The festival and event industry is growing at a rapid pace in Ontario. There are more and more festivals competing for audience engagement. New festivals are popping up each year, existing festivals are developing at an alarming rate while others are struggling to survive. Keeping up with the times and differentiating your festival can be very challenging.
Have you thought about how you are going to stand out this year?
Join us as we celebrate your successes and work together to incorporate innovation, to take on new initiatives and strive to stand out. Through this year’s Conference theme, we challenge event organizers, both the festival and supplier industry to “Dare To Be Different” as you grow your much loved festivals and businesses!
With the industry united under one roof, this is your opportunity to discover what’s new and trending from leading experts. Share ideas, collaborate with colleagues, celebrate the successes of the past year and even shop at our Marketplace filled with suppliers ready to meet your product and services needs.
Check in with us often for Conference updates – see you in Markham!
Festivals and Events Ontario annual Conference is held in late Winter (just before festival planning timeframe) in any one of Ontario’s major cities across the province and boasts vibrant presentations, collaborative industry education, in-depth workshops and an outstanding opportunity to learn from and network with top industry professionals. The Conference attracts 300+ festival and event professionals from across the province of Ontario. With a major tradeshow marketplace, an industry recognition Award Program and numerous showcase entertainers, the FEO Conference provides the perfect backdrop for industry professionals to soak up the excitement of a successful festival and event year gone by and prepare for another exciting year ahead!
Every year industry members eagerly anticipate the opportunity to relax, have fun and rub shoulders with other festival and event industry professionals. The annual Conference provides an ideal forum for delegates to networking, exchanging ideas, gathering insights and honing skills. Interested in becoming a member? Click HERE or contact Debbie Mann for more details!
Conference attendees come from a wide range of environments across the arts, heritage, sports, food, music and many other platforms. Here is a sample of the industry professionals you might run into at our annual Conference:
FEO takes pride in carefully selecting top industry professionals to lead dynamic presentations and in depth workshops. FEO’s Keynote Speakers are known for their ability to inform, educate and entertain Conference delegates with the aim to motivate and energize professionals as they enter the upcoming festivals and event season. Interested in speaking at the FEO’s Conference? Click HERE or contact Debbie Mann, Business Development Manager, for more information or to discuss your options.
Each year as a part of the Annual Conference, FEO provides the opportunity to performers of all genres to give a performance audition in front of hundreds of industry planners and organizers. These performance auditions are built into our special Showcase evening on Thursday and our Gala dinner on Friday night, providing entertainment for the delegates throughout the evening. If you are interested in learning more about the Showcase selection process, click HERE or contact Debbie Mann.
Every year as a part of the Annual Conference, FEO reaches out to their members to donate at least one item to the FEO Silent Auction so we can continue providing excellent programming value for both the Conference and regional educational and networking events. EVERY dollar raised through the silent auction is utilized towards educational initiatives, such as providing guest speakers at these events. Thanks to FEO members like you, last year’s Silent Auction raised over $9,000! If you are interested in learning more about the Silent Auction or need help to brainstorm, please click HERE or contact Nichole Fogarty.
As the largest trade show of its kind for festival and event professionals, FEO’s Marketplace promises to feature suppliers from a wide range of services and products. This is a one stop shopping opportunity under “one roof” so to speak, as vendors and suppliers are available to share and reveal industry products and services meeting almost every festival need. This is a great opportunity to engage, connect and collaborate in the sustainability and success of Ontario’s festivals and events industry! Interested in purchasing a booth? Click HERE to download the form, or contact Debbie Mann for more details!
FEO’s annual Conference is the place to be as each year, FEO rolls out the red carpet, so to speak, to acknowledge and recognize industry excellence through the annual Awards Program. These highly revered Awards and award winners reflect the best of the best in industry practices, the hard work and commitment of those who make the festivals and events industry in Ontario such a success. * If you are interested in learning more about the FEO’s Award Program, click HERE or contact Martha Cookson.
FEO welcomes the opportunity to partner with any organization that shares an interest in the festival and event industry. Festivals and Events across Ontario span over many platforms such as the arts, heritage, sports, food and music. There is plenty of opportunity to narrow your reach within a variety of target markets. Creating a perfect forum for businesses to connect directly with a large number of industry professionals on a personal level, the Conference allows companies to interact with major players within the festival industry, revealing valuable demographic and psychographic insights and enabling businesses to steer their brand visibility to a more targeted audience. FEO has a wide range of sponsorship opportunities for companies who want to be involved in our annual Conferences. Interested in becoming a sponsor at the FEO Conference? Click or contact Debbie Mann, Business Development Manager, for more information.