Canadian Magazine Industry News
8 June 2012,     TORONTO
Little publication wins big at National Magazine Awards
It's the little magazine that could, and it did.

Montreal-based English language title Maisonneuve took top honours at the National Magazine Awards at the Carlu in Toronto last night.

Maisonneuve editor-in-chief Drew Nelles accepts the big award
Maisonneuve editor-in-chief Drew Nelles accepts the big award

The quarterly arts/culture/politics publication earned the coveted magazine of the year award, during a year it is celebrating its 10th anniversary after falling on harder times in 2007/2008 when budgetary constraints reduced it from a bi-monthly to its current frequency. Circulation was halved (it's currently at 5,000) and the magazine operated without an office from May 2008 to March 2011.

Vanessa Wyse, creative director of The Grid accepts award for best cover
Vanessa Wyse, creative director of The Grid accepts award for best cover

Meanwhile, The Walrus continued its tradition of winning big at the NMAs with 12 gold/silver awards (the magazine came into the awards with more nominations than any other publication for the sixth straight year) and The Grid — at its first time at the podium since its inception last year — took home four golds and two silvers.

Here are the other top winners from the evening (for a full list, visit the NMA website).


The NMA made a number of changes to this year's event and is asking for feedback from gala attendees to determine what worked and didn't work. Take the two-minute survey here.

— with files from Mike Woodward
— Jeff Hayward
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