Presenting the Winners of the 2021 National Magazine Awards

The National Media Awards Foundation showcased the most impactful work published in Canadian periodicals in 2020 at the 2021 National Magazine Awards Winners Celebration hosted by Sandra E. Martin and live-streamed on our website (you can watch the broadcast here). Gold winners in creator-focused categories receive a $1000 cash prize, in addition to their award.  

If you are a Gold winner, please contact us with your mailing address and SIN in order to receive your cash prize and certificate. Certificates for Silver winners and Honourable Mention are available upon request. 

Winners and finalists can also celebrate their achievement by downloading Gold, Silver or Finalist’s seals here.

Winners’ Highlights

  • Toronto Life is a six-time Gold winner, including for the prestigious Magazine Grand Prix, and a two-time Silver winner.
  • Katherine Laidlaw is the Gold winner in both Long-Form Feature Writing for “The Long Shadow of Elizabeth Wettlaufer,” published in Chatelaine, and Investigative Reporting for “Heartbreaker,” published in Toronto Life.
  • Sherina Harris is this year’s Best Emerging Writer for “The Butterfly Effect,” one of five Gold awards The Walrus has received.
  • Christina Frangou won both Gold and Silver in Feature Writing for “A Whole New Kind of Grief” and “Stealing Time,” both published in Maclean’s.
  • In total, Maclean’s has won two Gold awards and four Silver awards.
  • Maclean’s Magazine’s “Saving the Right” and The Narwhal’s “Wet’suwet’en matriarchs arrested as RCMP enforce Coastal GasLink pipeline injunction” tied for Silver in the Photo Essay and Photojournalism category. 
  • In a tie for Gold in Personal Journalism are Joshua Whitehead’s “Who Names the Rez Dog Rez?” published in The Malahat Review and Ish Aderonmu’s “They Called Me Prisoner 183645,” published in Toronto Life. 
  • The Malahat Review’s second Gold medal is in the category of One of a Kind Storytelling, for Erin Soros’ “Cord.” 
  • In addition to winning Silver in Long-Form Feature Writing for Susan Nerberg’s “Meltdown,” Broadview is also the Gold winner in Best Magazine: Special Interest.
  • Dînette is the recipient of two Gold awards, for Lifestyle Photography and the prestigious Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle.

BEST EMERGING WRITER / MEILLEUR AUTEUR EMERGENT

Award sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation / Prix commandité par la Fondation Reader’s Digest
GOLD

Sherina Harris for “The Butterfly Effect,” published in The Walrus

“‘The Butterfly Effect’ is a succinct and yet layered exploration of a fascinating topic—tackling climate change, gentrification and conservation—and stands out for its organization and lively detail. Harris expertly weaves storytelling with research and reporting, which not only makes for a compelling read but one that inspires change. It would have been impressive had it been written by a senior writer. That it comes from an emerging journalist makes it all the more remarkable.” — NMA Jury

HONOURABLE MENTION

Ryan David Allen for “Labour of Love,” published in Maisonneuve Magazine
Jadine Ngan for
“A Lonely Year on Campus,” published in The Walrus

ART DIRECTION GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE LA DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE

GOLD

Issue 25
The Feathertale Review 
Jenn Lawrence, Kara Pyle

SILVER

Numéro 09
BESIDE
Eliane Cadieux

HONOURABLE MENTION

Brick 105
Brick, A Literary Journal
Mark Byk

019 – Lumière
Dînette Magazine
Hélène Mallette

issue no5
lstw magazine
Carolyne De Bellefeuille

SAD Mag Issue 29: Sex
SAD Mag
Syd Danger

COVER GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE LA PAGE COUVERTURE

GOLD

On the front lines (Maclean’s, June 2020)
Maclean’s
Stephen Gregory, art director; Liz Sullivan, director of photography; Dawn Lim, photographer
Handling Editors: Alison Uncles, editor-in-chief; Colin Campbell, deputy editor

SILVER

The Truth Issue
University of Toronto Magazine
Luis Mora
Contributors: Della Rollins, Vanessa Wyse, Scott Anderson

HONOURABLE MENTION

Nouveau Projet 18 – La fin d’un monde.
Nouveau Projet
Laurent Silvani
Collaborateurs : Jean-François Proulx

The Pandemic Issue
Spacing
Julie Fish, photographer; Matthew Blackett, art director

Breastfeeding: What it feels like, signs it’s going well and where to get help
Today’s Parent
Emily Vezer, art director; Kim Shiffman, editor; Hannah Spencer, photographer
Contributors: Siarre Massey & baby Archer, models

Influentials
Toronto Life
Christine Dewairy, Luis Mora

ISSUE GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DU NUMÉRO

GOLD

The Land Back Issue
Briarpatch 
Saima Desai, Nickita Longman, Emily Riddle, Alex Wilson

SILVER

Spécial COVID
L’actualité
Stéphanie Aubin, Julie Barlow, Marie-France Bazzo, Marie Boule, Mathieu Carbasse, Alec Castonguay, Mathieu Charlebois, François Delorme, Josée Désaulniers, David Desjardins, Pierre Fortin, Philippe J. Fournier, Charles Grandmont, Chantal Hébert, Emilie Nadeau, Jean-Benoît Nadeau, Edith Pelletier, Karine Picard, Marie-Hélène Proulx, Marc-André Sabourin, Claudine St-Germain, Paule Thibault, Sébastien Thibault, Alain Vadeboncoeur

HONOURABLE MENTION

Numéro 09 Comment vivre notre nordicité ? – How do we embody our nordicity?BESIDE
Catherine Métayer, Caroline R. Paquette, Mark Mann, équipe éditoriale – editorial team; Eliane Cadieux, directrice de création – creative director; Gabrielle Deronde, designer graphique – graphic designer

Esse arts + opinions no. 99 – Plantes | Plants
Esse arts + opinions
Sylvette Babin, Anne-Marie Dubois, Daniel Fiset, Benoit Jodoin, Julia Roberge Van Der Donckt, Amelia Wong-Mersereau. Auteur.e.s : Giovanni Aloi, Amanda Amour-Lynx, Alex Burchmore, Anaïs Castro, Mark Clintberg, Michel F. Côté, Ariane De Blois

Mental Health Issue
FASHION
Bernadette Morra, Danielle Campbell, Eliza Grossman, George Antonopoulos, Lindsay Cooper, Maddison Glendinning, Natasha Bruno, Odessa Paloma Parker, Pahull Bains

Letters to America
Maclean’s
Maclean’s team

Technology in a Changing Climate
Root & STEM
Pinnguaq Association

Issue 25
The Feathertale Review
Brett Popplewell, Jenn Lawrence, Kara Pyle, Benson Lee, Corina Milic, Lee Wilson

