Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Grid is shutting down

It will be a matter of sadness to its many readers that The Grid, the Toronto weekly magazine published by the Star Media Group (Toronto Star) is being shut down. After 162 issues, it was announced, this Thursday's will be its last. 

The decision, announced by John Cruickshank, the president of Star Media Group, was attributed to insufficient advertising revenue, despite the strong and loyal reader following. 

Among he many ironies of the decision is that The Grid was accreting the kind of young, hip, urban following that the parent company wanted to reach. And in the process had won international prizes as one of the world's best-designed newspapers and many National Magazine Awards for design and writing. Recently, the magazine had significantly reduced its trim size in an apparently unsuccessful attempt to reduce costs. 

The paper was launched in May 2011, succeeding Torstar's Eye Weekly, heralding itself as "a fresh, accessible voice for Toronto". Among other things, it eschewed the sex ads that had been a staple of Eye

Among the many things that will likely be missed by its readers is the insightful column The Keenan Wire by Edward Keenan and the energetic infographics that The Grid excelled in. 



Anonymous Paul Jones said...

I'm not often driven to comment on publishing news, but this is a real disappointment. The Grid has been in the forefront of supplying compelling journalism about the city--one might also mention Spacing, although the roles of a weekly and a quarterly are so different. This will just leave us each week with the increasingly tired and predictable flackery of the old-left Now.

1:41 pm  
Blogger Dean Tudor said...

as i predicted, although just about every body surprise here..BUT the Star could have folded it into its newspaper, say on Sunday or Friday?

1:55 pm  
Anonymous Gordon Alexander said...


The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.



2:52 pm  
Blogger Dean Tudor said...

As I predicted -- and it should have been folded into the Star long ago once it dropped the sex trade ads.

7:58 pm  
Blogger Dean Tudor said...

One of the biggest tipoffs was that The Grid was no longer being distributed by Garfield -- NOW took that over.

Another was the physical removal of most of The Grid boxes off the street -- weeks ago. It took me, like, forever, to find a Grid two weeks ago.

8:56 pm  

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