If you follow me on Twitter or you’re one of my Facebook buddies, you may have already heard our great news here at Outdoor Canada: last night at the Canadian Society of Magazine Editor’s annual awards banquet, we walked away with an impressive array of hardware.
Our awards? First up, the biggie: Outdoor Canada was named Magazine of the Year in the medium-sized circulation category (one of three circulation categories). Very cool. Next, we took the Jim Cormier Award for Display Writing, which was personally significant, as the late Cormier was both a friend and someone I looked up to. He was a helluva magazine editor, and much missed in the industry.
Our third and final award was Editor of the Year, presented to yours truly. While the plaque bears my name, I share the honour (and, of course, the other two prizes) with our amazing stable of contributors and our great staff: managing editor Bob Sexton, associate editor Scott Gardner, art director Sandra Cheung, associate art director Matt Filion and copy editor Deanna Dority. Much credit must also go to everyone at our publishing house, Quarto Communications Inc., for contributing to the magazine’s success.
This is the second time we’ve earned both the Magazine of the Year and Editor of the Year titles; the first time was in 2005.
Last night’s awards banquet took place at MagNet, the annual magazine industry conference hosted by Magazines Canada. This year, the three-day event is being held at the Courtyard Marriott in Toronto, where the industry is also celebrating Magazine Week.
The festivities wrap up tomorrow night with the annual National Magazine Awards gala at the opulent Carlu, just down the street from the Marriott. Outdoor Canada stands to take home more trophies—our contributors are nominated for five awards. Our fellow magazines at Quarto (explore, Canadian Home Workshop and Cottage Life) are also up for some honours, including Magazine of the Year for Cottage Life. All digits are crossed!