The Pandemic Diaries
Toronto Life
Various Contributors

PERSONAL JOURNALISM / JOURNALISME PERSONNEL

GOLD

Who Names the Rez Dog Rez?
The Malahat Review
Joshua Whitehead
Handling Editor: Iain Higgins

They Called Me Prisoner 183645
Toronto Life
Ish Aderonmu
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

HONOURABLE MENTION

Nuna
BESIDE
Juliana Léveillé-Trudel
Handling Editors: Caroline R. Paquette, Catherine Métayer

A Geography of Queer Woundings
Grain Magazine
Joshua Whitehead
Handling Editor: Lisa Bird-Wilson

Pathfinding
Maisonneuve
Jody Porter
Handling Editors: Selena Ross, Madi Haslam

The Glow of Electrum
The Malahat Review
Daniel Allen Cox
Handling Editor: Iain Higgins

The Finca
The New Quarterly
Eva-Lynn Jagoe
Handling Editor: Vinh Nguyen

What’s In A Name?
THIS Magazine
Minelle Mahtani
Handling Editor: Tara-Michelle Ziniuk

Our Life, Our Land, Our Voice
Up Here Magazine
Antoine Mountain, Raymond Yakeleya
Handling Editor: Jacob Boon

Inside the second wave of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines
Xtra Magazine
Arvin Joaquin
Contributors: Rachel Giese, Gordon Bowness, editors; Allison Baker, copy editor/fact-checker
Handling Editor: Eternity Martis

LONG-FORM FEATURE WRITING / MEILLEUR ARTICLE DE FOND (LONG FORMAT)

GOLD

The Long Shadow of Elizabeth Wettlaufer
Chatelaine
Katherine Laidlaw
Contributors: Aimee Nishitoba, Samantha De Kruyff, Flannery Dean
Handling Editor: Denise Balkissoon

SILVER

Meltdown
Broadview
Susan Nerberg
Contributor: Elena Gritzan, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Caley Moore

HONOURABLE MENTION

Punctuation’s Mark
Canadian Geographic
Alanna Mitchell
Handling Editor: Abi Hayward

Tiny Fish to Big Picture
Canadian Wildlife
Brian Banks
Handling Editor: Matthew Church

January 8, 2020
Edify Magazine
Omar Mouallem
Handling Editor: Steven Sandor

The end of growth
Maclean’s
Sarmishta Subramanian
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

Lumière sur les études noires
Québec Science
Mélissa Guillemette
Collaborateurs : Niti Marcelle Mueth, Natacha Vincent, Sophie Cazanave
Rédactrices : Marine Corniou, Marie Lambert-Chan

A Long-Term Tragedy
The Local
Simon Lewsen
Handling Editor: Nicholas Hune-Brown

The Age of Surrender
The Walrus
Sharon J. Riley
Contributor: Sophie Weiler, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

Tick Tock
The Walrus
Stephanie Nolen
Contributor: Abi Hayward, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Harley Rustad

ART DIRECTION OF A SINGLE ARTICLE / MEILLEURE DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE D’UN ARTICLE

GOLD

Beyond Treeline
Mountain Life Annual
Amélie Légaré

SILVER

The Best New Restaurants
Toronto Life
Christine Dewairy, Brian Wong, Daniel Neuhaus

HONOURABLE MENTION

At the End of the Highway
Cottage Life
Bradley Reinhardt

CAFA Awards 2020
FASHION
Danielle Campbell

Veggie Delight
Today’s Parent
Stephanie Han Kim
Contributors: Simone Olivero, handling editor; Irene Ngo, recipe production; Erik Putz, photographer; Ashley Denton, food styling; Madeleine Johari, prop styling

ESSAYS / ESSAIS

GOLD

Canadian Media’s Racism Problem
The Walrus
Pacinthe Mattar
Contributors: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Samia Madwar

SILVER

To Love Again: A Natural Hair Journey
Room
Téa Mutonji
Handling Editor: Chelene Knight

HONOURABLE MENTION

Still Up in the Air
Chatelaine
Alicia Elliott
Contributor: Colleen Nicholson
Handling Editor: Denise Balkissoon

Mine for Life
Hazlitt
Rudrapriya Rathore
Handling Editor: Haley Cullingham

Labour of Love
Maisonneuve
Ryan David Allen
Handling Editors: Selena Ross, Madi Haslam

Les vulnérabilités sans fin
Nouveau Projet
Nicolas Langelier
Collaborateurs : Vanessa Allnutt, Véronique Chagnon
Rédactrice : Marie-Michèle Robitaille

For Black Women In Media, A “Dream Job” Is A Myth
Refinery29 Canada
Kathleen Newman-Bremang
Handling Editor: Carley Fortune

I Do
Room
Erin Soros
Handling Editor:  Rachel Thompson

Plagued
The Fiddlehead
Morgan Charles
Handling Editor: Sue Sinclair

The Fault, Dear Reader, Is Not in Our Stars
The Walrus
Carly Lewis
Contributor: Sydney Hamilton, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

BEST EDITORIAL PACKAGE / MEILLEUR DOSSIER THÉMATIQUE

GOLD

Threads
Inuit Art Quarterly
Napatsi Folger, John Geoghegan, Emily Henderson, Susan Kaplan, Genevieve LeMoine, Michael Stevens, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Myra Kukiiyaut, Matt Hoffman, Elizabeth Qulaut

SILVER

Hors-série: Manger 100% local
Caribou
Audrey Lavoie, Geneviève Vézina-Montplaisir et Véronique Leduc

HONOURABLE MENTION

Des mots pour traverser la crise
Châtelaine
Œuvre collective, par Michel Tremblay, Nancy Huston, Fanny Britt, David Goudreault, Arlette Cousture, Perrine LeBlanc, Catherine Mavrikakis; Conception : Johanne Lauzon et Daniel Chrétien; direction artistique : Michel C. Tremblay

Painting
Inuit Art Quarterly
Darcie Bernhardt, Heather Campbell, Tarralik Duffy, Anik Glaude, Napatsi Folger, Emily Henderson, Mark Igloliorte, Bronson Jacque, Aija Komangapik, Megan Kyak-Monteith, Matt Hoffman, Elizabeth Qulaut

Relations
Inuit Art Quarterly
Kyle Nakutsiak Aleekuk, Britt Gallpen, Maureen Gruben, Napatsi Folger, Emily Henderson, Bronson Jacque, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Jessica MacDonald, Natan Obed, Michael Stevens, Chantal Jung, Matt Hoffman, Emily Angulalik

Bye-bye bureaux!
L’actualité
Marie-Hélène Proulx

Letters to America
Maclean’s
Christina Gonzales, Stephen Gregory, Sarah Palmer, Liz Sullivan, Elizabeth Brandt and contributors

