On Saturday night at La Cité francophone the 2014 Edmonton New Media Awards, better known as the Yeggies, were handed out. This was our third annual event and with over 300 nominations across 16 categories, there was a lot of really excellent work to highlight! About 200 Edmontonians filled the room to help celebrate some of our city’s best online content creators.
If you’re reading this blog I’d say it’s a safe bet that you know what the Yeggies are about, but just in case:
“The Edmonton New Media Awards, or the Yeggies, is an annual awards show created to recognize and celebrate outstanding social media content creators in the capital region. It’s an awards show to highlight some of the amazing talent we have here in Edmonton — from people who code websites themselves, to those who write, speak, draw, all on their own time. Yeggies recipients inspire, evoke, inform, educate and entertain us, and they do it because they have a passion for it.”
As you may have heard, Edmonton has a vibrant and strong social media community. The Yeggies are an opportunity to highlight the work being done and to say thanks for providing interesting content for us to enjoy. Not to mention it’s a fun evening of networking, catching up with friends, and putting faces to the Twitter names!
Adam and Trent were our emcees for the evening and I thought they did a great job. You might say they crossed the line once or twice, but I thought they were hilarious and kept the show running at a great pace! We went with a Back to the Future theme this year, given that 2015 is a very special year in the trilogy. Sadly no one dressed up in Doc Brown’s white radiation suit or Marty McFly’s orange vest, but as has become custom at the Yeggies, most people embraced the “cocktail comfy” dress code. It was a good looking crowd!
We had a very funny standup performance by local comedian Liam Creswick to start the second half of the show. DJ Polyesterday provided the perfect ambiance to the evening. There was food from Cafe Bicyclette, and the bar featured a special “#iheartyeg” cocktail.
From the full list of nominees, 90 were shortlisted. Our panel of judges then had the difficult task of choosing the winners, based on the quality of their work, their impact on Edmonton, and their ability to build community, among other factors.
Here are the winners for 2014, in order of awarding:
- Best in Arts & Culture: After the House Lights – @jennamarynowski
- Best in Film or Television: Kissing Habit Films – @KissingHabit
- Best in Music: Death by Robot – @dbrobotmusic
- Best in Sports: OilersNation – @OilersNation
- Best in Non-Profit: Zoe’s Animal Rescue – @FurRSQ
- Best in Public Service: Sgt. David Jones – @sergeant_jones
- Best in Humor: One Word, Go! Show – @onewordgo
- Best in Family or Parenting: Momstown Edmonton – @momstownEdm
- Best in Business: Fairmont Hotel MacDonald – @FairmontMAC
- Best in Fitness & Health: YEGFitness – @yegfit
- Best in Food: Baconhound – @baconhound
- Best in Fashion & Style: Adventures in Fashion – @advinfashion
- Best in Politics or Current Affairs: Daveberta – @davecournoyer
- Best in Photography: Donna Lynn Photography – @donnalynnphotog
- Best Twitter Persona: @baconhound
- Judges’ Choice: Extreme Enginerding – @mikerobe007
- Best in Edmonton: I Heart Edmonton – @iheartedmonton
- Special Lifetime Achievement Award: Daveberta – @davecournoyer
It was great to see so many of the winners in attendance this year. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!
I thought Phil Wilson, aka Baconhound, had two great speeches. He acknowledged the loss of BT Edmonton, noting that many people in the room had probably been given a leg up thanks to that show and the great people behind it. And in accepting his award for Best Twitter Persona, Phil recognized the huge impact that Marty Chan has had on Twitter over the last few months, especially during the hashtag election.
We’ve often joked about having a special lifetime achievement award, but this year it actually made sense to hand one out. Dave Cournoyer has been blogging for more than ten years now at Daveberta.ca, an incredible milestone, and without question he has had a huge impact on Edmonton and Alberta. He’s the go-to source for political news and analysis and for good reason. Dave talked about how he almost gave up on blogging until the Ed Stelmach domain name debacle launched him into the spotlight. I’m glad he kept it up!
I want to thank the volunteers who helped us out during the show, including Carol, Julie, Lindsey, and Sharon. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you also to our sponsors for helping to make the evening a success: TELUS, EEDC, Kiwi Productions, Northlands, EIA, Copy City, All About Flowers, Oodle Noodle, Focus Communications, and ACME Meat Market.