Canadian Magazine Industry News
11 February 2016,     TORONTO

Canadian Gardening to cease publication after spring issue

Masthead has learned that following its upcoming spring issue, Canadian Gardening, along with its online presence,—will cease operation. The 27-year-old brand is published by the TVA Group.

Late last year, the magazine was considered to be one of TVA’s strongest brands, with over 1.8 million multiplatform readers reported per month.

11 February 2016,     OTTAWA

CAA magazine wins TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

CAA magazine has won a 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award in the Travel Magazine category. The organization also won an award in the Tourist Guide Book category. The two awards are a first for CAA.


11 February 2016,     TORONTO

Jay Mandarino to head SBC Media

Jay Mandarino is now the president and CEO at SBC Media & Events. Mandarino’s C.J. Group of Companies acquired the lifestyle media company in September 2015, shortly after the company announced that it had filed for bankruptcy in July.

The SBC Media acquisition included six magazines, two annual guides and all related websites, social media platforms and assets, which now operate under the C.J. Oyster Publishing division of the C.J. Group.

11 February 2016,     TORONTO

The CBMA teams up with Magazines Canada

The Canadian Business Media Association (CBMA) is partnering with Magazines Canada, and will now exist under the Magazines Canada banner. 

"With the marketplace and regulatory challenges faced by all magazine media publishers today, the CBMA Board agreed unanimously that bringing together one very strong association is absolutely vital at this juncture,” CBMA Chair and president and CEO of Kerrwil Publications Limited, John Kerr said.

4 February 2016,     SIMCOE, ON

Annex sells two magazines to American publisher

Annex Business Media has sold two of its publications, Canadian Metalworking and Canadian Fabricating & Welding, to Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA) in the U.S.
"This acquisition is all about us delivering on our mission to advocate for the growth and sustainability of the North American metal processing, forming, fabricating, and welding industries," FMA president Ed Youdell, said.

4 February 2016,     ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL

The AAM implements new category to monitor digital magazine programs

The Alliance for Audited Media (AAM), a nonprofit founded by the Association of National Advertisers to ensure media transparency and trust, is implementing a new circulation category called Multi-Title Digital Programs. The new category is meant to reflect the growth of unlimited access digital magazine programs, such as the Texture app from Next Issue Media. The new category will be included in the June 2016 AAM reports covering the first six months of the year.

3 February 2016,     VANCOUVER, B.C.

Explore celebrates 35 years

Explore, a national lifestyle magazine that provides information and inspiration for active Canadians with a love for the outdoors, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. 

Published by My Passion Media, Explore is thanking it readers for the support with a price rollback to the magazine’s 1981 rate of $10.00 a year.
Throughout the yearlong celebration, the publication will offer 25 grand prizes, an increased distribution of 35,000 copies and four free e-books including the 35 best and most beautiful hike locations and the 35 best camping locations in Canada.

3 February 2016,     TORONTO

The Ryerson Review of Journalism lives on

J-source is reporting that the print version of the Ryerson Review of Journalism (RRJ) will continue to be published, after discussions were held surrounding the role of print and other platforms in the publications future.

The magazine currently has about 300 print subscriptions and sells almost 200 copies on newsstands. It is also distributed for free across Canada.

29 January 2016,     TORONTO

Cineplex Magazine switches to recycled paper

Cineplex Magazine and Le Magazine Cineplex has teamed up with Canopy, an environmental not-for-profit organization, in a move that will lead to a more environmentally friendly publication.

From now on both publications will be printed on 100 per cent recycled paper with 85 per cent post-consumer content. The paper is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and will carry Canopy’s Ancient Forest Friendly (AFF) logo.

25 January 2016,     TORONTO

Rogers Media to cut approximately 200 jobs

Rogers Media will cut four per cent of its workforce, beginning in February. The changes will affect those in conventional TV, radio, publishing and back-office positions. As in previous cuts, the Rogers 3.0 plan was cited as a factor for making the changes. The Rogers Media statement, tweeted by Globe reporter Christine Dobby, says the cuts will help position Rogers for continued success and future growth while helping to effectively manage costs. The statement reads:

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