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.
On Saturday, November 9 in Vancouver, Frontier College and the Raindance Festival for Independent Authors will host a fundraiser reception with National Magazine Award-winning writer JJ Lee.
According to the organizers, the reception is open to the public and will appeal to readers and writers alike. JJ Lee will answer questions, sign books, talk about the life of a full-time writer and share his observations of the Canadian publishing industry. Net proceeds will be donated to Frontier College to help fund literacy initiatives in British Columbia.
The event will be held at Earl’s Restaurant in Richmond’s Lansdowne Centre from 4 to 6 pm on Saturday, November 9. Tickets are $20 each ($25 at the door) and include an appetizer and beverage.
Founded in 1899, Frontier College is Canada’s original literacy organization and a charitable organization that recruits and trains volunteers to deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in communities across the country.
JJ Lee won a Gold National Magazine Award in 2011 for Best Short Feature (Elle Canada). His recent memoir, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son and a Suit (McClelland & Stewart), was a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, the B.C. Book Prize for Non-Fiction, the Hillary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and the Governor General’s Literary Awards.
Last year’s National Magazine Awards introduced a new category for Online Video, open to any single video produced by a magazine companion website or online only magazine. As more magazines look to boost online audiences and support creators through diverse digital projects, the new award recognizes these innovations in the Canadian magazine industry.
Similarly, the Magazine Association of British Columbia is offering two workshops — the first tonight, the second next Thursday, October 10 — on “Shooting, editing and uploading to the Web,” targeting magazine professionals who are “interested in attracting more readers and viewers, and expanding your skills and your magazine’s online presence by providing media content.”
The evening workshops, held at Langara College, are open to all magazine professionals, either as a staff member or a freelancer, as well as post-secondary students in publishing and journalism programs.
[This post has been updated] At last Friday night’s Western Magazine Awards gala in Vancouver, the Winnipeg-based arts and culture magazine Border Crossings was named Western Magazine of the Year, in a ceremony at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, hosted by Jo-Ann Roberts.
Eighteen Bridges won the award for Best Alberta/NWT magazine, as well as
two three individual awards, for Best Alberta/NWT Article, for Best Public Issues Article and for Best Culture & Entertainment Article, the latter for “The Populist” by Curtis Gillespie, which won Honourable Mention in Profiles at this year’s National Magazine Awards.
Vancouver indie literary mag subTerrain won the awards for Fiction and for Best Illustration. Up Here also won two awards, for Best Profile and for Best Travel & Leisure Article. Vancouver Magazine won for Best Art Direction of a Single Article and for Best Human Experience Article.
In the Best Photograph category the winner was “The Changing Face of the North” by John Ulan in New Trail, which also won Honourable Mention in Creative Photography at this year’s National Magazine Awards.
[Update] The Gold Award for Best Saskatchewan Article went to Ayelet Tsabari for “Yemeni Soup and Other Recipes” in Grain, which also won a Silver Award in the One-of-a-Kind category at this year’s NMAs.
Best Cover went to “Last Supper” from Avenue, art direction by Anders Knudsen, which also won the same award at the Alberta Magazine Awards.
Other winners include Alberta Views, BC Business, Focus, Grain, Impact, Swerve and Western Living. Visit westernmagazineawards.ca for more information, or check out the Canadian Magazines blog for more coverage.
Paul and Audrey Grescoe were recognized as winners of the WMA Lifetime Achievement Award.
Western Magazine Awards announce finalists