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.

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