Remembering Ruth Kelly

The NMAF is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ruth Kelly, one of the great leaders in the Canadian magazine industry.

A public statement from Ruth’s family reads: “Our family is grieving the profound loss of Ruth Kelly. To us she was Ruth, a woman we loved, but to Albertans she was a distinguished business woman, a community leader, a philanthropist, and a role model.”

As a publisher, frequent guest speaker at events and conferences, and a former judge for the National Magazine Awards, Ruth was a passionate and steadfast advocate for magazines and the role they play in educating and informing Canadian readers. She believed magazines should strive for nothing less than outstanding quality and honest reporting.

Ruth Kelly was a champion of magazines, and always encouraged us to look to the best to set the bar for where our design and editorial went. She encouraged us to participate as volunteers, whether judges or board members, and took time to serve as a judge herself. Some of our proudest moments included gold and silver medals for unlimited [magazine] at the National Magazine Awards as well as many gold medals at the KRW Awards. Ruth had a passion for magazines that was contagious, and a stubborn streak about quality and relevance to audience that was impossible to argue with. Her influence on regional publishing and her dedication to service in the industry will be missed.
Joyce Byrne, publisher of Avenue Magazine (Calgary) and past president, NMAF

Ruth was publisher and CEO of Venture Publishing, where she helmed the award-winning Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines as their editor-in-chief. She served as president of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association,

After graduating from the University of Alberta with a degree in poetry, Ruth worked in printing and advertising before purchasing Venture magazine in 1997 from the Alberta government. She turned Venture into a high-quality publication targeting the province’s business community, and built a strong team that also launched more than a dozen custom publications, including Alberta Innovators, Open Mind, Tracks & Treads, Grip, Leap, Signature, WE, PSAC, Hard Hat, and more.

Ruth cared. Deeply. She cared about magazines and media and great writing and smart creative people making a difference. She cared about her community. She cared greatly for the people in her life, both personal and professional. Ruth could wow a crowded hall with her wit and brains, and she could wow you with tiny kindnesses no one else would ever know about. She was all business but she only acted that way to partially hide the fact that, really, she was all heart. It’s a devastating loss.
Curtis Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Eighteen Bridges, and director of the NMAF

Ruth was also a gracious volunteer for many organizations, and was recognized and sought after for her wisdom and acumen. A former Chamber of Commerce chairwoman, she was part of the University of Alberta’s School of Business Advisory Council. She also sat on the board of Magazines Canada and on the Mayor’s Business Roundtable. She served as chair of EPCOR’s Community Essentials Council and the Capital Region’s United Way campaign.

In 1998, Ruth was recognized as a Global Woman of Vision, a YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Entrepreneur category in 2003, and was the Allard Chair of Business at MacEwan School of Business in 2005. The Canadian Women in Communications selected Ruth for their 2008 Woman of the Year award, making her the first Albertan to receive this national honour. She received an honorary degree in business from NAIT in 2008, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta in 2013.

In 2013, Ruth received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada. In the same year, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs awarded Ruth with their Celebration of Entrepreneurial Achievement recognition. The Alberta Congress Board also selected her as their 2014 Distinguished Workplace Leader award recipient.

She was the 2012 recipient of AMPA’s Achievement in Publishing Award, where her profile read, “Her respect for creativity and craftsmanship led her to publishing and made her one the industry’s most respected leaders.”

As a magazine community we are forever in Ruth Kelly’s debt for her inspiring leadership, and our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues in this time of grief and remembrance.

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New Trail, Canadian Rockies Annual, Avenue Magazine top winners at 2017 Alberta Magazine Awards

Last Thursday night in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the winners of the 2017 Alberta Magazine Awards.

New Trail took home the top prize as Alberta Magazine of the Year. The alumni magazine of the University of Alberta has been nominated for 12 National Magazine Awards since 2012, winning 3, so it should come as no surprise that the magazine is making a huge splash in its home province. Honourable Mention for Alberta Magazine of the Year went to Avenue Edmonton and West Jet Magazine.

New Trail won a total of 9 medals. They took the Gold Medal in Art Direction of a Single Issue, another Gold Medal in Service: Lifestyle and yet another Gold Medal in Service: Business. They swept Gold and Silver in Editorial Package, then did it again, winning the Gold Medal and Silver Medal for Best Feature Design. They also won a Silver in Essays.

New Trail‘s editor-in-chief Lisa Cook was named Alberta Editor of the Year.

Canadian Rockies Annual won 5 Alberta Magazine Awards, including Best New Magazine and a sweep of Gold and Silver in the category Still-Life Photography.

 

Avenue Magazine also won 5 Alberta Magazine Awards, including Gold in Best Essay for “How to Talk about Death and Dying” by Christina Frangou.

