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City wins Festivals & Events Ontario Municipality of the Year Award

March 7, 2016 -

The City of Kingston has won Festivals & Events Ontario's (FEO) prestigious 2016 Municipality of the Year Award for its size class (with a population of more than 50,000 and less than 150,000). 

"We are thrilled to be recognized with this great award," said Mayor Bryan Paterson. "To make our festivals and events possible, the City works with fantastic local organizations to bring big economic impact while enhancing the quality of life for all who live or visit our great city."

Presented by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), Mayor Paterson accepted the award on behalf of the City at a March 4 ceremony in Markham along with City staff and delegates from Downtown Kingston Business Improvement Area, Kingston Accommodation Partners and Tourism Kingston. 

FEO's Municipality of the Year award recognizes cities who have worked, through concentrated efforts, to provide a supportive atmosphere beneficial to the achievement of successful festivals and events.

The City's submission for this award was supported by the Downtown Business Improvement Area, Kingston Accommodation Partners and The Great Waterway.

FEO declares Sheep Dog Trials tops!

As a bonus, the Kingston Sheep Dog Trials Festival – to be held in Grass Creek Park this year on Aug. 5 to 7 – was again named as an Ontario Top 100 Festival. This is the ninth year in a row this unique event has received this honour.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.