Canadian Magazine Industry News
27 July 2015,     TORONTO

enRoute has a new editor-in-chief

 enRoute's new EIC, Jean-François Légaré
Air Canada’s enRoute magazine has hired Jean-François Légaré as its new editor-in-chief, replacing Ilana Weitzman, who has been promoted to content director, Air Canada Media and editorial director, Air Canada enRoute.

Weitzman has been with the magazine since Septemeber 2005.

“Air Canada’s content channels have grown in scope and reach over the past year, and I’m delighted Ilana will now be overseeing the entire Air Canada Media content ecosystem,” executive vice president of content at Spafax, Nino Di Cara, said.

27 July 2015,     TORONTO

SBC Media files for bankruptcy protection

SBC Media, home to publications including SBC Surf, SBC Wakeboard, SBC Business and Snowboard Canada magazine, has filed for bankruptcy protection in a move that has surprised SBC Media's group editorial director, Scott Birke.

The following statement was published on the SBC Business website:

It is with great regret that SBC Media Inc. has announced that it has filed for bankruptcy protection. Rosen Goldberg Inc. has been appointed to oversee company assets and will be reviewing expressions of interest received from a number of parties. It is anticipated that the sale process will be organized quickly to maintain SBC's longstanding action sports lifestyle media brands so they can continue to support the amazing industry, photographers, filmers, writers, riders, events and community-at-large for decades more. For clarification, the Wakestock event is a separate entity and is not part of the bankruptcy proceeding.

23 July 2015,     TORONTO

Untapped magazine wants readers to find their flow

 Vol 1. No. 0 of Untapped magazine
It was 16 years ago that Michael Brooke launched Concrete Wave, a magazine dedicated to longboarding. Yesterday he launched his new venture Untapped Magazine, dedicated to helping people find their flow. It was only fitting that the launch party took place the Rest Nest Float Club in Yorkville, a provider of float therapy.

So what is flow? According to Brooke its when you lose track of time, you’re “in the zone,” loving life and completely filled with joy.

21 July 2015,     BRITISH COLUMBIA

The Syrup Trap brings its humour to print

The Syrup Trap, a Canadian satirical news website has made its way to print for the first and maybe last (their words) time.

The humour magazine was started by a group of University of British Columbia students, inspired by America’s online answer to satire, The Onion.

The first print issue of The Syrup Trap is available in the latest issue of Geist magazine 

16 July 2015,     MANITOBA

MMPA celebrates 30 years with subscription offer

To celebrate 30 years of supplying Manitoba-based magazine publishers with professional development, networking and group activities, The Manitoba Magazine Publishers’ Association (MMPA) is offering readers a mega-pack magazine subscription deal.

geez,Canada's History and Horse Country are some of the publications available in the offer

15 July 2015,     TORONTO

InBetween makes the leap to Kobo, Kindle on July 20

 The August/September 2015 issue
InBetween, the digital magazine that aims to make parenting tween, teens and young adults a little bit easier, is now available on Kobo, and will hit Kindle newsstands on July 20.

The magazine was launched in 2013, and was distributed through Issuu, until now.

American readers will be able to purchase InBetween through Kindle/Amazon, and both American and Canadians can purchase issues of the magazine through Kobo, a company with 11 million subscribers across North America.

14 July 2015,     TORONTO

Terry Sellwood retires from Cottage Life Media

Terry Sellwood, president of Cottage Life Media (a Blue Ant Media partnership) has decided to retire in August.

For 15 years Sellwood oversaw the strategic direction of the company’s publications Cottage Life, Cottage Life West, Outdoor Canada, Explore Magazine (2000-2012) and Canadian Home Workshop, along with its consumer shows across Canada. Sellwood was a key driver in the company’s success and contributed to its evolution onto digital platforms, broadcast television and social media.

13 July 2015,     TORONTO

ELLE Canada teams up with Sally Hansen for fashion trend report

ELLE Canada is participating in a first ever co-branded program with Sally Hansen in conjunction with its Fall Fashion Trend Report, which appears in its August issue.

The co-branded program also marks the debut of new Ottawa-based beauty vlogger, Marisa Roy.

Launched on July 6, the program is expected to run through September throughout the publications print, digital and social media channels (using hashtag #ELLExSallyHansen), as well as through in-store promotions. It is also running in the August issue of ELLE Québec.

9 July 2015,     TORONTO

The Royal Astronomical Society purchases SkyNews

The Royal Astronomical Society (RASC) has purchased SkyNews Inc., the publishers of SkyNews magazine since 1999.

The magazine for amateur astronomers provides readers with celestial photos, expert equipment advice, and the latest developments in the world of astronomy, each issue. 

The RASC, a leading Canadian astronomy organization counts over 4,900 amateur, educators and professionals as members.

8 July 2015,     NEW YORK

MediaFinder reports three launches, two closures for first half of 2015

According to MediaFinder, in the first half of 2015 there were 60 magazine launches and 23 magazine closures in the U.S. Closures are down in comparison to the first six months of 2014, when there were 30 closures. There were 93 magazines launched during that period.

In the U.S. new launches included Smithsonian Journey, Organic Life, and Adventure Outdoors. Among the 23 magazine closures were Lucky and Nylon.

In Canada there were three, launches, including Bento Box Magazine, and two closures, including Backbone.

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