FEO Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2020 FEO Award Program recipients! The 2020 FEO Awards were handed out on Thursday, February 27th  during FEO’s Annual Conference “INNOVATE” in Richmond Hill, Ontario and were judged by an independent panel of judges early December 2019. 

 

FEO would like to congratulate the following 2020 Service Excellence Award Winners presented by PAL Insurance

Entertainment – Alternative Entertainment Providers
Grand River Party Rentals  www.grandriverinflatables.com

Entertainment – Performers
Mega Magic, Mike D’Urzo www.megamagic.ca
 
Entertainment – Agency
Mega Magic Talent www.megamagictalent.com
 
Operational – Administrative Service Providers:
Place My Booth  www.placemybooth.com

Operational – Foundational Product Providers
Modu-Loc Fence Rentals www.moduloc.ca 

 

 

FEO would like to congratulate the following 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees: 
 

Delores MacAdam - (City of Ottawa)

There would be an absolute void in the Festivals and Events industry if Delores had pursued a different career. Having 30 years’ experience in community planning and development at the municipal and provincial levels, there would be an evident gap that Delores’ expansive knowledge in coordinating and hosting successful events currently fulfills. Specifically, within the City of Ottawa, Delores built relationships with the Mayor’s Office and City Councilors, Senior Management and her Peers including all SEAT members, as well as the Provincial and Federal governments. Delores continues to provide her expertise on how to run a successful event to other event organizers internationally.

Delores is an exceptionally strong leader and has proven so in the management positions she has held over the past 20 years. She consistently delivers no less than the highest standard of service to not only event attendees but also to her IFEA and FEO board colleagues and Event Management School students. Delores is a very dedicated, professional and caring individual which her peers respect and is known for her commitment to doing the best job possible. Her leadership abilities have proven to allow her to adapt and maneuver to continuously provide service excellence no matter the circumstance.  

 

Deb Dalziel - (Township of Centre Wellington)

Deb is an outstanding mentor, leader, and coach. She leads by example in the community of Centre Wellington and has a visible track record of success. Deb is well-respected in the tourism and events industry. She is knowledgeable and valued in our industry, which is evident by her presence and involvement with such conferences as the Festival & Events Ontario (FEO) conference and local tourism summits. She has supported the development of new events in Fergus-Elora, by working with volunteers and new organizations.

Deb is a difference-maker! She has a commitment and passion for serving others in the community while making an impact on the festival industry in Ontario. In early 2018, Deb was instrumental in working with RT04 to lead a new campaign with National Geographic to promote Elora-Fergus Tourism. Her commitment to community endeavors such as the Fergus Scottish Festival, and new opportunities such as the re-branding of Fergus BIA, the new Medieval Festival and the McGuinn Brothers Big Game, further demonstrates her leadership in Centre Wellington. She implements solutions and develops strategies that strengthen the festival sector in Centre Wellington, but also for the surrounding area, recognizing that the success of all festivals will strengthen the industry in Ontario. 

 

 

FEO would like to congratulate the following 2020 Volunteer of the Year: 

Seimone Kpiniong - Hillside Festival (Guelph)


FEO would like to congratulate the following 2020 Family Volunteer of the Year:

The Paradalis Family – Carrousel of the Nations (Windsor)

 


FEO would like to congratulate the 2020 Municipality of the Year recipients under the following three categories presented by OLG:

Population less than 50,000
Township of Centre Wellington  www.centrewellington.ca

Population more than 50,000 and less than 150,000
Town of Aurora www.aurora.ca

Population of 150,000 to 350,000 
City of Richmond Hill www.richmondhill.ca 

 

 

FEO would like to congratulate the 2020 Achievement Award Winners sponsored by CTM Media Group:
 

Best Greening of a Festival or Event

$100,001 to $500,000 – Muslimfest:  Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2019 www.muslimfest.com

$500,001 or more – Hillside Festival: July 12 - 14, 2019 www.hillsidefestival.ca


Best New Festival or Event

$100,000 or less – Oshawa Bright and Merry Market: November 15 -16, 2019
www.oshawa.ca/things-to-do/Bright-And-Merry-Market.asp


