Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Three stars honoured with Opera Canada "Rubies" at magazine's gala event

Grégoire Legendre, Sondra Radvanovsky and Atom Egoyan
Each year, Opera Canada magazine holds a fundraising event at which the "Rubies" are awarded, named after the late Ruby Mercer, the founder of the magazine, an author and soprano. This year, the award recipients were soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, film/stage director Atom Egoyan, and L’Opéra de Québec General Director Grégoire Legendre.

The Opera Canada gala at which the awards were made, hosted by CBC broadcaster and tenor Ben Heppner, took place at the headquarters of BMO Financial Group, on the 68th Floor of First Canadian Place in downtown Toronto. (Details of the citations for the awards are available in a post on the website Musical Toronto.) 

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Canzine West features political panel about community activism

Community activism is the focus of this year's political panel discussion at Canzine West, the zine fair run by Broken Pencil magazine. This year, Canzine West will take place on November 5th at Simon Fraser University’s Goldcorp Center for the Arts. Doors open at 1pm.
[The panel] will feature panellists Stefania Seccia (Megaphone Magazine), Dana Putman (Vancouver Public Library), Hannah McGregor (Simon Fraser University), Jenn McDermid (Gender Sexuality Health Initiative), and Jessica Todd (Women’s Art Collective). This takes place at 2PM. The panel will serve as fodder for anyone with a passionate cause or interest in starting a publication.
Canzine, which started in Toronto in 1995, now has spread out to Winnipeg and Vancouver. 

Roster of international judges named to augment Magawards judging

In a first for the National Magazine Awards, it has announced a roster of name international judges who will join the usual volunteer Canadian judging panel(s). This was one of the major changes that were recently announced for the awards. Among the international judges:
  • Jane Franciso, the editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping and previously editor-in-chief of Chatelaine, Style at Home and Glow magazines.
  • Adam Sternbergh, a contributing editor to New York magazine and former culture editor of the New York Times magazine.
  • Kevin Delaney, editor-in-chief of Quartz, a digital arm of Atlantic Media and previously editor of WSJ.com.
  • Emily Nussbaum, the television critic for The New Yorker and 2016 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism. Previously edited the culture pages at New York magazine.
  • David Michon, an editorial and creative consultant and print and radio journalist based in London, UK. Previously an editor at Monocle
  • Gillian Dobias, who launched Monocle Films for Monocle magazine and directed video and radio productions for the CBC and BBC.
  • Laurie Kratochvil, a photo dealer and appraiser who began her career as photography editor at the Los Angeles Times and  spent 12 years as photo editor at Rolling Stone magazine.
  • Jeremy Keehn, features editor at Bloomberg Business Week. Previously editor of NewYorker.com, digital director of Harper's and a senior editor at The Walrus     
  • Todd Falkowsky, publisher of The Canadian Design Resource and founder and creative director of Citizen Brand and Mother Brant; also a professor of architecture at the Politecnico in Milan, Italy.
  • Antonio de Luca, at one time creative director of The Walrus, now lead product designer & Upshot art director at the New York Times.
  • Jessica Rose, art director of Wallpaper and previously art director at The Sunday Times and at Toronto Life.  
"This initiative aims to put Canadian-made work directly into the eyes of some of our industry’s top experts, helping to give recognition to Canadian creators that extends beyond our borders," said a posting on the National Magazine Awards Foundation blog.                                              

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Indigenous magazine Red Rising expands into Vancouver

A Winnipeg-based quarterly magazine serving indigenous people launched its fourth issue in Vancouver on Saturday at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre.  

Red Rising magazine is run by a volunteer group of indigenous youth from Winnipeg Treaty 1 territory. The new  issue is themed "Storytelling as Resistance".                     

In an article carried by News 1130, co-founder Lenard Monkman says the magazine intends to bring together indigenous stories and perspectives; they are looking for artists and writers from all over Canada. The magazine has already published three issues and plans to have a fifth one out in February.
“There are a lot of Indigenous people that are going through exactly the same kinds of things across the country,” Monkman says.
In a way, he says, people on the West Coast may remember Red Wire magazine, which was published for a time in the '90s.
“It’s sort of a continuation of that but we’re bringing different perspectives — we’re living in a little bit of a different time but a lot of the issues that were happening 20 years ago are still very much the same as they are today.”

