Tuesday, January 06, 2015

This was the year that was [Part Two]: a look back at 2014 in Canadian magazines

Here's the second installment of the a fairly arbitrary rundown on some of the stories that were published this year on the Canadian Magazines blog. [Today, July to the end of the year; yesterdayJanuary to June.]
RIP The Grid 
The Star Media Group announces the shutdown of its weekly magazine The Grid after 162 issues.
First, online-only; now nowhere
TV Guide Canada ended its 61 year run by dispensing with its online-only version and eliminating its last full-time editorial position.
We presume they were screwed together
Renovation Contractor, founded by the Caruk Media Group, merges with the Homes Publishing Group. 
Rogers 3.0 and go
Several senior editors at Rogers were laid off at Rogers Publishing as part of the company plan to position itself for growth; what was called Rogers 3.0.
Smaller, leaner, but still MagsBC
The Magazine Association of BC wound up operating out of executive editor Sylvia Skene's living room, giving up its longtime Homer Street offices as a last ditch response to money difficulties.
Room at the top
Terry Sellwood promoted to president of Cottage Life Media. 
Slumping benchmark
A new study carried out for Magazines Canada, based on funding applications to the Canada Council, shows a dramatic drop in paid-for sales; partly because of loss of titles in the funding program; partly because of a fall in single copy sales for literary and cultural titles.
A different shade of Whyte
Ken Whyte, who relinquished his role as head of Rogers Publishing to become president of Next Issue Canada, quietly left the digital newsstand subscription service to take a background role as senior vice-president of public policy for Rogers.
Children, do we have your attention?
OWL, the magazine for kids 9 to 13, unveiled a complete relaunch: new logo, new mascot, new content.
No more E-ack
The Editors' Association of Canada (EAC) rebranded itself Editors Canada/Réviseurs Canada.
Take over the tiller
John Macfarlane announces he is stepping down from the editorship of The Walrus, five years after taking the job as a temp.
Literary lion of the lower mainland
The Western Magazine Awards named Brian Kaufman, the longtime founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine subTerrain to receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.
WORN out
WORN Fashion Journal, the resolutely non-mainstream, twice-a-year title, announces it is closing after 10 year with the release of a bumper November issue. 
Winners in aisle three
The National Magazine Awards partners with Indigo to promote the top award-winning magazine in a special newsstand feature in 91 stores across the country.
Room at the top
Major changes made at TC Media as the editor and art director of flagship Canadian Living are let go.
Crosstown move
Tom Gierasimczuk leaves Canada Wide, where he was vice-president, editorial and business development at Canada Wide Media to become general manager of the Western Media Group for TC Media, including being publisher of Vancouver and Western Living
No more pages for you
The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) shucks its longtime habit of publishing ad page counts for U.S. magazines.
Pulled up by the roots
Gardens West (and Central and East) suddenly ceases publication.
Little magazine of the year
Kayak, the kids' history magazine, is named magazine of the year at the Maggies, the awards program run by the Manitoba Magazine Publishers' Association.
We're sorry, so, very, very sorry
Canadian Lawyer magazine apologises for -- and withdraws -- controversial cover.
Sustainable, daily
Corporate Knights magazine relaunches website to feature daily sustainability news. 
The great outdoors group
Blue Ant Media merges its Outdoor Canada magazine with the Outdoor Group Media, publishers of Western Sportsman
She will not be undersold
Sandra Martin, the editor-in-chief of Walmart Live Better magazine was scooped up from Rogers Media to become the new editor-in-chief of TC Media's flagship, Canadian Living.
From Post to pillar
Jonathan Kay, the managing editor for content at the National Post, is named to succeed John Macfarlane as editor of The Walrus
The great teacher
Don Obe, one of the great teachers and great characters of Canadian magazine journalism, dies.
We're done with those
Transcontinental Inc. announces it is selling 15 consumer magazines based in Montreal and Tornoto to Quebec's TVA Group for $55.5 million. The deal includes most everything except western titles Vancouver and Western Living.
New meaning to sell lines
Spacing magazine opens a retail store in Toronto
Striking off on our own
Capilano Review proposes to crowdsource funds to help pay for a move to Vancouver and becoming independent of the university which had housed it for 43 years, but now cut off its operating support. [it made its goal within a month, by the way]
Only if you've got print
Metro, the freepaper, announces it is shutting down its digital-only city editions in favour of carrying on only in cities where it has a paper version.
We are North
Yellowknife-based Up Here and its companion Up Here Business are merged into one.
A new editor every month
Canadian Living is to mark its 40th anniversary by having 12 monthly guest editors.
Hell no, we won't 
NOW magazine announces it will defy a ban on advertising escort and other sex-trade-related ads that the new federal prostitution law, Bill C36, seems to forbid.
Four decades and out
Descant magazine, a senior and much-respected title in the literary and cultural field, announces that its 167th issue will be its last.
Heralding a change
The Chronicle-Herald newspaper in Halifax discontinues its award-winning current affairs Herald magazine.



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