Get familiar with Maisonneuve: Canada’s Magazine of the Year

Maisonneuve is Canada’s Magazine of the Year! If you’re not familiar with the Montreal-based, English-language quarterly of arts, opinion and ideas, you should be.

For the past decade (yup, this year’s 10th anniversary was a pretty big success) Maisonneuve has been engaging, inspiring, and charming the hell out of readers across the country. Humour, investigative reporting, in-depth reportagearresting photography, witty opiningpsychedelic miscellany and stunning design have all been a part of Maisy’s ten-year haul of 18 National Magazine Awards (and 81 nominations)!

Drew Nelles on stage at the 35th NMAs, with emcee Ralph Benmergui

When he took the stage at this year’s gala to receive the Magazine of the Year award, editor-in-chief Drew Nelles had a lot of people to thank and, apropos of the publication he helms, a few ideas and opinions on the landscape of the Canadian magazine industry. (Read a bit of his speech. Read more about Maisy’s success at this year’s NMAs.)

Maisonneuve creative director Anna Minzhulina (3 NMAs and 10 noms) maintains a blog that includes alternate designs of Maisy covers plus a peek into the creative process of conceptualizing the magazine layout.

A recent feature in the McGill News talks about how it all started with Maisonneuve, from founding editor Derek Webster’s vision and all the labours of love that made the mag what it is today. Nelles started as an intern at the magazine, as did two-time NMA winner Nicholas Hune-Brown and a lot of other mag talent.

So get familiar with Maisonneuve. Subscribe–they’re offering a special Magazine-of-the-Year promotion: 5 issues for only $20.

Find out where you can buy Maisonneuve on newsstands.

Read some of their previous award-winning work in the National Magazine Awards archive.

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