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28 August 2014,     MANITOBA

Maggie Awards ask readers to choose magazine of the year

In honour of the 2014 Maggie Awards, which is organized by the Manitoba Magazine Publishers Association, readers have been invited to vote for their favourite magazine in the people’s choice category for magazine of the year.

Until Sept. 12, readers can choose between 15 publications that include Kayak, The Cottager and Canada’s History. All voters are entered into a draw to win a subscription to a Manitoba magazine of their choice.

Three of the 15 magazines up for the 2014 people's choice award for magazine of the year

28 August 2014,     TORONTO

The Kit tackles multiple platforms for fall relaunch

Multi-platform beauty and fashion guide The Kit will be unveiling a relaunch of its platforms come September.  Readers can expect a new website, digital magazines, weekly paper feature and a shoppable e-newsletter.

“Just as the styles we report on are always changing, so are we,” publisher Giorgina Bigioni said. “We’re always trying to stay ahead of what’s next, and it’s important that all of our platforms allow for the best reader experience. For advertisers, unexpected ad placements across multiple platforms, that are both meaningful and engaging, will enable brands to reach and interact with readers.”

 

27 August 2014,     VANCOUVER

Tickets on sale for Western Magazine Awards reception and gala

 
Tickets for the 32nd annual Western Magazine Awards reception are now on sale. The gala takes place on Sept. 26, at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel and celebrates the best magazines western Canada has to offer. 
  
Single and group ticket options are available for purchase on the website until Sept. 24.
 

27 August 2014,     RICHMOND HILL, ON

Complete redesign for 30-year-old faith-based publication

 
Faith Today has undergone a redesign with the help of Janice Van Eck- an editorial, corporate and magazine designer who has worked for publications including Maclean’s and MoneySense
 
 On the left, the new redesigned Septmeber issue, on the right the former layout

20 August 2014,     TORONTO

John MacFarlane says goodbye to The Walrus

 thewalrus.ca
John MacFarlane will be retiring from his position at The Walrus at the end of the year. MacFarlane has been the editor and co-publisher since 2008.

“More than five years ago, I came on board as interim editor for six months, and suddenly it’s five years later,” Macfarlane said in a statement on The Walrus website. “The world of journalism has changed in the last five years, and although I’ve enjoyed every minute here the time has come, as the Walrus said, for a new kind of editor—an editor of all Walrus platforms. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and decided the timing is right—for me and for the organization.”

18 August 2014,     VAUGHAN, ONT.

New cover, direction for City Life magazine

Bimonthly lifestyle magazine City Life has undergone a cover redesign and content change, which debuts in its August/September issue. Readers will notice the logo’s serif lettering has been switched to a clean bold font, the header now uses two colours and fonts and inside, there’s a drastic difference in size between the p (for page) and the page number.

“We feel the new direction has a refreshing and modern essence to it,” managing editor Michael Hill said. “It’s one we hope readers enjoy as much as we do.”

On the left, City Life's redesigned cover. On the right, the publications previous layout.

18 August 2014,     EDMONTON

On Spec magazine loses funding, reaches out to readers

On Spec magazine has lost its Canada Council for the Arts funding for 2015. The science fiction and fantasy quarterly journal has showcased Canadian writers and artists for the past 25 years. The grant (between $20-25,000) was used to pay writers and its printer.

According to Diane Walton, the publications managing editor, the council’s jury read On Spec’s evaluation, grants application, financial reports and supporting documentation, and determined that the publication was in need of “a higher quality of fiction,” and better proof-reading, design and copy-editing.

13 August 2014,     TORONTO

OWL Magazine reveals new look, editorial approach

The September 2014 issue
When the latest issue of OWL magazine hits newsstands on Aug.18, readers will notice a few changes. The logo has received some refreshing —though the corporate version will remain the same, and a new mascot will make its debut. Located at the top right corner of the September issue, the new mascot will serve as a guide to its readers. The magazine will be using a UV coating on the cover and a whiter paper stock inside.

The publication will also use principles of the STEAM movement to engage its young readers. 

“STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to help teach and inspire students,” explains Jennifer Canham, Group Publisher, Owlkids. “Innovation is driving the future, and by using STEAM to develop our content we’re encouraging our readers to learn through creation and discovery.”

13 August 2014,     MONTREAL

ELLE QUÉBEC appoints new editor-in-chief

TC Media has announced the appointment of Mélanie Frappa as ELLE QUÉBEC’s new editor-in-chief.  Frappa formerly held the position of beauty editor-in-chief and has been with the magazine for 11 years.

The former editor-in-chief Louise Dugas left the publication for personal reasons and to seek new professional opportunities.

Prior to joining the ELLE QUÉBEC family, Frappa worked for TVA Publications. She has a BA in political science and an MA in communications.

13 August 2014,     VANCOUVER

Finalists announced for the 2014 Western Magazine Awards

The Western Magazine Awards Foundation (WMAF) has announced the finalists for this year’s competition. Almost 136 submissions were received and winners will be honoured at the WMAF gala on Sept. 26 at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver.

The WMAF is a non-profit organization that celebrates editorial excellence in Western Canadian magazine writing, photography, illustration and art direction.

For a list of the nominees visit the website.
 

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