FEO Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2017 FEO Award Program recipients! The 2017 FEO Awards were handed out on Friday, March 3rd during FEO’s Annual Conference “Celebrating the Past. Igniting the Future!” in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and were judged by an independent panel of judges late November 2016. 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 festival supplier services or products that those who submit entries believe stood out in the previous year.

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.

  • 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

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 2017 Volunteer:

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

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.

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

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

Best Greening of a Festival or Event

Best New Festival or Event

Best Promotional Campaign

Sponsor of the Year

Best New Single Sponsorship Opportunity

Best Social Media Campaign

Best Volunteer Program

Best Youth Initiative

Best Fundraising Idea

NEW! Student Leadership Award

This new award recognizes a student with exceptional potential, passion and dedication who engage in activity with the aim of bringing communities together for the purpose of celebration. This Awards was handed out on Sunday, April 2nd during the Life N Style Niagara event fundraiser.

2017 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.










*Represents Level of Distinction festivals and events