The Digital Publishing Awards launch all new industry blog

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The Digital Publishing Awards are proud to announce the launch of the digitalpublishing.blog— a new leading reference for digital publishers and media professionals.

This new online resource aims to assist both established and emerging talents of Canada’s digital publishing landscape with relevant, timely, educative and compelling information about their industry. Promotion of award-winning digital content, design, creators and innovation will be posted regularly through a digest of relevant industry news, events and developments, as well as profiles that promote the creative work of Canadian digital publishers.

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Award-winning Canadian digital publications.

We’ll publish compelling interviews with industry professionals describing the distinct processes behind their award-winning work From conceptualization to execution, we’ll speak with a wide range of digital media experts.

First up, we’re delighted to share our conversation with Jude Isabella, editor in chief of Hakai Magazine. Jude was a key member of the team that launched Hakai back in 2015 and has since served as a contributing writer and editor in chief. Based in Victoria, B.C. Hakai is an online magazine that explores science, society, and the environment from a coastal perspective.JudeQuotenb

Interested in reading more compelling conversations? The folks at the DPAs will be catching up with a variety of digital media experts eager to share their own tips and tricks— everything from starting a successful online magazine to creating visually captivating, interactive news stories. Watch for our next interview with The Globe and Mail’s digital designer Christopher Manza.

Be sure to follow digitalpublishing.blog for updates on media job postings and industry events across the country.

ABOUT THE DIGITAL PUBLISHING AWARDS
The Digital Publishing Awards (DPAs) were created in consultation with Canada’s leading producers and creators of digital publishing. The DPAs recognize and promote excellence by Canadian digital publishers and content creators through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.

The nominees for the 2017 Digital Publishing Awards will be announced on April 25 and the awards soirée will take place on June 1 in Toronto.

The Digital Publishing Awards are on Twitter @dpawards.

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.

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!

In Memory of Neville Gilfoy

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is deeply saddened by the loss of Neville Gilfoy, founder and publisher of Progress Magazine in Nova Scotia, who passed away yesterday from complications of lymphoma.

As an innovator and entrepreneur who built Progress Media Group into Atlantic Canada’s most trusted and important sources of business information, Neville was a strident proponent of economic development and entrepreneurial spirit in the region he dearly loved.

Neville often volunteered to serve on the jury for the National Magazine Awards, regularly offering his time and expertise in service to the industry and promoting excellence in Canadian magazines. Guests who met him at the annual National Magazine Awards gala were charmed and invigorated by his enthusiasm for the potential of magazine publishing and for business and innovation in Atlantic Canada.

For being an outstanding example to all who worked with him—and to the Canadian magazine industry—the NMAF in 2006 awarded Neville the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

“Neville ached to see Atlantic Canada prosper and believed an entrepreneurial revolution was required to make it happen.”
Greg Keilty, publisher of Sky News

Neville spent more than 40 years in magazine publishing. He was been behind the launch of several magazines, including Atlantic Insight (50,000 paid subscriptions within eight months), Eastern Woods and Waters, and Atlantic Progress (later Progress; he also created a French-language counterpart, Progrès), and successfully built one of the most capable, committed and determined publishing teams in Canada.

He served as a CPPA/CMPA board member from 1979 to 1987, as president of the Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Commerce, and as chair of the board of the Greater Halifax Partnership. For 15 years he taught at the Banff Publishing Workshop. He presented at hundreds of seminars and conferences, from CMPA and Magazines University to economic development groups and high-school classes. In 1999 he launched Face to Face, one of the most remarkable entrepreneurial conferences produced by any magazine in North America. In 2006 he was appointed honorary consul of France in Nova Scotia.

At the core of Gilfoy’s success was his talent and determination for making those around him share his “uncommon delight” for the magazine industry. “He eats, sleeps and dreams the business of magazine publishing,” Dirk van Loon, editor and publisher of DvL Publishing Inc., told the NMAF in 2006 when nominating Neville for the Outstanding Achievement Award. “He gladly shares what he knows with anyone else crazy enough to get into the racket.”

