2024 FEO Volunteer Awards Announced

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 2024 Volunteer Winners.


Family Volunteer of the Year
The Moyle Family – Niagara Grape and Wine Festival


Youth Volunteer of the Year
Marc & CJ Marcos – Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights
Finn McManus – Riverfest Elora


Volunteer of the Year
Judi Denny – City of Oshawa Peony Festival


The “IMAGINE” 2024 Festivals & Events Ontario Conference was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from February 26-28, 2024.


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About Festivals & Events Ontario
Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) was established in 1987 as an association devoted to the growth and stability of the festival and event industry in Ontario. FEO supports a lively, engaged and dedicated festival and events industry by sharing knowledge, enabling networking and providing leadership on education, advocacy and promotion. FEO operates Canada’s largest dedicated festival and event Conference, publishes and distributes an annual consumer guide, promotes its industry festival supplier goods and services and oversees an industry-leading awards recognition program. The festivals and events industry in Ontario is estimated to generate in excess of $2.3 billion annually in contribution to regional GDP, create/sustain approximately 50,000 full-year-equivalent jobs and foster approximately $1 billion dollars in taxes at all levels of government.

 

2024 FEO Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Niagara Falls, Ontario (February 28, 2024) Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce three new inductees into the FEO Hall of Fame, as well as the 2024 FEO Volunteer of the Year Awards. FEO believes it is important to recognize significant contributions of these individuals to the festival and event industry – without their passion and dedication, this industry could not survive. The Hall of Fame and Volunteer of the Year Awards were handed out on Wednesday, February 28th during FEO’s Annual Conference “IMAGINE” in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Since 2000, FEO has now inducted 48 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.

FEO would like to congratulate the following 2024 Inductees.


Ann Barker – Ticketpro Canada Inc.

A seasoned Director of Operations and Business Development, with over 30 years in the festival and event box office and ticketing industry.

A Wilfrid Laurier University graduate, Ann has orchestrated and executed hundreds of conferences and conventions. She brings a wealth of expertise in non-profit organizations, business planning, sales, customer relationship management, and the hospitality sector.

Her leadership and experience proved invaluable, as she helped steer Festivals and Events Ontario through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic while President of the organization. Ann's enduring impact and extensive experience make her a standout candidate for the FEO Hall of Fame.


Dave Miller – Burlington Sound of Music Festival

Dave Miller went from being a seasoned professional with two decades of experience in the manufacturing field, to seamlessly pivoting into event management. showcasing unparalleled dedication and leadership.

From high school Social Convener to Executive Director of Burlington's Sound of Music Festival for 13 years, Dave was known for his relentless work ethic, leadership, and unparalleled dedication to bringing live music to the masses.

Dave's profound commitment to music and the arts was evident, through successful band selections at the festival to consulting for arts organizations.

He is Extensively certified in business administration, event execution, and board governance. Serving on boards like FEO for over 6 years. Dave also has a passion for volunteering at diverse organizations like Red Cross and Big Brothers.

With his impressive history in our industry and significant contributions to tourism, Dave is a perfect candidate for the FEO Hall of Fame


Rosemarie Garrity O’Brien – Town of Collingwood

Rosemarie was a key figure in the creation and operation of the annual Collingwood Elvis Festival for the majority of its 25-year history. She was instrumental in its growth and development… getting more than 10,000 annual visitors to support the festival and Collingwood. It is a legacy of which the Town and community are very proud…thanks in part to Rosemarie's service.

Rosemarie has also been a key id developing and planning other festivals in the community and region including Sidelaunch Days and the Collingwood Art Crawl to name a few.

Her goal is to ensure that Collingwood continues to grow as a favourite destination for performers. Rosemarie seeks out new talent, develops new venue concepts and maintains relationships with a rolodex of artists. Her latest passion is to grow the municipal busker program.

Rosemarie is the backbone of the Town of Collingwood and a very deserving new member in the FEO Hall of Fame.

 

The “IMAGINE” 2024 Festivals & Events Ontario Conference was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from February 26-28, 2024.


Media Contact:
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About Festivals & Events Ontario
Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) was established in 1987 as an association devoted to the growth and stability of the festival and event industry in Ontario. FEO supports a lively, engaged and dedicated festival and events industry by sharing knowledge, enabling networking and providing leadership on education, advocacy and promotion. FEO operates Canada’s largest dedicated festival and event Conference, publishes and distributes an annual consumer guide, promotes its industry festival supplier goods and services and oversees an industry-leading awards recognition program. The festivals and events industry in Ontario is estimated to generate in excess of $2.3 billion annually in contribution to regional GDP, create/sustain approximately 50,000 full-year-equivalent jobs and foster approximately $1 billion dollars in taxes at all levels of government.

 

 

FEO 2024 Municipality of the Year Awards Announced

Niagara Falls, Ontario (February 28, 2024) Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce the 2024 Municipality of the Year Awards, presented by OLG. 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 special 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.

