FEO Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016FEO Award Program recipients! The 2016 FEO Awards were handed out on Friday, March 4 during FEO’s Annual Conference Dare 2B Different in Markham, Ontario and were judged by an independent panel of judges late November 2015. The FEO Awards go to…

FEO Service Excellence Awards

The Service Excellence Awards recognize the achievements of FEO member suppliers from across the province for the work they do in the festival and event industry. These Awards showcase various supplier services or products that those who submit entries believe stood out in the previous year.

  • Entertainment – Alternative Entertainment Providers: Niagara Inflatables and Games Inc.
  • Entertainment – Performers: Mega Magic
  • Entertainment – Entertainment Agency: The Feldman Agency (Toronto)
  • Operational – Foundational Product Providers: Modu-Loc Fence Rentals
  • Operational – Production Service Providers: 3L Productions Inc.
  • Operational – On-Site Professional Service Providers: Innovative Security Management (1998) Inc.

Hall of Fame

Since 2000, FEO has now inducted 32 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.

  • Judi McIntyre, Business Manager of Stiver Mill Farmer’s Market (Markham, Ontario)

FEO Volunteer of the Year Award

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 2016 Volunteers:

  • Volunteer of the Year:  Wanda Restivo, Tennis Canada/Rogers Cup presented by National Bank (Toronto)
  • Youth Volunteer of the Year: Brendan Stroop-Bowes, It’s Your Festival (Hamilton)

FEO Municipality of the Year

The Award is intended for the festivals and events industry to openly encourage, support, learn from and recognize positive local environments for festivals and events provincially. Through this award, FEO is pleased to recognize those municipalities, towns or cities and markets who have worked, through concentrated efforts, to provide an atmosphere beneficial to successful festivals and events.

  • Population less than 50,000: The County of Brant
  • Population more than 50,000 and less than 150,000: The Corporation of the City of Kingston
  • Population more than 150,000: The Corporation of the City of Burlington

FEO Achievement Awards

These awards showcase various elements of festivals or events that those submitting believe stood out in the previous festival year.

Best Community Partner Outreach Program

  • $100,000 or less: Apple Harvest Festival & Apple Pie Trail, Blue Mountains
  • $500,000 or more: Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Kitchener

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: Hillside Festival, Guelph

Best New Festival or Event

  • $100,000 or less: Woodland Disco & Glow Fest, Oshawa
  • $100,000 – $500,000: Village Noel Temiskaming, Temiskaming Shores
  • $500,000 or more: Hamilton Kicks It Up! off-the-field-action, Hamilton

Best Promotional Campaign

  • $100,000 or less: Braden’s Hot Chocolate Festival, Dundas
  • $100,000 – $500,000: Small Halls Festival, Township of Clearview
  • $500,000 or more: Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show, Simcoe

Sponsor of the Year

  • $100,000 or less: Braden’s Hot Chocolate Festival, Tim Hortons (Sponsor), Dundas
  • $500,000 or more: Western Fair District, M&T Printing (Sponsor), London

Best New Single Sponsorship Opportunity

  • Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show with Metroland Media (Sponsor) Simcoe

Best Social Media Campaign

  • Western Fair, London

Best Volunteer Program

  • Tennis Canada/Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, Toronto

Best Youth Initiative

  • Food Frenzy, Thunder Bay

Best Fundraising Idea

  • Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound

2016 TOP 100

These Top 100 recipients represent Ontario’s festivals and events that excel within the industry. Included in the Top 100 are the Festivals & Events of Distinction (LOD) representing a select group of the most well-known and respected celebrations in the province; celebrations which draw both an international and domestic audience. These LODs are highlighted in bold below.