SAD Mag Issue 29: Sex
SAD Mag
Madeline Barber, Co-publisher & Editorial Manager and Syd Danger, Co-Publisher & Creative Director

Sprawlzine
Sprawlzine
Ximena Gonzalez, Jeremy Klaszus, Taylor Lambert, Hadeel Abdel-Nabi, Chris Pecora, Sam Hester, Brianna Sharpe, Danielle Paradis, Kaitlynn Copithorne, Len Dueck

Speaking the Truth
University of Toronto Magazine
Scott Anderson, Genevieve Caron, Stacey Gibson, Nazario Graziano, Rahul Kalvapalle, Kurt Kleiner, Brent Ledger, Luis Mora, Della Rollins, Brenda Wastasecoot, Vanessa Wyse

PROFILES / PORTRAITS

GOLD

The Woman Who Built Queen West
Toronto Life
Katrina Onstad
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

SILVER

The Beloved Ones
Maclean’s
Shannon Proudfoot, Nadine Yousif
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

HONOURABLE MENTION

Tiny Fish to Big Picture
Canadian Wildlife
Brian Banks
Handling Editor: Matthew Church

A Voice of Bells
Hazlitt
Dafna Izenberg
Handling Editor: Haley Cullingham

La reine du roman historique
L’actualité
Jean-Yves Girard
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

Nenshi Falls Back to Earth
Maclean’s
Jason Markusoff
Handling Editor: Charlie Gillis

The Man with Plans
Maclean’s
Leah McLaren
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

50 nuances de gris
Magazine VÉRO
Sophie St-Laurent
Collaborateurs : Marjorie Guindon, Chanelle Riopelle, Marie-Michèle Leduc
Rédactrice : Louise Richer

The Insider
Report on Business Magazine
Joanna Pachner
Handling Editor: James Cowan

Stigma, Sex & Safety
The Positive Side Magazine
Deidre Olsen
Handling Editor: Dan Udy

David Frum Fights the Right
The Walrus
Curtis Gillespie
Contributors:  Ariella Garmaise, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

ONE OF A KIND STORYTELLING / UNIQUE ET HORS CATEGORIE 

GOLD

Cord
The Malahat Review
Erin Soros
Handling Editor: Iain Higgins

SILVER

At the corner of Loss & Renewal
Maclean’s 
Amber Bracken, Jason Markusoff, and Drew Maynard 
Contributors: Stephen Gregory, art director; Liz Sullivan, director of photography 
Handling editor: Charlie Gillis

HONOURABLE MENTION

Ce qui ne se vend(ait) pas
Nouveau Projet
Rémy Bourdillon et Michel Hellman
Rédactrices : Maud Brougère et Véronique Chagnon

Our Grandpa’s Story: Pierre Washie
Root & STEM
Richard Van Camp (Comic, Writer) & Kyle Charles (Comic, illustrator)
Handling Editor: Joel McConvey

My Mum and Mister Rogers
The Walrus
Cinders McLeod
Contributors: Meredith Holigroski, art director; Ariella Garmaise, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Carine Abouseif

Life and Death in the ICU
Toronto Life
Omar Mouallem
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

COLUMNS / CHRONIQUES

GOLD

Chronique Société
L’actualité
Noémi Mercier
Rédactrice : Claudine St-Germain

SILVER

“How Tim Hortons Became a Political Prop,” “Why Canada Won’t Go Broke,” and “How Universal Basic Income Could Save the Economy”
The Walrus
Max Fawcett
Contributors: Sebastian Leck, fact-checker (“How Tim Hortons Became a Political Prop,” “How Universal Basic Income Could Save the Economy”); Miriam Lafontaine, fact-checker (“Why Canada Won’t Go Broke”)
Handling Editor: Carmine Starnino

HONOURABLE MENTION

On Second Thought
Alberta Views
Paula Simons
Handling Editor: Evan Osenton

Collecting
FASHION
Odessa Paloma Parker
Handling Editor: Bernadette Morra

Paul Wells
Maclean’s
Paul Wells
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

Éditorial
Québec Science
Marie Lambert-Chan
Collaborateur : Sophie Cazanave
Rédactrices : Marine Corniou, Mélissa Guillemette

Dorothy Woodend on culture
The Tyee
Dorothy Woodend
Handling Editor: Robyn Smith

Chroniques
Ricochet
Yannick Marcoux
Collaborateur : Katia Gaïd
Rédactrice : Gabrielle Brassard-Lecours

FEATURE WRITING / MEILLEUR ARTICLE DE FOND

GOLD 

A Whole New Kind of Grief
Maclean’s
Christina Frangou
Handling Editor: Dafna Izenberg

SILVER

Stealing Time
Maclean’s
Christina Frangou
Handling Editors: Alison Uncles, Dafna Izenberg

HONOURABLE MENTION

Dead End
Broadview
Sally Armstrong
Contributor: KC Hoard, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Jocelyn Bell

La nouvelle machine à gagner des élections
L’actualité
Alec Castonguay
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

Revivre après Daech
L’actualité
Fabrice de Pierrebourg
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

‘It should not define us’
Maclean’s
Emily Baron Cadloff
Handling Editor: Charlie Gillis

Fight of His Life
Reader’s Digest Canada
Nicholas Hune-Brown
Handling Editor: Lauren McKeon

Could 80,000 family woodlot owners be the key to saving the Acadian forest?
The Narwhal
Lindsay Jones
Handling Editor: Emma Gilchrist

Birth Rights
Today’s Parent
Sahar Fatima
Handling Editor: Ariel Brewster

A Family Massacre
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

SHORT FEATURE WRITING / MEILLEUR ARTICLE COURT

GOLD

Black in the Ivory Tower
The Walrus
Hadiya Roderique
Contributor: Tina Knezevic, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Tajja Isen

SILVER

Trust Exercise
Maisonneuve
Stephanie Nolen
Handling Editor: Selena Ross

HONOURABLE MENTION

What to Do with Trail Names that Offend?
Canadian Cycling Magazine
Melanie Chambers
Handling Editor: Matthew Pioro

COVID-19 Les acquis des travailleuses sont-ils en péril?
Châtelaine
Marie Bernier
Rédacteurs : Johanne Lauzon, Daniel Chrétien, Nathalie Elliott

Parcs Canada : Restauration écologique extrême
Espaces
Guillaume Roy

Swimming in the Dark
FOLKLIFE
Wendy Burton
Contributors: Margy Gilmour, Mary Ann Richards, Alina Cerminara
Handling Editor: Charles Hart

Threading Memories
Inuit Art Quarterly
Krista Ulujuk Zawadski
Contributors: Elizabeth Qulaut
Handling Editors:  Britt Gallpen, Michael Stevens

In defence of equalization
Maclean’s
Stephen Maher
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