Among individual creators, writer Omar Mouallem led all winners with 3 Alberta Magazine Awards, including Gold in Feature Writing for “Truth North Strong” in Western Living.

The winner of the Emerging Writer Gold award was Chris Cassis of Glass Buffalo magazine.

 

Other winners at this year’s Alberta Magazine Awards include Alberta Views, Apple Magazine, Avenue Edmonton, Filling Station, Oilsands Review,  Oilweek, Swerve, and The Yards.

Check out @AMPA‘s twitter feed for the complete recap.

New Trail, Eighteen Bridges, Omar Mouallem enjoy big night at 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards

Last night in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the Alberta Magazine Awards to a boisterous audience of writers, editors, art directors, publishers and other magazine lovers, including Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who punctuated his keynote address by thanking all for “telling our stories.”

New Trail, the alumni magazine of the University of Alberta, took home a whopping 6 gold awards including the biggest prize, Magazine of the Year. New Trail has been nominated for 7 National Magazine Awards since 2012 and won Best Art Direction of a Single Article at last year’s NMAs.

 

New Trail also won 2016 AMPA gold awards for Illustration, Art Direction of a Single Issue, Editorial Package, Feature Design, and Best Cover–all for their “Future of Everything” issue which clearly blew away the Alberta mag awards judges. The art direction is by Marcey Andrews, also a National Magazine Award winner, and the illustrations are by NMA winner Raymond Biesinger and Gwen Keraval.

 

Other winning magazines at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards:

  • Avenue Edmonton 6 (2 gold, 4 silver)
  • Eighteen Bridges 5 (4 gold, 1 silver)
  • Avenue Calgary 5 (5 silver)
  • Swerve 4 (3 gold, 1 silver)
  • Western Living 4 (1 gold, 3 silver)
  • Alberta Oil 3 (2 gold, 1 silver)
  • Alberta Venture 3 (1 gold, 2 silver)

Among individual winners, writer Omar Mouallem won 3 awards from 6 nominations, including gold for Profiles and Service: Lifestyle, and a silver for Feature Writing.

Omar Mouallem is also the editor of The Yards magazine, which swept gold and silver in the category Emerging Writer.

 

Eighteen Bridges editor Curtis Gillespie, also a director of the National Magazine Awards Foundation, accepted the award for Editor of the Year.

 

Check out all the nominees and winners at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards or on Twitter @AMPA.

Western Living, Avenue Calgary, Alberta Venture lead nominees for Alberta Magazine Awards

Named a record-breaking year, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) announced the Showcase finalists for the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards. 27 Alberta magazines hold nominations (a significant increase from last year); Western Living and Avenue Calgary are tied at an impressive 17 nominations, Alberta Venture follows closely with 16, and Avenue Edmonton and Swerve close in third with 15 nominations.

Alberta Views, Avenue Edmonton, and New Trail are the three Magazine of the Year contenders.

Alberta Views, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year
Alberta Views, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year

Among the individual nominees, many of these talented AMPA Showcase finalists are also National Magazine Award winners.

NMA winner Omar Mouallem leads all writers with 6 nominations: He’s nominated twice in Profiles for his work in Alberta Venture, once in Service: Lifestyle, once in Feature Writing: Short and twice in Feature Writing: Long.

Tadzio Richards (a finalist in the Alberta Story category, for his piece “End of the Line” published in Alberta Views) was successful at the 2007 NMAs, winning Gold in the category of Investigative Reporting and Silver for Science, Technology, and the Environment.

Two-time NMA winner Jeremy Klaszus, also a former winner of Best New Magazine Writer, is nominated in the Profile category for his work in Swerve.

John Ulan, NMA winner a year ago in Portrait Photography, was nominated for Photography: People and Portraiture.

Avenue Edmonton, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year
Avenue Edmonton, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year

Daniel Wood has a long track record of winning NMAs, starting in 1987 with an Honourable Mention and Silver wins in 1995, 1996, 2002, and 2003. At this year’s Alberta Magazine Awards, Daniel is a finalist in the category of Photograph: People and Portraiture.

Marcey Andrews, art director of New Trail—a Gold NMA winner in 2014—is nominated in a impressive slew AMPA categories this year, including: Art Direction for a Single Issue, Cover, Feature, Design, and Editorial Package.

Congratulations also goes out to to Hudson Christie, winner of the 2015 NMA award for Best New Magazine Illustrator and 2016 finalist in the Best Cover category at the AMPA Awards.

New Trail, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year
New Trail, 1 of 3 finalists for Alberta Magazine of the Year

Previous NMA award-winning creators and current AMPA finalists also include Lisa Gregoire (Essay), Tyee Bridge (Feature Writing: Long and Service: Lifestyle), Marcello Di Cintio (Feature Writing: Long and Profile), Martin Tessler, Clinton Hussey and Evaan Kheraj (Photography: Essay or Series) and Graham Roumieu (Illustration).

