Canadian Magazine Industry News
21 April 2014,     RICHMOND HILL, ON

Kenilworth acquired by Forum Media Group

Munich-based Forum Media Group has acquired a controlling interest in B2B and consumer mag publisher Kenilworth, marking its entry into the North American publishing market.

Ellen Kral retains her role as Kenilworth's chief executive officer and the Ontario office now doubles as Forum's headquarters in North America. There will be "no restructuring whatsoever" at Kenilworth according to Kral, who is now also tasked with spearheading future mergers and acquisitions.

Rudy Kral, president, Kenilworth Media; Kerstin Kuffer, managing director, Forum Media Group; Ronald Herkert, founder and managing director, Forum Media Group; Ellen Kral, CEO, Kenilworth; Stefan Meichsner
Rudy Kral, president, Kenilworth Media; Kerstin Kuffer, managing director, Forum Media Group; Ronald Herkert, founder and managing director, Forum Media Group; Ellen Kral, CEO, Kenilworth; Stefan Meichsner

17 April 2014,     VANCOUVER

Western Magazine Awards deadline looms

The Western Magazine Awards has extended its deadline and is accepting submissions until April 30, 2014.

A website error caused the submissions process to close temporarily last month. As a result the early-bird discount rate has been applied to all entries up to final deadline.

17 April 2014,     TORONTO

Digital readership on the rise: PMB

The latest Print Measurement Bureau (PMB) figures, the first release to fuse PMB/ComScore data to reflect both print and digital, shows online readership climbing.

According to the study, magazine websites representing 30 titles generated an incremental audience of 25%, a 15% rise from figures reported in 2010.

17 April 2014,     MONTREAL

TVA launches new women's title

Femmes etc… hit newsstands this month from TVA Publications. The new women's digest offers a range of lifestyle content, including health, recipes, fashion and family life.

"The magazine market is constantly evolving and TVA Publications is proud to meet its female readership's growing demands by offering an accessible, affordable magazine that covers real topics that women deal with on a daily basis," stated Lucie Dumas, vice-president of content and group publisher.

The first issue of Femmes etc... hit newsstands April 3
The first issue of Femmes etc... hit newsstands April 3

17 April 2014,     TORONTO

Embark e-mag enters decor market

Seekr Media has launched Embark, a new digital magazine for fans of interior design and decor with a more cost-effective slant according to publisher Matt Zanzotto.

Zanzotto says North American readers typically live or aspire to live "big" lifestyles, with larger homes to match. But, he notes, as populations increase, living spaces condense (even if prices aren't lowering in kind). Embark aims to address this lifestyle change by taking inspiration from interior design around the world.

The inaugural edition of Seekr Media's Embark
The inaugural edition of Seekr Media's Embark

10 April 2014,     TORONTO

Get Out There branches out with retail deal

Get Out There magazine is partnering with, an online active lifestyle retailer, to distribute copies free to customers.

Publisher Marissa Schroder says the magazine, a bimonthly endurance sports and outdoor recreation title, aligns naturally with the shop's customer base. "We have a similar approach to our businesses. Our goal is to encourage people to get out there and be active," she said.

9 April 2014,     TORONTO

CMC revamps awards program

Formerly known as the Ace Awards, the annual awards program presented by the Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC) has been given a makeover as the CMC Awards.

The new lineup of prizes will be handed out June 4 at the CMC Luncheon, held during the 2014 MagNet Conference in Toronto.

9 April 2014,     HALIFAX

East Coast Living event raises $20,000 for design school

NSCAD University's design program received a cheque April 2 for $20,000, thanks to a successful first Dine by Design fundraiser presented by East Coast Living.

Held in October, the event teamed 10 Nova Scotia interior design groups with 10 local chefs to create unique dinner room displays matched with menus inspired by the decor. It also included galleries of local art, a silent auction, and drink samples from local producers.

7 April 2014,     TORONTO

Ontario labour ministry cracks down on unpaid internships

The Ontario labour ministry has cracked down on unpaid internships at Toronto Life and The Walrus, saying they are in contravention of the Employment Standards Act.

As a result, the two publications have cancelled their internship programs—except for those students who are doing their unpaid work for school credit—effective Monday [March 31] and five interns at the each of the magazines will be let go. Since then, Canadian Geographic and Rogers Publishing have also ended their unpaid internship programs.

7 April 2014,     CALGARY

Alberta Magazines Conference: Session videos, award winners

If you missed the 2014 Alberta Magazines Conference, check out these videos of select sessions shared by the Alberta Magazines Publishers Association.

In a keynote address, Andrew Losowsky, an experienced editor/writer and current John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University, talks about "the return of print" and argues that quality print publications still play a key role in the digital world.

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