Happy 50th anniversary to THIS Magazine

Back in 1977 Margaret Atwood–nearly a decade before she became a CanLit icon for The Handmaid’s Tail–won a Silver Medal at the very first National Magazine Awards for her “Two-Headed Poems” published in a zesty Toronto periodical known as THIS Magazine.

Founded in 1966 with the prosaic title “This Magazine Is About Schools” (cleverly truncated in 1973) with a mandate to cover education policy and “New School” philosophy in Canada, THIS has, over the last half century, evolved into one of Canada’s leading progressive publications covering issues of labour, healthcare, environment, race, Indigenous rights, feminism, LGBTQ rights and more, while also publishing some of of the best poetry, short fiction and visual art from emerging artists across the land.

And how about a shoutout to THIS Magazine, which celebrates 50 years of publishing this year. Also turning 50 this year: people going “Which magazine?” as a joke.
Chris Turner, on stage as host of the 39th annual National Magazine Awards

Next Thursday, September 22, THIS Magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a party and fundraiser at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, open to all friends and alumni of the magazine.

Since 1977, National Magazine Award-winning editors of and contributors to THIS Magazine have included Naomi Klein, Clive Thompson, Lynn Coady, Doug Saunders, Moira Farr, Lynn Crosbie, Dan David, Hal Niedsviecki, Gordon Laird, J.B. MacKinnon, Evelyn Lau, and Rick Salutin, whose “Culture Vulture” column won the Silver Medal at the 1981 and 1983 National Magazine Awards. And, of course, many many more.

In total, THIS Magazine has been nominated for 85 National Magazine Awards, winning 12 Silver Medals and 7 Gold Medals, most recently for:

  • Clusterf*ck” by Catherine McIntyre, Gold Medal, Best New Magazine Writer, 2014
  • In the Shadow of the Oilsands” by Ian Willms, Gold Medal, Photojournalism, 2012
  • Moosehide” by Min Gyo Chung, Silver Medal, Illustration, 2016
  • Let’s Get It On” by Graham Roumieu, Silver Medal, Spot Illustration, 2010
  • “Crossing the Line” by Bill Reynolds, Gold Medal, Essays, 2005
  • “This Land is Whose Land” by Gordon Laird, Gold Medal, Investigative Reporting, 2001
  • “Confessions of a Playa Hata” by Clive Thompson, Silver Medal, Essays, 2004

The NMAF congratulates THIS Magazine on this golden anniversary. Here’s to 50 more!

Quill & Quire marks 80th anniversary with special issue

Quill & Quire magazine, the eminent guide to Canada’s book publishing industry, is marking its 80th anniversary with a special issue highlighting 80 books, people and events that have helped shape Canadian literature.

“It’s by no means a definitive list, ” Q&Q editor Sue Carter told Masthead online.:

We called on experts, and spent hours with our image archive, sorting through fresh-faced author photos and candid snaps of book launches, dance parties, and fairs. There was early talk of ranking the entries, but who wants to pit Alice Munro against Anne Shirley? There are the obvious inclusions the moneyed prizes, literary stalwarts, and dominant publishers are all here—but we also selected quiet moments that may have slipped by unnoticed but were in some way meaningful to various communities.

Quill & Quire is published 10 times per year by St. Joseph Media. The anniversary April issue is available now. #QuillLove.

Happy 30th Anniversary Weddingbells

We’ve been together 30 years, but it feels like just yesterday we met.

This spring Weddingbells turns 30, and the award-winning magazine is celebrating with a special anniversary issue on newsstands now. The magazine also sports one of the most go-to Pinterest pages on the web, perfect for ideas for every wedding.

Over its three decades Weddingbells, published by St. Joseph Media, has won 6 National Magazine Awards for its art direction and wedding fashion and style spreads, from 16 nominations.

The magazine will host an invitation-only 30th anniversary party on April 1.

“This event will showcase some of our incredible wedding and party ideas. From live performances and innovative décor concepts, to an on-trend party menu of cocktail foods, an epic candy table and a very special wedding cake; this will definitely be a celebration to remember.” — Alison McGill, Editor-in-Chief of Weddingbells

Congratulations to the team at Weddingbells and best wishes for another 30 years!

A Celebration of Covers: Spacing’s 10th anniversary

Marking the tenth anniversary of the popular and award-winning Spacing–the magazine devoted to Canadian urban issues–founder and art director Matthew Blackett tells the story behind ten of the most popular covers in Spacing‘s history. Among the group is the above issue, with cover photography by Stephen Rothlisberger, which won the 2005 Gold National Magazine Award for Editorial Package.

Canada’s 2013 National Magazine Awards are open for submissions, and among 48 categories for achievement in magazine writing, photography, illustration, packaging and digital content creation is the celebrated category for best Magazine Cover. Check out the NMA archives for past winners. The deadline for entries is January 15.

Magazine Awards blog celebrates anniversary #2!

It’s that time of year again to say a huge THANK YOU! to the subscribers, readers and supporters of the Magazine Awards blog. Our mission has always been simple: to recognize and promote National Magazine Award winners, celebrate the magazines who publish them, support the industry that sustains them, and foster a community with the readers who love them.

To mark our second anniversary, here’s a look back at the highlights of the past two years:

Plus our ongoing coverage of hot magazine industry topics like books written by former NMA winners, other awards & opportunities in the magazine industry, cool magazine covers, magazine-related events, and more.

Thanks for your support over these past two years. And now, on with the blogging…

Ryerson Journalism School marks 60th anniversary

rrj-3Ryerson University’s venerable School of Journalism will celebrate its 60th anniversary this weekend in Toronto, with a reception Friday evening and a conference of panel sessions on Saturday.

The Friday event, called Journalism on the Rocks, will honour 12 alumni of the journalism program, including 3-time National Magazine Award winner and longtime Ryerson faculty member Don Obe. Other inductees into what the school is calling its Journalism Headliners include the late sports journalist Randy Starkman, Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the TV series Little Mosque on the Prairie, and Shelley Ambrose, co-publisher of The Walrus.

Saturday’s panel sessions will focus on Ryerson and Journalism: The Next 60 Years, featuring National Magazine Award-winning Ryerson alums Julia Belluz and Elizabeth Renzetti, as well as a number of other remarkable journalists.

It would be almost impossible to calculate how many Ryerson alumni and faculty have won National Magazine Awards or edited NMA-winning stories, but there’s no doubt the program has had a deep and meaninful impact on the Canadian magazine industry. Its highly regarded, student-run Ryerson Review of Journalism has won 6 National Magazine Awards from 30 nominations since it was founded in 1984.

Congratulations Ryerson School of Journalism on 60 great years and many more to come.

Award-winning Maisonneuve magazine celebrates 10th anniversary

Last night the Maisonneuve 10th anniversary tour came to Toronto, where fans and well wishers feted the Montreal-based political and cultural affairs quarterly at the Ossington down the hip Queen West district. In less than a decade the smart and always creatively designed “Maisy” has been nominated for a robust 72 National Magazine Awards, winning 11 Golds and 5 Silvers for its writing, illustration, photography and art direction. In 2004 it was named Magazine of the Year (then awarded under the moniker of the President’s Medal). Two other times it’s won Honourable Mention for that most prestigious of awards.

Congrats to Maisy and its devoted readers, and all the best in the next decade.