2017 Bands

We have seven media bands ready to battle for the Newzapalooza Jonathan Jenkins Memorial Trophy. If the prize was to be handed out for best band name alone, we’d need more trophies!

CBS2017You may be discouraged in this age of upheaval, but look there, through the fog and the smoke of burned-out journalists, there is a light, there is hope, there is a living, breathing entity that will vanquish our foes, there is …. CONRAD BLACK SABBATH, featuring National Posties both current and, yes, mostly former: Sarah Boesveld, Jonathan Dekel and Kagan McLeod on vocals, Stewart Bell on bass, Drew Hasselbach and Ron Wadden on guitars, Brice Hall on keyboards and Andrew Tolson on drums.

CBC - RiffsThe Riffs Estate from CBC makes its Newzapalooza debut. This up and coming ska band from frequents seedy local dives but has their sights set on fame … if only they can get a drummer who doesn’t call in sick.

HighwaytoBellLiving easy, living free, season ticket on a one-way ride to Newzapalooza. Highway to Bell makes CTV’s debut at this years event with a collective including Evan Pang on lead vocals and guitar, Angelo Altomare on lead guitar, Andrew King on bass and Aaron Hayes on the kit. Jackie Vandinther, Raven Gordon and Marlene Leung round out the backup vocals, and special guest Lisa LaFlamme joins us to close out the rockin’ performance.

TheHuffingtonesHot off their stellar debut ​performance last year, The Huffingtones are back & ready to rock! This band of hooligans promises to blow the crowd away for a second straight year & have their eye on winning the coveted Jonathan Jenkins memorial trophy. Mark Cavalcante (guitar & vocals), Kyle Leeson (guitar & vocals), Kent Pawziuk (bass), Dan Carroll (keys), Greg Warden (drums), Sabrina Campolucci (manager).

Bulletin Kill 2017Bulletin Kill returns with a mix of sweet covers from the 60s, 80s and 90s, and one of their original songs. This scrappy trio is rocking out with three and a half members this year, but you’ll hear no lullabies from this band. Rest assured they’re still bringing the noise. Representing BNN on guitar and vocals is Greg Bonnell, from The Canadian Press on bass and vocals is Allison Jones and the Globe and Mail’s Dan Bristow brings the thunder on the drums.

Processed with Snapseed.Death Hoax, in its sophomore year, were last year’s new kids on the block – if the New Kids On The Block sounded like grungy-90s-punk-meets-early-2000s-garage-rock. Gracing the Newza stage for the first time this year, Death Hoax is a rowdy, ragtag four piece featuring guitar slinger and Sportsnet designer Bradley Reinhardt, beat-keeper and novelist-slash-journalist Nathan Whitlock, bass player and Canadian Press reporter Paola Loriggio, and lead singer and CBC reporter Lauren Pelley.


Have you ever felt the pull to dance in a grocery store aisle, stroke that air guitar, punch the air with the Devil Horn hand gesture when that song with an incredible beat comes through the speakers? DISRUPTED,  is set to deliver the thump, pump and jump. Scott (Hamilton Spectator) on the kit will provide the Thump, Mojo (Thomson Reuters) on Bass will provide the Pump and Steve (Thomson Reuters) on guitar and vocals will make it all Jump.