Canadian Magazine Industry News
24 April 2012,     TORONTO
NMA and KRW awards to be presented on same evening this year
The National Magazine Awards gala is joining the company of the annual Kenneth R. Wilson (KRW) Awards on the same evening this year for the first time.

On June 7 at The Carlu, the two awards ceremonies will be presented separately, with a joint industry cocktail reception punctuating the two.

Here's how things will shake up that evening:
  • At 4 p.m., doors will open for the KRW Awards presentation, which will take place in The Carlu’s Round Room from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • At 6 p.m. the NMAF will welcome guests of the National Magazine Awards gala with doors open to a joint industry reception in the Grand Foyer of The Carlu, with bar service and hors d’oeuvres until 7:30 p.m.
  • At 7:30 p.m., ticket holders for the NMA gala will be invited into the Concert Hall for a served dinner and the presentation of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Following the conclusion of the awards ceremony, the gala will continue with dessert and bar service till late.
Ticket options for the gala evening will include the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards ceremony and joint industry reception; the National Magazine Awards show, joint industry reception and sit-down dinner; and general admission, which includes the industry reception, dessert and the opportunity to watch the National Magazine Awards ceremony from the comfort of the Round Room.

KRW said ticket options and prices will be posted on the websites of the NMAF and KRW Awards by May 1 and May 3, respectively, and will be available for sale on those dates.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation, Canadian Business Press (CBP) and Magazines Canada "believe it is advantageous to align the two events in order to benefit from increased networking between these two sectors of the Canadian magazine industry, as well as to maximize organizational synergies for a successful event that celebrates excellence in the content and creation of Canadian magazines," according to a release from KRW.

The NMAF decided to move its event from a Friday, when it traditionally takes place, to Thursday through "consultation with industry stakeholders and partners (which) decided to move the event to a Thursday evening in order to gain the advantage of extra media attention to the award winners afforded by having a weekday rather than a weekend follow the gala, as well as to better accommodate travel and other schedules of participants in Magazines Week in Toronto."

Barbara Gould, managing director of both the NMAF and the KRW Awards, noted, "The awards on June 7 will honour those who have had a profound impact on the quality of magazine publishing in Canada, and a rare opportunity to have this collective talent together for one evening."

An in earlier story by Masthead about the aligning of the two events, a spokesperson said the two awards remain independent. 

The KRW Awards celebrate excellence in Canadian business-to-business magazine publishing, are co-produced by CBP and Magazines Canada, and presented by CDS Global.

Masthead's sister site,, won best website at last year's KRW gala.
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