“I’m the Virus You Named COVID-19. Glad to Meet You”
The Tyee
Andrew Nikiforuk
Handling Editor: David Beers

FICTION

GOLD

Calling You
Prairie Fire
Catherine Hunter
Handling Editors: Lindsey Childs, Carolyn Gray, Janine Tschuncky

SILVER

Water Signs
The New Quarterly
Joshua Wales
Handling Editor: Pamela Mulloy

HONOURABLE MENTION

Twyla
Canadian Notes & Queries
Alex Pugsley
Handling Editor: Emily Donaldson

While Tehran Was Silent
Hermine
Mehdi M. Kashani
Handling Editors: S. Kennedy Sobol, Abby Gainforth, Nadia Pestrak

Les affaires des autres
Nouveau projet
Stéfanie Clermont
Rédactrice : Véronique Chagnon

Ex-Smoker
Taddle Creek
Sam Shelstad
Handling Editor: Conan Tobias

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING / JOURNALISME D’ENQUÊTE

GOLD

Heartbreaker
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

SILVER

‘You’re out there alone’: whistleblowers say workplace abuse hides true impacts of B.C.’s trawl fishery
The Narwhal
Jimmy Thomson
Handling Editors: Emma Gilchrist, Carol Linnitt, Arik Ligeti

HONOURABLE MENTION

Facebook Banned Mask Ads. They’re Still Running.
BuzzFeed News
Craig Silverman
Handling Editors: Mat Honan, John Paczkowski

The Lone Wolf That Was Loved to Death
Hakai Magazine
Larry Pynn
Handling Editor: Jude Isabella

Murder in Old Barns
The Walrus
Lindsay Jones
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Carmine Starnino

The New Lobster Wars
The Walrus
Zoe Heaps Tennant
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Samia Madwar

The Age of Surrender
The Walrus
Sharon J. Riley
Contributor: Sophie Weiler, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola

A Family Massacre
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

The Imposter
Toronto Life
Leah McLaren
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY / PHOTOGRAPHIE : PORTRAITS

GOLD

In The Absence of Paradise
Maisonneuve
Jeff Bierk
Contributors: Brian Morgan, Rachel Wine, art directors

SILVER

State of erosion: the legacy of Manitoba Hydro
The Narwhal
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Handling Editors: Carol Linnitt, Stephanie Wood

HONOURABLE MENTION

Shaped by the High Seas
BESIDE
Ash Adams
Contributors: Eliane Cadieux, creative director

Does Thomas Chan belong in prison?
Maclean’s
Clay Stang
Contributors: Liz Sullivan, director of photography; Stephen Gregory, art director

The Picture Man
The Local
Sarah Boesveld, Rodrigo Moreno
Handling Editor Nicholas Hune-Brown

Meet the people saving Canada’s native grasslands
The Narwhal
Amber Bracken
Contributor: Stephanie Wood

Taking a Stand
University of Toronto Magazine
Luis Mora
Contributors: Della Rollins, Vanessa Wyse

For Life
Zoomer Magazine
Alkan Emin 
Handling editor: Stephanie White

POETRY / POESIE

GOLD

This Being Alive: Last Poems
EXILE Quarterly
Patrick Lane
Handling Editor: Barry Callaghan

SILVER

Louise
PRISM International
Emily Riddle
Handling Editor: Emily Chou

HONOURABLE MENTION

CPR Advertisements of a Populated Landscape / on the boundaries of treaty no. 6
Arc Poetry Magazine
Matthew James Weigel
Handling Editor: Sarah Tsiang

DESIRE / HYENAS
Arc Poetry Magazine
Faith Arkorful
Handling Editor: Sarah Tsiang

Dear Kin / Dear Kin (VI)
EVENT
Shazia Hafiz Ramji
Handling Editor: Shashi Bhat

The Great Flu / Song of Birth and Death / Subject – Verb – Object
EVENT
Patricia Young
Handling Editor: Shashi Bhat

The Anna Margolin Suite: Three poems
EXILE Quarterly
Lisa Richter
Handling Editor: Micheline Maylor

Aeroelastic Flutter
Grain Magazine
Alex Manley
Handling Editor: Alasdair Rees

Cree Girl Explodes the Political Project Called “Alberta”
Room
Emily Riddle
Handling Editor: Geffen Semach

Walls / Woodshed Hill, Late Winter 2018
The New Quarterly
John Steffler
Handling Editors: Barbara Carter, Evelyn Dekker

LONG-FORM FEATURE WRITING: 6000+ / MEILLEUR ARTICLE DE FOND (6 000+ MOTS)

GOLD

Searching for Mackie
The Walrus
Annie Hylton
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Harley Rustad

SILVER

Houses of Horror
Toronto Life
Jason McBride
Handling Editor: Emily Landau

HONOURABLE MENTION

Promised Lands
Canadian Geographic
Julian Brave NoiseCat 
Handling Editor: Aaron Kylie

Crazy Wisdom: A Love Story
Hazlitt
Suzannah Showler
Handling Editor: Haley Cullingham

Les voleurs d’identité
L’actualité
Marc-André Sabourin
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

The 30-year battle to stop the pandemic
Maclean’s
Paul Wells
Handling Editor: Colin Campbell

Comicocratie: comment j’ai tenté d’obtenir ma part de l’industrie culturelle la plus lucrative du Québec
Nouveau Projet
Jean-Philippe Baril Guérard
Rédacteurs : Jean-Philippe Massicotte, Nicolas Langelier

How to Vaccinate 38 Million People
The Walrus
Danielle Groen
Contributor: Tina Knezevic, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Hamutal Dotan

The New Lobster Wars
The Walrus
Zoe Heaps Tennant
Contributor: Nicole Schmidt, fact-checker
Handling Editor: Samia Madwar

Heartbreaker
Toronto Life
Katherine Laidlaw
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

Inside the second wave of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines
Xtra Magazine
Arvin Joaquin
Contributors: Rachel Giese, Gordon Bowness, Allison Baker
Handling Editor: Eternity Martis

LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY / PHOTOGRAPHIE : ART DE VIVRE

GOLD

La tête dans les étoiles
Dînette Magazine
Catherine Simard

SILVER

At the End of the Highway
Cottage Life
Grant Harder

HONOURABLE MENTION

Fan Fare
Air Canada enRoute
Virginie Gosselin and Gabriel Cabrera
Contributors: Stefanie Sosiak, art director; Lori Morgan, photo editor
Handling Editor: Dominique Lamberton

Welcome to the Wunderkammer
Cottage Life
Liam Mogan

Face Forward
FASHION
Timothy Hung, George Antonopoulos

The One & Only Winnie
FASHION
Greg Swales, George Antonopoulos

SERVICE JOURNALISM / JOURNALISME DE SERVICE

GOLD

The Best New Takeout
Toronto Life
Caroline Aksich
Handling Editor: Rebecca Fleming

