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.