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December 11, 2014


MagsBC enjoys another year at WORD Vancouver

Jane Hope and Dan Post after their presentationThis year, the Magazine Association of BC not only had a booth where we promoted our great members, we participated with a panel event called "Inside the Magazine."

Western Magazine Awards 2014 Award Recipients Announced

The Western Magazine Awards Foundation announced the 2014 award recipients at the Awards Gala, held on Friday, September 26th at the Renaissance Harbourside Vancouver Hotel.

Congratulations to our members who won for:

Written Award Recipients

The Beachcombers by Marcie Good, BCBusiness

Human Experience
Soft Shouldered by Sarah de Leeuw, PRISM international

Regular Column or Department
Urban Fix by Frances Bula, Vancouver Magazine

Inside the Magazine - MagsBC panel at WORD Vancouver Sunday, Sept. 28/14

WORD Vancouver Festival

Inside the Magazine
11-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 28/14
Blenz, Library Square

CPF Funding Internship Subsidies for Member Magazines: MagsBC Again Accepting Proposals

Dear MagsBC members,

The Canada Periodical Fund has confirmed it will fund our application for at least 10 internship subsidies. We are again accepting proposals for 15-18 week internships, this time between September 2014 and January 2015. 

The documents and forms for this year are attached below.

Magazines Canada: AudioMag 65: Tips for Small Circ Mags

Magazines Canada brings you AudioMag, a podcast series featuring new views, opinions and timely information from the best in Canadian and international publishing.

Episode 65: Revisit a conversation with Amanda Beattie, Assistant Circulation Manager at Cottage Life Media, to learn her thoughts on the unique challenges of small circulation magazines. Listen now for tips and advice on circulation for independent publishers. 

National Magazine Awards 2013 Winners

MagsBC members won in the following categories at this year’s National Magazine Awards:


Magazine Covers (Silver): Paul Roelofs, Designers of the Year issue, Western Living

Single Service Article Package (Silver): Neal McLennan, Clinton Hussey, Brennan Higginbotham, Claire McCracken, “A Guide to the Greatest Red Wine in the World”, Western Living


Fiction (Silver): Pasha Malla,The Actual”, PRISM International

Canada Post Measures for Small Businesses & Charities

From the Magazines Canada Board and CPC Advisory:

Please take note of the following changes announced by Canada Post.

Measures for Small Businesses and Charities
Effective March 31, 2014

If your magazine is a small business or a charity, Canada Post has announced a number of temporary and permanent measures for lettermail and admail pricing that will help smaller publishers adjust to the price increases announced in December 2013.

Member discount for WORD Vancouver; early-bird deadline Feb. 28/14

As in the past, MagsBC and WORD Vancouver are offering discounts on booths at this
year's festival.  Earlybird prices are only until this Friday, February 28th.

Shooting, Editing and Uploading to the Web: AV Workshops, Oct. 3 & 10

AV Workshops, Thursdays, Oct. 3 & 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Interested in attracting more readers and viewers, and expanding your skills and your magazine's online presence by providing media content?

MagsBC is happy to offer 2 workshops in early October to train people how to use video equipment, interview, edit video and audio, and upload to the web, as well as learn about various copyright issues.

Internship Applications Now Being Accepted: Deadline Sept. 30.

We're thrilled to announce that we are now taking applications for internship subsidies! We can now take applications until September 30th for wage/honorarium subsidies for interns at member magazines.

     Magazines with 3 or less full-time staff can receive an 80% subsidy, those with 4 or more full-time staff, a 50% subsidy, both up to $861 per month.  We have been very generously funded and are looking to subsidize up to eight internships this fall.

     We encourage you to apply; we are looking to fund a diverse range of opportunities in British Columbia. Any questions can be directed to program coordinator Jane Hope at All details are in the attached documents.

WORD Vancouver Registration Deadline Extended to July 12/13: DEEP Member Discount!

Many of you have been involved in Word on the Street Festival in the past.

Now it's called WORD Vancouver, but the idea's the same.  Running over 4 days, Thursday September 26 to Sunday September 29, this literacy and reading festival culminates in displays and readings at the Vancouver Public Library and elsewhere on the Sunday.

Many book and magazine publishers take part in the events or staff booths at the festival.

Profile: Kerry Slavens, Managing Editor, Y.A.M. Magazine

Kerry SlavinsI have my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria's School of Writing where I studied poetry and fiction.  I am a studied communicator and that gave me a lot of potential and opened up many writing possibilities for me.