SILVER

Comment allez mieux
L’actualité
Marie-Hélène Proulx
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

HONOURABLE MENTION

Sortir les PFNL de la marge
Caribou
Guillaume Roy
Rédactrice : Véronique Leduc

How to Green Your #2 Routine
Chatelaine
Ishani Nath
Handling Editor: Maureen Halushak

Have Cottage, Will Travel
Cottage Life
Cottage Life Staff and Contributors
Handling Editors: Jackie Davis, Sandi Tower

Take Back the Power
Cottage Life
Martin Zibauer
Handling Editors: Liann Bobechko, Sandi Tower

Sauver la planète, c’est payant
L’actualité
Marc-André Sabourin
Rédactrice : Josée Désaulniers

A Planner’s Guide to Dying
Reader’s Digest Canada
Emily Landau
Handling Editor: Lauren McKeon

The 2020 Home Safety Checklist
Reader’s Digest Canada
Rebecca Philps
Handling Editor: Mark Pupo

Where to Buy Planet Friendly Everything
Toronto Life
Various
Handling Editor: Malcolm Johnston

ILLUSTRATION (INCL. SPOT & PHOTO ILLUSTRATION) / ILLUSTRATIONS

GOLD

The Rise of the Roommate
The Walrus
Hudson Christie
Contributors: Natalie Vineberg, art director
Handling Editor: Tajja Isen 

SILVER

Diving Dogs
Cottage Life
Graham Roumieu

HONOURABLE MENTION

Undiagnosed
Broadview
Gracia Lam
Contributor: Carol Moskot, art director

A Planner’s Guide to Dying
Reader’s Digest Canada
Cornelia Li
Contributors: John Montgomery, art director; Danielle Sayer, associate art director

Still Got It
Reader’s Digest Canada
Christy Lundy
Contributors: John Montgomery, art director; Danielle Sayer, associate art director

Summer Reading
The Walrus
Ashley Mackenzie
Contributors: Meredith Holigroski, art director

Tables Turned
The Walrus
Myriam Wares
Contributors: Paul Kim, art director
Handling Editor: Hamutal Dotan

The Age of Surrender
The Walrus
Jillian Tamaki
Contributors: Meredith Holigroski, art director
Handling Editor: Daniel Viola 

The Wrong Side of the New Age
The Walrus
James Lee Chiahan
Contributors: Natalie Vineberg, art director
Handling Editor: Carmine Starnino 

Your Brain on COVID-19
The Walrus
Cornelia Li
Contributors: Natalie Vineberg, art director
Handling Editor: Hamutal Dotan 

Split Ends
THIS Magazine
Aliya Ghare

PHOTO ESSAY & PHOTOJOURNALISM / PHOTOJOURNALISME ET ESSAIS PHOTOGRAPHIQUES

Award sponsored by Cision Canada / Prix commandité par Cision Canada
GOLD

State of erosion: the legacy of Manitoba Hydro
The Narwhal
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Contributors: Carol Linnitt, editor; Stephanie Wood, cultural editor; Raina Delisle, copy editor
Handling Editor: Emma Gilchrist

SILVER

Saving the right
Maclean’s Magazine
Nick Hawkins
Contributors: Liz Sullivan, director of photography; Stephen Gregory, art director; Lauren Cattermole, designer

Wet’suwet’en matriarchs arressted as RCMP enforce Coastal GasLink pipeline injunction
The Narwhal
Amber Bracken
Contributors: Sarah Cox, Carol Linnitt

HONOURABLE MENTION

At the Core of the City: Chinatown
Alberta Views
Guillaume Nolet
Contributor: Beate Wichmann, art director

Nuna
BESIDE
Alexi Hobbs
Contributeur: Eliane Cadieux, Directrice de création

The Queen of Eskasoni
Chatelaine
Lindsay Jones, Darren Calabrese
Contributors: Sun Ngo, Maureen Halushak

BEST MAGAZINE: ART, LITERARY, AND CULTURE / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : ART, LITTÉRATURE ET CULTURE

GOLD

C Magazine

HONOURABLE MENTION

Inuit Art Quarterly
Literary Review of Canada
The Feathertale Review 

BEST MAGAZINE: NEWS, BUSINESS, GENERAL INTEREST / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : ACTUALITÉ, AFFAIRES, INTÉRÊT GÉNÉRAL 

GOLD

Toronto Life

HONOURABLE MENTION

L’actualite
Maclean’s

BEST MAGAZINE: SERVICE AND LIFESTYLE / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : SERVICE ET ART DE VIVRE

GOLD

Dînette Magazine

HONOURABLE MENTION

Caribou
Châtelaine
Explore Magazine

BEST MAGAZINE: SPECIAL INTEREST / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : INTÉRÊT SPÉCIAL

GOLD

Broadview

HONOURABLE MENTION

Corsé Magazine
lstw magazine
Tusaayaksat Magazine

PUBLISHER GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE L’ÉDITEUR

GOLD

Florence Gagnon, lstw magazine

“Did anyone have fun in 2020? If lstw didn’t, no-one did: as other publishers panicked, they pivoted to craft beer and party-by-yourself playlists. As usual, they made it look effortless and so, so cool, in both official languages.” — NMA Jury

HONOURABLE MENTION

Alysa Procida, Inuit Art Quarterly
Nicolas Langelier, Nouveau Projet

EDITOR GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE LA RÉDACTION

GOLD

Michelle Kelly, Cottage Life

Cottage Life is a dynamic example of the relentless pursuit of innovation during a year of pandemic-related challenges. Michelle Kelly has diversified the number of ways of reaching readers of Cottage Life, notably by creating virtual versions of the brand’s events and by launching a podcast. Kelly demonstrates sound editorial judgement, real business intelligence, and inspiring leadership” — NMA Jury

HONOURABLE MENTION

Britt Gallpen, Inuit Art Quarterly
Marie Lambert-Chan, Quebéc Science

MAGAZINE GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DU MAGAZINE

GOLD

Toronto Life

HONOURABLE MENTION

Broadview
C Magazine
Dînette Magazine

Cross-Programming Categories

BEST EDITORIAL NEWSLETTER / MEILLEURE INFOLETTRE EDITORIALE 

GOLD

Infolettre Quatre95
URBANIA / Quatre95
Jean-Pierre Bastien, rédaction; Marc-Antoine Jacques, design; Théo Gjini, David Mongeau-Petitpas, intégration

SILVER

LiisBeth: Dispatch
Liisbeth.com Dispatch
Meral Mohammad Jamal, Lana Pesch, Margaret Webb, pk mutch

