Canadian Publishing Industry News
27 March 2017,    

Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) merge.


Consolidation in the news media continues as the Canadian Newspaper Association (CNA) and the Canadian Community Newspapers Association (CCNA) has merged into one entity. This merger is a new industry association, which will now be known as News Media Canada. News Media Canada is now the national association of the Canadian news media industry, with over 800 members in every province and territory. A new logo and website is underdevelopment, but the new URL will be.

24 March 2017,    

The 2017 Alberta Magazine Award Winners. Check out the talent in Western Canada.


I love Alberta magazines, one my favourite ones as always been Canadian Cowboy, but there is more to the market than cowboys as you will see with this year’s winners. The annual event, staged by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) on March 16, showcases the outstanding work of magazine professionals from across the province. Awards were presented in 21 Showcase categories and five Achievement award categories.


22 March 2017,    

Newspaper Day 2017 - An All Star Line-up of Investigative Journalists

As part of Masthead’s expanded coverage of all things in the Canadian Publishing world, it is time to showcase an event we are supporting - Newspaper Day presented by the Ad Club of Toronto. The speaker lineup includes Adrian Humphreys of the National Post, Jacquie McNish who writes for the Wall Street Journal, Grant Robertson at The Globe and Mail, Professor Paula Todd from Seneca College and Kevin Donovan at the Toronto Star.


The event is to be held on Thursday April 27 from 11am - 5pm in Toronto at the Acadian Court, 401 Bay St, 8th Flr. There will be a lunch and presentations. Tickets are $175  with a student rate of $20. A special Q&A will be held with the students as part of agenda.

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21 March 2017,    

Canadian Content Showcase - CBC Radio Crime Drama “SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING” reaches 18.3 million downloads.


The art of story telling has many forms online and podcasts are part of the mix. This showcase on Canadian content shows what CBC Radio One, a public broadcaster, is doing with what was old but now new in digital entertaintment options.

This audio only podcast reality crime drama series focuses on a standalone Canadian cold case in an effort to unearth new information that could propel the case forward, while also uncovering how the events have affected the families and communities involved. Listeners are brought deep into the mystery, hearing new evidence and first-hand accounts from those closest to the investigation. There are 11 episodes in season 1 that started in the March 2016  and season 2 just ending February 2017 with 12. Listeners can download a 80 minute episode. PODCAST LINK

To raise the profile of Canadian content stories like will showcase the latest news from content creators in the media industry in Canada. If you have great content you want to share with Masthead readers send the stories to

16 March 2017,    

The Trade magazine Cosmetics goes completely digital in its relaunch.


Cosmetics Magazine was purchased last year by the CCTFA from Rogers Media and is gone from a print magazine to a digital only version in its relauch under new owners.. The Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA) is the Canadian trade association for the personal care products industry with over 150 members.

Cosmetics magazine is a trade beauty brand that was established in 1972. With industry veteran and longtime publisher Jim Hicks at the helm, it hosts the annual Cosmetics Outstanding Achievement Awards (COSAs) and the Fragrance and Beauty Awards, and is committed to supporting and celebrating the work of Canada’s beauty advisors year round through its digital publications. It is headed up by editor (and self-professed beauty addict) Alex Laws.

14 March 2017,    

Brittany Eccles is the NEW Creative Director for FASHION Magazine


St. Joseph Media has appointed Brittany Eccles to the role of Creative Director, FASHION.  She is responsible for overseeing design across all brand platforms, print, digital, social, video and branded events. 

“I am so excited that Brittany is joining the team,” said Noreen Flanagan, Editor-in-Chief at FASHION. “She is without question the most talented designer in the Canadian market, and I can’t wait to see what new visual direction and energy she brings to the magazine and our online platforms.”

Eccles was art director at ELLE Canada for more than four years. During her time there, the magazine won multiple awards, including being named Best Magazine in 2015 by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME) as well as a Gold Medal in Fashion at the National Magazine Awards. 

7 March 2017,    

Isabelle Marcoux recipient of the Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership presented by the Women Corporate Directors Foundation (WCD)

Isabelle Marcoux, Chair of the Board of Transcontinental Inc., is the first Canadian recipient of the Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership presented by the Women Corporate Directors Foundation (WCD), which she will receive in New York on May 10, 2017. WCD is a global organization that brings together more than 3,500 women serving on over 8,500 boards.

The Visionary Award, according to WCD, aims to recognize Marcoux’ proven leadership in making the strategic decisions and sound investments which are driving TC Transcontinental’s transformation while ensuring the organization’s short- and long-term profitable growth. WCD continued to explain the award reflects her personal commitment to the development and advancement of women into leadership roles, particularly as members of boards of directors and as senior executives. 

7 March 2017,    

The Art of Marketing Conference. Masthead Readers Save $50 on Pass

The Art of Marketing is coming to Toronto on April 3rd and the Masthead’s community has an opportunity to participate in this exceptional day of learning. A  preferred rate has been established for Masthead readers where they get $50 off on passes. The event  will be held at the Metro Convention Centre from 8:30 am to 5:00pm.

This one day conference features six internationally renowned best selling authors and thought leaders, who will share an exciting blend of cutting edge thinking and real world experience on today's most critical marketing issues. Don't miss out on your chance to gain a competitive advantage and network with over 1,200 of Canada's most successful marketers.


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2 March 2017,    

Web Offset becomes Renaissance Printing


Web Offset Publications which went into bankruptcy protection for the third time in January  has been bought out of bankruptcy by Mike Fredericks, who owns Annex Publishing and Printing in Simcoe Ontario. Annex is the largest trade publisher in Canada and also publishes Print Action (for the printing industry). Web Offset has been renamed Renaissance Printing and will continue to print for the publishing industry. Web Offset owed about $6 million to creditors and Annex was also a creditor.  

Web Offset Publications was established in 1962 and primarly printed magazine, cataloges and directories. Web Offset Publications was sold to the independent publisher market in central Canada. They were number 48 on Graphic Monthly's list of the top printers in Canada with sales of about $22 million. John Bacopulos who was CEO before will be staying on as President.

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