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Feminist online magazine Bad Nudes
launched in Montreal

A new online feminist literary magazine with the rivetting name Bad Nudes was launched this week in Montreal. Its "ironic and irreverent" tone encourages  writers to submit prose and poetry. Eventually, the founders hope that the quarterly can be produced in a print version.

According to a story in The Link, the concept of the magazine started out as a joke during a B.C. vacation, but even at the beginning, Fawn Parker, who is now the poetry editor, took the idea seriously and they "really dug their heels into it." Parker and partners Thomas Molander and Sandy Spink, worked on their website while reaching out to artists in their networks to contribute. 
“The way that we approached it is very open,” [said] Parker. “We didn’t have a strong political direction to go in. But we are political in the sense that we won’t publish anything that is not feminist and we won’t publish anything that is racist.”
The launch had a number of readings (see above) -- poetry, prose and play excerpts.  
“I fucking love Bad Nudes. I think it’s great," said Rhiannon Collett, an award-winning playwright. "It showcases the talent in Montreal and there’s a lot of young and fierce talents,” she said about the fresh mag. “A lot of really talented people I know are in this magazine. I’m really proud of the work that Fawn and Thomas have been doing.”


November is the 50th anniversary
issue of Toronto Life magazine

Toronto Life's November issue marks 50 years of publishing with a look ahead to the next 50 years. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Quote, unquote: Newspapers and better steaks

“Newspapers had been running the equivalent of a very nice high-end steakhouse.Then McDonald’s moved to town and started selling untold numbers of cheap hamburgers. Newspapers thought, 'Let’s compete with that,' and dropped the steak for hamburger, even though it had no real expertise in producing hamburgers. What they should have done is improve the steak product.”
 -- H. Iris Chyi, quoted by Jack Shafer of Politico from a new paper she wrote with Ori Tenenboim of the University of Texas, published this summer in Journalism Practice. Its thesis is that the web-heavy strategy pursued by most newspapers has been a bust. 


Monday, October 17, 2016

Precedent magazine calls "bullshit" on Law Society over call to cancel alternative to articling

Precedent magazine, the lifestyle magazine for Ontario-based lawyers, has published an editorial saying that doing away with the Law Practice Program (LPP) would be a "bullshit move" by the Law Society of Upper Canada. Now in its 3rd year  and, as a pilot,  taught in English at Ryerson University and in French at the University of Ottawa,  the LPP provides an alternative route to becoming lawyers to the traditional articling system that offers fewer places every year. 

The Law Society is expected to vote November 9 on whether to accept a committee's recommendation to discontinue the LPP.
"Do you want to help law grads from racialized groups get called to the bar? Do you value mature students who went to law school after a previous career or having children? And do you want our profession to welcome foreign-trained lawyers who reflect Ontario’s diversity? 
"If that’s the world you want, you should be on high-alert. Something is about to go terribly wrong," the editorial said. 
Paradoxically, a report from the Professional Development and Competence Committee of the Law Society says the program should be scrapped, though its own research shows that it helped mature and racialized students to become lawyers, as was intended. The committee argues that LPP grads are less likely to pass the bar on their first try than articling students and that there is a stigma attached to going through it because many students see it as a second-tier option.
"To state the obvious: of course today’s students see the LPP as a second choice! Who wouldn’t prefer an articling job to a new program already pre-judged by the powers-that-be? But we should fight stigma, not succumb to it. We should also think long-term. We may need this program dearly in the coming years, as the number of big-firm articling jobs continues to fall each year
"Now for the most enraging part of the report. The committee says that the stigma attached to the LPP runs so deep that it may never disappear. And how does it suggest we protect racialized and mature law grads from stigma? By cancelling the LPP and making it more difficult for them to become lawyers in the first place. Well, thanks for nothing."

Saturday, October 15, 2016

LRC says these are the top 25 books
of the past 25 years

The Literary Review of Canada (known commonly as LRC) has published its list of what it considers the list of the best 25 books published in the past 25 years, since LRC was launched. As with all such lists, there will be agreements and disagreements about the choices, which are drawn from the almost half a million books published in that  period. Each book in the list is accompanied by a presenter's perspective.

