Happy Hallowe’en from the National Magazine Awards. Don’t forget to watch out for little ghouls and goblins and kids dressed up as magazines on the streets tonight. And sleep an extra hour on Sunday. Here’s a look at what’s on tap in Canadian magazines for the month of November.
Saturday, November 1 (Toronto) & November 8 (Vancouver)
CANZINE, presented by Broken Pencil, Saturday, November 1 in Toronto and November 8 in Vancouver, Canada’s annual Zine festival.
Tuesday, November 4, Toronto
OCCUPY NOW, presented by This Magazine and Rabble.ca, a panel discussion about the Occupy Movement, three years on.
Thursday, November 6, Toronto
State of the Magazine Nation, a one-day event presented by Magazines Canada on the latest innovations in Canadian magazine publishing.
Friday, November 14, Toronto
Shamie Awards, Shameless magazine’s 10th anniversary celebration and presentation of the Shamie Awards, hosted by comedienne Catherine McCormick
Wednesday, November 19, Toronto
Return of the lecture series, “What We Talk About,” presented by Little Brother magazine. 8pm at the Drake Hotel. Cost of admission gets you a copy of the latest issue.
Thursday, November 20, Toronto
Canadian Online Publishing Awards: 5pm at The Phoenix. Recognizing excellence in online publishing, including by consumer and trade magazines.
Friday, November 21, Toronto
Grand opening of the Spacing Store. 401 Richmond Street.
Saturday, November 22, Toronto
Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market, featuring more than 30 small, independent Canadian magazine and book publishers. At the Tranzac in the Annex, all day.
Tuesday, November 25, Toronto
The Walrus Talks Philanthropy, a panel discussion event of The Walrus Foundation on the state of philanthropy in Canada, also featuring music by Molly Johnson, Tom Jackson & more.
Tuesday, November 25, Toronto
Ryerson Review of Journalism fundraiser to support the Spring 2015 issue of Canada’s leading j-school magazine. At the Supermarket in Kensington Market.
December 1, Nationwide
Call for Entries for the 2014 National Magazine Awards.
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The Western Magazine Awards Foundation has announced the finalists for its 2014 awards competition, which features 28 categories for written and visual content and overall excellence. Vancouver Magazine and Western Living led the way with 17 and 15 nominations, respectively. Eighteen Bridges and Up Here landed 8 nods each. Other magazines with significant nominations include Alberta Views, Swerve, Avenue, sub-Terrain, Up Here Business, Prairie Fire and Westworld Saskatchewan.
The winners will be announced and presented at the WMAF Gala on Friday, September 26th, 2014 at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Complete list of nominees.
Major award nominees:
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: ALBERTA + NWT
Alberta Views magazine
Up Here Business
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: BRITISH COLUMBIA + YUKON
BC Business Magazine
British Columbia Magazine
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: MANITOBA
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: SASKATCHEWAN
Farming For Tomorrow
Saskatoon HOME Magazine
BEST NEW MAGAZINE
Homes & Living Magazine – Calgary
BEST ON-LINE MAGAZINE
BEST TRADE MAGAZINE
Just for Canadian Dentists
BEST NEW WRITER
Women in Charge by Miranda Martini, AlbertaViews
Living the Dream by Sara Samson, Avenue
Smoked by Ariana Kaknevicius, Bacon
The Cost of Caring by Janis Letchumanan, Pacific Rim Magazine
The Useful Citizen by Rosemary Anderson, Trek (UBC Alumni Magazine)
For a complete list of all nominations, including individual writing and visual awards, click here.
Today Canadian Business Press announced the finalists for the 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards in 24 written, visual, digital and special categories for Canadian business-to-business magazine publishing.
The KRW Awards have 2 divisions for Magazine of the Year this year. The 3 finalists for Magazine of the Year – Professional are CAmagazine, Marketing and Up Here Business. The finalists for Magazine of the Year – Trade are Oilweek, Renovation Contractor and Salon Magazine.
Also this year the KRW Awards added a category for Best New Journalist, and those finalists are:
- Katie Keir, “When Good Partners go Bad,” Advisor’s Edge
- Regan Reid, “Gold Rush,” Canadian Insurance Top Broker
- Stephanie Brooks,” The Great Divide,” Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters 20/20
Check out the complete list of KRW nominees.
Earlier this week the Western Magazine Awards announced the nominees for its 31st year honouring excellence in Canadian magazines from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
The leading nominated magazines include Vancouver Magazine, Eighteen Bridges, BC Business, Alberta Views, Up Here, Western Living and Prairie Fire.
The 3 finalists for Best New Magazine are Coast Mountain Culture Magazine, Homes & Living Magazine Vancouver and Interlake Arts, Life & Leisure Magazine.
The 5 finalists for Best New Writer are:
- Sherry Wong, “Dandelion,” Prism International
- Melissa Molloy, “The Accuser and Us,” Profiles West
- Carly Wignes, “Treaty Troubles,” The Tyee
- Rosemary Anderson, “A Running Start,” Trek
- Stacey McLachlan, “The Bounty Hunter,” Western Living
Check out all the WMA finalists.
The WMA Lifetime Achievement Award this year will go to Paul and Audrey Grescoe.
This year’s WMA Gala is Friday June 21 at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, hosted by Jo-Ann Roberts, the CBC radio host and currently the Harvey Southam Guest Lecturer at University of Victoria. Tickets go on sale on May 6 at WesternMagazineAwards.ca.
[This post has been updated] The Western Magazine Awards — a program open to Canadian print and online magazines published west of the Ontario-Manitoba border — are now accepting submissions for their 31st annual awards. Deadline for entries is
March 1, 2013 March 15, 2013.
This year there are 12 written categories (including the new Best New Writer Award) and 6 visual categories, which include a cash prize of $750.
Then there are 4 “Gold” categories for best overall article by region, which include a cash prize of $1000. Finally, there are 8 Magazine of the Year categories and 1 Lifetime Achievement Award.
There have been a few changes made to the Rules this year, so be sure to read carefully before submitting.
The winners will be announced at the annual WMA ceremony on June 21, 2013, at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside. More info at westernmagazineawards.ca.
Word on the Street is the annual Canadian book and magazine festival, which this year is coming to 6 Canadian cities:
Toronto: Sunday, Sept 23 at Queen’s Park Circle
Halifax: Sunday, Sept 23 by the Maritime Museum
Saskatoon: Sunday, Sept 23 at Civic Square
Lethbridge: Sunday, Sept 23 at Main Library
Kitchener: Sunday, Sept 23 around City Hall
Vancouver: Sept 28-30 (various locations)
If you’ve never been to WOTS before, it’s basically a fun day in the park surrounded by magazines, books, authors and food. It’s often a great opportunity to snag great subscription deals and hard-to-find back issues of your favourite magazines, as well as discounted books.
Plus, readings from wonderful authors and informative, career-building speaker series. Most of all, it’s a great place to discover new reads.