The Spliffs Estate reach new high

Newza2018_JLR5684SMThousands raised for a great charity at The Media Event of the Year ™

TORONTO  — Newzapalooza has never seen anything quite like it before in all of its 14 years. As the final notes of this year’s competition reverberated around The Opera House Friday night, our panel of learned celebrity judges huddled for a spirited debate on just who deserved to go home with the coveted Jonathan Jenkins Memorial Trophy.

In a process more complicated that the US electoral college system and rivalling the papal enclave, the judges struggled mightily but in the end, The CBC’s The Spliffs Estate ranked slightly higher than CTV’s Highway to Bell, which was in turn closely trailed by third place Death Hoax, a hybrid media outlet four-piece ensemble that rocked the house.

All of the bands entertained this year, and after a lot of loud, loud, loud fun, the night was capped off by a loving, all-strings set by a special musical guest act, fronted by Andrew Cash and featuring his son Sam. Thank you Andrew, co-founder of the Urban Worker Project and singer/songwriter extraordinaire.

Thanks to the bands and fabulous Newza patrons, thousands of dollars more were raised for the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, adding to the $180,000 tallied up for the charity since 2004.

Huge thanks to Lana Gay of Indie 88, this year’s host, and celebrity judging panel, which included CBC’s Amanda Parris, Toronto city councillor Paula Fletcher, singer/songwriter Donovan Woods and q host Tom Power.  Heaps of thanks to this year’s sponsors, including The Opera House, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, Nikon Canada, Toronto Star, CBC’s The Currentand the Toronto Raptors.

Thank you, also, to Adam Miller, Sandro Contenta, Geoff Ewart, Brent Jolly and Patty Winsa for manning the door. Patty also designed this year’s ticket. Thanks also to the foundation and its volunteers. Andrew Lahodynskyj was our fab volunteer shooter.

Lastly, all of us on the volunteer planning committee — Sarah Boesveld, Robyn Doolittle, Rob & Natasha Granatstein, Lauren Pelley, Jim Rankin, Graeme Roy, Michelle Shephard and Tanya Talaga — thank everyone who turned out for a terrific cause. See you next November!

www.newzapalooza.ca~ @Newzapalooza~ Facebook

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Hacks about to rock for a good cause at The Media Event of the Year ™

TORONTO — Newzapalooza burst out of the newsrooms of Toronto in 2004 like a bat out of hell on a very tight deadline. Founded by the late, great newsman Jonathan Jenkins, the idea was simple — harness the innate competitiveness of local reporters, editors and other media workers and marry it to their undying belief that they can, in fact, do it better themselves. The result: instant rock bands, itching to square off against their rivals.

On Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E., five bands made up of hacks from the various media outlets will take to the stage to raise money for theChildren’s Aid Foundation of Canada.

The event has raised more than $180,000 for the foundation, which provides scholarships and supports for vulnerable young people who have been taken into the care of children’s aid societies.

We’re delighted to say Lana Gay of Indie 88 is this year’s host.  This year’s panel of celebrity judges includes CBC’s Amanda Parris, freshly re-elected Toronto city councillor Paula Fletcher, singer/songwriter Donovan Woods and q host Tom Power. As well, Andrew Cash — former MP for Toronto’s Davenport riding, co-founder of the Urban Worker Project and singer/songwriter extraordinaire — is this year’s special musical guest.

Special thanks to this year’s growing list of sponsors, which includes The Opera House, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, Nikon CanadaToronto Star, CBC’s The Current and the Toronto Raptors. There will be promotional draws for cool stuff the night of.

Doors and the bar open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or from members of the media bands taking part. The Opera House is a kid-friendly venue, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit www.newzapalooza.ca, like us on Facebookand follow @Newzapaloozaon Twitter.

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Conrad Black Sabbath and Iron Man win third straight Newza title

Newza2017_JLR1044SMTORONTO, Nov. 5 2017 — Conrad Black Sabbath, a band birthed out of The National Post newsroom, obliterated fake news, alternative facts and the competition at Newzapalooza Friday night at The Opera House. In attendance at The Media Event of The Year ™ were Iron Man, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and hundreds of hacks and hangers-on who helped raise money for the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada.

The dust is still settling as we type but our bean counters tell us we, thanks to fans and sponsors, raised around $13,000, bringing the total amount raised over the event’s 13 years to $180,000. The foundation works with over 50 child welfare agencies, providing support and scholarships for vulnerable young people.

