Friday, September 22, 2017

Mag world view: RS on the block; Vermont Life, too; The 1.5-kg Wallpaper*; handling quitters

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ottawa cottage show acquired by Blue Ant and added to Cottage Life Media portfolio

Cottage Life Media has added to its portfolio of consumer shows with the acquisition by its parent company Blue Ant Media of the Ottawa-based Cottage and Backyard Show from Caneast Shows. It has been re-branded as the Ottawa Cottage Life and Backyard Show. The three-day spring events will be joining the Spring and Fall Cottage Life Shows in Toronto, the Edmonton Cottage Life and Cabin Show and the Seasons Christmas Show in Toronto. 

Cottage Life Media is a division of Blue Ant Media, a privately held international content producer with operations in Los Angeles, Singapore, Auckland, Dunedin, London, Sydney, Beijing and Taipei. 


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Owlkids and NSERC partner to present inaugural National Science Reading Day

As part of Science Literacy Week, Owlkids, a division of Bayard Canada, publisher of chickaDEE and OWL magazines has partnered with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to launch the inaugural National Science Reading Day on September 20, 2017.

Young Canadians ages 6 to 17 and their classrooms are invited to devote a period of the day between September 19 and 21 to science readings, as well as to enter a Canada-wide contest celebrating National Science Reading Day. There are over $3,000 in prizes to be won, including four classroom prizes and five individual prizes consisting of magazines and books from publishers Owlkids, Simon & Schuster Canada, Nimbus Publishing, and DK Books.

"By reading science articles, books, comics, or science fiction, children discover the endless possibilities of science. These readers will one day make new discoveries, build new technologies, and solve world problems," shares Owlkids Publisher Angela Keenlyside.
National Science Reading Day supports the mandate of both Owlkids and the NSERC to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to children and youth.
"Science books have the unique power to enlighten and captivate in equal measure kids of all ages," says Jesse Hildebrand, founder of Science Literacy Week. "They reveal the amazing discoveries and insights gained from great research and exploration done throughout all of history, and showcase that the best stories are true."
For full contest information, please visit
For the French-language contest, visit

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The Kit Compact comes out with five covers, from film to makeup and Gen Z

The Kit Compact's September issue is distinguished by having five covers, featuring Gen Z “Queen Bees”.  Copies of the five versions of the pop-up magazine are being given out in downtown Toronto (not at all coincidental with the TIFF film festival) and one cover selected for each additional participating city, including Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver. 
“Each image was so beautiful, we couldn’t choose just one,” explains Giorgina Bigioni, publisher of The Kit, about why five cover images were selected. “We had to showcase them all.”
This issue features talented Canadian women in film, a portrait series on young women and faith, and original fiction by a 16-year old author. 
“The women we spoke to in this issue reaffirmed my belief in the power of hope,” says Laura deCarufel, editor-in-chief. “The believe they can do anything. I believe them.” 


Helen Walsh no longer publisher of LRC Literary Review of Canada

Helen Walsh
Helen Walsh is no longer the publisher of LRC, Literary Review of Canada. A story in the Toronto Star reports that she has been replaced on an interim basis by LRC board member Mark Lovewell. Supporters received a terse email from Sarmishta Subramanian that said only that the magazine "is launching a comprehensive strategic review and fundraising campaign to chart a course for the long-term."
Jaime Watt, head of Navigator PR and the chair of the LRC’s board of directors, did not provide any further comment but reiterated in a statement that the magazine is launching a strategic review.
The LRC was launched in 1991 by Patrice Dutil. Walsh took over as publisher of LRC in 1998 and introduced a series of public readings and talks. In 2005 she founded Diaspora Dialogues, an arts organization promoting the work of culturally diverse writers. More recently, she piloted Spur, a national festival of politics, arts and ideas. 


Friday, September 08, 2017

Rogers Media selling magazine content to Postmedia papers for monthly special section

Rogers Media has struck a partnership deal with the Post Media Network to supply a monthly selection of content from its magazines for a special section called Life by Design

The content will be drawn from well-known Rogers’ magazine titles including Chatelaine, Flare, Today’s Parent, and MoneySense. The special section will be carried in print and in the ePaper editions of 10 papers, including Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Regina Leader-Post, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, London Free Press, Windsor Star, Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette (starting today) and in the National Post starting September 12.
“We are committed to bringing great content to our readers and this thoughtfully curated section from the lifestyle experts at Rogers fits our readers’ interests in areas including parenting, design, and financial planning,” said Gerry Nott, senior vice president content and senior vice president National Post in a release.