APRIL

  • Eat & Drink Norfolk (Simcoe) Apr 7 – 9
  • Float Your Fanny Down The Ganny (Port Hope) Apr 16
  • Stratford Festival (Stratford) Apr 19 – Oct 30 stratfordfestival.ca

MAY

  • SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival (Toronto) May 7 – 15
  • Carassauga Festival (Mississauga) May 27 – 29

JUNE

  • Barrie Automotive Flea Market (Oro-Medonte) Jun 2 – 5
  • Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival (Orangeville) Jun 2 – 5
  • Dundas International Buskerfest (Dundas) Jun 3 – 5
  • The Streetsville Founders’ Bread and Honey Festival (Mississauga) Jun 3 – 5
  • Re-Enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek (Stoney Creek) Jun 4 – 5
  • Dunnville Mudcat Festival (Dunnville) Jun 9 – 12
  • Luminato Festival (Toronto) Jun 10 – 19 luminatofestival.com
  • Oshawa Peony Festival (Oshawa) Jun 11 – 12
  • Sound of Music Festival (Burlington) Jun 11 – 19 soundofmusic.ca
  • Mississauga Waterfront Festival (Mississauga) Jun 17 – 19
  • Salsa at Blue Mountain (Blue Mountains) Jun 17 – 19
  • Carrousel of Nations (Windsor) Jun 17 – 26
  • TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (Ottawa) Jun 23 – Jul 3 ottawajazzfestival.com
  • Kirkland Lake Homecoming (Kirkland Lake) Jun 24 – Jul 1
  • TD Toronto Jazz Festival (Toronto) Jun 24 – Jul 3 torontojazz.com
  • The Toronto Fringe Festival (Toronto) Jun 29 – Jul 10
  • Toronto Ribfest (Etobicoke) Jun 30 – Jul 3

JULY

  • City of Burlington’s Canada Day Celebrations (Burlington) Jul 1
  • Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebration (Niagara Falls) Jul 1
  • Richmond Hill Canada Day Celebration (Richmond Hill) Jul 1
  • Vaughan Celebrates: Canada Day (Vaughan) Jul 1
  • Canada Day in the Capital (Ottawa/Gatineau) Jul 1 canadaday.gc.ca
  • Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by PortsToronto (Toronto) Jul 1- 3 towaterfrontfest.com
  • It’s Your Festival (Hamilton) Jul 1 – 4
  • Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto (Toronto) Jul 5 – 31 torontocaribbeancarnival.com
  • World Heritage Sunset Ceremonies (Kingston) Jul 6 – Aug 31
  • Belleville Waterfront & Ethnic Festival (Belleville) Jul 7 – 10
  • TD Sunfest: Canada’s Premier Celebration of World Cultures (London) Jul 7 – 10
  • RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest (Ottawa) Jul 7 – 17 ottawabluesfest.ca
  • Lighthouse Blues Festival (Kincardine) Jul 8 – 10
  • Teddy Bears Picnic (Thunder Bay) Jul 12
  • Pelham Summerfest (Fonthill) Jul 14 – 17
  • Festival Kompa Zouk (Toronto) Jul 14 – Aug 1
  • Home County Music And Art Festival (London) Jul 15 – 17
  • Mount Forest Fireworks Festival (Mount Forest) Jul 15 – 17
  • Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound) Jul 15 – Aug 7
  • Collingwood Elvis Festival (Collingwood) Jul 20 – 24
  • Ottawa International Chamber Festival (Ottawa) Jul 21 – Aug 4 chamberfest.com
  • Hillside Festival (Guelph) Jul 22 – 24 hillsidefestival.ca
  • Kapuskasing Lumberjack Heritage Festival (Kapuskasing) Jul 22 – 24
  • Richmond Hill Ribfest (Richmond Hill) Jul 22 – 24
  • Rogers Cup presented by National Bank (Toronto) Jul 23 – 31 rogerscup.com
  • Bancroft Rockhound Gemboree (Brancroft) Jul 28 – 31
  • Harbourfest (Kenora) Jul 29 – 31
  • Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival (Port Colborne) Jul 29 – Aug 1
  • Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival (Sioux Lookout) Jul 29 – Aug 7
  • Cobourg Sandcastle Festival (Cobourg) Jul 30
  • Jambana™, One World Festival (Brampton) Jul 31 – Aug 1
  • Newmarket Jazz+ Festival (Newmarket) Jul 31 – Aug 3

