Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 30, 2009 09:14 ET

Media Advisory: Robert Lepage to be Honoured at Rideau Hall on April 2

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 30, 2009) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will honour one of this year's recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. Robert Lepage, director, playwright, actor and filmmaker, will receive the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award.

The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards ceremony on May 8, 2009, will honour this year's other Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award recipients: Peggy Baker, Edith Butler, Clemence DesRochers, R. Murray Schafer and George F. Walker, as well as the recipient of the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism, Dr. James D. Fleck, and the recipient of the National Arts Centre Award, Paul Gross. Mr. Lepage is unable to attend the ceremony on May 8, 2009 but will join all the recipients at the Gala on May 9, 2009 at the National Arts Centre.

The Governor General Performing Arts Awards

Created in 1992, the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards are presented each year to Canadian performers whose extraordinary lifetime achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of Canada's cultural life. Candidates for the awards are nominated by members of Canada's performing arts community and by the general public. Recipients are chosen from six categories, including theatre, dance, classical music, popular music, film and broadcasting.

Media interested in covering the ceremony on April 2, 2009, should arrive no later than 11:15 a.m.

More information about the May 8, 2009, ceremony, as well as the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala, will be available at a later date.

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