Submissions from FEO members were received for consideration in the fall of 2023 and were judged by an independent panel of judges. Ontario municipalities and festivals and events within their regions were represented in the submissions. The Municipality of the Year Awards were given out on Wednesday, February 28th during FEO’s Annual Conference “IMAGINE” in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

FEO would like to congratulate the 2024 Municipality of the Year recipients under the following three categories:


Population less than 50,000
Town of LaSalle


Population more than 50,000 and less than 150,000
Town of Newmarket


Population of 150,000 or more
City of Hamilton


The “IMAGINE” 2024 Festivals & Events Ontario Conference was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from February 26-28, 2024.
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Media Contact:
Jay Nijhuis
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Festivals and Events Ontario
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About Festivals & Events Ontario
Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) was established in 1987 as an association devoted to the growth and stability of the festival and event industry in Ontario. FEO supports a lively, engaged and dedicated festival and events industry by sharing knowledge, enabling networking and providing leadership on education, advocacy and promotion. FEO operates Canada’s largest dedicated festival and event Conference, publishes and distributes an annual consumer guide, promotes its industry festival supplier goods and services and oversees an industry-leading awards recognition program. The festivals and events industry in Ontario is estimated to generate in excess of $2.3 billion annually in contribution to regional GDP, create/sustain approximately 50,000 full-year-equivalent jobs and foster approximately $1 billion dollars in taxes at all levels of government.

 

 

2024 FEO Service Excellence Awards Announced

Niagara Falls, Ontario (February 27, 2024) Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce the Service Excellence Award winners. 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.

Submissions from FEO members were received for consideration in the fall of 2023 and were judged by an independent panel of judges. The 2023 Service Excellence Awards were given out on Tuesday, February 27th during the Service Excellence Awards Dinner at FEO’s Annual Conference “IMAGINE” in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

FEO would like to congratulate the 2024 Service Excellence Award winners:


Alternative Entertainment
Ontario Inflatables & Event Rentals


Entertainment Agency
Heath Tarlin Entertainment


Foundational Products
Bleacher Rentals


Supplier Impact Award
Incirque


Supplier Innovation Award
TicketwIndow Inc.


Entertainment – Performers
Incirque


Production Services
absoLIVE


Promotional and Speciality Products
Classic Displays


The “IMAGINE” 2024 Festivals & Events Ontario Conference was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from February 26-28, 2024.
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Media Contact:
Jay Nijhuis
Marketing & Communications Manager
Festivals and Events Ontario
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www.festivalsandeventsontario.com
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About Festivals & Events Ontario
Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) was established in 1987 as an association devoted to the growth and stability of the festival and event industry in Ontario. FEO supports a lively, engaged and dedicated festival and events industry by sharing knowledge, enabling networking and providing leadership on education, advocacy and promotion. FEO operates Canada’s largest dedicated festival and event Conference, publishes and distributes an annual consumer guide, promotes its industry festival supplier goods and services and oversees an industry-leading awards recognition program. The festivals and events industry in Ontario is estimated to generate in excess of $2.3 billion annually in contribution to regional GDP, create/sustain approximately 50,000 full-year-equivalent jobs and foster approximately $1 billion dollars in taxes at all levels of government.

 

 

FEO 2024 Achievement Awards Announced

FEO 2024 Achievement Awards Announced

Niagara Falls, Ontario (February 28, 2024) Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce the 2024 FEO Achievement Award winners. These awards, showcase various elements of festivals or events that those submitting believe stood out in the previous festival year. The Achievement Awards were handed out on Wednesday, February 28th, 2024, during FEO’s annual conference “IMAGINE” in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Submissions from FEO members were received for consideration in the fall of 2023 and were judged by an independent panel of judges. Festivals and events of all kinds from every corner of Ontario were represented in the submissions – from community festivals to internationally recognized events.

FEO would like to congratulate the 2024 Achievement Award Winners.

 

Best Greening of a Festival or Event
With an Operating Budget of $500,000 or more
The Toronto Waterfront Marathon


Best New Festival or Event
Operating Budget of $100,000 or less – Goderich Salt & Harvest
Operating Budget of $100,000 or less – Town of LaSalle Last Call Before Fall
Operating Budget of $100,001 to $500,000 – Whiskey Wonderland


Best Promotional Campaign
Operating Budget of $100,000 or less – Destination Markham Jazzlicious Winterfest
Operating Budget of $100,001 to $500,000 – Hamilton Day
Operating Budget of $500,001 or more – Toronto Waterfront Festival


Best Social Media Campaign
Hamilton Day


FEO Impact Award
Operating Budget of $100,000 or less – City of Vaughan Ontario Culture Days
Operating Budget of $100,000 or less – Sainte-Marie among the Hurons - National Day of Truth and Reconciliation


FEO Innovation Award
Operating Budget of $100,000 or less – Owen Sound River District Wheel & Ride
Operating Budget of $100,001 to $500,000 – Niagara Grape and Wine Festival – Cool As Ice Gala


Sponsor of the year
Operating Budget of $100,000 or less – TD Toronto Jazz Festival sponsored by: OLG
Operating Budget of $100,001 to $500,000 – City of Newmarket sponsored by: Mercedes-Benz I Newmarket


Best Volunteer Program
Supercrawl


The “IMAGINE” 2024 Festivals & Events Ontario Conference was held in Niagara Falls, Ontario from February 26-28, 2024.
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Media Contact:
Jay Nijhuis
Marketing & Communications Manager
Festivals and Events Ontario
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.festivalsandeventsontario.com
519-742-2226

 


About Festivals & Events Ontario
Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) was established in 1987 as an association devoted to the growth and stability of the festival and event industry in Ontario. FEO supports a lively, engaged and dedicated festival and events industry by sharing knowledge, enabling networking and providing leadership on education, advocacy and promotion. FEO operates Canada’s largest dedicated festival and event Conference, publishes and distributes an annual consumer guide, promotes its industry festival supplier goods and services and oversees an industry-leading awards recognition program. The festivals and events industry in Ontario is estimated to generate in excess of $2.3 billion annually in contribution to regional GDP, create/sustain approximately 50,000 full-year-equivalent jobs and foster approximately $1 billion dollars in taxes at all levels of government.