Doing Shots in Canada

The CEO, the publisher, the art director, the advertising director and I spent the better part of last week in Toronto at the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Annual Convention.

A good time was had by all, especially at the luncheon on Friday, July 16, when the winners of the 2010 Altweekly Awards were announced—and I am proud to announce that the Tucson Weekly took home three big prizes.

Weekly art director Adam Kurtz nabbed top honors in the Editorial Layout category (less than 50,000 circulation) for his print layout of "The Strange Saga of Geronino's Skull" (June 11, 2009).

After Adam's big win, we celebrated in Toronto's Church/Wellesley neighborhood; all I'll say is that shots of a concoction that tasted like Andes mints were involved. They were tasty.

Anyway, I digress. Back to the awards ... Renée Downing nabbed second place in the Political Column category, for "Unfortunately, Arizonans Are Getting What We're Paying For" (Dec. 10, 2009), "Price Tags: The Elephant in the Room in Health Care" (Nov. 12, 2009) and "If You May One Day Need to Go to an ER, You Should Support Health-Care Reform" (Sept. 17, 2009).

Tim Vanderpool won his third Altweekly Award in the last three years, this time earning honorable mention in the Short-Form News category, for his coverage of Tucson Greyhound Park: "Kennel No. 1" (April 23, 2009), "Ordinance Ignored" (Oct. 15, 2009) and "Greyhound Runaround" (Dec. 3, 2009).

Congrats to Adam, Renée and Tim!

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