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Civilized Events Takes Home Two Awards In One Night

World Cannabis Congress and Moonlight Bazaar both get the nod as top of their class

Saint John, NB (November 9, 2018) – Leading media and lifestyle brand Civilized was honoured with two awards last night from the annual Hospitality Saint John Tourism Awards for two of its newest and most celebrated events, the World Cannabis Congress and the Moonlight Bazaar. The awards recognize significant contributions to success in the tourism hospitality sector in the region.

“It’s an honour to be recognized by the tourism and hospitality industry in Saint John, New Brunswick and a thrill to win,” says Terri Riedle, President of Civilized. “We’re extremely proud of our events team, and winning these awards is further proof that we’re producing world-class events and experiences that are not only economic drivers in our home town, but are putting Saint John on the map as a place with impressive brainpower, creativity and professionalism. In a city that’s so steeped in history, it feels great to be awarded for doing something completely new and unexpected. Thank you to all the supporters, partners, friends and our incredible team who made these award wins happen.”

The inaugural World Cannabis Congress won in the “Meetings and Conventions” category. The Congress brought hundreds of international cannabis entrepreneurs, investors and celebrities to the Port City to discuss policy, business and innovation in the global cannabis industry. News from the Congress was picked up by over 350 media outlets – including The Globe and Mail, The Financial Post, CNN Money, CBC and CTV News –  through web/online services, newspaper, television and radio. Coverage spread internationally to countries including the U.S., India, Australia, the UK and Argentina.

Moonlight Bazaar, the captivating night market conceived and planned by Jody Kliffer, Lauchlan Ough, Brian Irving and Civilized Publisher Derek Riedle renowned for its magnificent inflatable moon beaming down on revelers, was the winner in the “Festival” category. Hosted in Saint John, the Moonlight Bazaar crushed attendance expectations, drawing a crowd nearly 8,000 strong to historic blocks in Uptown Saint John.

The second annual World Cannabis Congress will be taking place in Saint John on June 16-18, 2019. Following the success of the Saint John event, the Moonlight Bazaar will be embarking on a North American tour in 2019.


About Civilized Worldwide Inc.:
Founded in 2015, with offices in New Brunswick and California, Civilized is a premium media and lifestyle brand that embraces and highlights modern cannabis culture, reflecting the millions of adults who choose to enjoy cannabis as part of a balanced lifestyle, but don’t define themselves by it. Reaching more than 3 million unique monthly visitors North America-wide, Civilized produces engaging content for and about people who enjoy cannabis responsibly. Other verticals include Civilized Studios, a video network available to 100+ million viewers that fills the void of broadcast quality video and original series in the cannabis space, and Civilized Events, exclusive branded experiences for both the cannabis industry and consumers – from intimate dinner parties to large-scale events like the World Cannabis Congress. For more information, visit

Media Contact:
Pamela McKay
Senior Director of Communications

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