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GayCalgary.com Reader’s Choice

Award Results from 2005

Readers Choice Awards by Rob Diaz-Marino (From GayCalgary® Magazine, April 2006, page 8)
GayCalgary.com Reader’s Choice: Award Results from 2005
GayCalgary.com Reader’s Choice: Award Results from 2005
GayCalgary.com Reader’s Choice: Award Results from 2005
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The results are in! This year’s Reader Survey probed further into the spending habits of our readers. Yes, there may have been a lot of questions but it helped us feel out our market and determine what areas would be best for our advertisers to target. Your answers also helped us gain new ideas and insights on what we can do to improve the magazine and better serve the community’s needs.

Our ballot quantities increased by 7% since 2005, not including spoiled entries. Many ballots were voided this year because they did not have a valid name, phone number, or E-mail address. Without that information there is no way for us to ensure that each person has submitted only one ballot, thus we had to discard those surveys to prevent any potential ballot stuffing. It’s unfortunate - many of the awards were really close calls, and these ballots could have made a difference in some of the categories. For next year’s survey, even if you’re not interested in winning any of the prizes, at least give us a first name and a phone number so that we can count the answers you give!

Ballot Submission
67% - Ballot Boxes
16.5% - The Twisted Element
14.2% - Money Pennies
11.0% - The Backlot
9.2% - The Texas Lounge
6.9% - Metro the Club / Rekroom
5.9% - Timothy’s Coffee
2.3% - The Calgary Eagle
2.3% - Priape
1% - Other Locations
28% - Online
2.7% - Snail Mail

Awards
Please note that only the top 3 selections are listed.
Bar/Club with Friendliest Staff
28% - The Twisted Element
23% - The Backlot
19% - Money Pennies

Bar/Club with Best Happy Hour
27% - The Backlot
19% - The Twisted Element
18% - Money Pennies

Best Bar/Club to Watch a Drag Show
48% - The Twisted Element
40% - Metro the Club / The Rekroom
6% - Pulse / Loading Dock / Arena

Best Bar/Club for Karaoke
27% - Money Pennies
27% - The Texas Lounge
27% - The Twisted Element

Bar/Club with Sexiest Clientele
52% - The Twisted Element
14% - Metro the Club / The Rekroom
13% - The Calgary Eagle

Bar/Club with Sexiest Staff
47% - The Twisted Element
13% - The Backlot
13% - The Calgary Eagle

Best Bar/Club to Play Pool
34% - Metro the Club / The Rekroom
22% - The Twisted Element
17% - The Calgary Eagle

Bar/Club with Best DJs and Music
43% - The Twisted Element
35% - Metro the Club
8% - Money Pennies

Most Community-Minded Bar/Club
31% - Money Pennies
27% - The Twisted Element
18% - Metro the Club / The Rekroom

Best Bar/Club Over All
37% - The Twisted Element
16% - The Backlot
16% - Metro the Club / The Rekroom

Please note that some of the following fill-in-the-blank questions have low percentages because many different answers were given.

All-time Favorite Female Persona
18% - Nina Tron
16% - Carly York Jones
9% - Dyna Myte

All-time Favorite Male Persona
51% - Bruce Lee
14% - Dion Boink
8% - Matchbox Max

Favorite Weekly Bar/Club Event
16% - Sexy Shorts Thursdays @ Twisted
13% - Diva-Licious Sundays @ Twisted
5% - Name That Tune @ Money Pennies

Favorite Bar/Club Special Event
14% - Studio 54 Party @ Twisted
7% - White Party @ Twisted
5% - Straight to Diva @ The Calgary Eagle

Favorite Independent Gay Event
33% - The Canadian Rockies International Rodeo
29% - Calgary Pride
5% - Calgary Cares

Favorite Live Theatre Company
32% - One Yellow Rabbit
14% - Alberta Theatre Project
7% - Stage West

Most Outstanding Community Volunteer
12% - Dr. Richard Denney
7% - Lorrie Murphy
5% - Jarod (Jaylee)

Most Outstanding Non-Profit Group
23% - The SHARP Foundation
13% - ARGRA
13% - The ISCCA

Gay Business with Most Positive Impact
22% - The Twisted Element
20% - Money Pennies
14% - Priape

Reader Demographics

Gender
76% - Male
22% - Female
2% - Transgendered

Sexuality
73% - Openly Gay
16% - Semi-Closeted
7% - Bisexual
3% - Straight
1% - Closeted

Relationship Status
54% - Single
28% - Long-term Monogamous
9% - Casual
8% - Long-term Open
1% - Widowed

Residence Location
48% live Downtown
44% live in the Suburbs
5% live in Rural districts

(GC)



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