The Kootenays have received some national praise from the Western Magazine Awards (WMA), as Kootenay Mountain Culture (KMC) was named Magazine of the Year for BC/Yukon.
What’s more, KMC’s partner publication, Coast Mountain Culture (CMC), has also been awarded the Best New Magazine title.
“We were really honoured,” said KMC/CMC publisher Peter Moynes, who had the pleasure of attending the 31st annual WMAs last month. “The first thing we through of was all the support we’ve had from so many folds throughout the Kootenays, some for quite a while now — our families, all our readers, contributors and all the businesses who’ve put their trust in us.”
Several Golden businesses can put their name to that list of supporters who has helped the two magazines grow over the past 12 years of publishing.
“The crowd at the awards let out a huge cheer and applause when we won Magazine of The Year,” said Editorial Director Mitchell Scott, who also attended the event. “We’ve been the little guys that the big guys have been watching. We’ve had all kinds of kudos from all sorts of major league print and web media titles before — everyone from the National Post to National Geographic. But to have been chosen by our peers for this, well, it’s really something extraordinary.”
KMC was up against a number of iconic Western Canadian publications including BC Business, Vancouver Magazine, Western Living and Geist. While the honours took the KMC cohorts by surprise, the awards are more than well-earned according to well-wishers at the WMAs and Canadian magazine veterans alike.
“When I first saw a copy of KMC, I couldn’t believe how polished a product it was, nor that it had emerged from a small town in B.C., of all places,” said Calgary-based writer Kevin Brooker, who is a multiple WMA winner himself.
“Most of all, however, I was heartened to see that at a time when budget constraints and changing times are forcing a lot of magazines to lower print standards, replace custom photography with stock and reduce their editorial staff, KMC and CMC were forging a really sophisticated visual and literary voice,” added Booker.
Both magazines are free, and rely entirely on advertising and distribution support. Moynes credits the magazine’s well-targeted distribution for the success, noting that the publications are essentially calling cards for the places and people the magazines’ writers and photographers tell stories about.
“We live in one of the greatest places in the world. We’re blessed. And to be able to work with so many people in the communities all around us, and help build their businesses, we consider ourselves very fortunate. Our sincere thanks go out to everyone,” said Moynes.