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March 13, 2017


Call for internship subsidy applications - deadline September 9

The Magazine Association of BC has submitted grant applications to the Canada Periodical Fund and Creative BC for up to 6 internship subsidies between September 2016 to February 2017. Changes to this year's application include increasing the subsidy to 80%/70%/60% for small/medium/larger magazines and increasing the internship length from 15-18 weeks to 16-22 weeks.

MagsBC Presents Inclusiveness Panel at WORD Vancouver

MagsBC board member Natasha Sanders-Kay has organized a panel at WORD on Sunday Sept. 25 @ 3:40 p.m. called "Inclusive Magazine Publishing: Barriers and Strategies for Writers and Publishers."

Jen Sookfong Lee portraitCanadian broadcaster and novelist Jen Sookfong Lee will be moderating the panel, which will include:

New Board Member Elected at MagsBC 2016 AGM

Natasha AGMThe Magazine Association of BC elected a new board member,  Shashi Bhat, during their annual general meeting at the VSO School of Music on Thursday, June 23.

Making Space for Vancouver's Literary Community: A Literary Arts Centre Update

The Association of Book Publishers of BC recently held an information session June 22 at The Post at 750 to discuss the creation of a Vancouver Literary Arts Centre.

“There is nothing like it in Canada so this could really put Vancouver on the map if we can get this going,” said ABPBC executive director Margaret Reynolds.

MagNet, June 7-9, 2016, Toronto - Report

by Jane Hope, Vice-President, MagsBC Board and recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award for 2016.Jane Hope - headshot

BC Creative Industries Week Showcases Local Talent

MagsBC staff joined other creative industry representatives in Victoria to celebrate BC Creative Industries Week, which ran MagsBC executive director Sylvia Skene from April 25 to May 2.

Third Annual BC Book Day Promotes Work of BC Publishing Community

Sylvia Skene, MagsBC executive director and Melissa Shaw, intern, travelled to Victoria to participate in The Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia's third annual BC Book Day and engage with magazine association members. Left to Right: Page One Publishing president Lise Gyorkos, group publisher Georgina Camilleri and MagsBC executive director Sylvia Skene

FIPP World Congress, Oct. 13-15, 2015, Toronto – Report

by Sylvia Skene, Executive Director, MagsBC

I've done a long report on the congress with key takeaways, which I hope you find useful. Suzanne Trudel, executive director of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, has also shared her comments about FIPP, which I’ve incorporated below.

Call for internship subsidy applications - deadline March 1!

The Canada Periodical Fund has extended the internship subsidy program to June 2016. There is still funding available for 3-4 internships, so if you are interested, please apply now!

This year, the subsidies are between 55-75%, depending on the size of the member magazine.  Internships must be 15-18 weeks and 20 or more hours per week, although these hours can be shared between 2 magazines.

Magazines West 2015, Nov. 6

We're happy to announce that we're reviving our conference, Magazines West.  With the help of our funder, Canada Periodical Fund, we have a lineup of great topics and award-winning speakers already confirmed, with more to follow:

Financial Management for Small Magazines: Lisa Whittington-Hill, This magazine, Toronto

Inbound Marketing for Online Magazines and Bloggers: Patrick Sauriol, DigiBC, Vancouver

WORD Vancouver 2015 - Subscriptions and Other Donations Needed

As in other years, we're reaching out to our member magazines and associate members to offer free subscriptions, 5 copies of back issues and any other goodies they can donate in order to have a higher profile promotion at our table at WORD Vancouver.

Our ballots list all free subscriptions for people to check off, as well as a free subscription they need to fill in, which gives us a great snapshot of what's popular and encourages the public to peruse our member magazines before making their choices.

Internship Subsidies Are Back. Apply Now! Deadline Extended to Oct. 27.

The Canada Periodical Fund has verbally approved up to 9 internship subsidies for October 2015 to February 2016.

WORD Vancouver 2015 - 15-50% Registration Discounts for MagsBC Members + Pop-Up Promotion


The Magazine Association of BC is pleased to announce that Rebus Creative is offering our members a discount of 50% to tables in the Magazine Mews tent at the WORD Vancouver festival, Sunday September 27.

Another great internship subsidy program finishes this month

The fall 2014 internship subsidy program is coming to an end. Member magazines were able to sponsor eleven paid internships of between 15 and 18 weeks and at least 20 hours per week with the help of 50-80% subsidies from the Magazine Association of BC and the Canada Periodical Fund.

Initial feedback from interns and hosts has been very positive and constructive, and we look forward to more comments, suggestions and kudos from the remaining internship participants.

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."

MagsBC members Sandro Grison (former publisher of Color magazine), Dan Post (publisher of Link magazine out of BCIT), and Jane Hope (formerly of Modern Dog and Vallum) discussed some lesser-known aspects of running a magazine at the Blenz inside the Vancouver Public Library concourse on Sunday morning.

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.

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

In our digital age, magazines continue to delight, inform and inspire. That’s because they show colour, details and texture in all their true brilliance, and their articles provide in-depth reporting and analysis. Because magazines are permanent evidence of passion, conveying an attitude and point of view, they bring together people with common interests – and have been doing so long before social media came along. How are magazines produced? How are stories chosen?  Find out the answers to these questions and more from experienced industry professionals.  Organized by the Magazine Association of BC.

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.

Please include a statement of interest and a detailed intern job description (including hours, wage and length of internship) with your proposal by August 31st. If you had previously submitted an internship proposal, and you have not been contacted about it, please let me know.

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

Stuart HarriesMy 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. After graduating from the Print Futures Professional Writing program at Douglas College, I immediately took over as managing editor of Tactics Magazine, a globally distributed business-to-business magazine.

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: