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CNMA 2007 Our RideI arrived this morning into Toronto just after 6am (wow, red eyes are certainly to be desired), grabbed an easy cab ride into town, checked into a posh, comfortable hotel next to Massey Hall in the midst of all the Young Street action in the downtown core, and found light jazz wooing me into the room from the corner, crisp, white bed sheets turned down, enough space to cleanly execute a cartwheel across the floor and wifi! Exhausted from my fabulous flight, I slept, out like a light.

Good start.

Enough of the fluffy stuff – here’s where the ‘what’s happening here is important’ bit is best illustrated. This afternoon, all of the finalists of this year’s CNMA gathered at the Canadian Film Centre for a BBQ. This welcoming afternoon provided an informal time for the finalists to get to know one another. Adam Froman and Ana Sorreno both had a few casual, friendly, welcoming words to say. But what they said is the good part: this award show is 100% about celebrating great Canadian work. What more can you ask for? Especially when it’s coming from a group of leaders who throw this together and pull off 2 full days for the finalists, and it’s all stemming from a passion for recognizing work in digital media in this country.

Ana Serrano travels around the world, most recently having just returned home from Cannes, and she made a point emphasizing the fact that the world is watching Canada and the amount of fantastic work coming out of our country – the CNMA show is one example of highlighting Canadian talent. Why not embrace this?

I know that award shows are the most likely target (and easy) for slagging and negativity in any industry, but what is being celebrated here in Toronto this week is fantastic for the industry. I’d love to see the many talented people in technology in this country play a role and get involved in the event. What I see as an important element to this celebration continuing to being successful is to write, blog, talk about, advertise, whatever what’s going on across the board in digital media in the country – to do just that, we all need to support the cause and write about what we’re all doing! Our culture does not celebrate our own near enough.

(And as an FYI: the people organizing are not adverse to this show hittin’ the road, in fact, they encourage it moving across the country to another city – anyone up for the challenge?)

After Monday night’s show, there will be plenty of footage, interviews and wrap info on the last 24 hours on the CNMA blog – this is one place where the conversations can continue about who is making waves and which people and companies are paving the way in technology and digital media in Canada on the world’s stage.


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James Eberhardt, Marble Media, With His Wife

Flickr is one of the best photosharing sites on the planet, not to mention, all over the internet!

The Canadian New Media Awards has joined the masses and set up a new flickr account to share photos from years past. Check out some of the pictures added from the awards show in 2005 and 2006.

This will be one of the places online anyone can upload their CNMA pictures for this year’s show in Toronto this May for all to see and experience. You’ll be able to check out the Who’s Who of new media in Canada and download any photo from the site as well.

Get caught up on the CNMA Blog and submit a nomination for the 2006 award show now!

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ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT!! Submit a nomination for the Canadian New Media Awards 2007 by clicking here.

Check out what past finalists have said about being included in and recognized by the CNMA’s:

  1. “Not only did the awards raise my company’s profile on the national New Media front, but they also legitimized years of independent production and non-profit creative passion!”
    Brooke Burgess | Executive Producer | Budget Monks Productions Inc.
  2. “Winning a CNMA is one more thing that gives a client confidence in me. Every little bit helps.”
    Nate Smith | Centre Ice | The Vacuum Design
  3. “My CNMA nomination did a lot to raise my visibility in the industry and in the company I work for. I’ve been booked for numerous speaking engagements and consulting jobs since.”
    Tim Willison | Interactive Engineering | Organic Inc.
  4. “Thanks to the CNMA Website, a Polish executive found out about my work and invited me to work on a project in Poland which allowed me to set a foot in the eastern European market.”
    Tommy Ferlatte | Creator
  5. The prestige of winning a CNMA gave me the recognition instrumental in launching my career forward. No other award I’ve won bears quite the same weight. Norma Penner | Senior Contributor Designer | Organic Inc.

Submit Here.

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I have just been recruited to blog for the CNMA’s! What the hell is the CNMA’s, you ask? Well, it’s Canada’s premier award show for new media in this technological marvel of a country we live in: The Canadian New Media Awards. This year, the event will be held in Toronto on May 28th – and you can go, and WIN!! But first, you must be nominated, something nice you can do for a friend, colleague or even yourself!

Here is the first post from the new CNMA blog that highlights some important details on the awards and the nominations:

Get Your Vote In!

CNMA's in Toronto May 2006

The nominations for this year’s Canadian New Media Awards is open for business. There are 15 categories, 7 for product and 8 for individual and company – take a spin through the list and check out the categories to nominate your colleagues and friends whom you feel deserves the recognition of a CNMA. Heck, you can nominate yourself as well, if you so wish!

New This Year: Early bird prices you should not miss out on! Get your nominations in now, before February 16th at 5pm EDT, and you’ll save mucho dinero on the nomination fee.

Finalists are announced and notified in mid-April, with the award show to follow, set for May 28th in Toronto.

To find out a little more on the previous winners and nominees of a Canadian New Media Award, have a look at the categories and accomplishments of the 2006 finalists.

Nominations are only open until March 2nd, so let your voice be heard while we’re still listening – submit your nomination now!

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