tom Jokinen
Lost Library
Hazlitt

Alexandra Molotkow
Minutiae
Hazlitt

Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
Fatherhood
Sharp

Stephen Brunt
Last Word
Sportsnet

Ashleigh Gaul
Arctic Dispatches
Up Here

 

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

You can read the full-text articles of all National Magazine Awards nominees at magazine-awards.com.

See also:
Top 10 Science Stories in Canadian Magazines
Top 7 Photojournalists in Canadian Magazines
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

How Did They Create That Cover? subTerrain

The finalists for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards have been announced — including ten nominations in the Magazine Covers category.

In a new blog series titled How Did They Create That Cover? the NMAF chats with the creative directors of the Magazine Covers finalists about how their covers were made. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at things we may or may not think about when we pick up a magazine and devour its pages.

Today we chat with illustrator Marlena Zuber, creator of this nominated cover from subTerrain:

 

NMAF: Can you tell us a bit about your style of illustration, and how you came to be an illustrator?

Marlena: I was privileged to attend Etobicoke School of the Arts for my High School years. My major was Visual Arts and my minor was dance. Then I was off to OCAD. I had to decide if I wanted take the Fine Art or the Commercial route. I had been working at a children’s book and toy store and fell in love with the storybook section. Often when I got my pay cheque I would buy a favourite book based on the illustrations. I still have those books and have a little one that I can share them with now. That’s been pretty nice.

Those illustrators inspired me and I thought, I want to do something like that. I will also admit that I was typically afraid of being that mythical or perhaps not-so mythical “starving artist” if I went into the drawing and painting programs (the common sheepish story of the illustrator). Illustration was a viable choice. And so I studied illustration and I actually liked it. I liked the challenge of editorial work, coming up with a concept and working with text. I graduated, had offers from agents and dove straight into the world of mainly editorial illustration.

My style is something that’s evolved over the years and continues to evolve. One thing that seems to be a constant is my use of ink or fine pens. My work is also more drawing than painting. I’ve always loved playing with texture and pattern. My sketchbook of hidden art sometimes also inspires my illustration style. I like when things look immediate, slightly messy, and slightly unfinished. If a concept allows, I will draw people in group formations. I am interested in what we do in groups: dancing, sports, entertaining, recreation, etc. Oh yeah, and I have been influenced by artists and illustrators like Edward Gorey, Henrik Drescher, Frida Kahlo, Leanne Shapton and David Shrigley.

NMAF: There are a lot of small scenes happening on the cover. What are some of these groups of people meant to depict?

Marlena: Every group is sitting round a fire, like a campfire. One group is roasting marshmallows, another group is dancing, another one is in group therapy, another are telling Mexican ghost stories, and another group is making out or about to make out. All of them seem to be in the desert, which seemed like a perfect weird hot place. The theme for this issue was Heat. I was influenced by two main things: my love for campfires and photos of Burning Man Festival that I found on the Internet. The groups are like the stories inside the issue. The theme of heat is explored in a range of sexy, philosophical, scientific and magical ways.

NMAF: How were the colours chosen and why?

Marlena: I went heavy on all shades of red due to the theme of Heat. I used blue as a compliment. I also generally like using this palette.

NMAF: What were some of your challenges and concerns during the making of this cover?

Marlena: Brian Kaufman, the editor-in-chief, asked me to incorporate titles of some of the stories in the issue with the campfire groups. It was a fantastic idea and he suggested that I try incorporating the text in the smoke of the fires rising above each group. It simply didn’t look good. It took me awhile to problem solve. In the end I placed them almost like little playful 3D characters near or around the fires. That seemed to work.

NMAF: What did you use to create this cover? Can you explain the process?

Marlena: I work in a traditional way: pen and ink on sometimes fancy, sometimes not-too-fancy paper. That’s exactly what happened on the cover. I did use Photoshop to clean it up and piece a few things together.

This interview was edited for content. Special thanks to Nadya Domingo for conducting the interview.

 

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Check out the finalists for best Magazine Cover on our Facebook page. Share your feedback with us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #MagazineCovers.

The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed on June 6 at the National Magazine Awards gala. [TICKETS]

Top 10 Science Stories in Canadian Magazines

Next Friday June 6 we’ll find out who will be the winners of the 37th annual National Magazine Awards. [TICKETS]

The award for Science, Technology & Environment goes to the writer of most successful story in these topical areas, and is sponsored by GE Canada. The jury has selected a shortlist of ten finalists for the Gold and Silver awards. You can read the full-text articles of all National Magazine Awards nominees here. Have a look…

Kevin Van Tighem
Safeguarding the Source
AlbertaViews

 

Melissa Guillemette
Le chip labour
Jobboom

Kate Lunau
Planet hunting
Maclean’s

Binh An Vu Van
La Loi sur les espèces en péril
Quatre-Temps

Nicholas Hune-Brown
Pandamonium
Reader’s Digest

Arno Kopecky
The $273 Billion Question
Reader’s Digest

Eric Reguly
The Smartest Guys on the Planet
Report on Business

Alanna Mitchell
Losing the Hooded Grebe
United Church Observer

Jake MacDonald
A Town Besieged by Bears
Up Here

Sasha Chapman
Fight of the Bumblebee
The Walrus

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

You can read the full-text articles of all National Magazine Awards nominees at magazine-awards.com.