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Precedent marks its 10th anniversary

Melissa Kluger
There was probably some, or a lot of, scepticism out there when Melissa Kluger launched Precedent magazine, the Toronto-based lifestyle magazine for lawyers. 
Well, it is about the celebrate its 10th anniversary, which is no mean feat. For its fall anniversary issue, senior editor Daniel Fish sat down with Kluger to talk about the magazine's origins. She was working in the law, but has always wanted to be a journalist.
"During those first few years as a lawyer, I started to read the existing crop of legal magazines. None of them spoke to me. On every cover there was an old white man. And, perhaps more importantly, there was nothing in them about how to be a young professional. Something was missing. So I thought, Damn it, I have to start a magazine."
She launched a blog and quit her job as a lawyer and spent the next year planning ( working part-time on doc-review contracts for lawyers to pay the rent.) The magazine started out strong, but almost immediately met several major obstacles: a recession, a competing magazine from Canadian Lawyer, and the move of traditional advertisers to digital. She overcame them all.
DF: "One big thing that has changed at Precedent [over the 10 years] is its mandate. When I joined the magazine, four years ago, this was no longer a magazine exclusively for young lawyers. Why did you make that change?" 
MK: "I worried that once lawyers made partner, they’d put down the magazine and say, ‘That’s it! I’m done with Precedent.’ I didn’t want that to happen. I still want the magazine to skew young. It should promote emerging lawyers who wouldn’t have a place in other magazines, but the stories should appeal to everyone."

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Halifax magazine announces its readers' top 5 craft brewers

In July we reported that Halifax magazine was asking readers to pick their favourite craft breweries. If you're in the Halifax-Dartmouth area anytime soon, here are the five top makers readers chose:
  • 2 Crows Brewing
  • Unfiltered Brewing
  • Good Robot Brewing Company
  • Propeller Brewing Company
  • North Brewing Company
2 Crows received the most votes, though it is the youngest (opened only at the end of January)

No more EIC; Jessica Johnson named as executive editor and creative director of The Walrus

Jessica Johnson
The Walrus Foundation has done away with the title and position of editor-in-chief and has instead named Jessica Johnson to the new combined role of executive editor and creative director of The Walrus magazine.

Formerly senior editor and creative director, Johnson will oversee art and editorial content on all print and other platforms and will join the senior management team.
“We’ve retired the role of editor-in-chief and have created a new role—executive editor and creative director—to reflect what the organization needs now,” said Shelley Ambrose, executive director of the Walrus Foundation and publisher of The Walrus. “As we approach the 15th anniversary of The Walrus in 2018, we are so lucky to have Jessica—a seasoned editor with eighteen years of broad experience in managing resources and people—already in our midst. Jessica has been and will continue to be a passionate steward for The Walrus brand as a whole while continuing to push this unusual animal in Canadian publishing to try new things, do more, do it better, to spark conversation, to provoke thought, to embrace what is complicated, and to ensure The Walrus remains best in class on all platforms.”
In May, Jonathan Kay resigned as editor-in-chief, a position he had held since October 2014, when he was appointed to succeed John Macfarlane.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Zoomer Media buys controlling interest in On The Bay magazine

Zoomer Media Limited has bought a controlling interest in On The Bay magazine for $643,000 in cash. The transaction was announced Thursday in a release. 

On The Bay is a regional lifestyle quarterly based in Collingwood and serving some 20 communities in southern Georgian Bay; it states it has 50,000 readers and serves 300 advertisers.

