In May 2011, the first issue of urbanicity Magazine rolled off the presses and into the hands of new readers across Hamilton. It was an 8-page 30″ broadsheet that was printed entirely in black and white. It was a new project that I launched in response to what I felt was inadequate media coverage of urban Hamilton; it’s ideas, issues, and experiences. The downtown needed a voice, and I wanted to do my part to give it one. Now, 71 issues later, this is my final issue as Editor, Publisher, and owner of urbanicity Magazine.
The last six years have been quite the ride, to say the least. Since it was launched, urbanicity Magazine changed formats from broadsheet to tabloid, increased in page count, added colour in 2014, expanded circulation, and grew into Burlington as well. In this time, it has benefitted from three editors, five different designers, and well over 200 individual contributors. I have been tremendously privileged and continually humbled to work with all of these passionate people. It never ceased to amaze me that every month, year after year, people of all types and views would send in articles they had written for publication. It is truly staggering to think about just how much there is to discuss, debate, and share in a vibrant city like Hamilton.
In my very first editorial, I wrote that, “In an increasingly globalized world, the value of local content is now greater than ever. Never has it been more important to provide a forum for the exchange of local ideas, issues, and experiences.” I believe that this is still the case. However, since I wrote these words, the local media landscape has changed dramatically. Small local papers have popped up in many of Hamilton’s neighbourhoods, local blogs have proliferated rapidly, and even the major media channels themselves now seem to spend generous time covering Hamilton’s lower city. Downtown has many voices now, and that can only be a good thing for all of us.
Looking forward, urbanicity Magazine will continue to focus on the ideas, issues, and experiences of this great city. The new team is keen and excited. and I wish them nothing but the best going forward. While I will remain involved with the magazine as part of its advisory board for the next six months, I will now focus fully on growing my creative agency. I’m excited to tackle new challenges, and I am very much looking forward to what is next.
Personally, I want to thank you all for reading these last six years. Thank you for contributing, for advertising and for distributing. Thank you for joining in the conversation.
I look forward to reading the April issue!