FEO Awards Program

Festivals and Events Ontario 2021 Conference & 2021 Awards Program Postponed

This year has been one of the most challenging our industry has ever faced and the future is still very uncertain as the COVID-19 Pandemic continues to put the Festival and Event industry on hold.

As you are aware, the 2021 FEO Conference was to be held February 22-24 in the beautiful city of Niagara Falls. We have held out hope that there would still be a way by February 2021 to conduct an in-person event; however, based on the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases in the Province, we have no choice but to officially cancel the 2021 FEO Conference in Niagara Falls.

Our FEO Board has been meeting and sharing strategies as to how we can still provide a fun, educational experience for our members virtually and we have come up with a few great ideas that we will be sharing soon with you. Rest assured, there will still be a strong FEO presence during the month of February 2021.

We want to take a moment and address a few very important elements of the annual Conference that will be changing this year. The first is the FEO Awards Program. With so many events not taking placing in 2020, it will be next to impossible to conduct our awards program in the same way we always have. Many of the categories will not be relevant because of the Pandemic, and because of this, the FEO Awards program will be postponed until 2022.

That being said, we are aware that many FEO Members still managed to get the creative juices flowing and held a virtual experience this year to keep their audience entertained and engaged and to keep their festival or event top of mind. In addition, many of our supplier members showed great ingenuity and courage by pivoting away from their usual line of business to embrace the need for PPE, hand sanitation, fencing, barriers and more to assist municipalities and private sector with COVID-19 protocols. Individuals and organizations need to be recognized and congratulated for bravely jumping into the unknown, learning the ropes and successfully keeping their business or event alive during these troubling times.

We are pleased to unveil the FEO Achievement Program specifically for our FEO Members in 2019 and 2020 that were able to Adapt - Pivot - Evolve. These aren’t just buzz words; they are strong pillars for our industry as move from 2020 into the new year.

If the above paragraphs relate to you, we want to hear from you. Please tell us your story by filling out the attached entry form. Each and every person that gets back to us will have their story shared and you will receive recognition for your efforts during the FEO celebrations in February.

The other very important aspect of festivals and events are volunteers. They are the lifeblood of our industry and we don’t want to stop recognizing those that give so freely and share their talents and time with their community. If you successfully conducted an event (in person or virtually) in 2020, and had volunteers involved, please fill out the attached form and share with us who those people are so they can be recognized and thanked by a Provincial organization for making such a difference.

We ask that the FEO Achievement Program forms be returned to Jay Nijhuis by January 7th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.  to give us time to get our awards presentation produced and ready for February. There is no cost to your association or business. Don’t delay! Tell us how you were able to adapt, pivot and evolve.


We hope that you, your family and friends remain healthy and safe

Thank you for all that you do.



Dave MacNeil
Chief Executive Officer
Festivals and Events Ontario