The complete list of finalists can be found here.

Aside from the 21 Showcase Awards—rewarding creators of everything from infographics to fiction to digital presence—there are three achievement awards: Anders Knudsen won the Achievement in Publishing Award, Brnesh Berhe is Volunteer of the Year, and Editor of the Year went to Curtis Gillespie, a director of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

The AMPA Achievement Judges had this to say of Curtis’ editing work:

“His love of great writing and storytelling inspired him to provide both emerging and established writers the space to tell compelling and thought-provoking stories at a time when the arena for such content was dwindling.”

(The full blurb can be found here.) Curtis’ editing aptitude is also highlighted by his many NMA wins: he snagged 14 Honourable Mentions between 2000 and 2014, Silver awards in 1999, 2000, and 2013; and Gold awards in 1999 and 2013 for his work in Eighteen Bridges, Western Living, Toronto Life, Saturday Night, New Trail and more.

The NMAF wishes all finalists good luck. Award winners are announced March 3, at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards Gala in Calgary. The gala takes place on the first day of the Alberta Magazines Conference.

Special thanks to Leah Edwards for her reporting on this story.

February Events & Awards Deadlines in Canadian Magazines

Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawny Phil did not see his shadow down in Pennsylvania this morning, but good luck convincing the residents of Iqaluit that spring is on its way.

Here’s what’s going on in February (and early March) in Canadian magazines:

AWARDS

Digital Publishing Awards
February 8: Early-bird deadline (& Small Publishers Rebate)
February 16: Final deadline

Canadian Business Media Awards
(formerly the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards)
February 8: Early-bird deadline
February 16: Final deadline

CSME Editors Choice Awards
February 2: Call for Entries

Arc Poem of the Year Award
February 14: Final deadline

Canadian Cover Awards
February 23: Final deadline

Alberta Magazine Awards
February (TBA): Finalists announced

Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
March 1: Deadline for nominations

EVENTS & CONTESTS

Canadian Society of Magazine Editors
February 3: The Best Free Online Tools For Editors, Toronto

Freedom to Read Week
February 21-27

AlbertaViews Photography Contest
February 28: Final deadline

TNQ Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest
February 28: Final deadline

Alberta Magazines Conference
March 3-4, Calgary

More awards and events info will be added. Follow us on Twitter @MagAwards for updates and to share your news with us.

National Magazine Awards Guide to Word on the Street

Canada’s largest magazine & book festival–Word on the Street–is coming to five Canadian cities this month, with opportunities for readers to browse great deals on magazine subscriptions, hear inspiring stories from their favourite writers, and go home with a scintillating stack of new reads.

  • Halifax–Saturday, September 19, Halifax Central Library
  • Saskatoon–Sunday, September 20, Exhibitor Marketplace
  • Lethbridge–Sunday, September 20, Main Library
  • Kitchener–Saturday, September 26, Downtown
  • Toronto–Sunday, September 27, Harbourfront Centre

TORONTO

Here are some of the events and speakers we’re looking forward to, featuring NMA winners:

National Magazine Award winning fiction writer Lynn Crosbie will read from the works of fellow NMA winner Margaret Atwood. 12pm at the Toronto Book Awards tent.

11-time National Magazine Award winner Don Gillmor (The Walrus, Toronto Life, Eighteen Bridges) will talk about writing for magazines at the Wordshop Marquee at 12pm, and at the Great Books Marquee at 4pm, along with Evan Rosser, senior editor at Sportsnet magazine.

Novelist Patrick deWitt, winner of the National Magazine Award for fiction (Brick) as well as the Governor General’s Award and the Writers’ Trust Award, will speak at Sculpting New Reads at 1pm and at the Amazon Best-Seller Stage at 3pm.

John Lorinc, 7-time NMA winner for Spacing, Toronto Life, Report on Business and others, will speak about writing on urban affairs at the Nothing But the Truth tent at 5:15pm.

National Magazine Award-winning science writer Alanna Mitchell (United Church Observer) will speak about her new book, Malignant Metaphor, at the Nothing But the Truth tent at 12:30pm.

Hal Niedzvieki, founder of Broken Pencil magazine, will talk about “Trees on Mars” at the Nothing But the Truth tent, 2:15pm.

