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Governor General's Performing Art Awards

June 26, 2017

Performing Arts Celebration at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2017 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA), celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 6 p.m. The Governor General and Mrs. Johnston will also attend the National Arts Centre (NAC) gala in Ottawa, on Thursday, June 29.

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Laureates 

Presented in six categories: classical music, dance, film, popular music, radio and television broadcasting, and theatre. Recipients of these awards are nominated by the general public. 

Jean Beaudin, film and television director and screenwriter
Michael J. Fox, O.C., actor, writer, producer and humanitarian
Brigitte Haentjens, theatre director and artistic director
Martin Short, C.M., actor, writer and producer
Yves Sioui Durand,writer, theatre and film director, actor and producer

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts Laureate 

Recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual or group in voluntary service to the performing arts in Canada. Recipients of this award are also nominated by the general public.

William H. Loewen, C.M.

National Arts Centre Award Laureate

Recognizes the work of an extraordinary nature by an individual artist or company in the past performance year. Recipients are selected by the NAC board of trustees from a list of candidates proposed by a nominating committee of NAC artistic programmers.

Michael Bublé, singer and entertainer

GGPAA Mentorship Program

Each year, a past laureate of the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award is invited to select a professional artist (or artists) to share, learn and grow from the experience and insight of their mentor. This year’s mentor is Karen Kain, C.C., artistic director of The National Ballet of Canada, artist and arts advocate, as well as a recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in 2002 and the National Arts Centre Award in 1997. The protégé is Robert Binet, choreographic associate of The National Ballet of Canada.

About the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards
Created in 1992 by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, then-Governor General, and his wife Gerda, the GGPAA are presented each year to Canadian performers whose extraordinary lifetime achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of Canada’s cultural life. For more information on the GGPAA, visit


Media interested in covering the award presentation at Rideau Hall are asked
to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office in advance,
and to arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance 
no later than 5:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.


Media information:

To cover the award presentation at Rideau Hall, please contact:

Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0249 (cell) 

For more information on the awards or to arrange interviews with the laureates, please contact:

James Kenny
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
613-612-7488 (cell)

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