Thursday, December 19, 2013

FUSE magazine announces it is ceasing after 37 years of publication

FUSE magazine, the Toronto-based arts and cultural title that has been published for 37 years in one form or another, has announced that it is ceasing publication, although it is going out in its own unique style. 

The current issue (Winter 2013-14) is printed in a newsprint tabloid format which is described as a "special-interest bulletin". 

An editorial signed by Gina Badger, the editorial director and publisher on behalf of the board and editorial committee says that the magazine has "endured chronic underfunding for many years" and that it is "coming to a close".
"After much planning and consultation with our elders, we have come to the conclusion that this is no longer a viable project under current conditions. With this in mind, we are planning a very special year with some dramatic shifts in what we do. Most significantly, we will not be producing a quarterly magazine, instead focussing our time and energy on two exciting projects: a commemorative issue of the magazine to be published in September 2014 , and the development of an accessible web-based archive of FUSE content going back to our first issue in 1976."
FUSE has been published quarterly by Artons Cultural Affairs Society and Publishing Inc. that was incorporated in 1984. It has been supported in part by grants from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council as well as subscriptions, single copy sales and advertising. 

The magazine started out as a newsprint magazine called Centrefold based in Calgary in 1976.  Relocated to Toronto in 1978, it changed its name to FUSE, the founding editors of which were Clive Robertson, Lisa Steele and Tom Sherman. 

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