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26 March 2015,     TORONTO

Nominees announced for SABEW Best In Business Awards

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) have announced the nominees for the first-ever Canadian Best In Business competition, which is a celebration of the best business reporting, published or broadcast in 2014.

"There's no other awards contest like this in Canada," Bryan Borzykowski, chair of SABEW Canada and a member of SABEW's board of governors said. "This is a chance for business journalists to showcase their work and have it judged by their peers."

A total of 26 finalists in nine categories are up for awards, selected from almost a hundred applicants.

26 March 2015,     TORONTO

Weddingbells celebrates 30 years

Weddingbells magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an event at the Design Exchange in Toronto on April 1.

“This event will showcase some of our incredible wedding and party ideas,” Alison McGill, editor-in-chief of Weddingbells said. “From live performances and innovative décor concepts, to an on-trend party menu of cocktail foods, an epic candy table and a very special wedding cake; this will definitely be a celebration to remember.”

26 March 2015,     TORONTO

Quill & Quire turns 80

Quill & Quire, Canada’s guide to the book publishing industry, is celebration its 80th anniversary by showcasing 80 people, events and books that helped shape CanLit in its April issue.

Deciding who and what to include was quite a process according to editor Sue Carter:

We called on experts, and spent hours with our image archive, sorting through fresh-faced author photos and candid snaps of book launches, dance parties, and fairs. There was early talk of ranking the entries, but who wants to pit Alice Munro against Anne Shirley?

19 March 2015,     TORONTO

Magazines Canada offers members new service through Marketwired

Magazines Canada has expanded its partnership with Marketwired, a newswire and communications website. Magazines Canada’s members will now have access to the Editorial Exclusives feature, through the integrated Marketwired Resonate news release platform, free of charge.

"We are excited to expand our partnership with Magazines Canada and offer their member companies the benefits of Marketwired's targeted distribution and communication tools," Bernadette Lee, Marketwired's vice president, global partners and media solutions said. "We look forward to helping the leaders in magazine media more effectively convey company news and stay on top and ahead of their game."

13 March 2015,     NORTH VANCOUVER

A decline in ad revenue leads to suspension of Backbone magazine

Backbone, a leading technology /business magazine, is being suspended after 14 years in the industry.

“Even though it created a strong and meaningful brand, a loyal readership, a powerful network of enthusiastic industry leaders, it is once again the decline of traditional advertising revenues that have made our publishing model unsustainable,” publisher and founder Steve Dietrich said. "I have a great amount of appreciation for all the supporters and contributors to the magazine and feel privileged to have met so many remarkable people and to have made a difference in Canada’s digital economy.”

13 March 2015,     TORONTO

Cottage Life debuts augmented reality in Spring issue

The spring edition of Cottage Life magazine, which hit newsstands this week, aims to give readers a more interactive experience. The magazine has partnered with Blippar, to bring its pages to life through augmented reality.

Readers are encouraged to download the free Blippar app onto a smartphone or tablet and scan the “blippable” pages to unlock exclusive content, such as plans for a DIY picnic table, a heartwarming video of a dramatic rescue, and a behind the scenes look into the design process for KEEN’s new sandal, Uneek.

12 March 2015,     TORONTO

New magazine wants readers to explore the possibilities in northern Ontario

The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) is encouraging visitors from across Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and the United States, to explore the great outdoors in a new campaign that includes the distribution of 810,000 copies of the new magazine: Explore the Possibilities in Northern Ontario.

The publication is dedicated to activities that can be done all across Northern Ontario’s regions, and specific experiences such as angling, power sports touring and outdoor adventures.

12 March 2015,     TORONTO

Gateway Newsstands appoints national operations manager

 Peter Wilson
Gateway Newsstands has announced that Peter Wilson has joined its team as its national operations manager, press. In the new position, Wilson will manage a full range of areas within the press department, which includes relationships and field operations.

Wilson comes to Gateway from Coast to Coast Newsstand Partnership, where he spent two years as an account executive. Prior to that, he enjoyed a lengthy career in publishing at Rogers Media, where he was instrumental in launching Hello! Magazine in Canada, which has experienced success and growth on the newsstands since 2006.

10 March 2015,     AJAX, ON

WordSmith Media signs publishing deal with Private Motor Carrier

WordSmith Media Inc., a provider of marketing and communications support and contract publishing services, has secured a multi-year agreement to publish Private Motor Carrier. Private Motor Carrier is the official magazine of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC).

“We are confident this agreement will protect the high quality of editorial that our magazine’s readers have come to enjoy, meet the unique information needs of Canada’s private fleets, and ensure that industry suppliers continue to enjoy a choice in the Canadian marketplace,” Mike Millian, president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada said.

6 March 2015,     TORONTO

Chirp magazine heads to the small screen

Chirp magazine has developed a TV show with Kids’ CBC based on its namesake. Chirp will air at 7:15 am every Friday until April 20, when it will be aired five days a week. A series of books based on the show, and an app will also be launched later this spring.

Readers of the French-language publication Pomme d'Api, will be able to watch the new show in the Fall on SRC.

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