Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards

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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

252 Nominations

160 Paid Artists

970 Attendees

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
  • Nominees and Recipients
  • FAQ
  • Our Sponsors
  • Past Events

Buffys 2020: Successful Steampunk Celebration of the Arts in Wood Buffalo

The 2020 Buffys, our local equivalent to the Oscars, premiered on Saturday, October 17 as a cinematic experience on Facebook, and YouTube.

The theme for the 2020 showcase was Midnight Steampunk and featured a number of collaborative performances by local talent and a raucous steampunk storyline written by Elizabeth Wells and Zachary Barrett, who hosted the show.

Performances included a diverse range of dance pieces, original and classic music, comedy, and theatre supported by visual arts, functional sets, costumes, props and puppets, all of which were tied together by local video artists Matthew Lorenz, Matthew Piercey, and Neville Video Productions to create a cinematic steampunk experience. Watch the awards showcase on YouTube.

Congratulations & Thank You

Congratulations to all 14 Buffy Award recipients and 85 nominees. Click on the Nominees & Recipients tab above to see a listing of all these amazing artists.

We’d also like to send out a heartfelt thank you to the sponsors, performers, volunteers, and Arts Champions that made the 2020 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards a raving success.

Thank you for believing in the Arts Awards and for continuing to support the community through this recognition event.

Participate in the Buffys 2021

We can’t hold an arts awards extravaganza without the arts community. Throughout the year, we’ll be making announcements for artist calls, nominations and self-applications, and other opportunities to support Wood Buffalo’s biggest celebration of the arts.

Get your Gear Bag & Buffy Stuffy

A limited number of Buffy Stuffys and Steampunk Gear Bags are still available through Eventbrite.



Nominations Process

Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Showcase

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