The 52nd annual Crystals Radio Awards, the Canadian advertising community’s night to celebrate success, took place Wednesday night at TIFF Bell Lightbox

RADIO/AUDIO/PODCAST:

The 52nd annual Crystals Radio Awards, the Canadian advertising community’s night to celebrate success, honour creativity and network with the 
industry’s brightest minds, took place Wednesday night at TIFF Bell Lightbox, hosted by legendary broadcaster Alan Cross.

Best in Show

PLATINUM CRYSTAL – $10,000 GRAND PRIZE
La Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec “LOL”
Created by: Luc Du Sault, Andrée-Anne Hallé, Nicolas Boisvert; lg2

Agency Campaign

GOLD CRYSTAL
Special Olympics Canada “The R Word – Beep/Beep 2”
Created by: Patrick Scissons, James Ansley, Joel Arbez, Graeme Campbell, Logan Gabel, Terri Vegso, Darlene Remlinger, Laura Rovinescu; Grey Canada

SILVER CRYSTAL
BC Hydro “Rock/Punk/Blues”
Created by: Taxi VancouverJay Gundzik, Nikki Jobson; Sebastien Wilcox Production; Murmur Music and Sound – Roger Harris/Denise Sarris

BRONZE CRYSTAL
Salvation Army “Christmas 2016 – Once a Year/Holiday Stress/Crowded Mall”
Created by: James Ansley, Joel Arbez, Mike Richardson, Oliver Brooks, Vanessa Birze, Siobhan Doyle, Kit Kostandoff; Grey Canada

Agency Single

GOLD CRYSTAL
La Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec “LOL”
Created by: Luc Du Sault, Andrée-Anne Hallé, Nicolas Boisvert; lg2

SILVER CRYSTAL
Vancouver Aquarium “Names”
Created by: Rob Sweetman; One Twenty Three West

BRONZE CRYSTAL
Opera On The Avalon “Sounds of War”
Created by: Jenny Smith, Terri RobertsRay Agency; Keen Music; Gordon Pinsent – Talent

Best Station Entry from a Small Market

GOLD CRYSTAL
Audiology First “Mom”
Created by: Alex Zaretsky, Fay Braden; Rogers Radio

SILVER CRYSTAL
Capri Dental Centre “Brush Brush”
Created by: James McIntosh, Fil De Carvalho, David Larsen; Newcap Radio

BRONZE CRYSTAL
Bounce Energy Balls Canada “She’s Got Balls”
Created by: Tyler Hodkinson, Katie Holden; Larche Communications Inc.

Production – Creative Use of Sound/Music

GOLD CRYSTAL
Product Care Association “Recycled Commercials #2”
Created by: Chris Leitz, Dan Macintosh; Newcap Radio Vancouver

SILVER CRYSTAL
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre “Direct Liquidation“
Created by: Ainsworth – Hagan Ainsworth Production; Murmur Music and Sound Roger Harris/Denise Sarris

BRONZE CRYSTAL
Oodle Noodle “Vintage Jingle”
Created by: Adam McGale, Katie Perman, Lesley Pelletier; Air Support Radio

Copywriting

GOLD CRYSTAL
Product Care Association “Recycled Commercials #2”
Created by: Chris Leitz, Dan Macintosh; Newcap Radio Vancouver

SILVER CRYSTAL
JAZZ.FM91 Jazz and the Arts “Discover Music – Integrity”
Created by: Dani Elwell, Glenn Knight; JAZZ FM91

BRONZE CRYSTAL
West Coast Auto Group “Moj-ivational Thoughts“
Created by: Chris Aviss, Steve Andres, Bob Marjanovich, Ron Hewat; Bell Media RadioVancouver

Performance

GOLD CRYSTAL
Opera On The Avalon “Cut Short”
Created by: Jenny Smith, Terri RobertsRay Agency; Keen Music
Gordon Pinsent – Talent

SILVER CRYSTAL
Indie88 “Win a Trip to Austria”
Created by: Jessica Grajczyk and Dave Cockram; Indie88 – Central Ontario Broadcasting

BRONZE CRYSTAL
Casa Loma “Pyrrhic Victory”
Created by: Dave Calvert, Chris Shapcotte, Bob Magee; Rogers Radio

Public Service Announcement

GOLD CRYSTAL
Product Care Association “Recycled Commercials #1”
Created by: Chris Leitz, Dan Macintosh; Newcap Radio Vancouver

SILVER CRYSTAL
Way North Foods “Feeding My Family – Juice & Coffee”
Created by: Trent Burton, Chris Lihou, Brad Connell, Eric Seymour, Jordon Lawson, Andrea Wettstein; WAX

BRONZE CRYSTAL
Scott Mission “Holiday Hope Fund”
Created by: Larry MacInnis, Andre Lowy, Neil Hedley; MZ Media Inc.