A round of thanks to our co-hosts Robyn Doolittle and Michelle Shephard, and judges Dave Bidini, Raina Douris, Lana Gay and Anne-Marie Mediwake.

Closing out the night, honourary Newzapalooza co-chair Maizey Westaway — daughter of the late Jonathan Jenkins, who co-founded the event — presented Sarah Boesveld of Conrad Black Sabbath, once more, with the big trophy named after her dad, while brother Dexter watched on. It was the band’s third win in a row, for a cinematic set capped off with a rendition of Iron Man, complete with, um Iron Man, and plenty of theatre. CTV’s Highway to Bell, including anchor Lisa LaFlamme, and The Huffingtones, with stupendous performances by both, made it a very close call for the judges. Thank you to all seven media bands that competed this year. You were great.

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors, especially long-standing support from Long & McQuade Musical Instruments and The Opera House and its terrific staff, including manager Athena Ellinas-Towers. Ace Awards donated the coveted trophy. Kudos to Nikon Canada, Ace Awards, Torq Ride, Rogers and the Toronto Star for the draw prizes.

Thank you, also, to Annie Arnone, Ainsley Cruickshank, Victoria Gibson, Alanna Rizza, David Rider and Patty Winsa for volunteering their time Friday to help with the show. Brian Hughes once again designed our tickets, and for that we are grateful. Thanks also to Jess Brayne of the foundation and her volunteers.

Lastly, all of us on the volunteer planning committee — Sarah Boesveld, Robyn Doolittle, Rob & Natasha Granatstein, Lauren Pelley, Jim Rankin, Graeme Roy, Michelle Shephard and Tanya Talaga — thank everyone who turned out for a terrific cause. See you next November!

www.newzapalooza.ca ~ @Newzapalooza ~ Facebook

Newzapalooza, slayer of fake news, in its spooky 13th year

NewzapaloozalogoYellowTORONTO — A few years back, Black Sabbath, on a track from its album, 13, asked: “Who do you trust when corruption and lust, creed of all the unjust, leaves you empty and unwhole?” The answer is simple: You trust Newzapalooza, in its 13th year, that’s who. There’s nothing fake about it.

On Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E., seven bands made up of hacks from the CBC, Chatelaine, Thomson Reuters, CTV, National Post, BNN, The Canadian Press and Huffington Post, will take to the stage to raise money for the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada.

The event has raised more than $167,000 for the foundation, which provides scholarships and supports for vulnerable young people who have been taken into the care of children’s aid societies.

We’re delighted to say journalism powerhouses Robyn Doolittle of the Globe and Mail and Michelle Shephard of the Toronto Star are co-hosting this year. This year’s panel of celebrity judges includes musician, writer, author and Toronto’s newest newspaper publisher Dave Bidini, Raina Douris of CBC Radio 2 Morning, music journalist Lana Gay of Indie 88, and, last but not least, Anne-Marie Mediwake, co-host of CTV’s Your Morning.

Special thanks to this year’s growing list of sponsors, which includes The Opera House, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, Home Depot, Nikon Canada, Ace Awards, Torq Ride, Toronto Star and Rogers Media. Toronto’s West End Phoenix will be donating sales to the cause as well. There will be promotional draws for cool stuff the night of, including concert tickets, gift cards, a camera and more.

Doors and the bar open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or from members of the media bands taking part. The Opera House is a kid-friendly venue, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit www.newzapalooza.ca, like us on Facebook and follow @Newzapalooza on Twitter.

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Newzapalooza XIII set for Nov. 3, 2017

Tickets for the Most Anticipated Media Event of the Year(TM) are hot off the presses and we’re set to rock. Seven media bands are ready to battle for Newzapalooza bragging rights in this, our 13th year. Circle Nov. 3 on your calendar. As usual, the show is at The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E, Toronto, and all money raised will go to the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. Stay tuned for more details on our celeb judges and host. Tickets are $25 and available from band members and at the door. Doors and bar open at 7 pm, show begins at 8 pm. Spread the word!NewNewzaHalloween

Newzapalooza nets $17K for Children’s Aid Foundation

cbs_winnerscropNational Post’s Conrad Black Sabbath wins again, Globe and Mail’s Fun With Discipline cry foul, and, Death Hoax & Huffingtones debuts stunners

TORONTO, Nov. 6 2016 — Giant paper mache heads of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump mesmerized the audience as the National Post’s Conrad Black Sabbath stole the show and Jonathan Jenkins memorial trophy for a second straight year at The Media Event of The Year ™.

