Sparksheet Editor Dan Levy, Creative Director Charles Lim and Community Manager Joey Tanny

Maybe it’s our creative director’s near-obsessive attention to detail. Maybe it’s the tsunami of tweets our community manager cranks out on a daily basis. Or maybe it all just boils down to Content. Whatever it is, it’s working. And we couldn’t be more proud.

On Monday the third-annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) ceremony took place at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, with hundreds of digital publishers, editors, and designers in attendance.

This year Sparksheet was nominated for seven awards in the blue division (B2B), and despite the slew of quality competitors, Sparksheet did what few expected, taking the top prize in every category:

  • Best Online-Only Site GOLD
  • Best Web Design GOLD
  • Best Blog GOLD
  • Best Use of Social Media GOLD
  • Best E-Newsletter GOLD
  • Best Mobile-Optimized Site GOLD
  • Best Article or Series (for Brand New Havana) GOLD

As the winners were announced, the Twittersphere lit up: some at the ceremony had never heard of us, others were simply baffled by our success. Here are some of our favourites from the evening:

@CraigSilverman: Hey look at the Sparksheet editor eating his too many awards! #COPAwards

@Mastheadmag: We lost track of how many awards Sparksheet won. #COPAwards

@PoppedCulture: One last award for @nationalpost – a silver for best companion website. #COPAwards @sparksheet won everything else.

@mattlundy33: At the #copawards. Wtf is sparksheet?

@thismason: In the end, we snatched victory from the jaws of Sparksheet #copawards

@VickiJane13: Sparksheet is cleaning up in here! Anyone have any idea what that is? #copawards

@mattlundy33: Sparksheet is like when the Lord of the Rings ran the table at the Oscars. #copawards

@ALeeGreenberg: Who IS Sparksheet, you ask? Big time #copawards winner, for starters.

@ssawchuk: Sparksheet. Win all the things. #COPAwards

@spafax_arjun: With all their mega COPA awards, pretty sure the @Sparksheet guys are going to be insufferable #spafax

Congratulations to all the other nominees and winners (other multiple-award winners included the CBC, Globe and Mail, National Post, OpenFile and Torontoist). And a huge thanks to the COPA judges and crowd for your support!