Canadian Magazine Industry News
25 June 2015,     TORONTO

Freelancer takes to Twitter to expose low-paying writing jobs

A US-based freelance writer is calling out companies who expect writers to produce work for little pay, using the Twitter handle @crapwritingigs. The account is run anonymously, and the poster is known only as “Freelance Writer.” Freelance Writer shared their motivation to start the account with j-source, “The goal is to call out companies for their terrible rates, and also to remind writers that they’re worth more than the miserly fees that are being offered all too often for online writing.”

Read the full interview at j-source.

24 June 2015,     TORONTO

Canadian Living hit hard by major layoffs

* Story has been updated with comments from TVA*

It was only last year that TVA Group acquired 15 of Transcontinental’s consumer magazines, yet the Quebecor Media subsidiary has already made changes.

On Thursday June 18, executive editor Doug O’Neill, senior web editor Jennifer Gruden, senior features editor Robin Stevenson, assistant art direct Aimee Nishitoba, and associate art director Shelley Frayer, were let go from Canadian Living.

The publication also let go of senior marketing director communications and events Tracy Finkelstein, and senior marketing specialist Erin Quinn.

22 June 2015,     QUEBEC

Québec Franchise magazine turns 20

Québec Franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Founded in 1995, the magazine informs readers on how to successfully start their own businesses, or become self-employed. According to Québec Franchise, when it was initially published, there wasn’t any media focused on franchising in Québec, which led to their success.

Distributed three times a year, Québec Franchise prides itself on having adapted to the ever-changing franchise and business opportunities market, as well as the changing needs of prospective entrepreneurs. 

18 June 2015,     WATERLOO

University of Waterloo grad launches magazine

During her third co-op term at the University of Waterloo, Victoria Stacey launched Passion 8, a magazine that aims to help youth discover their passions outside of their daily routines.

Now a graduate of the arts and business program, Stacey plans to balance working on Passion8 with her full time job at Kohl and Frisch Ltd.

Read more about Passion8 at the University of Waterloo website.

17 June 2015,     TORONTO

Chatelaine names new editor-in-chief

Chatelaine magazine has promoted Lianne George, its editorial director, to the position of editor-in-chief.

"I've been a Chatelaine reader for as long as I can remember. No other publication has such a rich tradition of chronicling the lives of Canadian women – their families, careers, challenges, and of course, the eternal question of what's for dinner," George said. "The opportunity to help reimagine Chatelaine across multiple platforms for a new generation of readers is a great honour."

15 June 2015,     MISSISSAUGA

Tom Venetis appointed editor of Graphic Monthly Canada and

Tom Venetis has been named editor of our sister site /magazine Graphic Monthly Canada and

Venetis brings over twenty years of journalism and editing experience to the position, having worked on the Business Desk at the Canadian Press and taking on several editorial roles at some of Canada’s top technology business publications. He was news editor at Computer Dealer News, and assistant editor at The Computer Paper where he distinguished himself as a leader on Internet security and privacy issues in Canada.

15 June 2015,     TORONTO

Type Books is Magazines Canada’s Retailer of the Year

Earlier this month Type Books was named Magazines Canada’s Retailer of the Year for 2014. The annual award is given to a client of Magazines Canada’s distribution service who cultivates a connection between its consumers and Canadian magazines.

Type Books celebrates 35 years of chickaDEE magazine

10 June 2015,     TORONTO

The Dance Current appoints editor, implements staff transitions

The Dance Current is going through some changes, starting with the appointment of editor, Lee Slinger.

Slinger is a Toronto-based researcher, writer and editor, who previously worked for various Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc. publications. The former École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec student, has also taught art history and writing skills at OCAD University and Ryerson University, and holds a doctoral degree in British History from York.

9 June 2015,     TORONTO

The CMC announces its 2015 award winners

The Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC) held its annual CMC awards on June 4 in order to recognize and honour the excellent circulation work being done in the Canadian publishing industry. Nominees and guests gathered in downtown Toronto at Hotel Ocho to hear this year’s results.

Winners pose for a photo at Hotel Ocho on June 4 —Photo by Ran Wu

8 June 2015,     TORONTO

Winners announced for the 38th annual NMAs

The winners of the 38th National Magazine Awards (NMAs) were announced on Friday June 5 during a gala at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. 

Nouveau Projet took home the evenings top prize; Gold for Magazine of the Year. The French-language publication also received Gold for Art Direction for its Winter 2014 issue, and Words & Pictures  (La pointe des utopies), and Silver in the Editorial Package: Print (Régénérescences) category.

Video shot by Mark Cortejos

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