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Buffys 2024: Midnight in Miami

The Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Gala, lovingly nicknamed the Buffys, is our region’s premier arts event. The Buffys recognizes the artists and arts organizations demonstrating outstanding achievement and contribution to Wood Buffalo, as well as the vital role the arts play in making our community a place to call home.

Buffys 2024 will transport audiences with our theme, Midnight in Miami! In keeping with our signature Midnight motif, the theme pays homage to Miami’s rich Art Deco heritage and iconic portrayals in pop culture.

We invite you to join us at Buffys 2024, where we’ll experience the flirtation, thrill, and impeccable style of South Beach in the 1980s, alongside the exceptional artistry of Wood Buffalo.

Community Impact

484 Nominations

305 Paid Artists

970 Event Attendees

22.7k Broadcast Views

Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Gala

Every October the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Gala dazzles audiences with world-class performances, vibrant and immersive decor, and an unforgettable show. With a new theme each year, the Buffys is Wood Buffalo's premier arts event.

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Buffys 2024 Nominations

Nominations for Buffys 2024 will open Friday, March 1st at 10:00am! Nominations can be completed via our nomination form

How it works


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


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


Once the nominee material deadline has passed, entries in all categories are scored by adjudicators representing the diverse artistic disciplines that make up the Buffys.


The top three scores (by average) in each category will make up the shortlist. The top scoring entry in each category will be the award recipient.


Award recipients will be announced at the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards & Showcase.

Deadlines & Timelines

  1. Nominate an Artist by: June 17, 2024 @ Noon (MST)

  2. Self-Apply by: June 28, 2024 @ Noon (MST)

  3. Submit Entry Materials by: June 28, 2024 @ noon (MST)

  4. Shortlisted Nominees notified: August 2024

  5. Buffys Showcase: October 19, 2024


Arts Council celebrates and supports diversity, and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all, free of barriers and discrimination. We are committed to providing programs that are accessible and barrier free. We hope to build local artist capacity by paralleling a nominations process that is adopted by the wider arts communities across Canada and the world. However, we also recognize that this process may be stressful to some.

Any artists who may be struggling to complete their nomination in any way are encouraged to reach out for help. Arts Council staff may review your entry prior to submission, as they do not participate in the adjudication process.

In an attempt to honour the oral tradition for Indigenous Artists, Arts Council has created an option for artists to submit oral submissions as a recorded audio file. This audio file will not be transcribed to text. It will be presented to the Buffys adjudicators in its recorded form, so that it is received in the voice of the nominee, as originally intended.

While this accessibility support was created with Indigenous Artists in mind, it is available to all artists who may wish to submit their entry orally.

For more information or support on this or any part of the nominations process, please contact the Programs Team at programs@artscouncilwb.ca or by phone 587-674-1625.


Peer evaluation is fundamental to Arts Council Wood Buffalo's decision-making process. All entries are adjudicated by a province-wide adjudicating committee.
Entries in all categories will be scored by no less than three (3) adjudicators, representing the diverse artistic disciplines that make up the Buffys Award Categories
The top three scores (by average) in each category will comprise the shortlist. The top scoring entry in each category will be the award recipient. Scoring will be based on the rubric as outlined in the Buffys Handbook.

Award recipients will be announced live at the Wood Buffalo Excellence in Arts Awards Gala.

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.

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Become a Partner of the Buffys

Become a Partner of Buffys 2024 and showcase your championship for the arts in our region. Your organization could be featured before the arts community, as well as our guests and corporate partners. Help us build a creatively empowered Wood Buffalo and enjoy an unforgettable evening.

For full details on available Partnership Opportunities, view our  Buffys Partnership Package.


For more information on this one-of-a-kind event, or for questions on securing your sponsorship opportunity, please contact Executive Director Liana Wheeldon at liana@artscouncilwb.ca or 587-674-1625 ext 100.

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