The Mag Awards Guide to Word on the Street


Canada’s largest magazine & book festival – Word on the Street – is coming to four 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 an exciting stack of new reads.

  • Halifax – Saturday, September 17, Halifax Central Library
  • Saskatoon – Sunday, September 18, Exhibitor Marketplace
  • Lethbridge – Saturday, September 24, Main Library
  • Toronto – Sunday, September 25, Harbourfront Centre

Here are some of the events and speakers at Toronto’s Word On The Street we’re looking forward to, featuring NMA winners:

Lauren McKeon, 2-time NMA winner and editor of THIS Magazine (now celebrating its 50th anniversary year) leads a discussion with panelists: NMA winner Daniel Viola (Maisonneuve), Sheila Sampath (Shameless Magazine), Priya Ramanujan (Urbanology), and Shawn Micallef (Spacing) on why independent media is now more important than ever, and what role this form of journalism will play in the next fifty years. The hour-long discussion starts at 3:15 at the Canadian Magazines Stagethe-ward

John Lorinc, 7-time NMA winner for Spacing, Toronto Life, Report on Business and others, will speak about working on his latest book, “The Ward” at the Toronto Book Awards Tent at 2:00-2:30.

Randi Bergman, 2-time NMA winner, chats with Corduroy Magazine editor-in-chief Tim Chan and 7-time NMA winner Tanya Watt about what is and what isn’t Canadian fashion, with examples of designers and companies across the country at 4:15 at the Canadian Magazines Stage.

Emily Donaldson, editor-in-chief of NMA-winning publication CNQ: Canadian Notes & Queries, joins Brick editor, Laurie D. Graham, and Nailah King in a showcase discussion of Canadian literary journals and magazines at 12:45 at the Canadian Magazines Stand.

NMA Gold winner in Poetry, George Elliott Clarke, is participating in the Diaspora Dialogues panel which will explore how to write about Toronto in the future at 3:00 at the Toronto Book Awards Tent.


NMA winners speaking at the Nothing But The Truth Tent, hosted by Sue Carter, editor at Quill & Quire and arts & ideas editor at THIS Magazine. 

Craig Davidson, 2-time NMA winner, talks about his new book “Precious Cargo: My Year Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077”. Starts at 12:15.

Diane Schoemperlen, silver NMA-winner for Fiction, talks about her new book “This is Not My Life”. Starts at 4:15.

Sandra Martin, 2-time NMA winner, discusses her book “A Good Death”. Starts at 5:15.


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 #225
  • Brick: A Literary Journal, Booth #334
  • Broken Pencil, Booth #MM7
  • Canada’s History, Booth #315
  • Carousel, Booth #MM10
  • CNQ: Canadian Notes & Queries, Booth #532
  • Feathertale Review, Booth #MM3
  • NOW Magazine, Booth #311
  • Ontario Nature, Booth #MM8
  • Quill & Quire, Booth #MM5
  • Shameless, Booth #MM6
  • Spacing, Booth #221
  • Taddle Creek, Booth #MM4
  • The New Quarterly, Booth #334
  • The Walrus, Booth #312
  • THIS Magazine,  Booth #408
  • Toronto Life, Booth #213
  • Zoomer, Booth #313

Word on the Street, Toronto, is Sunday, September 25 from 11am-6pm at Harbourfront Centre, free and fun for all!

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

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!

Deadline Extended: NMAF 2016-2017 Administrative Internship


The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has extended the deadline for applications to its 2016-2017 Administrative Internship.

The new deadline to apply is Friday September 16.

Position: Administrative Intern

Contract Duration: September 26, 2016—June 30, 2017; 15 hrs/week on average.

Description: The successful candidate will be reporting to and working in consultation with the NMAF Production Coordinator, Special Projects Manager and Communications Manager and specifically will:

  • Assist with the day-to-day operations of the NMAF office, including support for the submissions process, judging process, and awards production;
  • Handle some of the office-related communications and outreach with the Canadian magazine industry in both English and French—including but not limited to initiating and responding to phone calls and general email;
  • Assist with the research and production of content for the NMAF blog ( /French blog) and other social media channels;
  • Proofread NMAF communications materials and publications, including newsletters, press releases, website copy, gala programs and related material;
  • Assist with ongoing projects to promote the NMAF and its various initiatives;
  • Attend regular staff, board and committee meetings;


  • Bilingualism (French-English) a very strong asset
  • Pursuing or recently completed a degree or diploma in the fields of Communications, Publishing, Administration, Public Relations, Journalism or similar;
  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Familiarity with the Canadian magazine industry;
  • Ability to work independently and on deadline with goal-oriented projects;
  • Solid writing and editing skills;
  • Career aspirations in the Canadian magazine industry or similar;
  • Strong interest in fulfilling the mandate and vision of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.


  • Gain practical knowledge of the Canadian magazine industry;
  • Play an important role in the execution of NMAF projects and events;
  • Make a great first impression on writers, editors, publishers and other members of the industry;
  • Enhance your skill set in communications, publicity, administration, event planning, writing, editing and non-profit organizations;
  • Learn more about Canadian magazines from the NMAF’s wonderful team of staff, board members and stakeholders;
  • Participate in one of Canada’s most cherished and important cultural events, the National Magazine Awards.

Terms and Remuneration: The length of the contract will be from Sept 26, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The average weekly commitment may range from 10 hours per week (Oct-Dec; Feb-Mar; Jun) to 20 hours per week (Jan; Apr-May). Working hours are flexible except at specific times, and most work may be completed remotely.

This internship is paid at a rate of $11.25/h.

Applications: Candidates should submit

  • A cover letter (written in French or English) demonstrating their specific interest in the internship;
  • A resume;
  • At least one letter of reference from a professor or career mentor.

