Canadian Magazine Industry News
6 August 2009,     TORONTO
Canadian Art celebrates 25 years with redesign and gala dinner
This fall, Canadian Art will celebrate its 25th anniversary by unveiling a complete redesign, including a wider format and new logo. The magazine, now 8 7/8” wide, will include several new sections, including Newsfront, two pages of Canadian art news; Faces & Places, which focuses on one significant artist, collector or curator; and Survey, the new preview section that lists events from all across the country.

Canadian Art's new logo will debut in the September issue.

“We think of the wider format as play space for the art – it gives us many more options,” says Richard Rhodes, editor at Canadian Art since 1996.

While the 20th anniversary issue focused on history, Rhodes says the new one, available Sept. 15, will look towards the future. The fall issue is focused around 10 contemporary Canadian artists who are setting the pace for the new art scene.

Canadian Art has something else to celebrate on its silver anniversary, as they have announced record ad revenue for 2008. According to Amy Corner, sales director, one of the biggest factors in that success was their special issue on art schools.

“The issue provided a wonderful backdrop for school advertising in a completely relevant environment,” Corner says. “We flagged the cover art schools, and it was really a joy to present to prospects.”

The magazine will also mark its 25th year at the Canadian Art Foundation’s annual Gallery Hop on Sept. 24 to 26, including a gala dinner and fundraising auction, a panel discussion and a series of free gallery talks.

The three-course gala dinner will be served by celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy, while a video collage by Vancouver-based artist Ryan Sluggett will showcase 25 years of Canadian Art. Other commissioned artists, such as Daniel Borins, Jennifer Marman and Quebec duo Doyon Rivest, will also be featured throughout the evening. Tickets for the event, which benefits the Canadian Art Foundation, are $300 each or $4,000 per table.
— Laura Godfrey
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