Events this week in Canadian Magazines


Spring is pushing its way through winter (with apologies to the Maritimes), and this week a number of Canadian magazines are hosting public events to give you even more reason to get out.
TUESDAY MARCH 24
Ryerson Review of Journalism
Spring 2015 Launch Party Fundraiser
TORONTO – Bier Markt, the Esplanade, 5:30pm
Come celebrate the launch of the Spring 2015 issue of the award-winning RRJ, produced by the students of Ryerson School of Journalism.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 25
This Magazine
This is not a Ted Talk – Feminism in Canada
TORONTO – Supermarket (Kensington Market), 6:30pm

A launch event for their March-April issue, This Magazine hosts an evening of speakers on the subject of feminism in Canada. Speakers include Jill Andrew and Aisha Fairclough, the amazing women behind Fat in the City and the Body Confidence Canada Awards; trans rights activist Christin MilloySheila Sampath, editor of Shameless magazine; plus a video feature from Project Slut.
THURSDAY MARCH 26
The Walrus
The Walrus Talks Arctic
WINNIPEG – Winnipeg Art Gallery, 7pm
The Walrus welcomes Erin Freeland Ballantyne of Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, artist and sculptor Ruben Komangapik, historian Whitney Lackenbauer, Michael Maltzan, architect of the WAG’s new Inuit Art Centre, explorer and authorJames RaffanLola Sheppard, Arctic Adaptations project lead, Tanya Tagaq, performer and Polaris Prize winner, and Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental and human rights advocate.
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, MARCH 27-29
Cottage Life
Cottage Life Spring Show 2015
The International Centre, Mississauga, ON
The 22nd annual Cottage Life show is a kick-off to summer cottage season. Meet more than 550 exhibitors showing boats, docks, builders, contractors, innovative building products, green solutions, decor and style, arts and crafts, food and entertaining, water toys and more.
SATURDAY MARCH 28
Maisonneuve
Maisonneuve Issue 55 Launch Party
MONTREAL – Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 7pm
Featuring readings from Adam Kovac, Joseph Rosen, and Jessica Wei, the launch will be an opportunity to pick up the new issue, grab some refreshments, and hear what our contributors have written for the newest issue of the National Magazine Award-winning publication.

The Walrus travels to London & Winnipeg for public events


Having won more National Magazine Awards than any other publication since 2003, The Walrus knows a thing or two about successful audience engagement.
Next month the magazine is hosting two compelling events: “The Walrus Talks Creativity,” on Thursday March 12 at Western University in London, Ontario; and, perhaps dearer to its namesake’s ecosystem, “The Walrus Talks Arctic” at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on March 26.
The London event will feature poet Mustafa Ahmed, authors Emma Donoghue and Elaine Lui, actor Juggun Kazim, Blackberry’s lead designer Brian Paschke, the Toronto International Film Festival’s Cameron Bailey, musicians Saukrates and David Usher,  and Joel Faflak, director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities, Western University.
Tickets to the event are $20 for general; $15 for students.
Two weeks later in Winnipeg, The Walrus will welcome Erin Freeland Ballantyne of Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, artist and sculptor Ruben Komangapik, historian Whitney Lackenbauer, Michael Maltzan, architect of the WAG’s new Inuit Art Centre, explorer and author James RaffanLola Sheppard, Arctic Adaptations project lead, Tanya Tagaq, performer and Polaris Prize winner, and Sheila Watt-Cloutier, environmental and human rights advocate.
Tickets to the event are $20 for general; $15 for students.

Canada's History, Prairie Fire lead nominees for Maggie Awards

The 2014 Manitoba Magazine Awards (“Maggies”) nominations have been announced, and the 5 publications shortlisted for Manitoba Magazine of the Year include National Magazine Award winners Canada’s History and Prairie Fire as well as Conservator, Covet and Kayak.
(Border Crossings, recently crowned Manitoba Magazine of the Year at the Western Magazine Awards, did not make the list.)
Prairie Fire grabbed 7 of the 10 overall nominations in the 3 Arts & Literary categories–Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry and Short Fiction, while Canada’s History was also nominated for Best Cover Illustration, Best Mobile, Digital or Interactive Initiative (for its “Destinations” microsite), Best Editorial Feature, Best Regular Column or Department and Best Single Issue.
Other notable nominees include Anna Magazine, Ayoko, Cellar Door, CV2, Geez, Rhubarb and The Cottager.
The winners, including People’s Choice Awards, will be announced Thursday, October 2 at the Delta Hotel, Winnipeg.

Photos from the Thin Air Winnipeg International Writers Festival

Manitoba Theatre for Young People (photo by Leif Norman)

Wish we could have been in Winnipeg last month for the Thin Air International Writers Festival. Fortunately photographer Leif Norman captured the event with a suite of beautiful photography.

This year’s event, held on September 26 at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, featured National Magazine Award-winning writers Pasha Malla (People Park), Seán Virgo (Dibidalen) and Mike Barnes (The Reasonable Ogre), as well as acclaimed novelists Rawi Hage (Carnival) and Esmé Claire Keith (Not Being on a Boat).

Visit LeifNorman.net to check out all the photos. Check out the National Magazine Awards archive to read stories by these and other great writers.

Authors Pasha Malla and Esmé Claire Keith (photo by Leif Norman)