“Publishing a magazine that has had such a positive impact on the Atlantic region is an accomplishment that I am very proud of. Progress has a purpose and a mission and its audience is impacted by that. The company wouldn’t enjoy the level of success it does without the team of professionals with whom I work. The people who produce our magazines, our events and our online product are the absolute best and are wonderfully committed to the success of our company and the region. It’s an amazing thing to be part of.”
–Neville Gilfoy 

He will be missed. The NMAF staff and board of directors offer our condolences to Neville’s family and friends and all those who will remember him well.

More on Neville from D.B. Scott at the Canadian Magazines blog.

Your Guide to Canadian Magazines Week

The biggest week in Canadian magazines is finally here, and between now and the exciting grand finale–Friday’s National Magazine Awards–there’s a lot going on for Canada’s top magazine publishers, editors, art directors and creators who are gathering from all over the country here in Toronto for a big week ahead: Canadian Magazine Week.
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TUESDAY JUNE 7

MagNet Marquee
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: Canada’s annual magazine conference–MagNet–kicks off with the afternoon marquee. This year’s keynote speaker is digital revenue maestro Jay Lauf, SVP of Atlantic Media and President/Publisher of Quartz.

62nd annual Canadian Business Media Awards
In Memory of Kenneth R. Wilson
Time: 6:30pm
Place: Grand Banking Hall, Hotel One King West
About: Join Master of Ceremonies D.B. Scott for the annual celebration and recognition of the best in Canadian Business-to-Business media. Top nominees include CPA Magazine, University Affairs, Marketing, Professionally Speaking, Precedent, The Medical Post, and Foodservice & Hospitality. The finalists for Magazine of the Year are BC Business, Marketing, and The Medical Post. Tickets.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 8

MagNet Conference
Time: All Day
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: Canada’s annual magazines conference, presented by Magazines Canada, launches its first of two full days of sessions.

CDS Global Circulator & CMC Awards
Time: 5:00pm
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: Presented by the Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC) following its AGM, with the generous support of CDS Global, the “Circulator” is the perfect time to relax and talk about the first day of MagNet. Awards will be presented in the field of circulation, including the Outstanding Achievement Award and Volunteer of the Year.

CSME Editors’ Choice Awards
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) welcomes its members to its annual awards ceremony, recognizing outstanding work by Canada’s magazine editors. The top prize is the Editor of the Year award.

THURSDAY JUNE 9

MagNet Conference
Time: All Day
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: Day two of Canada’s annual magazines conference, presented by Magazines Canada.

MagNet Squared
Time: 5:00pm
Place: Marriott Courtyard, 475 Yonge St.
About: A networking reception closes out the two-day MagNet conference. Stop for a break and join MagNeteers from across all regions and sectors of the Canadian magazine media industry for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

2016 Digital Publishing Awards
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Portland Room, Spoke Club, 600 King Street West
About: Host Chris Frey welcomes Canada’s top digital publishers and digital media creators to the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards, recognizing excellence in 14 categories including Best Online Video, Best Podcast Series, Best Digital Design, Best Feature Story, and Best Digital Initiative. Top nominees include Maclean’s, CBCNews.ca, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Toronto Life, BuzzFeed Canada and Sportsnet. The 5 finalists for Digital Publication of the Year are Canadian Business, CBCNews.ca, L’actualite, Maclean’s and Toronto Life. Tickets.

FRIDAY JUNE 10

39th annual National Magazine Awards
Time: 6:00pm
Place: Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street
About: Hundreds of Canada’s top magazine journalists will recognize the best in their field at the National Magazine Awards gala–celebrating Canadian creators. Master of Ceremonies Chris Turner–author, public speaker and 9-time NMA winner–will host this year’s big event, where top nominees like Toronto Life, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, L’actualite, Maisonneuve, Report on Business, Cottage Life, The Walrus and Eighteen Bridges as well as dozens of nominated writers and artists will be in attendance. (There’s still time to vote for the People’s Choice winner for Best Magazine Cover.) The finalists for Magazine of the Year are Canadian Geographic, Caribou, Maisonneuve and Nouveau Projet.  Tickets


See the National Magazine Awards nominees for:
Magazine of the Year
Best Magazine Cover
Best Magazine Brand
Best Single Issue

Best New Magazine Writer
Best New Magazine Photographer
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Fiction
Poetry
Single Service Article Package
Illustration

Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Art Direction of a Single Article
Portrait Photography
Words & Pictures
Columns
Fashion

Complete nominations coverage

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.