Every single dollar raised, — from the entrance tickets to the raffle and Conrad Black Sabbath T-shirts sales — goes to the Children’s Aid Foundation and Friday night we pulled in an epic $17,000, thanks to you and our righteous sponsors. We’re delighted to say that in the years since this began we have raised over $167,000 for what is one of the country’s most worthy charities. The foundation works with over 50 child welfare agencies, providing support and scholarships for vulnerable young people.

A YUGE shout out of thanks goes to our host Candy Palmater and judges Lana Gay, Paula Fletcher, Andrea Houston and Roz Weston.

At the end of the night, honourary Newzapalooza co-chairs Maizey and Dexter Westaway — daughter and son of the late Jonathan Jenkins, who co-founded the event — presented Sarah Boesveld of Conrad Black Sabbath, once more, with the big trophy named after their dad. The Globe and Mail’s Fun With Discipline 13-member ensemble, led by Robyn Doolittle, came up second again while newcomers Death Hoax, in their first ever appearance at Newzapalooza, screamed into third place with their classic covers.

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors, especially long-standing support from Long & McQuade Musical Instruments and The Opera House and its terrific staff, including manager Athena Ellinas-Towers. Ace Awards donated the coveted trophy. AOL came in big this year with a $1,000 donation. And a round of applause to Heineken, Nikon Canada, Ace Awards, Rogers, Toronto Star, Post Media, Bandit Brewery, Halo Brewery, Lansdowne Brewery, Henderson Brewery and The Local Pub. for draw prizes.

Thank you, also, to Hina Alam, Ellen Brait, Megan Dolski, Joe Hall and Jesse Winter for volunteering their time Friday to help with the show. Brian Hughes once again designed the tickets, and for that we are grateful.

Lastly, all of us on the planning committee — Sarah Boesveld, Robyn Doolittle, Rob & Natasha Granatstein, Jim Rankin, Graeme Roy, Michelle Shephard and Tanya Talaga — thank the 600-plus who turned out for a terrific cause and a rocking good night. See you next November!

www.newzapalooza.ca ~ @Newzapalooza ~ Facebook

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Extra, extra, read all about it: We’re set to rock!

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Newzapalooza Annual Media Battle of the Bands Turns it to 12

Hacks about to rock for a good cause at The Media Event of the Year ™

TORONTO — It’s one more sleep until the show, we got a tank full of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s getting dark early … and we’re wearing sunglasses. As Jake told Elwood: “Hit it.” For the past year, musically-inclined hacks have been busy putting the bands back together — and in some cases, making brand new ones — for a terrific show and cause.

On Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at The Opera House, 735 Queen St. E., six bands made up of hacks from the Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail, National Post, BNN, Toronto Star, The Canadian Press and Huffington Post, will take to the stage to raise money for the Children’s Aid Foundation.

It its 12th year, the event has raised more than $150,000 for the foundation, which provides scholarships and supports for vulnerable young people who have been taken into the care of children’s aid societies.

We’re delighted to say Candy Palmater of The Candy Show is this year’s host. This year’s panel of celebrity judges includes activist and journalist Desmond Cole, Toronto city councilor Paula Fletcher, music journalist Lana Gay of Indie 88 and Roz Weston, entertainment reporter with ET Canada and co-host of the Roz and Mocha Show on Kiss 92.5.

Special thanks to this year’s growing list of sponsors, which includes Home DepotThe Opera House, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, Heineken, Nikon Canada, Ace Awards, Rogers, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Bandit Brewery, Halo Brewery, Lansdowne Brewery, Henderson Brewery and The Local Pub. There will be promotional draws for cool stuff the night of, including concert tickets, a camera, sports memorabilia and more.

In this year’s publisher challenge AOL Canada was quick to wager $1,000 on The Huffingtones, confident it will unseat Conrad Black Sabbath, the reigning Newzapalooza champs.

Doors and the bar open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door or from members of the media bands taking part. The Opera House is a kid-friendly venue, but minors must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, visit www.newzapalooza.ca, or like and follow @Newzapalooza on Facebook and Twitter.