Canadian Magazine Industry News
18 December 2014,     TORONTO

Happy Holidays from Masthead!

This week’s newsletter will be the last for 2014. We thank all of our readers and wish you all a happy holiday and a prosperous new year. We’ll see you in 2015 for all of the latest in the Canadian magazine industry!

18 December 2014,     TORONTO

Masthead’s top 10 stories for 2014

It’s been an eventful year for the Canadian magazine industry and we’ve been doing our best to document every appointment, layoff and company transformation. Here are the stories that received the most traffic in 2014:

10. Canadian Living appoints multi-platform editorial director
Sandra Martin takes the helm at Canadian Living magazine on Nov. 3, a few months after former editor-in-chief Jennifer Reynolds left the publication. Martin was the founding editor-in-chief for Walmart Live Better and Vivre mieux Walmart.

9. The future is digital for Canadian Family

The publication’s print edition folds after it becomes unable to sustain print advertising support—although its online presence still remains.

18 December 2014,     QUÉBEC

Québec's BLD Publications will keep its funding

Québec’s Minister of Economy, Innovation and Exports, Jacques Daoust, announced that he will not follow through with the proposal made by his department to cut funding to organizations that support the sciences. The cuts would have affected BLD Publications magazines: Les Débrouillards, Les Explorateurs and the recently launched Curium magazine.  

The Débrouillards, Explorateurs and Curium team

16 December 2014,     TORONTO

Deadlines announced for the 2015 Canadian Cover Awards

The 2015 Canadian Cover Awards will begin accepting nominations January 6th, 2015.  The deadline to enter the awards is January 26, 2015.

The Canadian Cover Awards/Grands prix canadiens – Meilleures couvertures, are the only awards of their kind in Canada, celebrating the importance of magazine covers in Canadian single copy sales.

15 December 2014,     VANCOUVER

Vitamin Daily introduces its print counterpart

Online lifestyle magazine will now be available in a print edition. VITA will be distributed 10 times annually as an insert in the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby News, Richmond News and North Shore News, and will showcase beauty, fashion, culture, travel and food.

Launched on Dec. 1, VITA targets stylish women who live, work and shop in the city.

“For the first time in Vancouver’s publishing landscape, we have a broadsheet title that focuses on fashion, beauty, décor, health, restaurants and travel,” VITA and Vancouver Courier publisher Dee Dhaliwal said. “Women will turn to VITA to find places and products in their city that they can afford and experience firsthand.”

11 December 2014,     TORONTO

Descant to cease publication after winter issue

The current issue of Descant
With five decades in the industry, Descant will bid farewell to its readers after it publishes its winter 2014 issue; In A Cabinet of Curiosities, Descant 167.

Descant is a quarterly journal that showcases new and established contemporary writers and visual artist. Authors such as as Margaret Atwood, Tom McGuane and Evelyn Lau have been featured in its pages.
Editor-in-chief Karen Mulhallen released the following statement on the magazines website:

9 December 2014,     OSHAWA

Update: General Printers winds down business

As we previously reported, General Printers had filed a motion to make a proposal to restructure under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act—we’ve now learned that the company will be auctioning off its equipment. The auction is being performed by Corporate Assets Inc. on Dec. 16 and can be viewed on Dec. 15.


8 December 2014,     TORONTO

University Affairs magazine redesigns website

University Affairs magazine —Canada’s source for the Canadian university community—has revamped its website for the first time in five years. Along with improved navigation capabilities, the website was designed to display on all devices such as smartphones, desktop and tablets.

The publication recently took home Gold for Best Media Website at the 2014 COPAs. The project was led by UA web editor Tara Siebarth, UA designer Judith Lacerte, AUCC web developer Xavier Van de Maele and AUCC web manager Jeanne Thibault. Underline Studio, art director for the magazine designed the new website.

8 December 2014,     TORONTO

The Agenda takes on Canadian magazines

The Agenda with Steve Paikin tackled the future of the magazine industry during a recent episode of the TVO show. Jonathan Kay, the newly appointed editor-in-chief of The Walrus; Haley Cullingham, editor-in-chief of the Montréal-based Maisonneuve; Sarah Fulford, editor-in-chief of Toronto Life and Steve Maich head of Rogers Publishing all participated in the discussion. Topics ranged from the impact digital has had on print magazines to whether or not women read more magazines than men.

8 December 2014,     TORONTO

PrintAction appoints a new publisher

Annex Business Media has announced the appointment of Paul Grossinger as the new publisher of PrintAction magazine, effective Dec. 5. Sara Young, the departing publisher has held the position since 1991. Young has expanded the brand’s offerings, and added an awards program in 2006 that has since become the Canadian Printing Awards—an event that drew over 260 attendees and 100 nominations in 2014.

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