Best Promotional Campaign

$100,000 or less – Christmas in Cambridge:  Nov 29-Dec 31, 2019
www.cambridge.ca/en/parks-recreation-culture/christmas-in-cambridge.aspx

$100,001 to $500,000 - Port Elgin Pumpkinfest: Oct 5-6, 2019
www.pumpkinfest.org


Sponsor of the Year

$100,000 or less - Small Halls Festival with Tim Hortons: Oct. 3-6, 2019
www.smallhallsfestival.ca

$100,001 to $500,000 – Winona Peach Festival with Tim Hortons:
Aug 23-25, 2019 www.winonapeach.com

$500,001 or more – Toronto Caribbean Carnival with Grace Foods Inc
Jul 7- Aug 11, 2019 www.torontocarnival.ca


Best Community Partner Outreach Program 

$500,001 or more – Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest with Downtown Kitchener BIA & Willkommen Platz: Oct. 11-19, 2019 www.oktoberfest.ca


Best Social Media Campaign

Vaughan Celebrates Canada Day:   July 1, 2019
www.vaughan.ca/events/canada_day_celebration


Best Youth Initiative

Paisley Blues Festival:   May 31-June 2, 2019 www.paisleyrocks.com


Best Volunteer Program

Town of Whitby:  www.whitby.ca


Best New Single Sponsorship Opportunity (TIE)

Carrousel of the Nations with Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers:
June 14-16 & 21-23, 2019  www.carrouselofnations.com

Sudbury Poutine Fest with Thornloe Cheese: Aug 23-25, 2019
www.sudburypoutinefest.ca

 

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
 

PROVINCE WIDE

Doors Open Ontario: April 20-Oct. 31, 2019 www.doorsopenontario.on.ca

RTO 1 - SOUTHWEST ONTARIO TOURISM REGION

Carrousel of Nations:   June 14-23, 2019 www.carrouselofnations.com

Eat & Drink Norfolk:   April 4-6, 2019 www.norfolkcountyfair.com

*Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show:   Oct. 8-14, 2019 www.norfolkcountyfair.com

​TD Sunfest: Canada's Premier Celebration of World Cultures:   July 4-7, 2019 www.sunfest.on.ca

Tecumseh Corn Festival:   Aug. 23-25, 2019 www.tecumsehcornfestival.ca

LaSalle Strawberry Festival:  June 6 - 9, 2019 http://www.lasalle.ca

*Western Fair:   Sept. 6-15, 2019 www.westernfairdistrict.com

Amherstburg River Lights: Nov 16, 2019 - Feb 16, 2020 www.visitamherstburg.ca

Chatham Retrofest: June 21-22, 2019 http://downtownchatham.com

​RTO 2 - NIAGARA FALLS AND WINE COUNTRY TOURISM REGION

Canal Days Marine Heritage Festival:   Aug.2-5,2019 www.canaldays.ca

*Niagara Grape & Wine Festival:   Sept. 14-29, 2019 www.niagarawinefestival.com

*OPG Winter Festival of Lights:   Nov. 16, 2019-Jan. 12, 2020 www.wfol.com

Pelham Summerfest:   July 18-21, 2019 www.pelhamsummerfest.ca

TD Niagara Jazz Festival: July 18-28, 2019 www.niagarajazzfestival.com

Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade: Nov 16, 2019 www.niagarafalls.ca/santa

Niagara Falls Canada Day: July 1, 2019 www.niagarafalls.ca/canadaday

RTO 3 - HAMILTON, HALTON AND BRANT TOURISM REGION

Canada's Largest Ribfest:   Aug. 30-Sept.2, 2019 www.canadaslargestribfest.com

City of Burlington's Canada Day Celebration:   July 1st, 2019 www.burlington.ca/canadaday

City of Burlington's Children's Festival:   Aug. 18, 2019 www.burlington.ca/childrensfestival

Dundas Cactus Festival:   Aug. 16-18, 2019 www.dundascactusfestival.ca

​It's your Festival:   June 29-July 1, 2019 www.itsyourfestival.ca

​Paris Fair:  Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2019 www.parisfair.com