HONOURABLE MENTION

Hi, Art!
CBC Arts
Leah Collins

L’actualité politique
L’actualité
Mathieu Carbasse, Alec Castonguay, Pierre Fortin, Philippe J. Fournier, Chantal Hébert, Rafael Jacob, Karel Mayrand et Camille Payant

Le courrier du coronavirus
Le Devoir
Alexis Riopel, Alexandre Shields, Olivier Sylvestre, Claire Dazat

Le courrier américain
Le Devoir
Philippe Papineau, Baptiste Barbe, Stéphane Baillargeon, Carine Touma, Sarah Boumedda et Guillaume Saint-Hilaire

Globe Climate Newsletter
The Globe and Mail
Sierra Bein

The Narwhal Newsletter
The Narwhal
Arik Ligeti

The Supplement Newsletter
The Supplement
Samantha McCabe, Alex Nguyen, Sierra Bein

BEST PODCAST: NEWS & POLITICS / MEILLEUR BALADO : ACTUALITÉS ET POLITIQUE

GOLD

Laissez-nous raconter l’histoire crochie : Décoloniser l’Histoire un mot à la fois
Radio-Canada
Production Terre Innue en collaboration avec Radio-Canada OHdio; Marie Andrée Gill, animation; Brad Gros-Louis & Karine Lanoie-Brien, co-réalisateurs; Karine Lanoie-Brien, concept; Isabelle Picard, recherche; Lynne Trépanier, prise de son; et al. 

SILVER

Brainwashed
CBC Podcasts
Michelle Shephard, host/writer; Chris Oke & Lisa Ellenwood, writers/producers; Cesil Fernandes, sound design; Sarah Melton, associate producer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer; Evan Aagaard, video producer; Ben Shannon, art director

HONOURABLE MENTION

CANADALAND
Canadaland
Jesse Brown, host; Kasia Mychajlowycz, senior producer; Roslyn Kufuor, senior producer; Andréa Schmidt, managing editor; Kevin Sexton, managing editor; Tiffany Lam, Karl Dockstader, Sean Vanderklis, and Justin Ling, contributing reporters

Recall: How to Start a Revolution
CBC Podcasts
Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, creators;  Geoff Turner, showrunner; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, associate producers; Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, writers; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer

Satanic Panic
CBC Podcasts
Lisa Bryn Rundle, host; Lisa Bryn Rundle & Ilina Ghosh, script writers; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Tanya Springer, producer; Christopher Oke, editor; Olivia Pasquarelli, scoring and music supervision; Evan Kelly, sound engineer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer

Party Lines
CBC Podcasts & CBC News
Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Rosemary Barton, Emma Godmere, Kristin Nelson; Fabiola Melendez Carletti, digital producer

Le Casanova de Montréal
QUB radio Le Bureau d’enquête
Brigitte Noël, Anne-Sophie Carpentier, Étienne Roy, Ève Lévesque, Bastien Gagnon-Lafrance, Philippe Séguin

Dérives
Radio-Canada
Olivier Bernard, animateur et réalisateur; Jo-Annie Larue, chef de projet de contenu; Alain Kemeid, conseiller au contentu; Annie Reeves,  directrice développement et production audionumérique; et al.

Spacing Radio
Spacing
Glyn Bowerman, Neil Hinchley, Matthew Blackett

The Big Story
The Big Story
Jordan-Heath Rawlings, Claire Brassard, Stefanie Phillips, Ryan Clarke

BEST PODCAST: ARTS & CULTURE / MEILLEUR BALADO : ARTS ET CULTURE

GOLD

Cool Mules
Canadaland
Kasia Mychajlowycz, host/reporter/producer; Jesse Brown, producer/co-writer; Jonathan Goldsbie, research; Nathan Burley, music; Chandra Bulucon, sound design/mixing

SILVER

The Hopeful
The Hopeful
Shayda Omidvar, Portia Larlee, Claire Brassard, Ryan Clarke

HONOURABLE MENTION

Les pires moments de l’Histoire avec Charles Beauchesne – Saison III
URBANIA
Charles Beauchesne, animation; Charles Beauchesne, Odrée Rousseau, François DeGranpré, texte et recherche; Barbara-Judith Caron, réalisation; Lucie Fournaison et Alexandre Sarkis, montage; Raphaëlle Huysmans et Philippe Lamarre, producteurs exécutifs

Off The Chart: Xtra’s L Word podcast
Xtra Magazine
Erica Lenti, Chelle Turingan, co-hosts; Chelle Turingan, producer/audio editor; Rachel Giese, executive producer; KidKulit, music

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: SHORT / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : FORMAT COURT

GOLD

Marion et les collages féministes
Le Devoir
Daphnée Hacker-B., Cédric Gagnon, Bénédicte Millaud

SILVER

Au front, aux soins intensifs de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal
Radio-Canada
Simon Coutu, journaliste; Maryse Gagnon, rédactrice en chef; Frédéric Lacelle, réalisateur; Charlie Debons-Ricard, motion designer

HONOURABLE MENTION

The Original Pandemic
CBC Arts
Lucius Dechausay, Des Mckenzie

Are you making these face mask mistakes?
CBC News
Amara McLaughlin, Roxanna Woloshyn, Anne MacRae, Scott Galley, Tashauna Reid

The race for a vaccine
CBC Toronto
Chris Glover, Paul Borkwood

Cécile et la deuxième vague de COVID-19
Le Devoir
Jasmine Legendre, Matt Joycey, Bénédicte Millaud

Roundup
National Film Board of Canada
Nettie Wild, director; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

Le choc des cultures
ONFR+
Andréanne Baribeau, Amine Beckoury, Aimé Majeau Beauchamp

‘We’re still a neighbourhood’: A Toronto couple runs errands for their COVID-19 isolated community
The Globe and Mail
Timothy Moore

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: FEATURE / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : FORMAT LONG

GOLD
SILVER

60 Day Cycle
National Film Board of Canada
Colin Jones, Darcy Wittenburg, directors; Darcy Wittenburg, writer; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

HONOURABLE MENTION

Perfumed Dreaming
National Film Board of Canada
Kathleen Hepburn, director; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada

Bibelot et bingo : la vieillesse vue autrement
Radio-Canada
Joannie Lafrenière

When fracking and hydro dams collide
The Narwhal
Ben Parfitt, Jayce Hawkins, Carol Linnitt

We Crack Open Dr. Henry’s Model for Taming the Pandemic
The Tyee
Jesse Lupini, Koby Michaels, Lucas Kavanagh, Jeanette Ageson, David Beers