Check out these National Magazine Award-winning titles at the Exhibitor Marketplace and the Magazine Mews (MM). Word on the Street always brings out great deals on magazine subscriptions, often with gifts and back issues on sale, too. [Map of WOTS Toronto]

  • Alternatives Journal, Booth #206
  • Brick: A Literary Journal, Booth #133
  • Broken Pencil, Booth #MM6
  • Canada’s History, Booth #113
  • Carousel, Booth #MM1
  • ELQ: Exile Literary Quarterly, Booth 185
  • Feathertale Review, Booth #MM2
  • Legion Magazine, Booth #221
  • Little Brother Magazine, Booth #MM19
  • NOW Magazine, Booth #150
  • Ontario Nature, Booth #MM10
  • Owl Kids, Booth #KS23
  • Quill & Quire
  • Shameless, Booth #MM8
  • SkyNews, Booth #184
  • Visitors usually find all kinds of Toronto swag at the Spacing magazine booth at WOTS.
    Visitors usually find all kinds of Toronto swag at the Spacing magazine booth at WOTS.

    Spacing, Booth #157

  • Taddle Creek, Booth #MM5
  • The New Quarterly, Booth #MM4
  • The Walrus, Booth #218
  • THIS Magazine,  Booth #220
  • Toronto Life, Booth #161
  • Vallum Poetry, Booth #LL12
  • Zoomer, Booth #145

 

Word on the Street, Toronto, is Sunday, September 27 from 11am-6pm at Harbourfront Centre, free and fun for all!

LETHBRIDGE

Check out Alberta Views magazine, winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year, at their display booth at WOTS Lethbridge.

SASKATOON

Hear National Magazine Award finalist Guy Vanderhaeghe–novelist and short story writer, winner of two Governor General’s Awards–at the Who Has Seen the Wind Tent at 3:45pm.

Check out all the events and speakers at the WOTS near you.

Summer Magazine Reading Series, No. 2: Alberta Bound, Alberta Bound

It’s good to be / Alberta Bound. Our summer reading series continues this week with a special focus on the Province of Alberta, land of “the strong and the free”; of turquoise mountain lakes, vast fertile prairies, and some of Canada’s finest magazines.

This past spring our friends at the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) presented the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, recognizing excellence in the content and design of publications based in the province. Among the winners were Alberta Views, Avenue, Glass Buffalo, New Trail, Swerve, Up! Magazine, and more.

You can read the complete articles of all finalists and winners on the AMPA site. A few suggestions:

Game Changer” by Arno Kopecky (Alberta Views)
Winner of the award for Best Alberta Story, this piece by former National Magazine Award finalist Arno Kopecky examines a legal action by the Beaver Lake Cree Nation against the Province of Alberta and the oil industry, exploring the potential of the lawsuit to challenge existing land-rights issues between First Nations and the energy industry.

Arno Kopecky is an environmental journalist and author based in Vancouver. His first book, The Devil’s Curve, a literary travelogue based on his year-long journey through Peru and Colombia, made Amazon’s top-100 list for 2012. His second book, The Oil Man And The Sea, chronicles Kopecky’s sailing expedition into British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, a legendary wilderness with the knife of Big Oil at its throat.

Bonus read: The silver award in Best Alberta Story went to “The Future and the Hipster” (Swerve) by Jeremy Klaszus, former winner of the National Magazine Award for Best New Magazine Writer (2006).

Children of a Lesser Santa” by Omar Mouallem (Swerve)
Winner of the award for Best Essay, this piece by former NMA winner Omar Mouallem is a witty and endearing chronicle of the first Christmas “celebrated” by a Muslim-Canadian family in northern Alberta.

“While most Canadian children probably encounter Santa Claus within the first year of their lives— at a parade, in a mall or in their living room—I was four. My mom, perhaps noticing my sense of exclusion, or to better integrate into her adopted country, took me to the town library where families lined up to snap a photo of their children in the jolly man’s lap. What could go wrong?”

Bonus read: In the AMA Profiles category, the gold award went Marcello di Cintio for “The Long Journey of Nathan Phelps” (Swerve), which later won the silver National Magazine Award in the same category.

A Tale of Two Forms” by Peter Takach (Glass Buffalo)
Winner of the  award for Emerging Writer, this creative and poignant homage to the Dickensian epic reflects on the transitional and perhaps ephemeral nature of the novel in the digital age. The award jury noted: “As though trapped in a wacky pinball machine, A Tale of Two Forms kept punting and zapping me back and forth with its fresh ideas, literary references, form and imagery. Peter Takach’s work underlines how important it is to sometimes suspend reason and just let the words wash over you.”

Bonus read: In the AMA Poetry category, the silver award went to Erika Luckert for her work “Frog Lake” in Glass Buffalo, which was also nominated for a National Magazine Award.

To read these and all of the finalists and winners from the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, visit albertamagazines.com/awards and click on the section for “2015 Showcase Awards Finalists.”

Related posts:
Avenue Edmonton, Swerve, Omar Mouallem among big winners at Alberta Magazine Awards
Off the Page: An interview with Arno Kopecky
Off the Page: An interview with Jeremy Klaszus


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