Profile: Terry Denomme, Founder and Editor of Canadian Hot Rods Magazine

After graduating with a degree in Journalism from SAIT Polytechnic and working in newspapers for about seven years I began writing a weekly column for various Vancouver Island newspapers called “My Car … with Terry Denomme”.  Not long after, I realized Canadian car culture was substantial and since I always loved cars I decided to start my own magazine, called Canadian Hot Rods and Classics which later became Canadian Hot Rods

I have to deal with challenges such as advertising, increasing circulation, establishing a good web-presence, and balancing ti

Profile: Delores Broten, Editor of The Watershed Sentinel

It’s a long story of how I got into the magazine industry.  I was student of Michael Ondaaje at York University in Toronto and I was doing a linguistics project that turned into a huge research project in collecting sales figures of Canadian literature.

Profile: Stuart Harries, Editor-in-Chief of alive Magazine

My career in the magazine industry started after I spent many uninspired years working in retail and finance.  The career change happened when I was about 30 years old and needed to pursue a passion; for me, that was writing.

The Return of PST in BC: Useful Information for Magazine Publishers and Printers

As the BC government has not yet issued updated bulletins on the PST for our industry, Doug Smith, a provincial sales tax specialist working with the government, has sent MagsBC the old bulletins and some guides:

Thank you for taking part in the PST in BC Outreach.... I have included the bulletins:

Volunteers Wanted to Help with Book Bank Distribution

First Book Canada is looking for volunteers to help out with their book bank distribution. They are looking to distribute over 40,000 books to kids in need across the country, and will be reading with and to children at Lord Stratchona Elementary School in East Vancouver. Volunteers are needed February 25 to March 1, 2013.

Dates and times:
Mon. Feb. 25 - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (warehouse dist.)
Wed. Feb. 27 - 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (warehouse dist.)
Thurs. Feb. 28 - 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (warehouse dist.)
Fri. Mar. 1 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (Reading Celebration at Lord Strathcona)

Rent Space Available Within MagsBC Office

The Magazine Association of BC has space available in its Gastown office to subtlet to a quiet, long-term tenant, preferably a writer, publisher, graphic designer, programmer, or another related creative or technical profession.

You'll have a desk, filing cabinet, lamp and some shelving space to call your own, and you can use our fridge, kettle, microwave, and fax machine at no cost. Copying is pay-as-you-go (b&w $0.05/p; colour $0.20/p). We also have a nice laserjet that does colour.

October Twitter News

Compiled by Diane Wong

VGH Wants Your Magazine!

The Volunteer Resources office at VGH is always looking for magazines.  Always.

New BC Magazines for Schools Resource Available

BC Magazines for Schools: A Teacher's Resource for BC Provincial and Locally Developed Curricula. Editor, Diane Wong. Evaluator, Lorena Duran, Teacher-Librarian. Magazine Association of BC www.magsbc.comThe Magazine Association of BC is proud to announce the publication of BC Magazines for Schools: A Teacher's Resource for BC Provincial and Locally Developed Curricula.

Tweet Beat: September 2012 Edition

Twitter logoNews and Resources

2012 Word on the Street Festival



Mag Scene on Main

It's tough to compete against the summer sunshine for people's attention, but Mag Scene on Main still lured Vancouver print lovers out to a series of interactive and innovative events over three exciting days.

MagsBC Remix: Mixer Event

TJenn Farrell Receiving MagsBC 2011 Volunteer of the Year Award, with Sylvia Skene, Executive Director, MagsBChe MagsBC Remix: Mixer event on August 23 brought together publishing industry folk for a night of networking, socializing, and—if we may editorialize a bit here—general merriment.

Tweet Beat: August 2012

Twitter logoThe Best Tweets in August
Collected by Diane Wong

BC Government Setting Deadlines for Packaging & Paper Stewardship Plan and Recycling

If you are a member, you may already have received a letter (a few times!) notifying you that the producers of printed paper and packaging will be required to become an active participant (and fee-payer) in the collection, disposal and recycling of waste paper in our province

To follow up, here is the letter from the Community Waste Reduction Section, BC Ministry of Environment, with more information on deadlines and regulations regarding this stewardship program.

Tweet Beat June/July

Twitter logoThe Best Tweets in June and July
Collected by Diane Wong

The 2012 Magazine of Magazines (directory) is now available

Magazine of Magazines 2012: BC'S Magazines: We Cover the Whole Spectrum

Sporting a cool new look care of RG Farrell, the Magazine of Magazines is hot off the press.  If you haven't received a copy, or would like further ones, please send a message to and we'll get them to you right away.

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