Town Staff Member Inducted into Feo Hall Of Fame and Town Wins 3 FEO Awards

In a ceremony held February 28, at the annual Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) Conference in Niagara Falls, Town Staff member Rosemarie O’Brien was inducted into the FEO Hall of Fame, based on a more than 30-year career of hard work in the field of festivals and events. 

Since 2000, FEO has inducted 49 people into its Hall of Fame representing festivals, municipalities, organizations, and events from across the province. Everyone 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.

“While the 25-year Collingwood Elvis Festival is a significant part of her legacy, Rosemarie has been an essential ingredient in the development and implementation of most of the Town of Collingwood’s successful event endeavors. The Town is repeatedly recognized in FEO’s Top-100 Festivals in Ontario and has even received ‘Municipality of the Year’ with Rose at the centre of all these accomplishments.”

Dean Collver, Director, Parks, Recreation & Culture

Additionally, as a practical and thought leader surrounding events and entertainment in Collingwood and area, Rosemarie has advocated for the events industry through her contributions to the Board of Directors of FEO as President, Past President, Vice-President, and Awards Committee Chair. In addition, she has received numerous personal awards ranging from service to the Tourism and Hospitality sector, to Fan Awards.

“Please join us in congratulating Rosemarie O’Brien for this singular accomplishment in her career. We’re very lucky to have her on our team!” says, Collver.

The Town of Collingwood is also proud to announce it is the recipient of not one, not two, but three ‘Top 100’ Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) Achievement Awards for events held in 2023. The award-winning events were Art Crawl, Sidelaunch Days, and Trail Tunes.

FEO began in 1987 and is a not-for-profit organization representing, educating, and advocating for the Festival and Events industry. The Awards program has been recognizing exceptional events, municipalities, suppliers, volunteers, and sponsors for their dedication and innovation regarding the Festival and Events industry despite ever-changing parameters, requirements, and conditions.

About Art Crawl

The Collingwood Art Crawl is an annual free, self-guided art & music tour in the heart of downtown Collingwood. This year’s Crawl takes place on Saturday, September 21.

About Sidelaunch Days

Sidelaunch Days return to the shores of Collingwood on August 10 & 11, 2024. Sidelaunch Days is Collingwood’s annual harbourfront festival that celebrates the joy of being in, on, and around the water while commemorating the unique shipbuilding heritage of Collingwood. 

About Trail Tunes

Get out on the trails this International Trails Day for Trail Tunes, a collaborative, regional event connecting over 100 km of trails and rich musical culture between Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, and Clearview Township. Taking place on Saturday, June 1, 2024, residents, and visitors are encouraged to bike or hike, through Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, and Clearview enjoying free, live music at trailheads in each municipality, ending with a headliner concert in Wasaga Beach.

About Collingwood 

The Town of Collingwood is a progressive community located in the heart of a four-season recreation area on the southern shore of Georgian Bay. The area is well known for its many natural amenities and its rich heritage. Collingwood is a destination for tourism and many business, sporting, and cultural events Collingwood acts as a gateway to the South Georgian Bay region, with stunning landscapes that encourage an active lifestyle, and inspire the local arts and culture community.  Downtown Collingwood might just surprise you with 30 plus restaurants, 60 plus boutique shops, spas for relaxing, live music for grooving…all in the only downtown core recognized by Canada’s Registrar of Historic Places!  More recently, the harbourfront area is emerging as an extension of the downtown district.  Plans for expanding the amenities and events in the harbourfront area promise to make this a much more prominent tourism destination.

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