New York, New York Times, New Yorker lead U.S. National Magazine Awards nominees

Now that submissions for the (Canadian) National Magazine Awards are complete–though submissions for the Digital Publishing Awards remain open until February 16–it’s a perfect time to look at the nominees for the American mag awards, announced last Thursday by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

“For the third year in a row,” notes Adweek, “New York magazine led the pack of print and digital publications with an impressive nine nominations, including one for Magazine of the Year.” New York put out one of the most enduring covers of 2015–its “Cosby: The Women” cover, including 35 portraits of the women who’ve come forward to accuse the former TV star.

Also nominated for Magazine of the Year: The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The Hollywood Reporter.

Affectionately known as the Ellies, for the copper elephant statuette designed by Alexander Calder and given to winners, the U.S. NMAs will present awards in 21 categories including four divisions of the award for General Excellence. This year’s awards gala–the 50th anniversary Ellies–is February 1 in New York City. Tickets start at $850 per person.

Leading the nominees:

  • New York (9)
  • New York Times Magazine (7)
  • GQ (6)
  • The New Yorker (5)
  • Bon Appétit (4)

Among the first-time finalists this year are a number of non-traditional magazines, including VICE, BuzzFeed News, The Huffington Post, The Intercept, the Marshall Project and ProPublica, demonstrating once again the ability of the magazine medium to evolve with technologies, platforms and reader appetites.

Although there is no Ellie for Best Cover, here are a few of our favourite U.S. magazine covers from 2015, from among the nominated titles.

Quebec magazine association elects new board

The association of Quebec magazine editors–l’Association québécoise des éditeurs de magazine (AQEM), also known as Magazines du Québec–has elected a new board of directors with a view towards reinvigorating the association which has been on hiatus since 2013.

Aude Marie Marcoux, deputy editor of Sélection du Reader’s Digest, has been elected board chair, and the body has created five committees to focus on priorities for the province’s magazine industry, including government relations, suppliers and partners, joint initiatives with Magazines Canada, research, and digital transition.

The new board of directors of AQEM:

  • Chair: Aude Marie Marcoux, Sélection
  • Vice President: Michel Nivischiuk, TVA
  • Vice President: Mariève ParadisePlanète F
  • Treasurer: Jean-François Morin, Bayard Canada
  • Secretary: Josianne Massé, Muse magazine
  • Director: Sarah Châtelain, TVA
  • Director: Evelyne Labonté, TC Media
  • Director: Geneviève Vézina Montplaisir, Caribou magazine
  • Director: Stephan Rene, Ovations médias

The National Magazine Awards Foundation looks forward to working with AQEM and its members to promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian magazines.

Mélanie Joly named Minister of Canadian Heritage

As Canada’s new government is sworn in today, Ahuntsic-Cartierville MP, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, has been named the new Minister of Canadian Heritage, whose department supports Canadian magazine publishers, creators and other industry members through the Canada Periodical Fund, Aid to Publishers, and Canada Council for the Arts, among others.

As a national organization that supports Canada’s magazine creators through an annual program of awards and publicity efforts, the National Magazine Awards Foundation welcomes the Honourable Mélanie Joly and wishes her the best as she steps into this important role in Canada’s cultural sphere.

 

From today’s announcement:

A firm believer in the importance of community involvement, Mélanie has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of the Régie des rentes du Québec, Fondation du CHUM, and Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She has also served  as a spokesperson for Logis Rose-Virginie and as an ambassador for Herstreet.

Ms. Joly was also named by Elle Québec as the 2008 Woman of the Year.

 

NMAF partners with Indigo Books & Music on national newsstand promotion

Newsstand Promo Sign ENG FinalFor the second year, the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is partnering with Indigo Books & Music Inc. to launch a nationwide newsstand promotion designed to increase awareness about Canada’s top award-winning magazines published in both official languages.

