Canadian Magazine Industry News
24 April 2014,     OTTAWA

CPF accepting business innovation applications

Canadian Heritage is accepting funding applications for the business innovation component of the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF), for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The CPF business innovation component offers project funding to small and mid-sized print magazine and digital periodical publishers. "It encourages innovation to adapt to changing market conditions and contributes to the diversity of content sought by Canadian readers," says Canadian Heritage.

24 April 2014,     TORONTO

TC Media launches programmatic ad marketplace

TC Media has opened its Canadian Programmatic Marketplace, an online ad buying service that provides real-time access to digital ad space across more than 650 websites.

The portfolio of partners includes TC Media, Livingly Media, Spin Media and Hockeybuzz, and more than 100 regional newspaper websites in English, French and Atlantic Canada. Specific sites include canadianliving.ca, ellecanada.com, hockeybuzz.com, stylebistro.com, spin.com, motherjones.com, popsugar.com, livestrong.com and coupdepouce.com.

24 April 2014,     MONTREAL

Via Destinations comes to a stop

Via Rail Canada's bilingual Via Destinations ended its run as of the March 2014 edition. The custom publication was produced six times a year by Éditions Gesca.

Via Destinations had a circulation of 55,000 copies per issue, distributed free onboard to Via Rail passengers. The farewell edition pays tribute to the past by catching up with 20 of the magazine's most influential cover models, including Celine Dion, Debbie Travis and Sidney Crosby.

Via Destinations looks back at its history
Via Destinations looks back at past cover stories

21 April 2014,     RICHMOND HILL, ON

Kenilworth acquired by Forum Media Group

Munich-based Forum Media Group has acquired a controlling interest in B2B and consumer mag publisher Kenilworth, marking its entry into the North American publishing market.

Ellen Kral retains her role as Kenilworth's chief executive officer and the Ontario office now doubles as Forum's headquarters in North America. There will be "no restructuring whatsoever" at Kenilworth according to Kral, who is now also tasked with spearheading future mergers and acquisitions.

Rudy Kral, president, Kenilworth Media; Kerstin Kuffer, managing director, Forum Media Group; Ronald Herkert, founder and managing director, Forum Media Group; Ellen Kral, CEO, Kenilworth; Stefan Meichsner
Rudy Kral, president, Kenilworth Media; Kerstin Kuffer, managing director, Forum Media Group; Ronald Herkert, founder and managing director, Forum Media Group; Ellen Kral, CEO, Kenilworth; Stefan Meichsner

17 April 2014,     VANCOUVER

Western Magazine Awards deadline looms

 
The Western Magazine Awards has extended its deadline and is accepting submissions until April 30, 2014.

A website error caused the submissions process to close temporarily last month. As a result the early-bird discount rate has been applied to all entries up to final deadline.

17 April 2014,     TORONTO

Digital readership on the rise: PMB

The latest Print Measurement Bureau (PMB) figures, the first release to fuse PMB/ComScore data to reflect both print and digital, shows online readership climbing.

According to the study, magazine websites representing 30 titles generated an incremental audience of 25%, a 15% rise from figures reported in 2010.

17 April 2014,     TORONTO

Embark e-mag enters decor market

Seekr Media has launched Embark, a new digital magazine for fans of interior design and decor with a more cost-effective slant according to publisher Matt Zanzotto.

Zanzotto says North American readers typically live or aspire to live "big" lifestyles, with larger homes to match. But, he notes, as populations increase, living spaces condense (even if prices aren't lowering in kind). Embark aims to address this lifestyle change by taking inspiration from interior design around the world.

The inaugural edition of Seekr Media's Embark
The inaugural edition of Seekr Media's Embark

17 April 2014,     MONTREAL

TVA launches new women's title

Femmes etc… hit newsstands this month from TVA Publications. The new women's digest offers a range of lifestyle content, including health, recipes, fashion and family life.

"The magazine market is constantly evolving and TVA Publications is proud to meet its female readership's growing demands by offering an accessible, affordable magazine that covers real topics that women deal with on a daily basis," stated Lucie Dumas, vice-president of content and group publisher.

The first issue of Femmes etc... hit newsstands April 3
The first issue of Femmes etc... hit newsstands April 3

10 April 2014,     TORONTO

Get Out There branches out with retail deal

 
Get Out There magazine is partnering with LiveOutThere.com, an online active lifestyle retailer, to distribute copies free to customers.

Publisher Marissa Schroder says the magazine, a bimonthly endurance sports and outdoor recreation title, aligns naturally with the shop's customer base. "We have a similar approach to our businesses. Our goal is to encourage people to get out there and be active," she said.

9 April 2014,     TORONTO

CMC revamps awards program

 
Formerly known as the Ace Awards, the annual awards program presented by the Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC) has been given a makeover as the CMC Awards.

The new lineup of prizes will be handed out June 4 at the CMC Luncheon, held during the 2014 MagNet Conference in Toronto.

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