Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

February 26, 2009 14:34 ET

Governor General of Canada: Their Excellencies Celebrate the Performing Arts in Toronto

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2009) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Jean-Daniel Lafond, will honour the 2009 laureates of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards on Monday, March 2, 2009, in Toronto.

10:00 a.m. Announcement of the recipients of the 2009 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards

Their Excellencies will help announce the recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards. The Governor General will deliver a speech. Some of the recipients will be there when the announcement is made.

Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre, 55 Mill Street, Building 49


6:30 p.m. Art Matters: How does music bring us together?

In conjunction with the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, Their Excellencies will host a public Art Matters forum. This forum will be an opportunity for the 2009 recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, other representatives from the performing arts community and the public to discuss the following theme: How does music bring us together? Marci Ien from CTV's Canada AM will serve as moderator. His Worship David Miller, Mayor of Toronto, will be in attendance.

Toronto City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen Street West



For every ceremony honouring the talents of Canadian artists, Rideau Hall-on His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond's initiative-organizes a forum called Art Matters. This event brings laureates, artists, academics and administrators together to discuss and examine the challenges facing culture in our society. More than 30 forums have already been held in Canada and abroad during official visits. The public is invited to take part in the discussion through the forums at

While in Toronto, the Governor General will announce the establishment of the University of Alberta's Chair in Canadian Caribbean and African Diasporic Studies during a private ceremony at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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