OMDC Newsletter
April 2014


OMDC’s Digital Dialogue Breakfast Series – Beyond the Shelf: Reaching your Audience in the Digital Marketplace.

Image preview Moderator: Deb Day, Founder and President of Innovate by Day (@InnovateByDay); Panelists: Erin Creasey Sales and Marketing Director, ECW Press (@erincc), James Trauzzi VP Marketing, A & R, Last Gang Entertainment (@Trauzzi) and Nathan Laurie President, (@nathan_Laurie / @jobpostingsca)

The room was packed on March 21st for OMDC’s first Digital Dialogue Breakfast panel of 2014: Beyond the Shelf: Reaching your Audience in the Digital Marketplace. Three more Friday breakfasts are scheduled this year, on May 2nd, June 27th and September 19th. Contact to be added to the invitation list.
Lalita Krishna, President of In Sync Media, Raina Wells, OMDC Director of Business Affairs and Research and Melony Ward, Publisher of Canada's History   Jo Hayward, Social Media Manager at The Management Trust; Noah Mintz, Owner/ Senior Mastering Engineer at Lacquer Channel Mastering and Jake Gold, CEO/President of The Management Trust


For more photos from this event go to OMDC Digital Dialogue’s Breakfast Series Facebook Gallery.

OMDC and Ontario Magazine Publishers Attend Niche Media Conference

(L-R) Matt Hilliard-Forde, OMDC; Darryl Simmons, Media Matters; Sophie Bond, The Upper Canadian Antiques Showcase and Wallie Seto, Independent Publishers Association of Ontario.

This past February, OMDC led a delegation of six Ontario magazine publishers to the Niche Media Conference in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Niche Media Conference is an intimate event aimed at small-to-medium sized magazine publishers. In addition to enjoying the infamous southern hospitality, the Ontario delegates attended panels, participated in roundtable discussions and ‘speed-dating’ meetings, and engaged in the many networking opportunities organized by the conference. The delegation returned home with significant insight into emerging best practices, industry trends, new business models and leading-edge publishing strategies, as well as expanding their business network.

“Not since the Banff Publishing Workshop have I been involved in something so inspiring and educational… the most important business-altering conference I have attended in the past 30 years. As an independent publisher, I don't have the luxury of bouncing ideas off other publishers in organized meetings or at the water cooler. This was a golden opportunity to be with like-minded publishers who understand the challenges.” Darryl Simmons, Media Matters Inc. (Collision Repair Magazine)

OMDC’s Matt Hilliard-Forde, Program Consultant - Magazine thanks the Ontario delegates that participated in the mission including: Sophie Bond, Publisher, The Upper Canadian; Michael Fox, Publisher, Garden Making; Wili Liberman, Founder Editor and Publisher, TEACH ; Wallie Seto, Vice President, Independent Publishers Association of Ontario (IPAO); Kyle Shay, Director of Engagement, Annex Business Media and Darryl Simmons, Publisher, Collision Repair.

OMDC Book Fund-Supported House of Anansi Press’ Massey Lectures App Available Now

Uncover the full legacy and history of the Massey Lectures Series, from 1961 to today. Learn more about selected Massey authors, their lives, achievements, and beliefs. Explore the complex web of themes within the Massey universe, and hear unique thoughts and insights from the lecturers themselves. And then contribute to the conversation yourself.

Meet the Massey Lectures App

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Download the Free Massey Lectures App
For more than 50 years, the annual Massey Lecture series, broadcast on CBC Radio's IDEAS, has brought contemporary thinkers with unique perspectives and experiences to a national and international audience. Notable Massey Lecturers include Northrop Frye, Noam Chomsky, Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing, Stephen Lewis, Thomas King, Margaret Somerville, and Wade Davis to name but a few.

During the week of the rebroadcast of Lawrence Hill’s Massey Lectures, Blood, on CBC Radio’s IDEAS, House of Anansi in co-operation with the CBC and Massey College, and with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, unveils its first iPad app. Now available for free in the iTunes App Store, the Massey Lectures iPad App lets readers explore some of the most complex and thought-provoking topics of our age, and reveals the depth and breadth of Canada’s preeminent public lectures series in a totally new way. The app includes nearly 200 hours of text, audio lectures, interviews, talks, and exclusive footage.

Massey Sets
For the first time, the audio and text of selected lectures are brought together in one specially priced package available for purchase within the app. Each selected Massey Lectures e-book includes the five-hour audio lectures, which are illuminated with vibrant images and videos. At launch, the app adds nearly 40 pieces of additional video and audio content. Also available for the first time are curated bundles of books and lectures that are divided by connected ideas across lectures called “themes,” such as “Constructing and Deconstructing Identity” and “Rationalizing the Truth.”