25 Magazines from Toronto You Should Know About

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 | One Comment

Magazines have come a long way since the first one was published in 1731 by Edward Cave, called The Gentlemen’s Magazine.  Although this general interest publication was no GQ or Sports Illustrated, it was a stepping-stone in the evolution of print publications.

Toronto is home to a number of glossy magazines, both big and small. There is a wide array of homegrown media outlets that are producing eye catching, thought provoking, insightful publications. Some of these you may know, some you may not- either way, get acquainted with these 25 magazines from Toronto.


ACQTASTE (Acquired Taste) is dedicated to bringing content that illustrates food culture in its truest form. Their aim is to redefine the world of food as well as the general perception of food publications. ACQTASTE serves as a common ground for first time foodies and experienced connoisseurs alike.

ACQTASTE also serves as an intersection for food culture, design, art, architecture, fashion, film and music. They aim to be more than just a food magazine but rather, the voice of a food movement around the world.


AZURE Magazine defines design. It informs how we relate to the broader society and how we define beautiful and useful ways of living. AZURE helps us envision a better, more sustainable and expressive future.

In its pages, AZURE profiles international designers and architects, reports on major trade fairs in North America and Europe and investigates design issues related to our changing society. Presenting and exploring innovative projects, materials, products and ideas, AZURE is an indispensable resource for architects, designers and the design-savvy public.

Broken Pencil

Toronto based mag Broken Pencil has been defying conformity since 1995. It is one of the few magazines in the world devoted exclusively to underground culture and the independent arts. Broken Pencil reviews the best magazines, books, websites, videos and music from the underground and reprints the best articles from the alternative press. BP also includes ground breaking interviews and original fiction.


Canada’s premier magazine on contemporary art, CMagazine is an essential platform for critical debate about visual art and culture, devoted to promoting critical discussion about contemporary art through in-depth essays and art criticism, interviews, artist projects and reviews. Based in Toronto, with contributors from around the world, C keeps you informed of significant ideas and trends in art and culture.


Based on the idea that a corduroy jacket never goes out of style. In the same way, Corduroy profiles actors, musicians, designers and fine artists who aren’t looking to follow mainstream trends, but rather focused on creating something classic.

Part gallery space and part storybook, Corduroy is as much about quality writing as it is about strong design. There are equal pages dedicated to art as there are to writing. The result is a timeless publication that is kept and treasured. Whether on the coffee table or on the bookshelf, this is a magazine that, like a corduroy jacket, will remain with readers for years to come.


Published bi-annually, Coupe is the go to magazine for visual culture. Launched in 1999, Coupe has received international acclaim for its editorial bravery and innovation and has earned over 100 awards in its first decade.

Every year Coupe hosts a groundbreaking international design and image competition. There is no monetary prize, however, winning entries are profiled in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Coupe and one winner will be chosen as ‘Best of Show’ and will open the issue.


Published by AZURE four times a year, DESIGNLINES is the ultimate guide to Toronto’s best contemporary furniture showrooms and home and lifestyle shops. Each issue provides reviews of top design stores along with stylish restaurants, new architectural projects and cutting-edge art galleries. Each year DESIGNLINES publishes The Guide, an issue that’s devoted to exploring T.O.’s eight-plus design districts. This walking guide points out the hottest places to shop, eat and drink in each neighbourhood.


Exclaim! Magazine features in-depth coverage of new music across all genres with special focus on Canadian and cutting-edge artists. Exclaim! publishes 11 issues per year and content is based on the monthly print publication. In addition to delivering over 100,000 copies to over 2,600 locations across Canada, Exclaim.ca also features exclusive reviews, interviews and profiles not found in the print publication.


After 30 years, FLARE continues to be the magazine Canadian women turn to for the latest information on fashion, beauty, health and entertainment. As the magazine has grown, so has their reach to women across the country. FLARE now reaches more than 1.7 million women every month and is Canada’s best selling fashion magazine.


Gold winner at the 2011 Canadian Advertising and Design Awards, LUSH Luxury Magazine began in 2005 as a women’s fashion publication. Since, LUSH has evolved into a unisex luxury lifestyle print and online property, in which fashion remains a foundation, quality trumps quantity and luxury is now more about the experience rather than excessive consumption.


Maclean’s is Canada’s only national weekly current affairs magazine. Maclean’s enlightens, engages and entertains 2.4 million readers with strong investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business and culture.


MoneySense produces Canada’s leading personal finance magazine and leading personal finance website. Over the past decade we have become the country’s most trusted source of information on investing, banking, RRSPs, insurance, financial planning, saving for education, home buying, real estate investing, car buying and much more. MoneySense magazine is published six times a year by Rogers Media, and it enjoys a loyal following of more than 800,000 Canadians.


NOW is Toronto’s weekly news and entertainment voice, published every Thursday. Their mission is to produce a high-quality, Toronto-based, independent and fearless news and entertainment weekly publication and website, both providing reliable sources of social, cultural, political and environmental information.

