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.
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!
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