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 23–24, 2020.

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 both 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 arts and literary magazine publishing, happening during MagNet at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown on April 23.

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.

View this year’s Summit program.

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 Business Media spotlight if you don’t believe us!

What does MagNet have to offer small or indie magazine publishers?


We’ve picked out some great selections for you in our Indie Mags 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 Evan Dickson at edickson@magazinescanada.ca.

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.

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:

How can I volunteer at MagNet?


Thanks for asking! Please fill out the form on our Volunteer page.

How can I become a MagNet sponsor?


Email Business Development Director 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?


Magazines Canada presents its prestigious Volunteer of the Year awards during MagNet, recognizing outstanding magazine industry volunteers.

How can I get the latest MagNet news?


Many ways! Follow the conference on Twitter, via our newsfeed or email us to have the MagNet Sneak Preview delivered directly to your inbox.

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 “MAGNET2020” when you call 1.800.847.5075 or book your room online by April 10, 2020. The discounted room rate expires on March 31, 2020.

Will there be food at the conference?


Continental breakfast, coffee, tea and complimentary snacks are available throughout the day. The networking buffet lunches are included in your conference or day pass. Register for 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.

Registration now open! Register here.

How do I contact MagNet?


1) Use the contact us form.

2) Email Kiley Pole at magnet@magazinescanada.ca

3) Call 1.877.238.8354

4) By mail:

MagNet Conference
c/o Magazines Canada
555 Richmond St West
Suite 604
Toronto, ON M5V3B1