Toronto Life

Toronto Life

September 18, 2007 11:08 ET

Sarah Fulford Named Incoming Editor of Toronto Life-Succeeds John Macfarlane Who is Stepping Down

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 18, 2007) -

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Sharon McAuley, Vice-President and Group Publisher of Toronto Life, today announced that John Macfarlane will be stepping down as Editor at the end of 2007. She named Senior Editor Sarah Fulford as his successor.

An eight-year veteran of the magazine, Fulford is a recognized talent, having won gold and silver National Magazine Awards for her writing as well as editing more than a dozen award-winning features and columns for Toronto Life. Promoted to Senior Editor in 2003, Fulford was responsible for scouting exciting new writing talent and developing a number of successful special editorial projects. At the same time, she established herself as a freelance writer for newspapers and magazines. Prior to joining Toronto Life in 1999 as associate editor, she was an assistant editor at Elm Street. The 33-year-old is married to novelist Stephen Marche and has a 19-month-old son.

"I'm thrilled to be taking on this new challenge," said Fulford. "Toronto Life has a tradition of featuring great writing and superb photography. I hope to build on that tradition by encouraging the growth of new talent and broadening the magazine's readership."

Macfarlane, 65, is considered the dean of Canadian magazine editors, and has held the Editor's position since 1992. (This actually represents his second stint in the Editor's chair; he also edited the magazine in 1972-73.) Known in the industry for nurturing writing talent and mentoring the next generation of editors, he played a key role in the search for his successor.

"I recognized an editor-in-chief in Sarah a long time ago. And I am completely confident that she and the team she inherits will take Toronto Life to new highs. I look forward to seeing that happen, knowing that I played a part in making it possible," said Macfarlane.

During Macfarlane's 15-year tenure with Toronto Life, the magazine won an unprecedented 53 gold and 58 silver National Magazine Awards. Last year, the National Magazine Awards Foundation honoured him with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Macfarlane, who also serves as Vice-President for Strategic Development at St. Joseph Media (Toronto Life's parent company), said he will have an on-going relationship with the company. "But I'm ready for a change. I've been an editor for 40 years. I'm looking forward to contributing what I've learned as a journalist and on volunteer boards to other organizations in the private and public sectors."

"John is leaving Toronto Life at the top of his game, and the magazine has never been stronger," said McAuley. "Our readers will love what Sarah brings to the magazine - she's extraordinarily talented, smart, curious, and has a great instinct for the big, juicy story. Under her leadership, Toronto Life will continue to do what we do best - entertain and engage our readers and help them to get the most out of living in this city."

About Toronto Life:

Since 1966, Toronto Life has helped Torontonians understand and enjoy life in Toronto. Our award-winning journalism focuses on the issues and trends, people and institutions that define the city. Authoritative reviews offer recommendations for the best in food and wine, shopping, and arts and entertainment. Toronto Life and enjoy an exclusive, loyal audience of 765,000 readers and 220,000 unique visitors each month.

About St. Joseph Media

St. Joseph Media publishes Toronto Life, FASHION Magazine, Wish, Gardening Life, Canadian Family, Weddingbells, Mariage Quebec, WHERE Canada magazines, Quill & Quire, Ottawa Magazine and a variety of custom publications. Properties go beyond print to include web sites and television. St. Joseph Media is a division of St. Joseph Communications, Canada's largest privately owned communications company, with four business platforms in content, print, documents and media.

Contact Information

  • Toronto Life
    John Macfarlane
    (416) 955-4953
    Toronto Life
    Sarah Fulford
    Senior Editor
    (416) 955-4953
    Toronto Life
    Sharon McAuley
    VP Group Publisher
    (416) 955-4951