St. George AppleFest:   Sept. 21-22, 2019 www.stgeorgeapplefest.com

*Sound of Music Festival:   June 8-16, 2019 www.soundofmusic.ca

Supercrawl:   Sept. 13-15, 2019 www.supercrawl.ca

Telling Tales Festival:   Sept. 15-22, 2019 www.tellingtales.org

The Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek:   June 1-2, 2019 www.hamilton.ca/battlefield

Winona Peach Festival:  Aug. 23-25, 2019 www.winonapeach.com

RTO 4 - HURON, PERTH, WATERLOO, AND WELLINGTON TOURISM REGION

​Christmas in Cambridge Festival of Events:   Nov. 29-Dec. 31, 2019 www.christmasincambridge.ca

Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games:   Aug. 9-11, 2019 www.fergusscottishfestival.com

*Guelph Hillside Festival:   July 12-14, 2019 www.hillsidefestival.ca

*Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest:   Oct. 11-19, 2019 www.oktoberfest.ca

Belmont Village Bestival: Sept 13-14, 2019 www.belmontvillagebestival.com

Erin Fair Horse Tent: Oct 10-14, 2019 www.erinfair.com/horse-tent/

Acton Leathertown Festival: Aug 10-11, 2019 www.leathertownfestival.com

RTO 5 - GREATER TORONTO AREA TOURISM REGION

​Brampton New Year's Eve:   Dec. 31, 2019 www.brampton.ca

*Canadian National Exhibition:   Aug. 16-Sept. 2, 2019 www.theex.com

Carassauga Festival of Cultures:   May 24-26, 2019 www.carassauga.com

Grace International Jerk Food and Music Festival (Jerkfest):   Aug. 9-11, 2019 www.jerkfestival.ca

*Luminato Festival:   June 7-23, 2019 www.luminatofestival.com

Mississauga Italfest:   Aug. 16-17, 2019 www.mississaugaitalfest.com

MuslimFest:   Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2019 www.muslimfest.com

*Redpath Waterfront Festival::  June 29-July 1, 2019 www.towaterfrontfest.com

Remembrance Day Parade and Service:   Nov. 11, 2019 www.brampton.ca

*Rogers Cup Presented by National Bank:   Aug. 3-11, 2019 www.rogerscup.com

SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival:   May 24-June 2, 2019 www.singtoronto.com

TD Salsa in Toronto Festival:   July 6-7, 2019 www.salsaintoronto.com

Streetsville Founders' Bread and Honey Festival Inc:   May 31-June 2, 2019 www.breadandhoney.com

*Toronto Caribbean Carnival:   July 10-Aug. 4, 2019 www.torontocarnival.com

*Toronto International Film Festival:   Sept. 5-15, 2019 www.tiff.net

Brampton Winter Lights Weekend: Nov 15-17, 2019 www.brampton.ca

Feast of St. Lawrence: Aug 9-10, 2019 www.feastofstlawrence.ca/

Brampton Canada Day: July 1, 2019 www.brampton.ca

Southside Shuffle Blues & Jazz Festival: Sept 6-8, 2019 www.southsideshuffle.ca

RTO 6 - YORK, DURHAM, AND HILLS OF HEADWATERS TOURISM REGION

Aurora's Christmas Market: Nov 29-Dec 1, 2019 www.aurora.ca

​Brooklin Harvest Festival:  Sept. 14, 2019 www.whitby.ca

Markham Canada Day: July 1, 2019 www.markham.ca

Canada Day Celebrations:   July 1st, 2019 www.richmondhill.ca/canadaday

Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival:   May 31-June 2, 2019 www.orangevillebluesandjazz.ca

Oshawa Peony Festival:   June 15-16, 2019 www.oshawa.ca/peony  

Vaughan Celebrates Winterfest:  Feb 10, 2019 www.vaughan.ca

Richmond Hill Ribfest: July 26-28, 2019 www.richmondhill.ca

Markham Milliken Children's Festival: Aug 24, 2019 www.markham.ca

Newmarket 10 Min Play Fest: July 22-28, 2019www.nationalplayfestival.ca

Bright and Merry Market: Nov 15-16, 2019 www.oshawa.ca

RTO 7 - BRUCE PENINSULA, SOUTHERN GEORGIAN BAY AND LAKE SIMCOE TOURISM REGION

Barrie Automotive Flea Market:   June 6-9, 2019 & Sept. 5-8, 2019 www.thebafm.com