With this strategic initiative, made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Government of Canada, the NMAF strives to provide award-winning Canadian publishers the opportunity to cost-effectively maintain or improve newsstand sales, subscriptions and magazine visibility within the highly competitive North American market by jointly marketing their nationally recognized award on newsstands.

From October 19th to November 29th, this year’s participating award-winning publications will be displayed in a special NMA newsstand frame in 91 Indigo superstores across the country. Magazines taking part in this initiative include 2015 Magazine of the Year winner Nouveau Projet, as well as award winners Canadian Business, Chatelaine, Cottage Life, FASHION Magazine, L’actualité, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, MoneySense, Sportsnet, The New Quarterly, The Walrus, Today’s Parent, Toronto Life, Vancouver Magazine and Western Living.

The NMAF, whose mandate is to recognize and promote award-winning Canadian magazines and content, strives to implement initiatives that help publications thrive in the evolving magazine industry. With this newsstand promotional campaign, the Foundation is providing publishers with a distinctive opportunity to leverage their prestigious award in order to maximize their impact on newsstands.

This promotional initiative was launched for the first time in 2014. During the four weeks of the pilot project, 3,401 copies of 15 NMA award-winning titles were sold and a number of participating magazines reported an increase in sales varying from 15% to 67%.

The 38th annual National Magazine Awards took place on June 5, 2015. Visit www.magazine-awards.com to view the complete list of this year’s award-winning magazines as well as past winners in our free public archive.


The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. The NMAF also gratefully thanks Indigo Books & Music Inc. for their generous support of the NMA newsstand promotion. The NMAF would also like to thank CNW Group.

 


Participating magazines this year include:

 

Spacing Magazine launches Spacing Films with “Powers of Towers” documentary

Award-winning Spacing magazine, the urbanist’s go-to resource, continues to build on its successful brand–magazine, successful line of city swag, the new Spacing store on Richmond Street in Toronto–with this week’s launch of “Powers of Towers,” the first production of Spacing Films.

For the film’s production Spacing has partnered with Tangent Motion Pictures and Foxley Films, with financial support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

“Powers of Towers” profiles Graeme Stewart and Sabina Ali, two remarkable people on the forefront of a revolution that’s transforming Toronto’s now aging suburban high-rise clusters into livable communities that work — and attracting the attention of the international planning community in the process. For their work, Stewart and Ali have been awarded the 2014 Jane Jacobs Prize presented by Spacing magazine.

More at Spacing.ca.

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.

Events this week in Canadian Magazines

Spring is pushing its way through winter (with apologies to the Maritimes), and this week a number of Canadian magazines are hosting public events to give you even more reason to get out.

TUESDAY MARCH 24
Ryerson Review of Journalism
Spring 2015 Launch Party Fundraiser
TORONTO – Bier Markt, the Esplanade, 5:30pm
Come celebrate the launch of the Spring 2015 issue of the award-winning RRJ, produced by the students of Ryerson School of Journalism.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 25
This Magazine
This is not a Ted Talk – Feminism in Canada
TORONTO – Supermarket (Kensington Market), 6:30pm

A launch event for their March-April issue, This Magazine hosts an evening of speakers on the subject of feminism in Canada. Speakers include Jill Andrew and Aisha Fairclough, the amazing women behind Fat in the City and the Body Confidence Canada Awards; trans rights activist Christin MilloySheila Sampath, editor of Shameless magazine; plus a video feature from Project Slut.

THURSDAY MARCH 26
The Walrus
The Walrus Talks Arctic
WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Art Gallery, 7pm
The Walrus welcomes Erin Freeland Ballantyne of Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, artist and sculptor Ruben Komangapik, historian Whitney Lackenbauer, Michael Maltzan, architect of the WAG’s new Inuit Art Centre, explorer and authorJames RaffanLola Sheppard, Arctic Adaptations project lead, Tanya Tagaq, performer and Polaris Prize winner, and Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental and human rights advocate.

