Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 29, 2013 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: Their Excellencies Celebrate the Performing Arts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 29, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, accompanied by his wife, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, will present the 2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, May 31, 2013, at 6 p.m. Their Excellencies will also attend the National Arts Centre gala in Ottawa, on Saturday, June 1, 2013, which will feature outstanding performances, evocative film portraits and personal tributes made by special guests.

Created in 1992, under the auspices of the former governor general, the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, the GGPAA are presented each year to Canadian performers whose extraordinary lifetime achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of Canada's cultural life.

GGPAA for Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award Laureates
Andrew Dawes, violinist and teacher
Daniel Lanois, record producer, songwriter and musician
Jean Pierre Lefebvre, independent filmmaker
Viola Léger, actress and teacher
Eric Peterson, actor and arts advocate
Menaka Thakkar, dancer, choreographer, artistic director, institution builder and teacher
Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts Laureate
Jean Pierre Desrosiers
National Arts Centre Award Laureate
Sarah Polley, film director, screenwriter and actress

About the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA)

The GGPAA are presented for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in the categories of theatre, dance, classical music, popular music, film and broadcasting. Recipients of these awards are nominated by the general public. Two complementary awards are also conferred each year. The Ramon John Hnatyshyn (RJH) Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts, 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. The National Arts Centre (NAC) Award 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.

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

Media interested in covering the award presentation on Friday evening are asked to confirm their attendance and arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 5:45 p.m.

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