Barrie Winterfest:   Feb. 2-3, 2019 www.barrie.ca/winterfest

Carrot Fest:   Aug. 16-17, 2019 www.carrotfest.ca

First Light:   Nov. 21-Dec. 7, 2019 www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca

Creemore Springs Turas Mór:   May 25, 2019 www.creemorespringsturasmor.com

Lighthouse Blues Festival:   July 12-14, 2019 www.lighthousebluesfest.ca

Meaford Scarecrow Invasion and Family Festival:   Sept. 9 -Oct. 20, 2019 www.scarecrowinvasion.ca

Ontario's Best Butter Tart Festival:   June 8, 2019 www.buttertartfestival.ca

Port Elgin Pumpkinfest:  Oct. 5-6, 2019 www.pumpkinfest.org

Pumpkinferno:   Oct. 3-30, 2019  www.discoveryharbour.on.ca

Sidelaunch Days:   Aug. 10-11, 2019 www.sidelaunchdays.ca

Small Halls Festival:   Oct. 3-6, 2019 www.smallhallsfestival.ca

Paisley Blues Fest: May 31-June 2 www.paisleyrocks.com

Kempenfest: Aug 2-5, 2019 www.kempenfest.com

Tottenham Bluegrass Festival: June 14-16, 2019 www.tottenhambluegrass.com

RTO 8 - KAWARTHA AND NORTHUMBERLAND TOURISM REGION

*Havelock Country Jamboree:   Aug. 15-18, 2019 www.havelockjamboree.com

Buckhorn Festival of the Arts: Aug 17-18, 2019 www.buckhornartfestival.ca

RTO 9 - SOUTH EASTERN ONTARIO TOURISM REGION

Belleville Waterfront & Multicultural Festival:   July 11-14, 2019 www.bellevillewaterfrontfestival.com

Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival:  Aug. 9-11, 2019 www.kingstonsheepdogtrials.com

RTO 10 - OTTAWA AND COUNTRYSIDE TOURISM REGION

*Canada Day Celebrations (Ottawa/Gatineau):   July 01, 2019 www.ottawatourism.ca

*Ottawa Chamberfest:   July 25-Aug. 8, 2019 www.chamberfest.com

*RBC Bluesfest:   July 4-14, 2019 www.ottawabluesfest.ca

*TD Ottawa Jazz Festival:   June 21-July 2, 2019 www.ottawajazzfestival.com

*Winterlude (Ottawa/Gatineau):   Feb 1-Feb. 18, 2019 www.ottawatourism.ca

RTO 11 - HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS TO THE OTTAWA VALLEY TOURISM REGION

Tweed Elvis Festival: Aug 23-25, 2019 www.tweedelvisfestival.ca

​RTO 12 - MUSKOKA, PARRY SOUND, AND ALGONQUIN PARK TOURISM REGION

Bala Cranberry Festival:   Oct.18-20, 2019 www.balacranberryfestival.on.ca

Festival of the Sound:   July 19-Aug. 10, 2019 www.festivalofthesound.ca

Fire & Ice Festival:  Jan. 25, 2020 www.fireandicebracebridge.com

RTO 13 - NORTHERN ONTARIO TOURISM REGION

Haunted Fort Night:   Oct. 3-27, 2019 www.fwhp.ca

Snow Day on the Waterfront: Feb 18, 2019 www.thunderbay.ca

*International Plowing Match & Rural Expo (Verner, West Nipissing): 
Sept. 17-21, 2019 www.plowingmatch.org

Live on the Waterfront:   July 10-Aug. 28, 2019 www.thunderbay.ca/live

Battle of Fort William: Aug 12, 2019 www.fwhp.ca/festivals-events

The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival:   Aug. 23-25, 2019 www.thegreatcanadiankayakchallenge.ca

* Events with an asterisk represent Level of Distinction Festivals and Events.