Please send applications by email to NMAF Production Coordinator Leah Jensen at Please include “2017 Internship Application” in subject.

Application Deadline: Friday September 16, 2016.

Marketing, University Affairs, CPA Magazine among top winners at 62nd Canadian Business Media Awards

Last night at a fabulous event in the Grand Banking Hall of Hotel One King West the Canadian Business Media Association presented the 62nd annual CBM Awards, in Memory of Kenneth R. Wilson.

The winner of the 2016 CBM Award for Magazine of the Year is Marketing, published by Rogers Media: Alison Wood (publisher); David Thomas (editor) and Glenn Taylor (art director).

Marketing also won silver in Best Regularly Featured Department, Column or Blog. They also received 4 honourable mentions in Best Issue, Best Art Direction of an Opening Spread, Best Art Direction of an Entire Issue, and Best Merchandising/Marketing Article.

The winner of the 2016 CBM Award for Best Media Brand is Precedent, published by Law & Style Media Inc.: Melissa Kluger (editor & publisher); Gilbert Li (art director); Daniel Fish and Lauren Parrott (contributors).

Precedent also won gold in Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue, and two silver in Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue and Best Art Direction of an Opening Spread or Feature. They also received three honourable mentions in Best Feature Article – Professional, Best How-To Article of Series of How-To Articles and Best One-Of-A-Kind.

Léo Charbonneau
, Editor
Underline Studio, Art Director
February 2015: Porn Studies
University Affairs

William Powell, Kristin Doucet, Leata Lekushoff
, Editors
Studio 141 Inc., Art Direction
Shifting Gears
Professionally Speaking

Léo Charbonneau
, Editor
Underline Studio, Art Direction
April 2015: The Campus Food Revolution
University Affairs

Matt O’Grady
, Editor
Catherine Mullaly, Art Director
Bye-Bye Alberta

Melissa Shin
, Editor
Gil Martinez, Art Director
Suzanne Sharma, Deputy Editor
Advisor’s Edge April 2015
Advisor’s Edge

Lauren d’Entremont, Editor
Andrea Lee, Art Director
Smoke’s World Domination Cover

The Harvey Southam Award was presented to Michel Dongois, senior journalist at Profession Santé. Recognized for his outstanding professionalism, integrity and humanism, Mr. Dongois received this prestigious honour at the CBM Awards ceremony.



Also winning a Silver award: D&A Magazine, BC Business, FranchiseCanada, Lexpert, Canadian Architect, Better Farming, Les Affaires and Listed.

About the 62nd annual CBM Awards
The CBM Awards recognizes the outstanding efforts of Canadian business-to-business magazine content. Through this annual award program, we pay tribute to the memory of Kenneth R. Wilson, one of Canada’s most prominent business writers.

The CBM Awards judges nominated 141 submissions from 36 different B2B magazines. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 21 written, visual, integrated and special categories during this evening’s gala at the Grand Banking Hall at One King West in Toronto, hosted by D.B. Scott, president of Impresa Communications Limited, as well as a reputable consultant, market researcher, teacher, editor and blogger.

For a complete list of nominees and winners, visit

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.
#CdnMagWeek #NMA16

Vote for Canada’s Best Magazine Cover


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.


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.


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,, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Toronto Life, BuzzFeed Canada and Sportsnet. The 5 finalists for Digital Publication of the Year are Canadian Business,, L’actualite, Maclean’s and Toronto Life. Tickets.


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
Single Service Article Package

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

Complete nominations coverage

Author Chris Turner to host 2016 National Magazine Awards

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is pleased to announce that the Master of Ceremonies for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala will be renowned author and speaker Chris Turner. [TICKETS]
“I’m giddily excited to get the opportunity to host this year’s National Magazine Awards. To win an NMA is one of the great honours in Canadian media, and to be able to hand them out to deserving creators will be such an honour and delight. Plus, as a freelancer and a western Canadian, I rarely get the chance to attend the country’s best magazine industry party — and this time I’m optimistic I’ll get a good seat!”
Chris Turner is the author of five books and one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on energy and sustainability. His bestsellers The Leap and The Geography of Hope were both National Business Book Award finalists. His most recent book is How to Breathe Underwater, an essay collection, which won the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. His feature writing has won nine National Magazine Awards. Turner was a 2013 Berton House writer-in-residence in Dawson City, Yukon, and a 2010 Paul D. Fleck Fellow at the Banff Centre. He lives in Calgary with his wife and two children. His book THE PATCH, the definitive story of Alberta’s oil sands, will be published in Canada and internationally by Simon & Schuster in 2017.
Tickets are on sale now for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala, June 10, 2016 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.
The early-bird deadline for discounted ticket prices is Friday May 20. 

Chris Frey to host 2016 Digital Publishing Awards soiree

The NMAF is pleased to announce that writer and digital editor Chris Frey will serve as the host of the inaugural Digital Publishing Awards soiree, Thursday June 9 at the Spoke Club in Toronto. Tickets & Event Info.

Chris Frey is a Toronto-based writer, editor, and radio producer. Currently the Toronto correspondent for Monocle, he’s a six-time National Magazine Award winner and has contributed to The Guardian, The Walrus, Globe and Mail, Icon, Maisonneuve, Azure, and CBC Radio. In a past life Chris was the founding editor of Hazlitt, the Toronto Standard and Outpost magazine. In a future life (and any day now) he will finally complete his book Broken Atlas, a collection of international reportage.

The nominees have been announced for awards in 14 categories for the 2016 Digital Publishing Awards. View all nominated work here.

Don’t miss the event of the year when the online publishing community gathers at the Spoke Club in Toronto on Thursday, June 9, 2016 to celebrate the very best in Canadian digital publishing. Tickets & Event Info.