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29 September 2014,     TORONTO

Azure magazine appoints new senior editor

Popi Bowman, former editor for Audi and Volkswagen Magazine has left her position with Contempo Media and joined Azure magazine as its senior editor.  Bowman has worked in the American magazine industry for almost 10 years and has held positions at Nylon magazine, Motor Trend, House Beautiful special publications and Teen magazine, among others.

29 September 2014,     LONDON, UK

Have you heard? Print Isn’t Dead

The reports of prints death have been greatly exaggerated—this according to Print Isn’t Dead, a new UK-based magazine created by the staff at People of Print. The quarterly publication was funded by Kickstarter and raised £6,834 surpassing the initial £4,520 goal.  The extra funds allowed the magazine to add fluorescent spot Pantone 805c to the CMYK printing process.  The Pureprint Group printed the eye-catching first issue on Fedrigoni Arcoprint paper and there are only 1000 copies available—there will be no reprints.

 © Tom Jackson 2014

26 September 2014,     TORONTO

New appointment for Western Living, Vancouver Magazine

Tom Gierasimczuk
Tom Gierasimczuk, the former vice president of editorial business development for Canada Wide Media and publisher of BC Living and BC Business, is now the general manager and publisher for Vancouver Magazine and Western Living.

"Tom is a seasoned and forward-thinking media professional who brings a unique blend of multiplatform content expertise, business acumen, creative thinking and tireless enthusiasm to our organization and to our Vancouver operation," Jacqueline Loch, Vice-President & Group Publisher for Toronto & Vancouver at TC Media said. "We are delighted to have him join our team to lead the talented teams at Vancouver Magazine & Western Living."

25 September 2014,     TORONTO

WORN Fashion Journal comes to an end after 10 years

 The final issue of the WORN Fashion Journal
WORN Fashion Journal has published 22 issues in its 10 years of operation and on Nov.22 it will publish its last—a special double anniversary issue celebrating its years in the world of independent fashion.

According to WORN’s editor-in-chief (or editor-in-pants according to the magazines masthead) Serah-Marie McMahon, it felt like the right time to move on. “WORN is a labor of love magazine, run by an all-volunteer crew. I started WORN when I started my undergrad… I really love WORN and we’re actually doing better than we’ve ever done— its not that we have to close, it’s just that it’s time.”

24 September 2014,     TORONTO

Susan Antonacci retires from TC Media
Susan Antonacci, the associate publisher of TC Media’s English consumer brands, including titles such as Canadian Living, Style at Home and ELLE Canada, will be retiring after spending 38 years with the organization. 
Throughout her years with TC, she has worked for each English consumer brand owned by the company. She began at TV Guide Canada, opening the first Canadian TV Guide bureau in Los Angeles and developed television projects including dailies and weeklies for Canadian Living. 

19 September 2014,     MONTREAL

ELLE QUÉBEC celebrates 25 years

ELLE QUÉBEC  will celebrate its 25th birthday by releasing a special issue on Oct. 3, featuring photography by musician Bryan Adams.

The magazine will also host four free events in Montreal to thank its readers: the 3rd annual Bulles & tendances red carpet event at Le Windsor, a movie series entitled ELLE QUÉBEC fait son cinéma at the Phi Centre, a concert entitled C'est notre tour at Club Soda and La Maison Ogilvy will open its store to host an event paying tribute to the fashions of today and the past 25 years.

18 September 2014,     TORONTO

Canadian Living magazine lets go editor-in-chief, art director

Parting EIC Jen Reynolds
There have been two staff departures at TC Media’s Canadian Living magazine. As of Monday, editor-in-chief Jennifer Reynolds and art director Stephanie White are no longer with the organization.  The reasons behind both departures were not disclosed by TC Media, as they stated HR information is confidential. 

The organization is actively looking to fill the positions. In the interim, the Canadian Living team will continue to drive the day-to-day operations, and Jacqueline Loch, VP and group publisher, Toronto & Vancouver, is taking over the team's leadership.

Reynolds joined the Canadian Living family late 2012, and White in May 2013.

18 September 2014,     TORONTO

Digital ad sales soar, magazines and dailies fall

Digital media has overtaken television for the largest share of ad spending in Canada, according to The International Advertising Bureau (IAB) of Canada’s annual advertising revenue report.

Television ad sales decreased by 2% to $3.4 billion in 2013, from $3.5 billion in 2012. Spending on online advertising as a whole increased by 14% to $3.5 billion in 2013, from $3.1 billion in 2012. The report is forecasting a 14% rise in digital spending for the rest of the year. Mobile ad revenue is being cited as a key factor for the growth of online ad spending in 2013. It grew by 177% and accounted for 13% of online ad revenue in 2013, up from 5%.

17 September 2014,     DARTMOUTH, NS

Venture Publishing enters into circulation contract with the Oyster Group

Venture Publishing's Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines' 50,000-plus subscriber list is now the responsibility of the Oyster Group a Dartmouth company that helps publications grow its readership.

The two companies have entered into a contract that will see the Oyster Group provide both magazines with an advanced subscriber database system and manage the relationship with its subscribers.

“I know they are experts in circulation and customer service,” Sharlene Clarke, Venture Publishing’s Director of Circulation said. “Our Alberta Oil and Alberta Venture readers will continue to feel efficiently and genuinely assisted under the care of their fantastic team.”

15 September 2014,     TORONTO

The English-language edition of Ricardo magazine is here

 Ricardo magazine's first English issue
Today marks the launch of the English–language edition of Ricardo magazine.  The 164-page September issue has over 50 fall recipes, tips and ideas for the fall season. The French edition of the publication launched 12 years ago and is one of Québec’s most successful magazines.

Ricardo magazine will feature the opinions of lifestyle experts and include sections like Ricardo For Kids, Weekday Wonders and Safe Eats—a section for Canadians with dietary restrictions—in every issue.

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