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The Buffys, also known as the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards, is an annual program that recognizes and celebrates excellence in various areas of the arts and builds awareness of the incredible contribution artists make to Wood Buffalo. The Buffys invest in the future of our growing arts community by supporting our most exceptional artists through appreciation and employment opportunities, and by connecting artists to the wider community.

Community Impact

484 Nominations

305 Paid Artists

970 Event Attendees

22.7k Broadcast Views

Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Showcase

Every October the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Showcase entertains audiences with high energy performances and creatively crafted artworks by local artists. With a new theme each year, the awards showcase is Wood Buffalo's premier midnight event highlighting award recipients and nominees. Details on the event theme, dates, and more will be released on this page every year as they become available.

  • This Year's Awards Showcase
  • Nominate or Self-Apply
  • FAQ
  • Our Sponsors
  • Past Events

Buffys 2021: A Technicolor Celebration of Local Artists

Buffys 2021, the 6th edition of the Arts Awards, premiered for free on Saturday, October 16, as an online cinematic experience. View the Event Program.

Watch Buffys 2021 on YouTube or Facebook.

The theme for Buffys 2021 was Midnight in Technicolor and was a collaborative production put together by local talent, including an original script written by Steve Reeve of M’Guphynn Media, who filmed the Technicolor-themed storyline, Raili Boe, who designed the set, Cat Hare who created the illustrations, and ten local actors, who added drama to the tale.

Performances and spotlight videos included Indigenous and World dance pieces, original music, comedy, and spoken word poetry. All of this was supported by visual arts, expansive sets, vibrant costumes, vintage props, and functional puppets, which were tied together by local video artists Berteig Imaging, Matthew Lorenz, M’Guphynn Media, Neville Video Productions, Richard Baldonado, and Twisted Gears Studios.

Congratulations & Thank You

Congratulations to all 14 Buffy Award recipients and 100 nominees. Click on the Past Events tab above to see a list of all these amazing artists and highlights from Buffys 2021, and check out the Event Program.

We’d also like to send out a heartfelt thank you to the sponsors, performers, volunteers, and Arts Champions that made the Buffys 2021 a success.

Sponsor Buffys 2022

A number of opportunities are open to sponsor Buffy 2022. Review the Sponsorship Package. for a full list of details outlining the benefits of your sponsorship.

Nominations & Self-Applications Open for Buffys 2022

Nominations and self-applications for Buffys 2022 were opened right after the broadcast of Buffys 2021 on October 16. Click on the Nominate or Self-Apply tab above to get started.

Participate in Buffys 2022

Stay tuned for announcements in early 2022 for artist calls to become a performer or part of the creative team for Buffys 2022. We’ll be posting information on our Opportunities & Calls blog.

Buffys 2022 Nominations & Self-Applications Now Open

Nomination Guidelines

Nominations open until July 15 @ noon (MST). Self-Applications open until July 29 @ noon (MST).

Self-apply, or nominate an artist or group in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo for arts awards in one or more of the following categories: Arts Administration, Arts Education, Craft, Creative Collaboration, Dance, Indigenous Arts, Ken Flaherty Music Award, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Performing Arts, Rising Star, and Visual Arts.

How it works


Nominate a deserving artist, arts group or arts organization, or Self-Apply. Don’t forget to read the Nomination Guidelines.


ACWB will contact the nominee letting them know of their nomination and request nominee material.


Once nominee material deadline has passed, a shortlist of nominees will be selected by ACWB’s Board of Directors.


The shortlisted nominee submissions will be assessed and awards will be allocated by a selection committee consisting of professional artists, experts and community members.


Awards will be presented at the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards & Showcase.

Why Nominate or Self-apply?

The recognition received by each nominee and award recipient serves to raise their profile, helps build their portfolio, and allows them opportunities to compete and thrive as an artist in our community and beyond.

All nominees receive recognition for their outstanding contribution to the arts in Wood Buffalo through ACWB’s marketing leading up to and during the awards event.

Each award recipient will be presented with a $250 cheque, a certificate, and an award (called a “Buffy”) handcrafted by a local artist.

Deadlines & Timelines - 2022

  1. Nominating an artist: July 15 @ noon (MST)

  2. Self-applying: July 29 @ noon (MST)

  3. Complete application submission: July 29 @ noon (MST)

  4. Shortlisted nominees notified: August 19

  5. Buffys Showcase: October 15

All completed nominations will be compiled for peer evaluation. Eligible nomination entries will be anonymized and shortlisted by the Arts Council’s Board of Directors. Award recipients will then be determined by a non-ACWB assessment committee representing the diverse artistic disciplines that make up the Buffy awards. Scoring will be based on the rubric as outlined in the Nomination Guidelines.

Award recipients will be announced at the Buffy Awards Showcase on October 15, 2022.

Categories & Eligibility

Arts Council Wood Buffalo is committed to equity and inclusion, and encourages applications and nominations from culturally diverse, Deaf, disability and official language minority artists, groups and organizations. Arts Council recognizes and affirms the treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of this land, and encourages applications and nominations from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals, groups, and organizations in all its programs.

Nominations Process

Buffys Awards Showcase

Become a Sponsor of the Buffys

Wood Buffalo’s Premier Arts Awards & Showcase

Are you interested in sponsoring the Buffys?


Also known as the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards, visit our Support Us page to view the different sponsorship opportunities or Download the full Buffys Sponsorship Package.


For more information on this premier arts showcase, or for questions on securing your sponsorship opportunity, please contact Executive Director Liana Wheeldon at [email protected] or 587-674-1625 ext 100.

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