Welcome to April, the month of Easter and Earth Day, Pesach and primroses, hockey playoffs and opening-day pitches. We stop wearing Canada Goose and start planning patio parties. We crave spring fashions, healthy menus, and weekend escapes. And everything we need to know is held in the pages of a magazine.
Here’s just a sampling of National Magazine Award-winning titles on newsstands now. Happy spring reading!
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Thursday night in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the winners of the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, and Avenue magazine of Edmonton took home the biggest prize, Magazine of the Year.
Swerve led all magazines with 6 awards (2 Gold, 4 Silver). Magazine of the year co-finalists Avenue Calgary and Glass Buffalo were next with 2 Gold and 2 Silver each.
National Magazine Award-winning writer Omar Mouallem was the most decorated individual winner with 3 awards: Gold for Profiles and for Essays, and Silver for Feature Writing. NMA finalist Arno Kopecky also won a Gold award for Best Alberta Story.
Here are the Gold winners from the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards:
Magazine of the Year: Avenue Edmonton
Alberta Story: Alberta Views Game Changer – Arno Kopecky
Art Direction: Georgie No. 3 W14 – Nathan Marshall, art director; Neil Mota and Aaron Pedersen photographers
Cover: Western Living September 2014 “Designers of the Year – Paul Roelofs, art director; Evaan Kheraj portrait photographer
Digital Presence: Alberta Oil 10th Anniversary Tablet Edition – Ryan Girard, Kim Larson, Colton Ponto, Ben Rude, Jennifer Madole and Brent Felzien
Emerging Writer: Glass Buffalo A Tale of Two Forms – Peter Takach
Essay: Swerve Children of a Lessser Santa – Omar Mouallem
Feature Design: Avenue Edmonton Back in the Game – Pete Nguyen, art director
Feature Writing: Alberta Venture Dot -111 – Anthony Davis
Fiction: Glass Buffalo Pearl – Bruce Cinnamon
Illustration: Avenue Calgary What’s Lost – Jon Krause
Photograph (Still-Life, Landscape, Architecture): Westworld Phantoms on Ice – Kurtis Kristianson, Spindrift Photography
Photograph (People and Portrait): Avenue Calgary Cultural Movement – Jared Sych
Poetry: FreeFall But I’m no one – Weyman Chan
Profile: New Trail Ray Muzyka’s Next Chapter – Omar Mouallem
Service: Swerve It’s Your Funeral – Rita Sirignano
Editor of the Year: Steve Sandor, Avenue Edmonton
Volunteer of the Year: Jennifer Schmidt-Rempel, Lethbridge Living Magazine
Achievement in Publishing: Chris Bird, Kootenay Business Magazine andFly Fusion Magazine
Best New Magazine: Grains West
Check out all the highlights at albertamagazines.com/awards.
The Alberta Magazine Awards are coming up on March 5 and the finalists have been announced. Here’s a look at the five nominees for the award for Best Magazine Cover. They’re all spectacular and one will be the winner announced next Thursday in Calgary. Vote for your favourite below.
Avenue Edmonton, Stephen Mandel, April 2014. Curtis Trent, photographer; Pete Nguyen, art director.
Georgie, issue No. 2 F14. Nathan Marshall, art director; Aaron Pedersen, photographer.
New Trail, Who Will Lead Us Next? Autumn 2014. Marcey Andrews, art director.
Up! Magazine, The Food Guide, October 2014. Jill Foran, editor.
Western Living, Designers of the Year, September 2014. Paul Roelofs, art director; Evaan Kheraj portrait photographer.
Which is your favourite?
The Alberta Magazine Award winners will be announced on March 5, 2015 at the Alberta Magazines Conference in Calgary.
Last night Magazines Canada and Circulation Management Association of Canada co-presented the 2015 Canadian Cover Awards at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown.
Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were presented in 8 categories for this year’s awards.
And the Gold winners are…
General Interest, Arts, Lifestyle & Regional: Legion Magazine
Home & Décor: Style at Home
News, Business & Celebrity: Hello! Canada
Sports & Leisure: The Hockey News
Women’s Service: Elle Quebec
Family & Kids: chickaDEE
Small Magazines: Canada’s History
SIPs & New Magazines: Ignition
The Canadian Cover Awards, produced by CMC and Magazines Canada, are accepting submissions until January 26 for awards in 9 categories including Newsstand Marketer of the Year.
The awards go to titles with “sizzling sell lines, compelling photography, clever illustrations—whatever made the consumer pick up and purchase that magazine. In a retail environment where Canadian magazines have to fight for every inch of shelf space they can get, these awards recognize that it’s not size that matters—it’s covers!”
The awards ceremony will be held on February 24, 2015 at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown (475 Yonge Street). More info at coverawards.ca.
Here’s a glance back at last year’s awards: