What is MagNet?
MagNet is Canada’s national public policy, professional development and networking conference for magazine media professionals. This internationally-acclaimed event attracts participants from around the world with its targeted and dynamic programming.
The industry’s top leaders, innovators, thinkers and visionaries congregate once a year in downtown Toronto to attend MagNet.
When is MagNet?
April 25–28, 2017. EARLY BIRD Deadline: March 27, 2017
Where is MagNet?
At the Courtyard Toronto Downtown (475 Yonge Street). For directions and more information on accommodation at the Courtyard, please visit the Courtyard Toronto Downtown website.
Check out the FAQ on “Where can I stay?”
Who will be at MagNet?
MagNet is North America’s largest gathering of magazine media stakeholders, with more than 1,200 people in attendance from across Canada and beyond.
Registrants include publishers, editors, digital directors, printers, circulators, designers, art directors, managing editors, government funders, regional magazine associations, bloggers, advertising salespeople, advertising agency executives, civil servants, students, freelancers, photographers, people interested in starting a magazine, circulation auditors, environmental paper advocates, suppliers, big magazines, medium-sized magazines, trade magazines, small magazines and many others!
Do I have to attend all three days?
Absolutely not. You can attend just the sessions and events that interest you. Look at the schedule to customize your MagNet experience.
What is the Arts & Literary Magazines Summit?
The Arts & Literary Magazines Summit is a full-day program devoted to art and literary magazine publishing, happening at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown on April 28.
The Summit is an eight-hour deep dive into the inner workings of cultural magazine publishing from coast to coast. For those who work in the cultural magazine industry, this is your day! You’ll sharpen your skills, consider new ideas, share your knowledge, get actionable advice, and form practical alliances with like-minded publishers.
Will the Social Media Doctors be back this year? How do I book a session with them?
Yes! The Social Media Doctors, Patricia Kitchen and Karen Sieminski are back to offer one-on-one social media care on April 26 and 27. Their clinic is walk-in only, so you don’t need a reservation. Just drop by MagNet Square. Get the full details here.
I want to launch a magazine. Should I come to MagNet?
Yes, if you want to meet professional publishers and find out what it takes to launch and maintain a successful magazine. Check out the Management sessions, among others. Attending the conference will also provide you with the opportunity to make contact with potential funders and suppliers, like printers.
I'm a freelancer. Should I come?
Yes, if you’re interested in developing your skill set and finding out what the latest magazine trends, challenges and opportunities are. It’s also a great place to meet fellow freelancers and potential employers.
I’m a student. Should I come?
Yes, if you’re interested in becoming a part of the industry. The sessions are affordable and the targeted networking provides very valuable opportunities to meet with the movers and the shakers in magazine media.
I work for a business media publication. Is MagNet for me?
Absolutely. There are many B2B-specific sessions as well as a large number of sessions that have equal relevance to business media and consumer audiences. Check out the B2B spotlight if you don’t believe us!
What does MagNet have to offer small or cultural magazine publishers?
We’ve picked out some great selections for you in our Cultural and Small Magazine Spotlight.
Who is eligible to receive a MagNet bursary?
Any Magazines Canada members in good standing with a circulation under 25,000 are eligible. You must also be travelling from outside the Greater Toronto Area to receive a travel bursary. A member in good standing is one that has paid its membership dues and any other debts to Magazines Canada in full. If you aren’t sure if this applies to you, contact Amanda Raponi Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do MagNet bursaries cover?
There are two types of bursaries you can apply for and you may apply for both. Travel bursaries are for members coming from outside the Greater Toronto Area. They cover up to 50% of travel and accommodation costs associated with MagNet and require you to submit receipts to Magazines Canada after the conference. Tuition bursaries cover up to 50% of your MagNet session costs. Note that the Arts & Literary Summit pass is already discounted and not eligible for a tuition bursary.
How do I apply for MagNet bursaries?
You can find links to online application forms at magazinescanada.ca/program/skills-rebates.
Do I need to be a member of an association to attend?
No, but if you are a member of any of the organizations below, you’re entitled to a substantial member discount on all sessions and events. See Pricing for member and non-member rates.
To access the member rate for all MagNet sessions and special events, you or your magazine must be a member of any of the following associations/groups:
- Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA)
- Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP)
- Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD)
- Association quebecoise des editeurs de magazines (AQEM)
- Book and Periodical Council (BPC)
- Canadian Library Association (CLA)
- Canadian Society of Magazine Editors (CSME)
- Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC)
- Editors Canada (EAC)
- International Regional Magazines Association (IRMA)
- League of Canadian Poets (LCP)
- Magazine Association of BC (MABC)
- Magazines Canada
- Manitoba Magazine Publishers Association (MMPA)
- Newspapers Canada
- Outdoor Writers of Canada
- Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)
- Retail Council of Canada (RCC)
- Societe de Developpement des Periodiques Culturels Quebecois (SODEP)
- Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC)
How can I volunteer at MagNet?
How can I become a MagNet sponsor?
Email Membership Development Manager Evan Dickson who will fill you in on the many sponsor opportunities available. There are a wide range of options and we like to customize our offerings to fit your audience and your budget.
What awards are presented at MagNet?
The CMC holds their annual CMC Awards at MagNet, celebrating excellence in audience development.
Magazines Canada also presents its prestigious Volunteer of the Year and Retailer of the Year awards during MagNet.
And make sure to add the inaugural Magazine Grands Prix awards to your MagNet agenda! Join the who’s who of Canada’s magazine media, along with their strongest supporters, for a fabulous dinner and fête on April 27, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel to celebrate the best of our industry. Tickets are on sale now at maggrandsprix.ca
How can I get the latest MagNet news?
Is there a brochure?
No. But everything MagNet-related, including the schedule, all the sessions, speakers and bios, prices, lunches, receptions, special events and more can be found here on magnet.magazinescanada.ca.
I'm coming from out of town. Where can I stay?
You can stay at the same hotel the conference is held at, the Courtyard Toronto Downtown (475 Yonge Street). MagNet registrants get a special discount, so quote the booking code “MAGNET2017” when you call 1.800.847.5075 or book your room online by April 3, 2017. The discounted room rate expires on April 3, 2017
Will there be food at the conference?
Continental breakfast, coffee, tea and complimentary snacks are available throughout the day. The networking buffet lunches are worth every cent and cost $35 a day (EARLY BIRD price), and switches to $40 after early bird pricing. Register for them today!
How do I register?
Quick and easy, online registration accepts payment by credit card (MasterCard, VISA and AMEX) and cheque. Simply tick off the cheque option and send it in by mail, made out to Magazines Canada, within one week of registering to hold your booking.