Facts and Awards

Awards

Sound of Music Festival is proud to have earned and received Festival and Events Ontario’s ‘Festival of Distinction’ designation ranking us amongst the best events in Ontario. The Festival has also been the recipient of the ‘Grand Pinnacle’ from the IFEA (International Festival and Events Association).  The Grand Pinnacle is the IFEA’s highest award (divided into four budget categories) reflecting the best overall festival or event in the world.  The Festival has been recognized in a variety of other categories including:

2014 IFEA Awards

  • GOLD for Best Sponsor Partner for ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • GOLD for Best Sponsorship Program for Individual Sponsor – Halton Honda
  • SILVER for Best Radio Promotion (Corus Radio)
  • SILVER for Best Social Media Site (twitter.com/BSOMF)
  • SILVER for Best T-Shirt Design (design by Kate Petrie, Art Director)

2013 IFEA Awards

  • GOLD for Best Full Length TV Program (produced by CHCH)
  • GOLD for Best TV Promotion (produced by Flux Studios)
  • GOLD for Best Radio Promotion (produced by Corus Radio Hamilton for Fresh FM)
  • SILVER for Best Merchandise
  • SILVER for Best Organization Website (created and hosted by LinxSmart)
  • SILVER for Best Hat
  • BRONZE for Best Photograph (photo credit to volunteer Festival photographer, Al Pettman)

2012 IFEA Awards

  • GOLD for Best Environmental Program
  • GOLD for Best Volunteer Program
  • GOLD for Best Education Program
  • SILVER for Best Full Length TV Promotion (produced by CHCH)
  • SILVER for Best Miscellaneous Multimedia (produced by Flux Studios)
  • SILVER for Best Media Kit
  • BRONZE for Best Event Website (created and hosted by LinxSmart)
  • BRONZE for Best Street Banner
  • BRONZE for Best Photograph (photo credit to Kandiss Bradley)

 

  • Winner of Best Local Tourist Attraction 2015 and Best Live Entertainment by Burlington Post Reader’s Choice
  • Voted one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario by FEO (Festivals & Events Ontario), 14th year in row
  • Awarded FEO Achievement Award for Best Volunteer Program
  • Awarded FEO Achievement Award for Best Social Media Campaign
  • Awarded FEO Achievement Award for Best New Single Sponsorship in partnership with ArcelorMittal Dofasco
  • Awarded FEO Achievement Award for Best Promotion of a Festival
  • Awarded FEO Achievement Award for Best Greening of a Festival
  • Winner of the RCO (Recycling Council of Ontario) Gold award for waste minimization
  • Endorsed and supported by SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada)
  • Voted Musical Event of the Year 2012 by People’s Choice from the Hamilton Music Awards

 

Festival Facts

Annual Attendance: 230,000

Acts: 100 acts across 10 stages

Length of Event: 9 days 

Number of Volunteers: 800

Started in: 1980

Festival activities include the Sound of Music Club Series, Grande Festival Parade with over 25 marching bands, Carnival, Children's Village and Downtown Streetfest.