See also:
Top 7 Photojournalists in Canadian Magazines
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

Top 7 Photojournalists in Canadian Magazines

The 37th annual National Magazine Awards are 2 weeks from today. The nominations have been announced, and the Canadian magazine industry is getting ready for the annual awards gala on June 6. [TICKETS]

This year the jury has selected from magazines across Canada 7 finalists for the award for Photojournalism & Photo Essay, sponsored by CNW Group and Media Vantage. Gold and Silver winners will be announced on June 6.

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

Click on each image to view the complete spread.

On the Block

Photographer: Jonathan Taggart
On the Block
BCBusiness

 

On the Line

Photographer: Pat Kane
On the Line
Canadian Geographic

 

El Pueblo

Photographer: Brett Gundlock
El Pueblo
Maisonneuve

 

The Sweet Spot

Photographer: Johan Hallberg-Campbell
The Sweet Spot
Report on Business

 

The 18,000km Journey Ends Here

Photographers: Sami Siva, Nayan Sthankiya
The 18,000km Journey Ends Here
Report on Business

 

This Little Piggy

Photographer: Ian Willms
This Little Piggy
Report on Business

 

On the Edge of North America

Photographer: Scott Conarroe
On The Edge Of North America
The Walrus

Check out all the finalists for Photojournalism & Photo Essay on our Facebook page. Which do you think is best? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #Photojournalism

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

 

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

MagazineChâtelaine
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.

How Did They Create That Cover? Report on Business

The finalists for the 37th annual National Magazine Awards have been announced — including ten nominations in the Magazine Covers category.

In a new blog series titled How Did They Create That Cover? the NMAF chats with the creative directors of the Magazine Covers finalists about how their covers were made. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at things we may or may not think about when we pick up a magazine and devour its pages.

Today we chat with Domenic Macri, art director at Report on Business and creator of two of the ten finalists for best Magazine Cover:

NMAF: Where was this photo taken and why was this location chosen?

Domenic: After taking some portraits in the BlackRock offices in Toronto, we convinced Larry Fink to continue the shoot just outside on Bay Street. He was apprehensive, and it was starting to rain. Once outside, the photographer, Anya Chibis*, had Fink walk across the street. And it was at this point that Chibis managed to capture Fink with his guard down.

NMAF: There’s a lot going on in the Larry Fink cover–his facial and body expressions are very animated. Was this staged or a candid photograph, and why did you decide on this image?

Domenic: Typically, we don’t get as much body language from high-profile business people—especially one who runs the largest investment fund in the world—so we couldn’t resist trying it on the cover. And since the story celebrated his achievements, we decided to run with it.

* Editor’s Note: Photographer Anya Chibis is also nominated in the category Portrait Photography for her work on this cover.

NMAF: Is the animal on the “Target” cover fake or real? How was this achieved?

Domenic: The image on the cover is in fact Bullseye, the official mascot of Target. We managed to book a photo shoot with him when he was in Toronto. He was very well behaved.

NMAF: Was this always the image that you had in mind for the Target cover? What were some of the other ideas?

Domenic: When we commissioned the photographer, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, to get the shot, I already knew what I wanted—a close up of Bullseye’s distinct eye markings, which I could use on the cover. At the time, the Target marketing machine was working overtime, and stories and ads were appearing everywhere; most of the time, they were using the graphic red Target logo and portraits of Bullseye. I felt that by using the imperfect logo on Bullseye’s eye, along with the texture of his fur, we would be making an obvious connection to our cover story without looking like a promotional piece for Target.

NMAF: There isn’t a lot of text on this cover, other than the magazine name and headline on the bottom corner. What was the reason behind that decision? 

Domenic: Sometimes, when you don’t have the greatest image to work with on the cover, you can sell the story with strong lines. In this case, however, I had a strong graphic image, and I didn’t want to clutter up the image with blaring cover lines.

This interview was edited for content. Special thanks to Nadya Domingo for conducting the interview.

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Check out the finalists for best Magazine Cover on our Facebook page. Share your feedback with us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #MagazineCovers.

The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed on June 6 at the National Magazine Awards gala. [TICKETS]

Top 7 Fashion Spreads in Canadian Magazines

The 37th annual National Magazine Awards are barely 2 weeks away. The nominations have been announced, and the Canadian magazine industry is getting ready for the annual awards gala on June 6. [TICKETS]

This year the jury has selected from magazines across Canada 7 finalists for the award for Fashion. Gold and Silver winners will be announced on June 6.

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

Click on each image to view the complete spread.

Wild at Heart

Chris Nicholls, Photographer
Sylvain Blais, Art Director
Cary Tauben, Stylist
Wild At Heart
Dress To Kill Magazine

 

Grey Zone

Chris Nicholls, Photographer
Eng Lau, Art Director
Zeina Esmail, Stylist
Grey Zone
FASHION Magazine

 

High Contrast

Chris Nicholls, Photographer
Maarten Sluyter, Art Director
Zeina Esmail, Stylist
High Contrast
FASHION Magazine

 

Passing Time

Chris Nicholls, Photographer
Eng Lau, Art Director
Zeina Esmail, Stylist
Passing Time
FASHION Magazine

 

Artists in Residence

Norman Wong, Photographer
Michèle Champagne, Art Director
Rita Liefhebber, Stylist
Artists in Residence
Flare

 

Pastels Take Shape

Petra Collins, Photographer
Jed Tallo, Art Director
Corey Ng, Stylist
Pastels Take Shape
Flare

 

Neoteric

Evaan Kheraj, Photographer
Mark Reynolds, Art Director
Luisa Rino, Stylist
Neoteric
NUVO Magazine

Check out all the finalists for Fashion on our Facebook page. Which do you think is best? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter: @MagAwards | #NMA14 | #Fashion

See also:
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