2018 Host and Judges

Our host

LanaGay_HeadshotLana Gay of Indie88 is a broadcaster, music journalist, you can hear her weekdays from 1:30-6 pm. She is fixated on independent Canadian music, the arts, and is an advocate for children’s literacy running A Good Book Drive Toronto! She’s proud to hail from Leamington, where she was raised on Motown music and Hungarian food (an underrated combo, really.) Lana won the ‘Most Likely to Save the World Award’ in high school and knows the value of a cold beer, an old record and a great pair of cowboy boots. Once, she tried to chase a rainbow and ended up in Blenheim, Ontario. Lana was a Newza judge for the past two years, and we’re so happy to have her as host. Welcome back Lana! (Photo: Courtesy Lana Gay)


AmandaParris_209By day, Amanda Parris writes a weekly column for CBC Arts, hosts three CBC television series (CBC ARTS: EXHIBITIONISTSTHE FILMMAKERS and FROM THE VAULTS), and is the radio host of MARVIN’S ROOM on CBC Music. By night, she writes stories for the stage and screen. She’s also an artist and host extraordinaire, and we’re tickled to have her on the judging panel. This is her first Newza.


Paula Fletcher, freshly re-elected Toronto city councillor for newly re-drawn Toronto-Danforth, returns to the Newzapalooza judging panel. She’s been a long-time supporter of the show and we’re happy to have her back at the Opera House, on her home turf.

DW Credit Matt BarnesSMSinger-songwriter Donovan Woods brings his bushy beard, tuque and latest album, Both Ways, to the Newza judging panel. He’s described, modestly, on his Facebook page as “Canada’s answer to Paul Simon except taller and not as good.” We’re absolutely thrilled to have him. This is his first Newza. (Photo: Matt Barnes)

Dustin Rabin PhotographyNewzapalooza is delighted to have Tom Power return to the show as a judge. Host of CBC’s q, Tom has musical chops — he fronts the folk-rock group, The Dardanelles — and a fondness for The Rock and all things Newfoundland.