Report on Business Magazine, published 11 times yearly by The Globe and Mail, and The Grid, a weekly lifestyle tabloid published by the Toronto Star, received the highest combined total of gold and silver awards – seven each – at the 36th annual Canadian National Magazine Awards ceremony Friday in Toronto.
RoB Magazine, nominated for 20 NMAs, finished the evening with two golds and five silvers (the most silvers awarded any magazine), while The Grid, with 22 nominations, earned five golds and two silvers. L'actualité, Quebec's French-language equivalent of Maclean's, scored the highest number of golds, six, on 24 nominations. The Walrus, the Toronto-based current affairs magazine that has largely dominated the NMAs since its launch in 2003, garnered four golds and two silvers from 23 nominations – a relatively modest total compared to last year when it won six golds and six silvers. Similarly, Toronto Life went into Friday's ceremony with 29 nominations, the most of any magazine, and walked away with one gold and four silvers.
The awards, decided by more than 200 jurors, were presented in 47 categories from a total of 365 nominations representing 87 magazines. Corporate Knights, a quarterly founded in 2002 and distributed, in part, by The Globe and Mail, beat Cottage Life, Urbania and Uppercase as magazine of the year. Tablet magazine of the year honours went to Canadian House & Home (for its March, 2012, issue) while Hazlitt, the online literary periodical published by Random House Canada, was deemed to have had the best magazine website in 2012. House & Home also won a gold and a silver; Hazlitt earned three golds, including one for best online video. Other magazines winning multiple awards (gold and silver) were Maisonneuve (five), Maclean's (four), Sportsnet (three) and, with two each, Corduroy, Eighteen Bridges, Explore, Reader's Digest, the Feathertale Review and Québec Science.
Globe Style Advisor, a glossy quarterly started in spring 2012 by The Globe and Mail, was one of 13 periodicals to take home a single gold award. Nominated for three NMAs, Style Advisor took gold in the "beauty" category for an article titled "Lady Obscura."
The single most celebrated article at the NMAs was "Building with the Brigadier," published last October by RoB Magazine. An investigation by Greg McArthur and Graeme Smith into SNC-Lavalin's operations in Libya, the piece earned two gold awards, in investigative reporting and business, plus a silver, in politics and public interest. The magazine's remaining awards, all silvers, came courtesy of Iain Marlow's "The Next Billion," about a Montreal company winning an Indian government contract for tablet computers (in the business category), Andrew Zbihlyj's spot illustration for "Apple without a Core," Markian Lozowchuk's photographic portraits of collectors in "Art Investing," and Bruce Livesey's "Chasing Manor's Millions" (an investigative report on Portus co-founder Boaz Manor).
Vancouver's Sierra Skye Gemma was named best new magazine writer of 2012, while editor/journalism instructor/advocate for the handicapped Stephen Trumper received the National Magazine Award Foundation prize for outstanding achievement.