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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

338 Nominations

240 Paid Artists

970 Event Attendees

14k 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 Night to Celebrate the Arts

The Buffy Awards will be given out at the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards showcase on October 16, 2021, which highlights award recipients and shortlisted nominees, as well as all sorts of art and performances by local artists.

Register for free through Eventbrite and receive event links and updates directly to your email.

This year's celebration continues to be an online cinematic experience following the success of Buffys 2020, and will be put together with considerations for physical distancing as recommended by the Government of Alberta.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for Buffys 2021. Click on the "Our Sponsors" tab above to learn more.

This year we've partnered with YMM Charcuterie, who has created Technicolor-themed charcuterie boxes for the Buffys broadcast. Pre-order your Buffy Box from YMM Charcuterie for delivery on October 16.

Nomination & Application Deadlines - 2021

Nominations Closed: July 15 (at noon)

Self-Applications Closed: July 30 (at noon)

Click on the "Past Events" tab above to see past award recipients and event details.

Nominations & Self-Applications Now Closed for Buffys 2021

Stay tuned for announcements when nominations open for Buffys 2022.

During the nomination period, the community is invited to self-apply or nominate an artist or group in 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 - 2021

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

  2. Self-applying: July 30 @ noon (MST)

  3. Complete application submission: July 30 @ noon (MST)

  4. Shortlisted nominees notified: August 18

  5. Buffys Showcase: October 16

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 16, 2021.

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 Buffys 2021

Wood Buffalo’s Premier Arts Awards & Showcase

Are you interested in sponsoring the Buffys 2021 (a.k.a. Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards)?
Visit our Support Us page to view the different sponsorship opportunities or Download the full 2021 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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