BEST ONLINE VIDEO: MINI-DOC / MEILLEURE VIDÉO EN LIGNE : MINI-DOCUMENTAIRE

GOLD

Manhunt, Manitoba
The Globe and Mail
Timothy Moore, Melissa Tait

SILVER

Agriculture : le Québec loin de l’autonomie alimentaire
Radio-Canada
Maxime Corneau, journaliste; Étienne Marcoux, réalisateur; François Dubuc, motion designer; Georges Sheehy, François Warnet, Marie-Andrée Cormier, preneurs de son; Catherine Marineau-Dufresne, réalisatrice-coordonnatrice; et al.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Canada’s a Drag: Mx. Wolverine, Toronto
CBC Arts
Lucius Dechausay, Peter Knegt, Mercedes Grundy

The Bomb Captain
CBC Podcasts
Craig Desson, Evan Aagaard, producers/editors; Evan Aagaard, camera/cinematography; Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, original reporting; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer

Amachewespimawin: Shooting for the Cree way of life
CBC Saskatchewan
Madeline Kotzer, Heidi Atter, Matt Duguid, Trent Peppler

How the Nova Scotia mass shooting unfolded: 13 hours. 22 dead. 16 crime scenes.
Global News
Emanuela Campanella, James Hawkins, Julieta Tobon, Brian Royer, Christian Jeri

Fraude Organisée
Rad
Simon Coutu, journaliste; Johanne Lapierre, rédactrice en chef; Thomas Christopherson, Patrick André Perron, Carl Mondello, vidéaste; Jean-Philippe Gagnon, monteur; Mathieu Waddell, réalisateur; Pasquale Harrison-Julien, chef de pupitre; et al. 

BEST VIRTUAL EVENT / MEILLEUR ÉVÉNEMENT VIRTUEL

GOLD

Avenue magazine Top 40 Under 40 Meet the Class of 2020
Avenue
Käthe Lemon, RocketHouse (Steve Klintberg-Nagy and Zoe Klintberg-Nagy), Dallas Flexhaug

SILVER

Confronting COVID: The National Virtual Town Hall
CBC News
Lara Chatterjee, Angela Naus, Meg Banks, Steve Pennie, Cheryl Brown, Natalie Crowell, Joel Perron

HONOURABLE MENTION

AZ Awards Gala 2020
Azure Magazine
Nelda Rodger, Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Vicky Lee, Anna Lin, Kari Silver, Evan Pavka, Mahasti Eslahjou, Wyatt Clough, Paddy Harrington, Tristan Marantos, Jessica Allen, Francesco Sgaramella

Quel avenir pour les ensembles et paysages patrimoniaux ?
Esquisses, le magazine de l’Ordre des architectes du Québec
Cathy Beauséjour, conseillère en communication (OAQ); Virginie Harvey, coordonnatrice de la formation continue (OAQ); Véronique Bourbeau, directrice des communications et des relations publiques (OAQ); Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec

Ask & Answer: Government Pandemic Support
HuffPost Canada
Althia Raj, host/producer; Amanda De Souza, producer; Stephane Sannuto, director; Allia McLeod, supervising producer; Luisa Cruz, floor director; Sasha Nagy, executive producer; Jessica Zimmerman, post-production supervisor

Microfestival – Pierre Kwenders Live
URBANIA
Pierre Kwenders, artiste; Gabriel Lajournade, réalisateur; Nicolas Roy-Bourdages, directeur technique; Alexis Demers, Aiguilleur Xavier Havitov, ingénieur son; Natan B. Foisy, Antoine Benhini, caméramans; Francis Robert, assistant caméra; et al.

Acknowledgements

The National Media Awards Foundation is incredibly grateful for the support of: the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts CouncilOntario Creates and Reader’s Digest Foundation. We are also thankful for the support of CCR Solutions, Cision, Magazines Canada and Very Good Studios.

A special thank you to the Rethink Canada team, who created this year’s stunning visuals and animations. 

Thank you to Vesselin Stroumsky, for developing the NMAF’s online submissions and judging platforms.

Our deepest gratitude to our roster of volunteer judges, who spent countless hours carefully evaluating the entries in this year’s competition. 

Don Gillmor Announced as the 2020 Recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

don gillmor outstanding achievement award

The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is excited to announce that the 2020 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement will be presented to Don Gillmor. 

Gillmor grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and graduated from the University of Calgary in 1977. He is a novelist, journalist, and children’s book author, and is the recipient of 11 National Magazine Awards medals and 41 National Magazine Awards honourable mentions. 

His collection of NMAs began in 1991, when he won a silver medal for “Dangerous Liaisons,” published in Saturday Night. Most recently, in 2016, he received a silver medal for “A Poet Self-Destructs,” published in The Walrus. In the 25 years between, Gillmor has earned honourable mentions “in categories ranging from Essays to Profiles to Personal Journalism to Arts and Entertainment to Travel to Short Feature to Politics and Public Affairs to Editorial Package to Humour to Lifestyle to Business to One of a Kind to Sports and Recreation to Social Affairs to Investigative Reporting to Fiction to Environmental Journalism,” notes Dianna Symonds, freelancer editor, former managing editor of Maclean’s, and editor of Saturday Night. She goes on to ask, “Is there any category in which he hasn’t had a nomination? Perhaps Poetry.” 

Aside from Gillmor’s remarkable NMA track record, Gillmor was involved with The Walrus as contributor and editor, and was a longtime contributing editor at Saturday Night—two of Canada’s most recognizable magazines. He has written “for Maclean’s, Legion magazine, Toronto Life, Report on Business, enRoute—and that’s leaving aside his stories for the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail” says Symonds. 

So, what is it about Gillmor’s writing and stories that resonate so widely? Perhaps it’s the “[c]alm and uncluttered prose. Sober-minded assessment of the facts without judgment. A bone-dry trace of humour. A skeptical but not cynical intelligence that generously presumes the same of the reader,” says Curtis Gillespie, author, journalist and board member of the National Media Awards Foundation. It could be “his empathy and understanding of even the reprehensible among us—his appreciation of human foibles and failings, ego and desire” says Anne Collins, Publisher at The Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group. Consider, too, “the deft storytelling, the sly sense of humour, and the occasional sentence that has the reader come to a full stop in order to absorb what’s on the page or screen” adds Symonds. 

This masterful storytelling extends beyond the magazine world. Collins—impressed by Don’s “magic, on display for us in print and now online for more than 30 years”—continued to work with Gillmor after she left the field. She published two of his novels (Long Change in 2015 and Mount Pleasant in 2013) and two works of non-fiction. The most recent of which is To the River (2018); that book went on to win the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award for non-fiction and was a CBC Best Book of 2019. 

Gillmor has also mentored emerging writers at The Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program, and currently teaches creative writing courses at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. He has consulted on methods of long-form journalism for Legion Magazine, and since 2017, “has been writing the magazine’s back-page column “O Canada” says Eric Harris, Editor of Legion Magazine.