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, MARCH 27-29
Cottage Life
Cottage Life Spring Show 2015
The International Centre, Mississauga, ON
The 22nd annual Cottage Life show is a kick-off to summer cottage season. Meet more than 550 exhibitors showing boats, docks, builders, contractors, innovative building products, green solutions, decor and style, arts and crafts, food and entertaining, water toys and more.

SATURDAY MARCH 28
Maisonneuve
Maisonneuve Issue 55 Launch Party
MONTREAL – Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 7pm
Featuring readings from Adam Kovac, Joseph Rosen, and Jessica Wei, the launch will be an opportunity to pick up the new issue, grab some refreshments, and hear what our contributors have written for the newest issue of the National Magazine Award-winning publication.

Magazine of the Year Cottage Life debuts Augmented Reality in Spring Issue

On newsstands now, the Spring 2015 issues of Cottage Life magazine and its sibling Cottage Life West feature not only great writing and photography about life in the great outdoors, but also new interactive elements that invite the reader to experience content in augmented reality.

The concept is made possible via a partnership with Blippar, a market leading image-recognition and augmented reality app. After downloading the free Blippar app onto a smartphone or tablet, readers can place their device over the issue’s “blippable” pages to unlock a series of exclusive content.

“We wanted to build an interactive experience for our loyal print audience that would integrate digital technology and enhance the way they interact with that form of media. This partnership with Blippar will not only change the way print magazines are consumed, but also change the way advertisers showcase their products.” — Penny Caldwell, editor-in-chief, Cottage Life.

In 2014 Cottage Life was named Magazine of the Year by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, and has won 48 National Magazine Awards over its 32-year history. This year’s National Magazine Awards will be held on June 5. The nominees will be announced on May 4.

Call for Submissions: Science Journalism Awards

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association has opened a call for submissions for its 2014 science journalism awards. Deadline: February 15, 2015.

The Science Journalism Award goes to an individual who has a science piece published in their name in any media during the calendar year 2014.  Winners receive $1000 and recognition at the Awards Ceremony at the CSWA Conference.

The Herb Lampert Science Emerging Journalist Award goes to a student or newly practising journalist (2 years or less) who has a science piece published in any media during 2014. Winners receive $1000 and recognition at the Awards Ceremony at the CSWA Conference.

The Science Communications Award goes to an individual or small team, museum, university or college, whose work in 2014 explored or explained the topic of science to the public in an informative, accurate and engaging way. The work can be in any medium, and was produced for the purposes of public communications, outreach, advertising, marketing, or any similar venture. Winners receive $1000 and recognition at the Awards Ceremony at the CSWA Conference.

This year’s CSWA Conference is June 18-21 in Saskatoon.

Farewell, Descant

Descant, the arts and literary quarterly published independently in Toronto since 1970, has announced that its forthcoming 167th issue, Vol. 45, No. 4, Winter 2014, will be its last.

Editor-in-chief Karen Mulhallen posted a farewell note on the magazine’s website, noting that after painstaking efforts to find alternative funding and deliberations among staff and funders, “we have jointly decided that Descant magazine in its present form is no longer sustainable.”

Grants have been in decline for more than five years, although other revenues such as sales and subscriptions have held steady or increased. We have cut costs everywhere we could, but many expenses over which we have no control have continued to spiral up.

Descant has won 6 National Magazine Awards since 1980 for its fiction, poetry and essays, most recently Adam Lindsay Honsinger‘s short story “Silence” in 2009.

What began as a mimeograph forty-four years ago evolved into a robust and stimulating literary magazine that has published works by Anne Michaels, Timothy Findley, Evelyn Lau, Margaret Atwood, Isabel Allende, Tom McGuane, Jane Urquhart, Dennis Lee, Michael Ondaatje and R. Murray Schafer, among many others. Lately its production office has been the historic George Brown building at the corner of Baldwin and Beverly Streets.

Browse through the back issues of Descant for a more complete perspective on what the magazine has published.