A Short History of Progress
by Ronald Wright
Presented by Charlie Foran

Kiss of the Fur Queen
by Thomson Highway
Presented by Margaret Atwood

Generation X
by Douglas Coupland
Presented by Adam Sternbergh

Citizen of the World and Just Watch Me:
The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau

by John English
Presented by Michael Valpy

Boom, Bust and Echo
by David Foot with Daniel Stoffman
Presented by Michael Adams

Shake Hands with the Devil
by Roméo Dallaire
Presented by Thomas Axworthy

Clearing the Plains:
Disease, Politics of Starvation and the Loss of Aboriginal Lifeby James Daschuk
Presented by Niigaan Sinclair

Shooting the Hippo: Death by Deficit and other Canadian Myths
by Linda McQuaig
Presented by Bruce Campbell

Sisters in the Wilderness
by Charlotte Gray
Presented by Alissa York

Read more »

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

TIME covers catalogue the meltdown of
Donald Trump

Media Post reports that TIME magazine has followed up it striking Aug 22 cover with the Oct 24 issue, on newsstands soon, which riffs on the theme of the collapse of Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency of the United States. Both images are by artist Edel Rodriguez

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Quote, unquote: 50 years of Toronto Life and going strong

"We've become much smarter about how we measure the effectiveness of the content we produce,The data has shown that quick, cheap stories, online quizzes and other click bait doesn't sustain audience attention; feature-length stories, particularly stories that have a strong point-of-view or unusual access to its subject, have the greatest impact, produce the most engagement, and get shared on social media. This is how we keep readers coming back."
-- Toronto Life publisher Ken Hunt, channeling Michael Lewis's Moneyball, in a press release about the magazine's forthcoming 50th anniversary. Read in print by 890,000 people monthly – the magazine's highest measured audience since 2005 and a largest measured audience in Toronto.


Multi-title digital subscriber service Texture certified by AAM

Magazines that get a lot of their readership through digital subscription service Texture can now claim them as certified by the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM). The decision followed creation of a new circulation strategy that recognized growing participation in such all-access "Multi-title Digital Programs" as of the first  half of 2016. 
“The Texture model is changing the way that magazine consumers read content and how publishers are selling media,” said Steve Maich, senior vice president of digital content and publishing, Rogers Media. “With services such as Texture, we’re able to get our premium content in the hands of paying consumers in a way that is completely measurable, making our story more attractive to advertisers.” 
“Texture’s decision to become AAM certified represents a crucial step for the entire industry,” said Tom Harty, president and chief operating officer of Meredith and director on AAM’s North American board. “It has showcased the value of premium content, showing that magazines can maintain readers and reach new consumers in new and innovative ways.”
Texture is an all-you-can-read subscriber service from Next Issue Media in the U.S.A. and from partner Rogers Media in Canada. 

The new audited category was first tested out over three years as clients' experience determined how best to qualify issues and verify and report them. Each request was at first counted as a newsstand sale. Now they will be reported as paid subscription sales, including such key metrics: 
  • Average number of total requests by paid subscribers to receive a digital issue
  • Average number of times issues were opened
  • Unique and total opens

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Four new indy magazine members welcomed by Magazines Canada

Four new indy magazine members have joined Magazines Canada:
  • Archive is an Alberta-based lifestyle magazine featuring unique stories from across Canada. From entertaining to road tripping, cooking to creating, Archive aims to inspire readers to try something new, taste something different and take a journey off the beaten path.
  • The Canadian Rockies Annual is an archival-quality mountain culture publication that combines captivating storytelling with striking visuals and beautiful design. Each issue takes the reader on a journey through the Canadian Rockies' cultural landscape and delves into the dynamic forces that impact our lives in the mountains.
  • Golden Ratio is a balance between arts and sciences, exploring a wide diversity of subjects. It is a unique publication, home-made, independent and filled with stimulating pieces from all walks of life.
  • Mountain Bike For Her is a quarterly magazine for women who ride. Whether you love riding epic gravel grinders, participating in endurance events, or getting rowdy in the woods, we have you in mind!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mag world view: Dr. Oz does well; Unpreachy veganism; Rodale returns Women's Health to Brazil; Telegraph fined

Quote, unquote: The pleasures of reading print

“I’m not trying to say that print has an innate advantage when it comes to reading and writing or a monopoly on it, but it is a very pleasant form of reading. It’s the whole thing of reading a book or a magazine under a tree or at the beach or on the airplane without power. And folding it and putting it in your bag and just wandering off. That is very pleasant.”
-- Roger Black, dean of magazine designers, quoted in an interview with Samir "Mr. Magazine" Husni.