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16 February 2021,     NEW YORK CITY

How magazines shaped a nation

We can’t get to New York for now. But if you feel like doing some couch traveling, consider an online exhibit that showcases how magazines helped shape a nation from the 18th through the 21st centuries.



Until April 24, the Grolier Club is featuring an exhibition called Magazines and the American Experience, featuring about 200 rare and unique titles from a collection owned by Dr. Steven Lomazow, a neurologist and magazine enthusiast, that includes more than 80,000 issues.

16 February 2021,     TORONTO

Magazines Canada cancels MagNet


Magazines Canada has announced it is restructuring the association in order to reduce expenses and bring them in line with revenues. The new course will go into effect on April 1.


Among the changes is the decision to discontinue the MagNet conference, which was held virtually in 2020. The association also announced it will find greater efficiencies and will deliver services in a more streamlined manner.

16 February 2021,     TORONTO

St. Joseph Media: Key trends for 2021


St. Joseph Media has released its media and marketing trends predictions for 2021.

Read the full list of trends on the St. Joseph site, but in the meantime, here’s a few highlights:

• Magazines will step up even more as the gatekeepers of culture and information

• Virtual conferences will continue to be a viable option long after the pandemic lifts

16 February 2021,     TORONTO

New media outlet for Black, Indigenous and people of colour


A new Canadian media outlet is launching later in the year elevate and celebrate the voices and stories of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC).


The Resolve, founded by Matthew DiMera, former managing editor at Xtra and acting editor-in-chief at, aims to reimaging the traditional narrative, and to dive deeper, explain complex issues, and look to solutions on issues that impact the communities it serves.

9 February 2021,     TORONTO, ON

HuffPost Canada the Big Winner of the 2020 COPAs

The 12 Annual 2020 COPA Party was held on Thursday, February 4 in what can be considered a fun time for all that had 150 people from across Canada attending. To add some fun for the attendees the virtual event was packaged as a 3 day Virtual Retreat on a Paradise island as the theme for this year’s COPA Party. There were activities such as a COPA finalist podcast/video showcase and webinars from BusinessWire and Happyfication.

27 January 2021,     NEW YORK

Forbes joins the journalist entrepreneur bandwagon

The journalist as entrepreneur is a trend that’s been identified as key development heading into 2021 and beyond, and now Forbes has announced a new paid newsletters platform for its writers.  


 Journalist Entrepreneurs is a new platform that lets writers launch their own paid newsletters under the Forbes brand and generate their own revenue, which they can split with the magazine.

27 January 2021,     NEW YORK

Bonnie Fuller buys Hollywood Life


Canadian expat Bonnie Fuller is buying the portion of Hollywood Life digital publication she doesn’t already own from Penske Media, reports the New York Post. She assumes full ownership of the celebrity site at the end of January.  

Fuller has been editor in chief of the title for more than a decade and has had a co-ownership position.


27 January 2021,     FLORIDA

Canadian Florist changes hands


Wildflower Media, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based publisher of trade magazines and books for the floral industry, has sold its titles to FUSE Media +.
The deal includes Canadian Florist, 
which has covered the Canadian floral and garden industry for 100 years. 

FUSE Media + has said it plans to modernize the print publication of the floral industry titles, with a focus on expanding their already robust digital assets.

22 January 2021,    

20 magazines fold in B.C. since pandemic began

Recently BIV, which covers busines intelligence for B.C., had a look at how cultural and creative industries have fared during the pandemic, including publishing.

About 20 B.C.-based magazines have folded since the outset of the pandemic, while 300 to 325 remain in business, says the publication.

22 January 2021,    

New survey on diversity, inclusion in magazines

The Alberta Magazines Publishers Association and the Magazine Association of B.C. are partnering to administer a Canada-wide survey on diversity, inclusion and equity in the magazine industry.

The survey is being conducted in English and French with magazine publishing companies and individuals across Canada including owners, publishers, staff, contractors and freelancers. 

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