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20 August 2014,     TORONTO

John MacFarlane says goodbye to The Walrus

 thewalrus.ca
John MacFarlane will be retiring from his position at The Walrus at the end of the year. MacFarlane has been the editor and co-publisher since 2008.

“More than five years ago, I came on board as interim editor for six months, and suddenly it’s five years later,” Macfarlane said in a statement on The Walrus website. “The world of journalism has changed in the last five years, and although I’ve enjoyed every minute here the time has come, as the Walrus said, for a new kind of editor—an editor of all Walrus platforms. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and decided the timing is right—for me and for the organization.”

18 August 2014,     EDMONTON

On Spec magazine loses funding, reaches out to readers

On Spec magazine has lost its Canada Council for the Arts funding for 2015. The science fiction and fantasy quarterly journal has showcased Canadian writers and artists for the past 25 years. The grant (between $20-25,000) was used to pay writers and its printer.

According to Diane Walton, the publications managing editor, the council’s jury read On Spec’s evaluation, grants application, financial reports and supporting documentation, and determined that the publication was in need of “a higher quality of fiction,” and better proof-reading, design and copy-editing.

18 August 2014,     VAUGHAN, ONT.

New cover, direction for City Life magazine

Bimonthly lifestyle magazine City Life has undergone a cover redesign and content change, which debuts in its August/September issue. Readers will notice the logo’s serif lettering has been switched to a clean bold font, the header now uses two colours and fonts and inside, there’s a drastic difference in size between the p (for page) and the page number.

“We feel the new direction has a refreshing and modern essence to it,” managing editor Michael Hill said. “It’s one we hope readers enjoy as much as we do.”

On the left, City Life's redesigned cover. On the right, the publications previous layout.

13 August 2014,     VANCOUVER

Finalists announced for the 2014 Western Magazine Awards

The Western Magazine Awards Foundation (WMAF) has announced the finalists for this year’s competition. Almost 400 entries were received and winners will be honoured at the WMAF gala on Sept. 26 at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver.

The WMAF is a non-profit organization that celebrates editorial excellence in Western Canadian magazine writing, photography, illustration and art direction.

For a list of the nominees visit the website.
 

13 August 2014,     TORONTO

OWL Magazine reveals new look, editorial approach

The September 2014 issue
When the latest issue of OWL magazine hits newsstands on Aug.18, readers will notice a few changes. The logo has received some refreshing —though the corporate version will remain the same, and a new mascot will make its debut. Located at the top right corner of the September issue, the new mascot will serve as a guide to its readers. The magazine will be using a UV coating on the cover and a whiter paper stock inside.

The publication will also use principles of the STEAM movement to engage its young readers. 

“STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to help teach and inspire students,” explains Jennifer Canham, Group Publisher, Owlkids. “Innovation is driving the future, and by using STEAM to develop our content we’re encouraging our readers to learn through creation and discovery.”

13 August 2014,     MONTREAL

ELLE QUÉBEC appoints new editor-in-chief

TC Media has announced the appointment of Mélanie Frappa as ELLE QUÉBEC’s new editor-in-chief.  Frappa formerly held the position of beauty editor-in-chief and has been with the magazine for 11 years.

The former editor-in-chief Louise Dugas left the publication for personal reasons and to seek new professional opportunities.

Prior to joining the ELLE QUÉBEC family, Frappa worked for TVA Publications. She has a BA in political science and an MA in communications.

11 August 2014,     TORONTO

House & Home magazine now available on the iPhone

 
House & Home magazine is rolling out an iPhone and iPod Touch friendly app for the August issue of its publication, to go along with its previously released tablet app—winner of the 2012 National Magazine Award for Tablet of the Year.

Specifically redesigned for the small screen, the app will feature an optimized version of the publications slideshows, videos, interactive ads and links to websites.

The home decorating magazine has an app for android phones in the works—but is currently available on android tablets. It's also available on Zinio and Nook devices.

7 August 2014,     CANADA

AAM releases Canadian magazine stats for first half of 2014

The Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) has released its report on Canadian magazine circulation trends for the first half of 2014.

The North American cross-media verification and information service revealed that of the 56 titles that reported comparable data, overall paid and verified circulation was down 4.8 % compared to the first half of 2013.
 

 L'actualité's circulation dropped by 13 % while The Hockey News' increased by 13 %.
 

6 August 2014,     TORONTO

Toronto Men's Fashion Week launches magazine

 A peek at the TOM* Magazine cover
A new 120 page, full colour, glossy print men’s magazine is set to hit the stands. TOM* is the first ever publication for Toronto's first ever Men’s Fashion Week and will cover the best in menswear, providing an outlet for new Canadian talent and international designers.

"Launching a world class glossy men's fashion magazine to represent the best in Canadian and International menswear has always been a part of the vision and dream for TOM*," says Jeff Rustia, Executive Director/Founder of TOM* and publisher of TOM* Magazine.

6 August 2014,    

Venture Publishing hires new sales agency WesternSync for representation

 
Venture Publishing, the distributer for Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines and websites has entered into a contract with WesternSync, a new sales agency, to provide them with representation in Ontario and Quebec.

WesternSync’s managing director is Brian Trotter. Trotter managed his own representation firm for seven years then moved on to The Globe & Mail, where he worked as the national account manager/category manager for the marketing solutions group for 16 years. He left The Globe at the end of June to start WesternSync.

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