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

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.