2017 Ontario Festival and Events Municipality of the Year announced

Media release from Festivals and Events Ontario

Provincial association recognizes industry festival and events leaders

Ontario (March 3, 2017) – Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) is proud to announce the 2017 Municipality of the Year Awards, presented by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

The Award is intended for those municipalities who openly encourages and supports festivals and special events within their region creating positive local environments for festivals and events within their communities. 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 2016 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. The Municipality of the Year Awards were given out on Friday, March 3, during FEO’s Annual Conference Celebrating the Past, Igniting the Future in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

FEO would like to congratulate the 2017 Municipality of the Year recipients under the following three categories:

Population less than 50,000

Town of Collingwood

Population more than 50,000 and less than 150,000

The City of Guelph

Population more than 150,000

The City of Mississauga

“Celebrating the Past. Igniting the Future” 2017 FEO annual conference and Awards presentation was held at the Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

About Festivals and Events Ontario

Festivals and Events 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 publishes and distributes an annual Festivals and Events in Ontario guide consumer guide with a circulation of 225,000 distributed throughout the province and bordering states. Another guide is published to promote its industry supplier goods and services.

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 in taxes at all levels of government. Visit FestivalsandEventsOntario.ca for more information.

Media contact

Nichole Fogarty
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, FEO
519-742-2226
nichole@festivalsandeventsontario.ca