Photo courtesy of CSME. L-R: Aaron Spitzer, Up Here; Penny Caldwell, Cottage Life; Diane Peters, Precedent; Simone Castello, Canadian Living; Karen Eull, Fresh Juice

Cottage Life picked up three awards at the Canadian Society for Magazine Editors Choice Awards Wednesday night, including magazine of the year for medium circulation. Its editor Penny Caldwell walked away with the coveted Editor of the Year Award, which she also received in 2006 and 2010.

Meanwhile Up Here and Canadian Living also picked up two awards each. Here is the full list of award winners, according to the press release:

Magazine of the Year, Small Circulation

Winner: Up Here, editor Aaron Spitzer

Honourable mentions: Explore, Spacing

Magazine of the Year, Medium Circulation

Winner: Cottage Life, editor Penny Caldwell

Honourable mentions: Outdoor Canada, Canadian Home Workshop

Magazine of the Year, Large Circulation

Winner: Canadian Living, editor Susan Antonacci

Honourable mentions: Fresh Juice, Western Living

Trade Magazine of the Year

Winner: Precedent, editor Melissa Kluger

Honourable mentions: Renovation Contractor, CMA Magazine

Custom Magazine of the Year

Winner: enRoute, editor Ilana Weitzman

Honourable mentions: CAA Magazine, Sobey’s Inspired


Best Web Editorial – Under 150,000 UVs


Honourable Mentions:;

Best Web Editorial — Over 150,000 UVs


Honourable Mentions:,

Best Blog

Winner: Reader’s Digest Open Kitchen

Honourable Mentions: Spacing Toronto, Field Findings (Outdoor Canada), The Test Kitchen Blog (Canadian Living)

Best Front of Book

Winner: Up Here

Honourable Mentions: Explore, Outdoor Canada

Best Display Writing

Winner: Cottage Life

Honourable Mentions: Up Here, enRoute

Editor of the Year

Winner: Penny Caldwell, Cottage Life

Honourable Mentions: Ilana Weitzman, enRoute; Melissa Kluger, Precedent

Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.