Cottage Life, Spacing headline CSME Editors' Choice Awards

Tonight at the annual awards of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME), hosted by Allan Britnell (who also hosted last night’s Kenneth R. Wilson Awards), the big winners included Spacing, Cottage Life, Today’s Parent and Precedent.
Spacing won for Best Magazine (small circ). Canada’s History was runner-up.
Cottage Life won for Best Magazine (medium circ). Office-mate Outdoor Canada was runner-up.
Today’s Parent won for Best Magazine (large circ). Canadian Living was runner-up.
Precedent won for Best Trade Magazine. Today’s Trucking was runner-up.
Spacing won for Best Website Editorial. Canadian Living was runner-up.
Best Health won for Best Tablet Edition. Reader’s Digest was runner-up.
Cottage Life and Spacing shared the award for Best Front of Book.
The Jim Cormier Award for Best Display Writing: Cottage Life.
Best Art Integration went to Spacing.
And the Editor of the Year: Penny Caldwell of Cottage Life.
Canadian Magazines blogger and former winner of the NMAF’s Outstanding Achievement Award D.B. Scott was the keynote speaker of the event, held as part of MagNet 2014 at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown.
Check out all the events that are part of this year’s Canadian Magazines Week. The climax: the 37th annual National Magazine Awards on Friday. Tickets.

Cottage Life, Up Here, Canadian Living big winners at Editors’ Choice Awards

Editor of the Year Penny Caldwell

Last night after a busy day of MagNet 2013 in Toronto, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors held its annual gala and editors’ choice awards ceremony.

The winners of Magazine of the Year:

  • Small circ: Up Here
  • Medium circ: Cottage Life
  • Large circ: Canadian Living

Other winners:

  • Best Trade Magazine: Precedent
  • Best Custom Publication: enRoute
  • Best Blog: Reader’s Digest Open Kitchen
  • Best Front of Book: Up Here
  • Jim Cormier Award for Best Display Writing: Cottage Life
  • Best Web Editorial (under 150k): Fresh Juice
  • Best Web Editorial (over 150k): Canadian Living
  • Editor of the Year: Penny Caldwell, Cottage Life

Check out @CanadianEditors on Twitter for all the buzz from last night. More at

MagNet 2013 is online! Canada’s national magazine conference

Registration is open for MagNet 2013. Canada’s national magazine conference will take place June 4-7, 2013, at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown, leading up to the National Magazine Awards gala on Friday night, June 7 (at the nearby Carlu).

More than 50 sessions are on offer this year, in all areas of the industry including Ad Sales, Circulation, Design, Digital, Editorial, Management, Production and Writing.

In one of the many standout sessions, “Going for Gold: How to Create Award-Winning Content,” former NMAF President Patrick Walsh (Outdoor Canada) will join Toronto Life EIC Sarah Fulford, L’actualité EIC Carole Beaulieu, Report on Business creative director Domenic Macri, and NMA-winning writer and NMAF board member David Hayes for a discussion moderated by Deborah Rosser.

A special section of this year’s MagNet, “Meet the Inventive West,” will highlight the success of British Columbia’s magazine industry, with sessions featuring NMA winner David Beers (The Tyee), Tom Gierasimczuk (BC Business), Anicka Quin (Western Living), Gary Davies (Canada Wide Media) and more.

This year’s MagNet keynote speakers include:

  • Rebecca Wesson Darwin, President and CEO of Garden & Gun
  • David Carey, President of Hearst Magazines
  • Bob “Bo” Sacks
  • T.J. Tucker, Creative Director of Texas Monthly

Other featured sessions:

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Following the conclusion of MagNet on Friday June 7, the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala will open just a block down the street, at The Carlu. Details and ticket information will be announced by May 1.

MagNet conference registration opens; features many NMA winners

The registration process for MagNet–the annual conference of the Canadian magazine industry–has just opened, and while the early-bird deadline is still a long way off (May 4), there is no time like the present to begin perusing the list of panels, sessions and speakers.

Among the 112 panellists lined up to participate in the 60+ sessions and events are National Magazine Award winners including Matthew Blackett (publisher and creative director at Spacing), David Hayes (freelance journalist and NMAF board member), Domenic Macri (art director of Report on Business), Matthew McKinnon (online editor of The Walrus), Craig Silverman (freelance writer and editorial director of OpenFile), Lisa Whittington-Hill (NMAF board member and publisher of This), and the most recent recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement D.B. Scott (president of Impresa Communications, Ltd).

NMAF President Arjun Basu, Editorial Director of Spafax Canada, and NMAF Vice-President Douglas Thompson, Editor of Canadian Home Workshop, will also be hosting sessions.

MagNet takes place June 5-8 at the Courtyard Marriott in Toronto, part of Magazines Week in Canada that also includes the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala, June 7 at The Carlu.