From the National Magazine Awards online archive:
Up the Amazon–1959; Mexico–1960” by P.K. Page (Descant), Honourable Mention, Poetry, 2005
Fudge” by Alex Pugsley (Descant), Honourable Mention, Fiction, 2010

Watch: 4 National Magazine Award-winning editors talk about Canadian Magazines

Last Thursday on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, four prominent Canadian magazine editors appeared together in conversation about the challenges and opportunities of magazine publishing and engaging readers in a digital age and in a crowded, shifting marketplace. (SPOILER ALERT: The answer to the digital-age question–“Will there still be print magazines in 10 years?”–is yes!)
  • Haley Cullingham, editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve
  • Sarah Fulford, editor-in-chief of Toronto Life
  • Jonathan Kay, editor-in-chief of The Walrus
  • Steve Maich, senior vice-president & general manager of Rogers Publishing and founding editor of Sportsnet
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A few annotations:

When host Steve Paikin introduces everyone with their associated magazine, describing each as having won “Best Canadian Magazine of…” he is referring to the National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year (or, in the case of Sportsnet, Tablet Magazine of the Year).

Toronto Life: Magazine of the Year 2007 (and 1985 & 1989)
Maisonneuve: Magazine of the Year 2011 (and 2004)
The Walrus: Magazine of the Year 2006
Sportsnet: Tablet Magazine of the Year 2013

Steve Maich is a member of the board of directors of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

New Edmonton city mag The Yards launches in December

A brand-new “hyperlocal” city magazine is coming to Edmonton readers next week. The Yards, edited by National Magazine Award-winning writer Omar Mouallem, promises to be a “quarterly glossy/newsprint publication [that] focuses on cultural, planning and social issues in central Edmonton, particularly in Downtown and Oliver, two neighbourhoods experiencing enormous growth over the decade.” The magazine’s name is a tribute to the rail yards which pass through those two dynamic neighbourhoods.

Said Mouallem via press release:

“Newspapers and newsrooms are shrinking, but there’s still hunger for local news—especially in a city growing as steadily as Edmonton. Nowhere is this excitement and uncertainty more visible than in the city’s core. So as a hyperlocal magazine we can home in on that growth, in on our backyards, and we can understand it and access it better than anyone else.”

The first issue will launch next week in a partnership between the Central Edmonton News Society and the Oliver and Downtown Edmonton Community Leagues. In addition to Mouallem as editor, the staff includes Vikki Wiercinski as designer and the first issue will include contributions from Jennifer Cockrall-King, Tim Querengesser, Tyler Biard, Studio Tipi and Scott McKeen.

Find out more at theyardsyeg.ca.

The call for entries for the 2014 National Magazine Awards is coming on December 1.

Round-Up of November Magazine Events

Happy Hallowe’en from the National Magazine Awards. Don’t forget to watch out for little ghouls and goblins and kids dressed up as magazines on the streets tonight. And sleep an extra hour on Sunday. Here’s a look at what’s on tap in Canadian magazines for the month of November.

Saturday, November 1 (Toronto) & November 8 (Vancouver)
CANZINE, presented by Broken Pencil, Saturday, November 1 in Toronto and November 8 in Vancouver, Canada’s annual Zine festival.

Tuesday, November 4, Toronto
OCCUPY NOW, presented by This Magazine and Rabble.ca, a panel discussion about the Occupy Movement, three years on.

Thursday, November 6, Toronto
State of the Magazine Nation, a one-day event presented by Magazines Canada on the latest innovations in Canadian magazine publishing.

Friday, November 14, Toronto
Shamie Awards, Shameless magazine’s 10th anniversary celebration and presentation of the Shamie Awards, hosted by comedienne Catherine McCormick

Wednesday, November 19, Toronto
Return of the lecture series, “What We Talk About,” presented by Little Brother magazine. 8pm at the Drake Hotel. Cost of admission gets you a copy of the latest issue.

Thursday, November 20, Toronto
Canadian Online Publishing Awards: 5pm at The Phoenix. Recognizing excellence in online publishing, including by consumer and trade magazines.

Friday, November 21, Toronto
Grand opening of the Spacing Store. 401 Richmond Street.

Saturday, November 22, Toronto
Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market, featuring more than 30 small, independent Canadian magazine and book publishers. At the Tranzac in the Annex, all day.

