Version 8 of the Canadian New Media Awards has recognized and celebrated the many accomplishments of individuals and companies in the Canadian new media industry.
The prestigious product and company awards, handed out during the Awards Gala held at the Carlu in Toronto, both promote the new media sector and provide inspiration for those preparing to enter the industry.
Toronto-based new media company marblemedia was recognized yesterday with two trophies at the CNMAs, winning the Company of the Year Award as well as the Producer of the Year award for company partner and executive producer Mark Bishop.
“We are very honoured to receive these awards because the continually evolving new media field is our passion and at the heart of all our work,” Bishop said. “My business partner Matt Hornburg and I thank our amazing team at marblemedia. Without them all this would just be a dream.”
Recognizing the importance of new communications technologies to social action, the CNMAs recognized achievement in two related categories, Social Media websites and applications.
Homeless Nation, a Montreal-based not-for-profit organization, took home a CNMA, matching one it had also received from the U.S.-based Society for New Communications Research (SNCR).
The homelessnation.org website uses new media technologies to help Canadians living on the street, and to providing those with lived experience the necessary life skills and media tools to empower themselves to make their voice heard in society, describes National Coordinator Chris Aung-Thwin.
As well as the individual and company awards, the Special Recognition Award recognizes an individual from Canada who has made a significant contribution to the new media industry, but would not necessarily qualify for a CNMA.
The industry gathered in mid-November for the Awards celebration and related events, including the nextMEDIA Industry conference, such as Pre-awards Finalist Showcase & Cocktail Reception, Evening Awards Ceremony and After Party.
Canadian New Media Awards
2008 Finalists and WINNERS Listed Category
COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Big Blue Bubble
WINNER - marblemedia
MOST PROMISING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
WINNER - Viigo
EXCELLENCE IN GAMING
WINNER - Mario Strikers Charged
Next Level Games Inc.
The Urban Vermin Adventure
SR Entertainment Inc.
EXCELLENCE IN CHILDREN'S
WINNER - Flip Boom
Toon Boom Animation Inc.
Spiderman: Friend or Foe
Next Level Games Inc.
EXCELLENCE IN CROSS PLATFORM
Postcards from Crystal
WINNER - www.OddJobJack.com
Smiley Guy Studios
EXCELLENCE IN NEWS/INFORMATION
WINNER - Diamond Road Online
Kensington Communications Inc.
EXCELLENCE IN CULTURE, LIFESTYLE ARTS
WINNER - 1973: Sorry Out of Gas
Dept of Computer Science, University of Calgary
Website - The National Ballet of Canada
EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING
Sinking Ship Entertainment
CBC/Radio-Canada Digital Archives Website
CBC / Radio-Canada
WINNER - LE TAPIS ROUGE
EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES
WINNER - www.homelessnation.org
Homeless Street Archive
Pixton Comics Inc
EXCELLENCE IN SOCIAL MEDIA APPLICATIONS
These Are My Kids
WINNER - Traveler IQ Challenge
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Great Northern Way Campus
WINNER - Dan Zen
PROGRAMMER OF THE YEAR
WINNER - Evert Pot
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
WINNER - Mark Bishop
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
WINNER - Daniel Riley
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
WINNER: Sheridan Scott
Commissioner of Competition, Competition Bureau Canada