• Important Dates
    The Call for Nominations for the 2018 Awards of Excellence is now open. The deadline for Nominations is April 16, 2018. Award receipts will be announced at the 2018 Summit in Mississauga, ON, November 6-8, 2018.
    Please contact
    Diane Thorpe
    Awards Consultant

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.

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

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

Step One - How It Works
This online process will allow you to submit your nomination online. It does not include a "save" function that would allow you to come back to your submission at a later date. Once you begin filling in the form you will need all your support materials and answers available in before closing the window.

Step Two - Review The Questions
Please review the questions and required supporting documents in advance. You can then prepare your submission in advance and submit online when you are ready.
Questions for Review Only PDF

Step Three - Complete and Submit Form
Click on the Form below. Complete the form, upload your support materials and click "Submit".

Cultural Events Award Nomination Form

Background Photo Credit:
International Cello Festival of Canada, Winnipeg, MB - Photo by Robert Barrow