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Magazine of the Year


The award for Magazine of the Year is the most prestigious award bestowed upon a Canadian magazine. This award goes to the magazine that most consistently engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers. 


The winner of this year's Magazine of the Year award is Maisonneuve





Maisonneuve magazine was the biggest winner at the National Magazine Awards gala, held on Friday night at the beautiful Arcadian Court in downtown Toronto. Not only were they awarded the prestigious title of Magazine of the Year (for the third time since 2004), but they also won a total of 4 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal following 18 nominations.


Maisonneuve is a quarterly, English-language arts and culture magazine published in Montreal.


The National Magazine Awards jury said of Maisonneuve: “Maisonneuve fulfills its bold mandate of ‘banishing boring,’ clearly striving to engage, inform and inspire. From its refreshing and imaginative art direction to its passionate editorial voice, the magazine feels like its constantly evolving, yet at the same time seems to connect with a sense of familiarity with its readers.”


Maisonneuve also won Gold Medals in Health & Medicine (“Worth the Risk” by Alison Motluk), Photojournalism & Photo Essay, and Best New Magazine Photographer (both for “The Maidan” by Marta Iwanek). The magazine won Silver for Best Magazine Cover (“TV We Hate Issue”).



Honourable Mentions:





Nouveau Projet.


Canadian Geographic





The award for Magazine of the Year is judged by a three-member jury comprised of an editor, an art director and a publisher or executive, all of whom are recognized as leaders in the Canadian magazine industry. Each member of the jury evaluates all entries, and in discussion the jury will come to a consensus on three or four finalists and from them a single winner. The other finalists will receive Honourable Mention. The finalists will be announced on May 2 and the winner on June 10, 2016 at the National Magazine Awards gala.




Magazine of the Year

2014 - Nouveau Projet

2013 - Cottage Life
2012 - Corporate Knights

2011 - Maisonneuve
2010 - MoneySense
2009 - Up Here
2008 - AlbertaViews
2007 - Toronto Life
2006 - The Walrus
2005 - Maclean's
2004 - Maisonneuve
2003 - Border Crossings
2002 - Outpost
2001 - Canadian Geographic
2000 - Azure
1999 - Chatelaine
1998 - Adbusters
1997 - Vancouver Magazine
1996 - Canadian Living
1995 - Canadian House & Home
1994 - Canadian Art
1993 - Owl & Chickadee
1992 - Cottage Life
1991 - The Idler
1990 - West
1989 - Toronto Life
1988 - Applied Arts Quarterly
1987 - Report on Business
1986 - Quill & Quire
1985 - Toronto Life
1984 - Saturday Night
1983 - Vancouver
1982 - Equinox


From 1982-2002, there were separate awards for President's Medal (top article) and Magazine of the Year (top magazine). Since 2002 there has been no award for the top overall article. From 2002-2005, the President's Medal was instead awarded to the Magazine of the Year. Since 2006, the name 'President's Medal' was dropped in favour of simply Magazine of the Year.


Magazine Website of the Year (formerly Magazine of the Year-Digital) 

2014 - Hazlitt

2013 - Maclean's
2012 - Hazlitt

2011 -
2010 -
2009 - Dogs in Canada


Tablet Magazine of the Year

2014 - Today's Parent

2013 - Sportsnet 

2012 - Canadian House & Home