NOW aims to  invent and develop media rich in integrity and craft in the interest of social transformation, with special commitments to economic, personal and ecological well-being based on sharing and empowerment for all.


Inspired by quality, NUVO is a lifestyle magazine for the Canadian sophisticate. It is their mandate to create an editorial environment that is stimulating, evocative, entertaining and informative, and relevant to both the amateur and the connoisseur.

The NUVO reader is the inquisitive, culturally aware, well-travelled urbanite who appreciates a blend of insight and entertainment. We share the NUVO reader’s discerning taste in travel, food and wine, film and TV, fashion, art, architecture, design, business, automobiles and music.


Plaid is an independently owned Toronto-based online and print Lifestyle Publication committed to showcasing what is new and interesting in local and international style culture.Fashion and Style are the focus, but Plaid’s interests extend to cover all aspects of the lifestyles of people who are passionate about local and international designers, artists, musicians, writers, crafters and beyond.

Their unofficial mantra is to be “inspirational, not aspirational”. This means a commitment to creating the highest quality features working with the best editorial talent Canada and abroad has to offer, while providing approachable, unique and relevant content.

Prefix Photo

An engaging magazine dedicated to fostering the appreciation and understanding of contemporary photographic, digital and related arts. Characterized by innovative design and outstanding production values, Prefix Photo consists primarily of portfolio and essay sections complimented by breathtaking visuals. Prefix also features newsbriefs which provide information and opportunities for professional photographers, including new technological developments.


PULP is a visually charged bi-annual fashion magazine. The unapologetic editorial content within each issue depicts and explores thematic ideas and trends relevant to the current mood of fashion, street culture and the world

PULP Magazine utilizes homegrown and international contributors to weave the multicultural point of view that is distinctly Canadian into international fashion. PULP breathes, invigorates, inspires and encourages creative thought.


Named Canadian Small Magazine of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2009, Spacing is one of the most unique magazines to appear on Canadian newsstands in years. Published three times a year, Spacing pushes readers to think critically about how they can shape the public spaces that surround their everyday lives.

Spacing was launched in the fall of 2003 by a group of young journalists and public space advocates who felt that Toronto needed a publication that would bring together a number of key urban issues that were not being discussed by the local media; topics like public transit, urban design, public art, community planning, and sustainable development.


Since 2007, TCHAD Quarterly has offered readers unique, edgy and artistic content and design. Their classic book format appeals to urban leaders looking for a new combination of opinion, information, creativity and luxury.

TCHAD (pronounced ‘chad’) is North America’s ultimate source for cutting edge editorial, timely interviews, fashion spreads and product features that reflect the interests of our affluent and influential readers. Our content is authentic, practical, insightful and timeless.

The Grid TO

The Grid is a free city weekly and daily website providing a fresh, accessible voice for Toronto. Their goal is to capture the vibe and energy of a city in ascendance, largely by rejecting the glossy, doggedly aspirational vision of it that is seen in so many other publications.

The Walrus

The Walrus launched in September of 2003 with a straightforward mandate: to be a national general interest magazine about Canada and its place in the world.  The Walrus is committed to publishing the best work by the best writers on a wide range of topics for readers who are curious about the world. They publish 10 issues per year including 2 double issues.

This Magazine

Forty-five years and still going strong, This Magazine is one of Canada’s longest-publishing alternative journals. Founded by a gang of school activists in 1966, and originally called This Magazine is About Schools, the modern-day This Magazine focuses on Canadian politics, pop culture and the arts, but in keeping with its radical roots never pulls punches. Subversive, edgy and smart, This Magazine is praised for integrating commentary and investigative reporting with in-depth arts coverage.

Toronto Life

Toronto Life and torontolife.com are the print and on-line destinations for people who want to get the most out of Toronto. Our goal is to add to their knowledge of the city, helping them enjoy its pleasures and cope with its complexity. Toronto Life’s restaurant listings—searchable on-line by cuisine, star-rating and neighbourhood—provide the city’s only truly objective reviews of more than 600 restaurants.


Worn is an alternative to mainstream fashion magazines. Instead of concentrating on trends and pushing products, they explore the concepts and ideas of clothing. Twice a year they deliver fashion from a historical, cultural, political, personal and practical point of view.

Although they love and support Toronto fashion, Worn includes content from all over Canada and the rest of the world. Their mission is show a wide range of beauty, one that includes diversity of culture, subculture, gender identification, sexuality, size, race, ability, and age.

YYZ Living

YYZ Living Magazine is the apex of luxury. With fascinating editorials and alluring photographs, YYZ Living intends to present a definitive vision of arts, culture & society to tempt the imagination. YYZ LivingMagazine guides the reader to engaging information. We give you exclusive access to the hottest runways of the fashion & beauty world. Then take you on a visual journey of extraordinary places and a continuum of contemporary design. We celebrate the stories this world has to tell from the Torontonian Perspective.

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