Newza 2012 a Critical and Commercial Triumph

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)

Naomi Snieckus (, @snieckus)

Coun. Doug Ford (

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.

Holy Joe & The Principles 2.0 win Newza 2011

A big congratulations to Holy Joe & The Principles 2.0, the winners of Newzapalooza 2011.

Celebrity judges chose the Toronto Star group as the top media act out of seven bands, which included strong sonic entires from the Globe, CP, Maclean’s, CityTV, Jazz FM, Reuters and the Toronto Sun. It was a great crowd, and thanks to all who came or couldn’t and picked up tickets anyway. Organizers agreed it was the best show yet, including a superb set by Andrew Cash and Charlie Angus. The NDP rockers played nice and so did celeb judge Tony Clement. Gazebo jokes were kept to a respectable minimum.

In the process, Star types and others helped raise over $9,000 for the Children’s Aid Foundation.