Winnipeg's Folklorama: Canada's Cultural Celebration, won three gold and two silver Pinnacle Awards at the 41st Annual Convention of the International Festivals and Events Association last year.

The 27-year-old festival hosts some 420,000 visitors each year, and last year featured 36 multicultural pavilions and 3,000 performers. Folklorama '97 will be held August 3 to 17. For information, contact Folklorama in Winnipeg at (204) 982-6210 or fax (204) 943-1956.

Meanwhile, Tourism Vancouver's "Be a Host" program garnered two awards at the annual meeting in November of the Western Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus (WACVB), a regional professional association with more than 100 bureau members. Toronto's program won both the Best Community Awareness award and the overall Best of Show award.

The "Be a Host" program "encourages local business and community leaders to help Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre to market the city as an international meeting and convention destination," says Rick Antonson, president/CEO of Tourism Vancouver. "It is an honor to receive such acclaim for this program from our professional peers at the WACVB."

The program also recognizes those hosts who have successfully brought a meeting to the region-for example, the four local doctors who helped bring the XI International Conference on AIDS to Vancouver in July 1996, a conference that injected nearly $23 million into the area's economy.