The Toronto Star’s Holy Joe and The Principles smoked their way through a steaming set of powerfully funky Meatloaf and Johnny Cash tunes to capture the 2012 Newzapalooza title before a rapturous crowd of 400. The glittering event – held at Leslieville’s storied Opera House – raised $7,000 for the Children’s Aid Foundation. To win the crown, Holy Joe had to out rock a tough field of bands from the Toronto Sun, CItyTV, Thomson Reuters, the Globe and Mail and the Canadian Press.
Newxapalooza wishes to thank our special guests for the evening – MC Jaymz Bee and his good friends in Bonzai Suzuki (thank you, Bubz Magoo) – and our fabulous celebrity judges:
Dave Martin (davemartinworld.com, @davemartinworld)
Naomi Snieckus (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1690652/, @snieckus)
Coun. Doug Ford (http://www.toronto.ca/councillors/ford1.htm)
A huge thanks as well goes out to all our sponsors and everyone who attended for making the show such a success. We hope to see you all again next year.