The Grid’s gone
Well, we gave it our best shot. After 162 issues, this Thursday’s issue of @TheGridTO will be our last. We are shutting down immediately.
— TheGridTO (@TheGridTO) July 2, 2014
The Grid announced on Twitter this morning that it’s closing down for good, an abrupt move that nevertheless hasn’t taken Toronto media-watchers entirely by surprise. The weekly city magazine, a reboot of Torstar’s ailing Eye Weekly, attracted plenty of positive notice after its launch in May 2011—it won several National Magazine Awards, and was repeatedly named one of the best-designed newspapers in the world by the Society for News Design. Last June, though, the publication laid off a significant portion of its masthead and slashed its freelance budget. A recent redesign shrank the weekly’s physical dimensions, presumably to save on paper costs. The Grid‘s final issue comes out on Thursday; NOW Magazine, its main competitor, whose bottom line is cushioned by the sexual-services classifieds that The Grid eschewed, will survive as Toronto’s only remaining newsweekly.
5 thoughts on “The Grid’s gone”
Guess Hipster appeal doesn’t equal Ad revenue
ultra-regrettable. It was a smart, sometimes very clever and always amusing read.
Another socialist rag bites the dust. Not even the hate on Rob Ford can keep it afloat.
I’m going to miss the fact they considered chefs and bartenders local celebrities. I was hoping they’d take it to the next level and do features on dishwashers
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