Tuesday, November 25, Toronto
The Walrus Talks Philanthropy, a panel discussion event of The Walrus Foundation on the state of philanthropy in Canada, also featuring music by Molly Johnson, Tom Jackson & more.

Tuesday, November 25, Toronto
Ryerson Review of Journalism fundraiser to support the Spring 2015 issue of Canada’s leading j-school magazine. At the Supermarket in Kensington Market.

December 1, Nationwide
Call for Entries for the 2014 National Magazine Awards.

Did we miss one? Leave a comment or tell us on Twitter @MagAwards.

Jonathan Kay named new Editor-in-Chief of The Walrus

The Globe and Mail reported today that Jonathan Kay, previously the managing editor of letters, issues and comments at the National Post, has been hired to the top editorial post at The Walrus magazine.

Shelley Ambrose, Walrus co-publisher and Walrus Foundation executive director, made the announcement in Toronto Wednesday afternoon. Kay, 46, succeeds John Macfarlane, 72, at the general interest magazine that, since its founding in fall 2003, has been the most-decorated periodical at the annual National Magazine Awards.

The Walrus has won 113 National Magazine Awards (72 Gold, 41 Silver) since its founding in 2003, under the editorships of David Berlin, Ken Alexander and John Macfarlane. This past June, it won 7 Gold and 6 Silver National Magazine Awards, including the award for Best Single Issue for its tenth anniversary edition.

 

Cottage Life, British Columbia Magazine win big at IRMA Awards

This Cottage Life illustration by Byron Eggenschwiler was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and won Silver at the IRMAs
This Cottage Life illustration by Byron Eggenschwiler was a finalist for a National Magazine Award and won Gold at the IRMAs

Cottage Life, crowned Magazine of the Year at the 37th annual National 
Magazine Awards this past June, scooped up 8 awards at the annual International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) awards this past weekend in New Hampshire, many of them for work that was also recognized by the NMAF.

Winning Gold awards for Columns, Illustration, Reader Service, and Department, Silver awards for Covers, Profiles and Nature & Environment, and an Award of Merit for Essays, Cottage Life continued an incredible year of recognition for its outstanding journalism.

1240372_10151647288723391_1225830601_nBritish Columbia Magazine also won 8 awards at IRMA including a Silver award for Best Website, while Yukon: North of Ordinary won a Bronze award in the Covers category (under 35,000 circ.).

The IRMA awards recognize publishing excellence by U.S. and Canadian member magazines devoted to regional interests. Read more about the awards night at the Canadian Magazines blog.

 

WORN Fashion Journal to publish its final issue

It’s a bittersweet moment for all “Wornettes” as one of Canada’s brightest and coolest indie fashion magazines has announced its forthcoming Issue #20 will be its last.

Largely reader supported (with limited advertising) since it launched in 2005, WORN Fashion Journal created a niche as an alternative to the large, ad-driven glossy books by focusing its content on the culture of clothing rather than runway fashion trends.

Its community of volunteer staff, readers, writers and fans, who call themselves Wornettes, sustained the magazine for a decade with creative and personal stories, essays, ideas and spreads, as well as memorable launch parties for each issue.

A note on its Facebook page announced that pre-orders are being accepted for Issue #20, which will be published on November 22. A final WORN party, dubbed the Black Cat Ball, is in the works. Also:

Subscribers to WORN Fashion Journal will have the option to transfer their subscription to one of the following Canadian independent publications: Broken Pencil, Maisonneuve, Shameless, or The Walrus. All subscribers will receive an email with more information to the accounts associated with their subscriptions, but are encouraged to get in touch by emailing orders@wornjournal.com if they have any questions.

Earlier this year, WORN published a compendium of its first 14 issues called The WORN Archive (Drawn & Quarterly), which is also available on its website along with individual back issues.

WORN Fashion Journal was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2008, in the category Best Magazine Cover, for Issue #7. Best wishes to all Wornettes out there, and thanks for all the fashion.

Toronto Life, Canadian Living lead magazine nominees at 2014 Canadian Online Publishing Awards

The 2014 Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs) finalists were announced today, and National Magazine Award winners Toronto Life, The Walrus, Fashion Magazine and Canadian Living are among the leading nominees.