In his letter of nomination, Gillespie posed a series of questions: “Who has mentored countless other writers? Who has been part of the founding and/or editorial team of nearly every major general interest magazine in Canada? Who never, ever mails it in? Who is the gold standard in Canada? Who deserves the Outstanding Achievement award for 2020? Answer: Don Gillmor.”

The National Media Awards Foundation concurs with that answer. For Gillmor’s incredible contributions to the Canadian magazine industry, we are proud to present him with this prestigious award. Congratulations, Don!

10 Years of Excellence in Canadian Magazines

Over at the National Magazine Awards, we’re celebrating the last long weekend of summer by looking back at the best of the past 10 years in Canadian magazines. We’ve rounded up the smash reels that opened each gala, and we’re inviting you to reminisce with us. Sit back—ideally with a cold, summer beverage—enjoy these short, punchy videos, and vote for your favourite over on Twitter.


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37th annual NMAs

38th annual NMAs

39th annual NMAs

40th annual NMAs

41st annual NMAs

42nd annual NMAs

Regrettably, we are missing the smash reel from the 33rd annual NMAs.


Follow the National Magazine Awards on Twitter, and visit us on Facebook. The call for entries for the 43rd annual awards will open on December 1, 2019.

Linda Spalding to Receive the 2019 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) is pleased to present the 2019 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement to Linda Spalding, an acclaimed writer and a longtime editor of the literary journal Brick.

Originally from Topeka, Kansas, Linda moved to Toronto, Ontario (after stints in Hawaii and Mexico) in 1982. In 1985, the “story goes Linda took on the role of publisher of Brick on a dare,” says Laurie D. Graham, the current publisher of Brick. That dare lasted a remarkable 33 years, as Linda oversaw 75 issues of Brick. Linda was the “editor and sometimes publisher” says Kim Jernigan (Special Projects Editor, The New Quarterly), and now she “continues as the one of the magazine’s owners (a.k.a. Fairy-godparents).”

Throughout Linda’s 75 issue tenure at Brick, the magazine “underwent an unbelievable transformation… a complete editorial and design overhaul, really turning the magazine into something completely new—a transformation that would by any standards be thought of as a very risky undertaking, were it not so successful,” says Laurie.

With Linda at the helm, “Brick dared to be international,” Kim reminds us, despite existing in a time of literary nationalism, with funding dependent on publishing Canadian content. Pushing at the boundaries of Brick allowed the magazine to flourish within Canada and gain recognition globally. Linda’s transformation of Brick included publishing a multiplicity of content (photographs, drawings, handwritten letters, manuscript pages, meditations, field reports, essay length reviews, memoirs, and more) and voices.

Canadian novelist Michael Helm writes that, “until I found Brick, as a writer I’d been low on hope, and as a reader, starved for local amazements.” Kim echoes this sentiment, in that “it was Brick that allowed [her] to imagine there might be a place for a new writer.”

While growing Brick, Linda published an astonishing seven books, her novel “The Purchase” winning the 2012 Governor general’s Literary Award. Earlier, in 2003, Linda received the Harbourfront Festival Prize recognizing her contributions to the Canadian literary community.

Kim is careful to point out that Linda “paid attention to the bottom line, working to keep Brick solvent but not at the expense of its contributors.” Michael gives us a glimpse into Brick’s editorial meetings, in which Linda “was forever trying to find ways to give contributors more of the magazine’s meager funds.” It seems that throughout Brick’s transformation, Linda’s dedication to both established and emerging voices remained constant.

Constant, too, are the words by which Linda’s colleagues describe her: Kim speaks of her “editorial acumen and fierce determination,” reading submissions with “clarity, tact, and trenchancy.” Michael Redhill—in a letter to Linda, published in Brick—writes that he has been “lucky to encounter such ferocity, which is a sign of authenticity, because behind it is a person whose love can never be doubted and whose passion is so deep it’s a style.” This fierce love for Brick and its surrounding community makes the fairy godparent comparison all the more true. Linda Spalding spent 33 years working magic, turning the magazine into “more than the sum of its parts,” says Kim.

“To be part of Brick is to know that Linda is now in your corner, and that’s perhaps the most important thing I’ve learned from her: that you can show care for the people who are making this magazine with you, that it is required of you to show care,” says Laurie.

For the transformative role Linda has played in the Canadian magazine publishing field and in the lives of Canada’s creators, the NMAF is incredibly proud to present Linda with this year’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

NOMINEES – 2019 NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS
Finalists for the 42nd National Magazine Awards will be announced tomorrow, May 1, 2019 at 10am ET on www.magazine-awards.com,on Facebook and Twitter at @MagAwards. The 42nd National Magazine Awards gala is set for May 31, 2019 at the Arcadian Court.  Join us to Celebrate Canadian Creators. Tickets will be on sale on Wednesday, May 1.
 
ABOUT THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The NMAF’s most prestigious individual prize  is the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, an award that recognizes an individual’s innovation and creativity through contributions to the magazine industry. The award is open to circulation experts, editors, marketing, sales and promotion professionals, publishers, creators, designers, production managers – in short, to everyone in the industry. It cannot be given posthumously. For more information and previous winners, visit magazine-awards.com/oa.

Enter: 2019 NMAF Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement

With excitement and anticipation, the NMAF is calling for nominations for the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. This is our most prestigious award, presented annually to an individual whose work in, and contributions to, the Canadian magazine industry exemplify innovation and creativity. Creators, editors, publishers, art directors, circulation experts, and others are eligible, and previous winners have included Joyce Byrne, Penny Caldwell, Kim Pittaway, Kim Jernigan, Michael Fox, Stephen Trumper, Heather Robertson, Stephen Osborne, Jean Paré, and Sally Armstrong.

Anyone working in Canadian magazine may submit a nomination, which should include:

  • A letter of nomination, including a brief bio of the nominee and a summary of their career achievements;
  • At least two (2) supporting letters from other individuals in the Canadian magazine industry or colleagues of the nominee.

Materials can be emailed to staff@magazine-awards.com. Note that March 1, 2019 is the nomination deadline, and that there is no cost to submit a nomination.

At the 42nd annual National Magazine Awards gala, we will proudly present the OA winner with their award. More information can be found at magazine-awards.com/oa.

OA recipient Joyce Byrne at the 2018 National Magazine Awards gala.
Photo credit: Steven Goetz Storytelling.

Publisher Grand Prix

With this award, the NMAF strives to recognize the publisher whose brand best delivers on their editorial mandate through numerous platforms. Eligible platforms are various, and may include websites, special issues or other publications, mobile apps, social media platforms, television shows, podcasts, events, merchandising, or any other initiatives or forms of audience engagement. Entries are due by March 1, 2019. The inaugural recipient of this special award will also be announced at the spring gala. Click here for further details.