Canadian Magazine Industry News
16 October 2014,     TORONTO

National Magazine Awards Foundation elects three new members

The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has welcomed three new members and a new president to its board of directors for the 2014-2015 term. The board is made up of leaders in the industry and aims to promote excellence in Canadian print and digital publications through its award program and publicity efforts.

Newly appointed president Joyce Byrne has served on the board since 2010 and was the vice president from 2012-2104. Byrne is the publisher of Avenue magazine in Calgary and is a Silver National Magazine Award winner.

"I am delighted to be able to champion excellence in Canadian magazines, and to be the first president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation based in Western Canada,” Byrne said. “Though Canada has a vast geography, our magazines bring us together, and our creators help us see other lives through their eyes. The NMAF board is a dedicated and invested group of volunteers who like me, value the role that singling out our best work can have on company culture, staff and freelancer career development, and even our bottom line. We have an exciting year ahead and our new directors bring fresh perspectives and great experience to our bench."

16 October 2014,     TORONTO

NMAF and Indigo extend promotion of award winning magazines until November

 Yorkdale's display
The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) has launched a nationwide newsstand promotion with Indigo, to promote the country’s award winning publications. Since Sept. 22, the magazines eligible for the 37th annual NMAs have been displayed in 91 Indigo superstores across Canada.  The promotion was supposed to run until Oct. 18, but has since been extended to Nov. 2.

With the promotion, the NMAF aims to increase single copy sales through a group marketing effort. “We are optimistic about the results,” NMA communications manager Émilie Pontbriand said. “However it is too early at this time to determine if copy sales have increased."

15 October 2014,     TORONTO

Blue Ant Media partners with Keywest Marketing

Blue Ant Media and Keywest Marketing have teamed up to create Outdoor Group Media, Canada’s largest publisher of outdoors publications. Together the companies have 200,000 subscribers and reach 2.7 million hunting and fishing enthusiasts, in magazines like Outdoor Canada, BC Outdoors, Western Sportsman and Outdoor Edge.

As Outdoor Group Media, both teams will continue providing readers with how-to-tips, outdoor gear reviews and travel stories, while providing one-stop advertising for brands targeting the outdoor market.

9 October 2014,     TORONTO

Sean Rice becomes sole owner of HOSS magazine

Design, decor and renovation magazine HOSS, is now under the sole ownership of publisher Sean Rice.
“Now that Sean has taken over the reins completely, he is taking on a more active role in editorial and meeting with the editorial team regularly,” Peter Ashworth, president of Ashworth Associates said. “There are plans to widen the scope of the magazine to include more lifestyle articles and decrease the focus on construction and renovation.” 

9 October 2014,     CALGARY

AMPA Seeks Magazine Awards Judges

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association is looking for Magazine Award judges. AMPA communications and events coordinator Laura Lushington provided us with the following statement:

The Alberta Magazine Awards recognizes, supports and celebrates outstanding magazine content in the province. Nominations open in November and we’re seeking experienced magazine professionals to add to our roster of judges. If you're an accomplished magazine publisher, editor, writer, illustrator, designer, art director or photographer interested in donating your time and expertise to the program, please email Suzanne Trudel, AMPA executive director, at Judges will have three weeks to assess entries and judging takes place in late January/ early February.

8 October 2014,     MONTREAL

*Updated* Best Health magazine hires new editor-in-chief

Beth Thompson
Multi-brand media company Reader’s Digest Magazines Canada has announced the appointment of Beth Thompson as the editor-in-chief of Best Health magazine. Thompson will replace the current EIC, Bonnie Munday on Oct. 16. Munday has been with the organization since 2008 and will remain with Best Health until the completion of the November/December issue. She has not yet announced her future plans.

Thompson will work with Robert Goyette, editor-in-chief and vice president of Reader’s Digest Magazines Canada, overseeing all magazine brands including Reader's Digest, Sélection, Best Health and Our Canada. Together they will explore new ways to refresh the magazine for its Canadian audience.

7 October 2014,     VANCOUVER

Reel West magazine appoints Mark Leiren-Young as editor

Young's Fall 2009 Reel West cover
Reel West
magazine has appointed Mark Leiren-Young editor of the publication effective as of the magazine’s fall issue. 
Young is not new to the publication, in the Fall 2009 issue he appeared on the cover alongside Tricia Helfer, who starred in The Green Chain— a film Young wrote and directed.  

2 October 2014,     TORONTO

U of Guelph-Humber media students nominated for 7 Pinnacle Awards

The Summer 2014 issue of Emerge Magazine
Students in the University of Guelph-Humber media studies program have been nominated for seven Pinnacle Awards for their fourth-year project, Emerge; a multiplatform assignment that includes a glossy magazine incorporating editorial and branded content, a one-day media conference, media and conference websites, a photography exhibit and social media strategy.
The Pinnacle Awards recognizes the excellence in student-produced college media created during the 2013-2014 academic year. The 93rd annual event will take place at the fall national college media convention in Philadelphia, Oct 29- Nov.2.

1 October 2014,     VANCOUVER

Western Magazine Awards announce winners

The 32nd annual Western Magazine Awards were handed out Friday, celebrating the best Western Canada has to offer. Up Here magazine took home the coveted Magazine of the Year award at the sold out event, while Homes & Living magazine grabbed the Best New Magazine award.

Visit the website for a full list of winners.

30 September 2014,     WINNIPEG

The nominees are in for the 2014 Maggie Awards

The Manitoba Magazine Publishers Association has announced the nominees for this year's Maggie awards—a celebration of the province's magazine industry.
During the event, awards will be handed out in 15 categories and Canadian History magazine and Prairie Fire are leading the pack with 8 nominations each. Among the categories are best short fiction, best single issue, magazine of the year and the people’s choice category— which received almost 1,000 votes from readers.
The 2014 Maggie awards takes place on Oct. 2 at the Delta Hotel in Winnipeg at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are still available

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