AUGUST

  • TD Kitchener Blues Festival (Kitchener) Aug 4 – 7
  • Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival (Kingston) Aug 5 – 7
  • Jerk (Jerk Food Festival) (Toronto) Aug 6 – 7
  • Buckhorn Fine Art Festival (Buckthorn) Aug 12 – 14
  • Havelock Country Jamboree (Havelock) Aug 18 – 21 havelockjamboree.com
  • Carrot Fest (Bradford) Aug 19 – 20
  • Dundas Cactus Festival (Dundas) Aug 19 – 21
  • Tweed Tribute to Elvis Festival (Tweed) Aug 19 – 21
  • Canadian National Exhibition (Toronto) Aug 19 – Sep 5 theex.com
  • Mississauga ITALFEST (Mississauga) Aug 20
  • Burlington’s Children’s Festival (Burlington) Aug 21
  • Tecumseh Corn Festival (Tecumseh) Aug 25 – 28
  • The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival (Timmins) Aug 26 – 28
  • Waterfront District BIA Ribfest (Thunder Bay) Aug 26 – 28
  • MuslimFest (Mississauga) Aug 27 – 28

SEPTEMBER

  • Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto) Sept 8 – 18 tiff.net
  • Supercrawl (Hamilton) Sept 9 – 11
  • Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival (Mississauga) Sept 9 – 11
  • Western Fair (London) Sept 9 – 18 westernfairdistrict.com
  • Canada’s Only Guitar Trail (Blue Mountains) Sept 10
  • Niagara Wine Festival (St. Catharines) Sept 10 – 25 niagarawinefestival.com
  • Meaford Scarecrow Invasion & Family Festival (Meaford) Sept 16 – Oct 16
  • St. George AppleFest (St. George) Sept 17 – 18
  • Telling Tales Festival (Hamilton) Sept 18
  • International Plowing Match (Minto) Sept 20 – 24 plowingmatch.org
  • Beau’s Oktoberfest (Vankleek Hill) Sept 23 – 24
  • Richmond Hill Tastes of the Hill (Richmond Hill) Sept 25

OCTOBER

  • Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg) Oct 1 – 30
  • Fort Fright at Fort Henry (Kingston) Oct 1 – 31
  • Norfolk County Fair and Horse Show (Simcoe) Oct 4 – 10
  • Kitchener – Waterloo Oktoberfest (Kitchener) Oct 7 – 15 oktoberfest.ca
  • Blue Mountains Apple Harvest Festival (Blue Mountains) Oct 8 – 10
  • Bala Cranberry Festival (Bala) Oct 14 -16
  • Aurora’s Haunted Forest (Aurora) Oct 29

NOVEMBER

  • Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade (Niagara Falls) Nov 19
  • River Lights Winter Festival (Amherstburg) Nov 19 – Dec 31
  • OPG Winter Festival of Lights (Niagara Falls) Nov 19 – Jan 31, 2017 wfol.com
  • First Light at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons (Midland) Nov 24 – 26 

WINTER – DEC 2016 TO MAR 2017

  • Christkindl Market (Kitchener) Dec 1 – 4
  • Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village (Morrisburg) Dec 1 – Jan 1, 2017
  • Wine & Food Show (London) Jan 19 – 21, 2017
  • Winterlude (Ottawa/Gatineau) Feb 3 – 20, 2017 winterlude.gc.ca
  • Barrie Winterfest (Barrie) Feb 4 – 5, 2017
  • Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival (Kirkland Lake) Feb 16 – Mar 5, 2017
  • Voyageur Winter Carnival (Thunder Bay) Feb 18 – 20, 2017
  • Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival (Oakville) Mar 4 – 26, 2017