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.

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Moving Full Steam Ahead With Buffys 2020

In case you haven’t guessed it, the theme for the 2020 Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards showcase is Midnight Steampunk! Save the date and prepare yourselves for a cinematic, steampunk Buffys experience. On October 17th at 7:30 p.m., this year’s event will be premiering on YouTube, Facebook and Shaw Spotlight.

Just like every Buffys extravaganza, the event will showcase local artists, performers, sponsors, arts champions, nominees and award recipients. This year, however, the event will be video broadcast on social media and television as a way of respecting physical distancing while still celebrating and acknowledging all of the amazing talent in the Wood Buffalo region.

The Awards showcase will be a night to remember as we recognize excellence in various arts disciplines and the incredible contributions these amazing artists make to our communities throughout the Wood Buffalo region.

Get your Gear Bag & Buffy Stuffy

Artists, supporters and residents are invited to order their Buffy Stuffy and Steampunk Gear Bag. The Buffy Stuffy is a brand new Arts Awards tradition. Buffy Stuffys are limited edition, collectible plush toys modelled off each year’s event theme. This year’s Buffy Stuffy is Wendell the Raven, who is modelled off one of the Midnight Steampunk characters designed by local artist Rob Hickey. The Midnight-Steampunk-themed canvas gear bags are loaded with a candy sack (in the style of the annual candy bar), drink coaster, face mask, Buffys pin, event program and sticker. Buy your Gear Bag and Buffy Stuffy (sold separately) through Eventbrite.

What’s Steampunk?

Picture yourself in the mid-1800s, imagining what the future would look like through a Victorian lens. Some describe steampunk as retro-futuristic science fiction or fantasy, incorporating technology, and aesthetics inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery. Examples include: Wild Wild West (movie), SteamWorld (game series), Westworld (TV series), and much more.


Get your steampunk-inspired costumes, gear, makeup, props, and imagination ready, and prepare to share them online on October 17th by using the hashtag #buffys2020.



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