FEO Awards Program

The dedication it requires to successfully organize and execute some of the best festivals and events in the world, takes more than great ideas and collaboration; it takes rolling up your sleeves, digging deep into the community for support, and rounding up volunteers to make it a success!

Each year at the FEO annual conference, we acknowledge our members’ hardwork through our annual Awards Program, highlighting the best in industry practices and commitment of those who make the festivals and events industry in Ontario such a success.

Each year, just before Spring, the FEO conference plays host to our extravagant gala evening where the FEO Awards are presented.  This year’s Awards will be presented on March 2, 2018 at the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s in Hamilton, Ontario.

Click here to view all 2016 FEO Award Program recipients

Top three reasons festivals and events should apply:

  1. The FEO Awards Program is recognized by government officials, industry suppliers and festival-goers alike.
  2. Being a FEO award winner is a great marketing tool. We will provide you with the appropriate logo to use for promotional materials, media relations and your website and assist you with any questions you may have about how to market your FEO Award. 
  3. Winners are featured on our Awards page in our Festivals & Events in Ontario Guide for the following year. This full-colour, digest sized guide has a distribution of 250,000 copies.

 Eligibility Requirements:

All entrants must be a member of FEO for a minimum of one (1) year, with an account in good financial standing. Click HERE for more information on becoming a FEO member.

Note: There are subsequent eligibility requirements associated with each FEO Award submission. Please be sure to read the Award application form in it’s entirety for all the details.

FEO Awards and Award Categories

The FEO Awards SUBMISSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON! Please check back with us late summer 2017.

FEO Top 100 Festivals & Events

2017 Top 100 Award Requirements and Application Form

FEO Achievement Awards

Based on budget (budget is defined as the overall festival/event budget): $100,000 or less; $100,001 – $500,000; $500,001 or more.

  • Sponsor of the Year
  • Best Promotional Campaign
  • Best New Festival or Event
  • Best Community Partner Outreach Program
  • Best Greening of a Festival or Event

Not Based On Budget

  • Best Fundraising Idea
  • Best Social Media Campaign
  • Best Youth Initiative
  • Best NEW Single Sponsorship Opportunity
  • Best Volunteer Program

2017 Achievement Awards Requirements and Application Form

FEO Hall of Fame Award

2017 Hall of Fame Award Requirements and Application Form

FEO Municipality of the Year Award

Based on population: population less than 50,000; population 50,000 – 150,000; and population more than 150,000.

2017 Municipality of the Year Award Requirements and Application Form

FEO Service Excellence Awards

Entertainment Awards

  • Children’s Entertainment
  • Performers
  • Entertainment Agency
  • Alternative Entertainment Providers

Operational Awards

  • Administrative Service Providers
  • On-Site Professional Service Providers
  • Production Service Providers
  • Foundational Product Providers
  • Promotional & Specialty Product Providers

2017 Service Excellence Award Requirement and Application Form

FEO Volunteer of the Year Awards

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Youth Volunteer of the Year
  • Family Volunteer of the Year

2017 Volunteer of the Year Award Requirements and Application Form

FEO Student Leadership Award

2017 Student Leadership Award Requirements and Application Form

Having trouble deciding which award is the right fit for you? Check out this flow chart we’ve made to ensure you receive the recognition you deserve! 

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If you have any questions about eligibility, application process or anything else related to FEO’s Award Program, contact Martha