• Important Dates
    The Call for Nominations for the 2019 Awards of Excellence is now closed. Award recipients will be announced at the 2019 Creative City Summit in Saskatoon, SK, October 1-3, 2019.
    Please contact our Awards Consultant, Anju Christofferson, at

Cultural Events Award

Award Description:

The Award of Excellence – Cultural Events recognizes a Canadian municipality* that demonstrated visionary leadership by initiating, creating, and producing an exceptional cultural event or by empowering and supporting a community initiative that led to an exceptional cultural event. Cultural events can include celebrations, festivals, exhibitions, performances, and programs.


This Award is open to a Canadian municipality* that initiated, created and produced a Cultural Event or empowered their community to produce a Cultural Event within 24 months of the Awards Program submission deadline. It is also open to a Canadian municipality* that initiated, created and produced an ongoing Cultural Event or empowered their community to produce an ongoing Cultural Event.

Award Criteria:

  • Demonstrates excellence in arts, culture and heritage administration;
  • Encourages accessibility by reducing barriers to participation;
  • Provides unique opportunities for the public to engage as participants and/or as audience members;
  • Facilitates a meaningful and transformative experience for the individual and the community;
  • Develops new partnerships, and strengthens existing partnerships with artists, arts organizations, not-for-profits, businesses and/or educational institutions;
  • Contributes to social and cultural cohesion, diversity, community identity, sustainability as well as economic and cultural development;
  • Enhances the vitality and vibrancy of the community.

* Municipalities may self-nominate.

∗ Includes eligible organizations as outlined in General Eligibility for all Awards.

  • Municipal governments
  • Regional governments
  • Arts Councils
  • Band Councils

Cultural Events Award Nomination Form


Background Photo Credit:
Earth Hour, Fire Show, Kingston, ON