Station Campaign

Dan Macintosh and Chris Leitz (courtesy Brian Viggiani)

GOLD CRYSTAL
Product Care Association “Recycled Commercials #1 and #2”
Created by: Chris Leitz, Dan Macintosh; Newcap Radio Vancouver

SILVER CRYSTAL
UCMAS “Abhinav, Sanjitha, Tenzin”
Created by: Dave Calvert, Stewart Hammill; Rogers Radio

BRONZE CRYSTAL
JAZZ.FM91 Jazz and the Arts “Discover Music – Promo, Integrity, Gregory Porter”
Created by: Dani Elwell, Glenn Knight; JAZZ.FM91

Station Imaging/Sound Design

GOLD CRYSTAL
100.3 The Bear “Summer Imaging”
Created by: Gary McClenaghan, Jamie Watson; Bell Media Edmonton

SILVER CRYSTAL
boom 97.3 “This is boom 97.3”
Created by: Derek Welsman, Troy McCallum, John Arruda, Joe Cipriano; Newcap Radio Toronto

BRONZE CRYSTAL
Q107 “We Built This City”
Created by: Jamie Watson, David Whalen; Corus Radio Toronto

Station Promotion Single

GOLD CRYSTAL
The New Classical FM “Crank It Up – Composers”
Created by: Larry MacInnis, Paul Thomas, Andre Lowy; MZ Media Inc.

SILVER CRYSTAL
89X CIMX-FM “89X Dirty Little Valentine”
Created by: Alan McKinnon, Erik Thompson; Bell Media Windsor

BRONZE CRYSTAL
K Rock 105.7 “Metallica Winner Promo”
Created by: Mike Darrach, David Kaye; Rogers Radio

Station Single

GOLD CRYSTAL
Alzheimer Society of Ontario “Doris”
Created by: Larry MacInnis, Kelly Robotham, Doris Kahnert; MZ Media Inc.

SILVER CRYSTAL
Product Care Association “Recycled Commercials #1”
Created by: Chris Leitz, Dan Macintosh; Newcap Radio Vancouver

BRONZE CRYSTAL
Product Care Association “Recycled Commercials #2”
Created by: Chris Leitz, Dan Macintosh; Newcap Radio Vancouver

Sirius XM Canada is crediting Q2 revenue growth of three per cent year-over-year to expansion of the company’s self-pay subscriber base. Total subscriber numbers saw a 4.8 per cent boost reaching 2,779,000 in February. Adjusted EBITDA for Q2 2017 decreased 3.5 per cent primarily due to higher revenue share and royalty costs, and information technology expenses, partly offset by higher revenues and lower administrative expenses.

The 6th Annual Radiothon for Life on Apr. 6 raised over $191,000 for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation in Estevan, SK. The 12-hour fundraiser on Sun 102 (CHSN-FM) and CJ 1150 (CJSL-AM) got a significant boost thanks to the family of the late Dean Allen, whose estate donated $50,000 in his memory.

The CRTC has issued a call for applications for radio stations to serve the community of Georgina, ON, 81 kms north of Toronto, after finding there is capacity for another station. The review was sparked by an application from My Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to obtain a broadcasting licence to operate a commercial station serving the area. Applications are due June 30.

To mark the Dixie Chicks return to Ottawa on Friday, Apr. 14, COUNTRY 101.1 (CKBY-FM) flipped to CHICKS 101.1 for the day. Starting at 6 a.m. Friday morning, the station rebranded, complete with logo and imaging, putting Dixie Chicks into high rotation including a full hour of the trio’s music before and after show time.

Apple has rebranded iTunes Podcasts as Apple Podcasts. Apple Podcasts promo materials now include a new Listen on Apple Podcasts badge. The rebranding also extends to Twitter, where iTunes Podcasts is now @ApplePodcasts. The Podcasts iOS app appears unchanged in its look and functionality for now.

Brad Phillips, Christian Hall, Julie Adam

Canadian Music Week is underway in Toronto with Wednesday’s radio conference offerings serving up enlightening discussion including Standing on the Platform, on challenges around alternate broadcasting platforms which featured Julie Adam, SVP Rogers Radio, Mark MacArthur, Music Head, CBC, Rob Farina, Sr. Advisor, iHeartCanada, Bell Media Radio, and Zach Sang, Westwood One and Momentum Media Networks. The session was moderated by Kurt Hanson, Publisher, RAIN Radio and Internet Newsletter.

CMW’s keynote panel discussion Like A Boss! featured Corus Radio West VP Brad Phillips, Harvard Broadcasting national program manager Christian Hall, Bell Media GM/VP Radio/TV Western Canada James Stuart, Rogers Radio SVP Julie Adam and Steve Jones, Newcap Radio VP Brands & Content, talking on broadcast leadership.

Shawn Smith, Justin Case, Sean Galbraith, and Ron Tarrant

Broadcast Dialogue publisher Shawn Smith also moderated A Sound That Sticks: Creating A Destination Station, featuring panelists Justin Case of Benztown, USA; Z103.5 (CIDC-FM) Toronto producer Sean Galbraith; and SiriusXM NYC imaging head for the Howard Stern Show Ron Tarrant.

Thursday’s highlights at Canadian Music Week include the Consultant’s Roundtable; a fearless celebrity interview with veteran broadcaster Denise Donlon; and the Iconic Women In Broadcasting panel featuring Jeanne Beker and Maureen Holloway, among others.

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