Provincial association recognizes industry festival & events leaders


Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce the 2017 FEO Achievement Award winners. These awards, handed out to FEO members, showcase various elements of festivals or events that those submitting believe stood out in the previous festival year. The Achievement Awards were handed out on Friday, March 3 during FEO’s Annual Conference Celebrating the Past, Igniting the Future.

Submissions from FEO members were received for consideration in the fall of 2016 and were judged by an independent panel of judges. Festivals and events of all kinds from every corner of Ontario were represented in the submissions – from community festivals to internationally recognized events. The 2017 Achievement Awards were given out on Friday, March 3 during FEO’s Annual Conference Celebrating the Past, Igniting the Future in Sault Ste, Marie, Ontario.

FEO would like to congratulate the 2016 Achievement Award Winners:

Best Community Partner Outreach Program
$500,000 or more: Supercrawl, Wesley Urban Ministries (Community Partner), Hamilton

Best Greening of a Festival or Event
$100,00 or less: Braden’s Hot Chocolate Festival, Dundas
$100,000 – $500,000: Canada’s Largest Ribfest, Burlington
$500,000 or more: Sound of Music Festival, Burlington

Best New Festival or Event
$100,000 or less: Sault Ste. Marie Science Festival, Sault Ste. Marie
$100,000 – $500,000: TD Niagara Jazz Festival, St. Catharines
$500,000 or more: Fusstoberfest (Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest), Kitchener

Best Promotional Campaign
$100,000 or less: Braden’s Hot Chocolate Festival, Dundas
$100,000 – $500,000: Art in the Park (Rotary Club of Windsor 1918), Windsor
$500,000 or more: Western Fair, London

Sponsor of the Year
$100,000 or less: Braden’s Hot Chocolate Festival, Hillfield Strathallan College (Sponsor), Dundas
$100,000 – $500,000: Live on the Waterfront, Thunder Bay Credit Unions (Sponsor), Thunder Bay
$500,000 or more: The Word on the Street Toronto, TD Bank Group (Sponsor), Toronto

Best Fundraising Idea
Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound

Best New Single Sponsorship Opportunity
Luminato Festival, Absolut (Corby Spirit and Wine (Sponsor), Toronto

Best Social Media Campaign
MuslimFest, Mississauga

Best Volunteer Program
Hillside Festival, Guelph

Best Youth Initiative
Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show, Simcoe

Hall of Fame
Since 2000, FEO has now inducted 35 people into its Hall of Fame representing festivals, municipalities, organizations and events from across the province. Each individual named to the FEO Hall of Fame is someone who has dedicated their career to the festival and event industry and who has made a lasting contribution to their community, festival, event or organization.

FEO would like to congratulate the following 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Michael Langford, Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport (Re-tired)
  • Ian McMillan, Executive Director of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie
  • The late Shane Sargant, Event Planner with the Township of Cleaview

Volunteer of the Year Awards
FEO maintains that the importance of volunteers to the festivals and events industry cannot be undervalued. FEO’s commitment to the festivals and events industry is strengthened by recognizing the volunteers who have distinguished themselves by virtue of their service to their community through significant involvement with festivals or events.

FEO would like to congratulate the following 2017 Volunteer of the Year:

Brian Low, Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival (Owen Sound)

“Celebrating the Past. Igniting the Future” 2017 FEO annual conference and Awards presentation was held at the Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

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