On The Bay founder Jeff Shearer will continue as publisher of the magazine and, in addition, take over as general manager of Zoomer Media's radio station CFMO-FM – The New Classical 102.9FM out of Collingwood, the only all-classical radio station in the region, reaching listeners throughout Southern Georgian Bay, including Barrie, Owen Sound, Midland, Orillia, and much of central Ontario. 
“I’m truly excited by the potential synergies between our two like-minded quality-driven local voices to not only work well together but to grow both in audiences and advertising support as they become an even stronger media force in Southern Georgian Bay,” stated Mr. Shearer."
Zoomer Media has several other radio properties including CFMZ-FM Toronto – The New Classical 96.3FM, CFMX-FM Cobourg – The New Classical 103.1FM, CFMO-FM – Collingwood – The New Classical 102.9FM, Canada’s only commercial classical music radio stations serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), eastern Ontario and Collingwood, CFZM-AM 740 Toronto and CFZM-FM 96.7FM Toronto – a “timeless hits” Station.

In addition to publishing Zoomer magazine, claiming to be the largest paid circulation magazine in Canada for the mature market, the company produces online content targeting the 45plus age group, the key one being It also has a trade show and conference division that produces the ZoomerShows, annual consumer shows directed to the Zoomer demographic and ideaCity, an annual Canadian conference also known as 'Canada's Premiere Meeting of the Minds'.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Revamped AMPA website makes resource library available to the public

The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) recently unveiled a spiffy, redesigned web and mobile site. 
"We wanted to give our visitors a clearer understanding of what AMPA does, a better picture of the state of the industry and more regular updates on what our members are up to. They set high standards so we rose to meet them" the announcement said.
Among the new features, funded in part by the Albera Media Fund, the Department of Canadian Heritage are

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RedPoint to publish annual for Consulting Engineers of Alberta

RedPoint Media has been named the publisher of the annual Alberta Innovators magazine, partnering with the Consulting Engineers of Alberta. The new magazine will be launched in tandem with the CEA Showcase Awards, taking place February 23, 2018.

“RedPoint is privileged to partner with Consulting Engineers of Alberta in publishing Alberta Innovators,” said Joyce Byrne, publisher at RedPoint in a release. “The 80-plus member firms within this sector are an important contributor to the growth and vitality of the economy in this province. And the strategic theme of “Creating Change” championed by CEA President David Nagy is one we are excited to explore in the magazine.”

Mag world view: Woman's World stays on top; US post office eyes Jan. rate hikes; The need for curmudgeons; Time engages

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Village Voice sold its soul, says NOW founder

Michael Hollett the co-founder of NOW magazine in Toronto has said in an article in the Toronto Star reflecting on the announced end of the printed Village Voice paper, that 
"The end of the Village Voice in print is not a statement about the state of publishing but a morality tale about what happens when a values-based business sells its soul."
 He says that the takeover of the original Village Voice by New Times.
"ripped the heart out of the alt weekly world. When we should have been savoring the glory years before the internet’s assault on our young readers, we were consumed by which of the two companies was courting us."
Hollett recalls that NOW was being courted as part of an extended empire of alt-weeklies, a bargain that NOW eventually walked away from  when conversations veered from journalism to a 35 per cent return on investment.  


Saturday, August 26, 2017

dig! ,the Winnipeg jazz magazine, ceasing print publication

Jazz Winnipeg's dig! magazine for jazz musicians and fans will cease print publication after its next issue, some 14 years after it was launched. According to a story on the MyToba website, the end of the bi-monthly doesn't mean the end of coverage; everyone involved will be working on independent projects. Jazz Winnipeg will continue to do digital features and other new media hosted on its own website, rolling out later this fall."
 “We have a vibrant jazz community," says editor Charlene Diehl, "and it has been a delight to meet so many enthusiasts – both musicians and audiences. I’m sad to step away, but eager to tackle new projects!”


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mag world view: Time Out, in Philly; Village Voice stops print; New Nail; Weighty issues; Gawker's complicated legacy

MagsBC extends call for subsidized internships

The Magazine Association of BC has extended the deadline for application for the program subsidizing internships. Visit here to find out about applying and to download the guide and the form.
Although the initial deadline has passed, member magazines may continue to submit an application up to early fall for subsidies of up to 80% for half-time internships of 16-22 weeks for 2017-2018. These subsidies are subject to federal funding.
Non-member magazines who are interested in hosting an intern are invited to submit a member application form. If accepted, new members may immediately apply for the subsidy. Information on membership eligibility, types and forms may be found here.

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