Canadian Magazine Industry News
2 September 2015,     TORONTO

SBC Skier staff find new home at Forecast Ski Magazine

In July, SBC Media, home to a variety of action sports publications including SBC Skier, filed for bankruptcy protection.

With plans to start its own ski publication to compliment its skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing titles, Toronto-based King Publishing Project, hired some of the talent from SBC Skier to form Forecast Ski Magazine, set to launch mid-September.


In total, five former SBC staffers have been hired: Jamie Reekie and Kevin Page, account managers; Mike Hartman, associate publisher; Travis Persaud, associate editor; and Jeff Schmuck, editor.

1 September 2015,     TORONTO

Broken Pencil announces dates for Canzine 2015

Canzine, the festival of zine culture and independent arts is set to take place in Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg this Fall.


1 September 2015,     TORONTO

HOSS redesigns website, gives readers a chance to visit Nashville

Homeowner’s Simple Solutions (HOSS) magazine has rebranded its website to better reach its growing audience.

“We are thrilled to launch our new website and we are elated to have scripted yet another unique chapter for our magazine,” HOSS publisher Sean Rice said. “Since launching two years ago we have grown in so many ways and now our online presence is stronger than ever before.

26 August 2015,     OTTAWA

Peggy Berkowitz retires from University Affairs

After almost 21 years with the magazine, including 14 years as its editor, Peggy Berkowitz is leaving University Affairs (UA).

Berkowitz future plans include leading a workshop at the Ottawa Public Library and taking some much deserved time off.
“At this point, I feel that my future contributions to publishing will be in the mentorship vein,” Berkowitz told Masthead.

24 August 2015,     ETOBICOKE

Marked Business Media acquires Newcom publication

Marked Business Media Inc., a relatively new company (with no website as of yet) has acquired Plumbing & HVAC magazine from Newcom Business Media Inc.

Newcom made news recently, when it partnered with Annex Business Media to acquire 67 trade publications from Vancouver-based Glacier Media Inc’s, Business Information Group (BIG), for $19.65 million.

Mark Vreugdenhil, president of Marked Business Media has published Plumbing & HVAC for the past 11 years.

21 August 2015,     TORONTO

Chatelaine lets go six members of its editorial staff

Masthead has received a tip that Chatelaine magazine has let go of six editorial staff members this week, that were previously hired by Jane Francisco. According to the tip, the magazine is going in a new direction.

Rose Pereira, Cassandra Pilon, Alex Tanner, Catherine Franklin, Sydney Loney and Robyn Shanks are reported to have been let go.

This story may be updated should more information become available.

19 August 2015,     TORONTO

Azure’s senior editor moves on to

After almost a year at Azure magazine in the senior editor position, Popi Bowman is leaving the publication for a senior producer position at

“Being a woman in the automotive industry is a somewhat rare honour and one that I cherish," Bowman said. "My car-crazed coworkers have been some of my favourite to work with! And, admittedly, I love the automotive world despite also being a "greenie."'

Bowman’s automotive experience includes two years as editor for Audi and Volkswagen customer magazines (via Contempo Media, publishers of Sharp and S/Style), and a few years with Motor Trend in Los Angeles.

18 August 2015,     TORONTO

St. Joseph Media to restructure

In a bid to support the growth its experienced in its content solutions division, St. Joseph Media has announced plans to restructure.

 Duncan Clark
Duncan Clark has been appointed vice president of strategic development and will be responsible for leading the organization across its digital, social media, video, event and print platforms. Clark comes to the organization from Postmedia, where he was the vice president of strategic initiatives.

Former vice president & group publisher, English brands for
Jacqueline Loch
TVA, Jacqueline Loch is also joining St. Joseph as its vice president of content solutions. In her new position, Loch will work with the company’s largest clients to create cross platform content.

Loch is a member of the Custom Content Council in New York and has developed multi platform strategies for companies including Dior, HBC, Coty, L’Oréal Canada, Walmart, Air Miles/LoyaltyOne, Canadian Tire and Rogers Communications.

11 August 2015,     TORONTO

Quill & Quire dig into archives for "new" look

Quill & Quire has undergone a few changes in its September issue. It’s not quite a redesign; it’s more a revisitation of issues past. Gone is the red and white-bannered logo and in its place is Q&Q’s first logo, which ran from the debut issue in 1935 until 1941.

Left to right: The May 2015 issue of Q&Q, the September 2015 issue of Q&Q

11 August 2015,     TORONTO

Collision Repair magazine acquires Bodyshop magazine

Media Matters, the parent corporation of Collision Repair has acquired Bodyshop magazine.

“We look forward to continuing the 45-year history and tradition associated with the Bodyshop brand, including the Annual Directory, Cross Canada Annual Survey, Bodyshop of the Year, and Restyler of the Year Awards,” Darryl Simmons, president of Media Matters and publisher of Collision Repair magazine, said. “Bodyshop magazine is a well-recognized brand that has stood the test of time in our constantly-transforming industry.”

Bodyshop archives can be found on Collision Repair magazines website.

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