What are the Ling Awards?
As the opening to our 7th annual Ling Awards put it, “I cannot tell you what the Ling Awards are, I must show you.” Truly, the Ling Awards must be experienced to be understood, but if you have never seen the show, this will give you an idea:
The Ling Awards is a spoof of awards shows like the Oscars. The Awards celebrate creativity, camaraderie, and community. However, while the Academy Awards are a stylish and glitzy celebration of stylish and glitzy people, the Ling Awards are a stylish and glitzy celebration of everyday awesome people.
Do you know that guy who would take a day off work to help you move and never misses a social event? He wins a Ling Award. Or that girl whom you can absolutely, positively rely on to be at your door in 10 minutes when you really need a friend? The Ling Awards exist to honour her.
The show is held every year in the spring and features a few hundred people dressing up in their finest attire to enjoy an evening full of spoofs and sketches, music and movies, dancing and debauchery, and of course, the only statuette that you drink when you win.
Every year, we have Lingers fly to Saskatoon from as far away as Halifax and Vancouver just to attend the Ling Awards. Although the ceremony only happens once a year, it represents the combined efforts of scores of people over months of work. As one dedicated Linger has explained it, “the Ling Awards started out as a small group of friends and have snowballed into a large group of friends.” That large group of friends is always looking to get larger, and you’re invited to be a part of it.