Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

February 17, 2010 14:57 ET

Media Advisory: Their Excellencies Celebrate the Performing Arts in Montreal

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2010) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond will honour the recipients of this year's Governor General's Performing Arts Awards during two events being held in Montréal on Tuesday, February 23, 2010.

10 a.m. – Announcement of the 2010 recipients
4890 Saint-Laurent Blvd, Montréal
Their Excellencies will participate in the event announcing the new recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards. The Governor General will deliver a speech with laureates in attendance.

For more information on the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, visit

6 p.m. – Art Matters public forum: Citizens, to the arts!
Society for the Arts and Technology (S.A.T.)
1105 Saint-Laurent Blvd, Montréal
Their Excellencies will host the 47th Art Matters forum. Organized in collaboration with Culture pour tous, this forum will enable 2010 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards recipients, various representatives of the performing arts industry, and members of the public to explore the theme, "Citizens, to the arts! (Re)Connecting citizens, artists and the arts". The moderator for the discussion will be Anne Lagacé Dowson, radio host in Montréal.

The panelists for this Art Matters will be Simon Brault, Director General, National Theatre School of Canada; Frédérick Gravel, dancer and choreographer; Patricia Perez, artist and mediator, TOHU; Gisèle Rucker, Academy Director, Segal Centre; and Monique Savoie, President and Chief Executive Officer, S.A.T.

Thanks to the collaboration of S.A.T., SAT[MixSessions] collective, which brings together DJs and VJs, will offer a visual and audio performance during the evening.

About the public Art Matters forums

For the past four years, Rideau Hall—on His Excellency Jean Daniel Lafond's initiative—has organized a series of forums on culture and society called Art Matters. They are wonderful opportunities to bring citizens, artists, academics and administrators together to discuss the challenges facing culture and to examine these issues in our society. More than 40 sessions have already been held across Canada and abroad. For more information on these forums, please visit

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