In the Red division (“consumer market niche content and companies”), Toronto Life leads all publications with 7 8 nominations. Other major nominees in the Red division include Money Sense, Style at Home, Cottage Life, Canadian Family and Taddle Creek, all of whom are National Magazine Awards winners.

Awards at the COPAs include Best Website Design, Best Blog, Best Use of Social Media, Best Mobile Solution, and more.

Each of three divisions (red, blue, green) grants awards in 15 digital categories. The COPAs also expanded their mandate this year to include corporations and ad agencies in addition to media companies. As noted on the website:

… as the COPAs have been restricted in the past to media publishers, any company and ad agency this year can enter the COPAs this year. The divisions have also been changed to reflect the blurred lines between traditional and digital media as to the type of content that is produced.

There are also 3 new Best of Canada categories: Best Digital Solution of the Year, Best Online Ad of the Year, and Best Content of the Year.

The 2014 COPA Party will be held on Thursday, November 20, at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, where the winners will be announced.

The call for entries for this year’s National Magazine Awards will be December 1.

Image via COPA website.

Foundation Award winner John Macfarlane stepping down as editor of The Walrus

NMAF_JohnMacfarlaneVenerable Canadian magazine editor John Macfarlane, winner of the 2005 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, the highest individual honour given by the National Magazine Awards Foundation, announced today that he is stepping down from his position as editor-in-chief of The Walrus, effective the end of the year.

The Walrus Foundation, publisher of the magazine which has won more NMAs than any other since its first issue in 2003, published a statement from John on its website:

“More than five years ago, I came on board as interim editor for six months, and suddenly it’s five years later. The world of journalism has changed in the last five years, and although I’ve enjoyed every minute here the time has come, as the Walrus said, for a new kind of editor—an editor of all Walrus platforms. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and decided the timing is right—for me and for the organization.”

Following a 15-year editorship of Toronto Life (1992-2007) during which that magazine won an industry-best 118 National Magazine Awards including Magazine of the Year in 2007, John Macfarlane was hired at The Walrus in 2008 and since then the magazine has won 59 NMAs, also best in the industry. His long career in publishing also includes Saturday Night, Financial Times of Canada, Weekend Magazine, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.

He served as President of the National Magazine Awards Foundation from 2000-2002.

More information:
NMA Archives
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

 

American NMAs announce finalists for Cover of the Year

BostonThe American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) released its ten nominees for Cover of the Year recently. This year’s shortlist is comprised of familiar faces (Bloomberg Businessweek twice, Vanity Fair, New York) to this category and a few relative outliers (Food & Wine, Boston, W). Each cover was chosen as the best in its field (News, Entertainment, Science, Women’s Service, etc) and from among them one will be chosen Cover of the Year at ASME’s general meeting April 30, one day before the annual American National Magazine Awards.

Last year’s Boston Marathon bombing features in two nominated covers (Sports Illustrated, Boston). Only half the covers involve a face staring back at you; six if you count the skull on one of the covers of Bloomberg. The latter cover mocks the Canadian tech company Blackberry, reminiscent of earlier Canadian magazine send-ups (including Canadian Business, 2011, nom’d for a NMA in Best Cover).

NewYorkThree covers want you to notice hair: VF‘s Kate Upton curls; Oprah’s amazing, symmetrical disc of hair; and Michael Douglas, looking coy with a salon-fresh coiffeur as Liberace on the cover of New York.

Bloomberg Pursuits stops tracks with an alluring crocodile eyeball. Food & Wine‘s cover not only features no eyes, no face and no George Clooney, but no meat (“Vegetables Now” says the cover line in an understated font).

Only one cover–SI’s “Boston”–features a work of photojournalism. Eight others are conceptual photos and/or portraits, and only one–Bloomberg–features an illustration.

Which do you think is best? The winner will be announced next week.

And… the finalists for the Canadian National Magazine Awards–including this year’s finalists for Best Cover–will be announced on May 1. Right here.

Related post: Canada’s Best Magazine Covers of 2012