Canadian Magazine Industry News
30 October 2014,     PETERBOROUGH, ON

Ontario OUT OF DOORS magazine goes digital

Hunting and fishing magazine Ontario OUT OF DOORS  has gone digital. Subscribers can now choose print only, enhanced digital only, or a fully connected option, which includes both editions.  Digital and fully connected subscribers have access to the entire 2014 archive, along with the digital special interest publication Deer: The Master Guide to Hunting Whitetails.

29 October 2014,     TORONTO

The Walrus has a new editor-in-chief

Jonathan Kay has been appointed to the position of editor-in-chief for The Walrus magazine. He will be replacing John Macfarlane, the current editor and co-publisher when he retires from the publication at the end of the year.

Kay has previously acted as the National Post’s editor for comment and is a regular media panelist on CBC TV’s The National and CBC Radio’s Q. He has been published in The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Weekend Standard, Commentary Magazine and is the author of two books. 

28 October 2014,     TORONTO

Canadian Living appoints multi-platform editorial director

Sandra Martin has been appointed to the position of Multi-Platform Editorial Director for TC Media’s Canadian Living magazine—replacing former editor-in-chief Jennifer Reynolds.

Martin previously worked for Rogers Media as the founding editor-in-chief for Walmart Live Better and Vivre mieux Walmart. As of Nov. 3, Martin will lead the strategic development and execution of all editorial content initiatives for the brand across multiple platforms and formats.

28 October 2014,     TORONTO

The CSME wants to help you nail your next interview

The Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) is holding an event on Oct. 29 for individuals in the publishing industry interested in improving their resumes and interviewing skills, in the hopes of eventually landing a promotion. 

Christine Felgueiras, associate director with etiquette and leadership training firm Corporate Class; Sharon Alderson, global lead for media-focused recruiting agency Creative Niche; and Steve Maich, head of Rogers Publishing have all been scheduled to dole out advice for the evening. 
The event takes place at The Pilot, the Stealth Lounge (second floor) at 22 Cumberland Street from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The CSME is charging $15 for members and $20 for non-members—and $25 at the door. 

23 October 2014,     TORONTO

enRoute announces Canada’s best new restaurants

enRoute magazine’s month long journey to find Canada’s Best New Restaurants has come to an end. The top 10 have been announced and winners will receive their accolades during a celebration gala in Toronto on Nov. 20.


23 October 2014,     TORONTO

Sidney Hillman Foundation to honour Canada’s best

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Canadian Hillman Prize—an award that honours investigative reporting that draws attention to social or economic injustice and hopefully leads to change.

Newspapers, magazines and online, as well as film and broadcast (television and radio) and multi-media are all eligible for nominations as long as the piece was published or broadcast in 2014. Global topics are welcomed, however the content must have been published in Canada and easily available to Canadians.

22 October 2014,     TORONTO

Family Communications has purchased Sampling Canada

Family Communications Inc—the publisher of parenting magazines for 65 years — has purchased Sampling Canada, publishers of the Canadian Diabetes Care Guide from owners Alan and Maureen Donaldson.

The Donaldson’s have owned Sampling Canada and published the Canadian Diabetes Care Guide and sampling kit for 20 years. The guide and kit are available in French and English in diabetes education clinics across the country. Family Communications has also acquired its newsmagazines, Diabetes Care News and Info diabète, which is published quarterly and distributed to diabetes educaters.

The English and French Fall/Winter 2014 editions of the Canadian Diabetes Care Guide

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

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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.

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