Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

May 06, 2014 10:31 ET

Media Advisory: Their Excellencies Celebrate the Performing Arts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 6, 2014) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will present the 2014 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, May 9, 2014, at 6 p.m. They will also attend the National Arts Centre gala, in Ottawa, on Saturday, May 10, 2014.

GGPAA for Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award Laureates
Presented for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in the categories of classical music, dance, film, popular music, radio and television broadcasting, and theatre. Recipients of these awards are nominated by the general public.
Anik Bissonnette, O.C., dancer, teacher and artistic director
Blue Rodeo, rock band
Brent Carver, actor and singer
Tom Jackson, O.C., actor, singer-songwriter, producer and humanitarian
Louise Lecavalier, O.C., dancer and choreographer
Janine Sutto, C.C., actress and teacher
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.
Jean Giguère
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.
Albert Schultz, C.M., actor, director and artistic director

Each year, through the GGPAA Mentorship Program, 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 internationally renowned Canadian operatic bass and GGPAA recipient Joseph Rouleau, C.C., and the protégé is Montréal-based tenor Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure. They will attend the award ceremony at Rideau Hall.

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

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

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

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Contact Information

  • To cover the award presentation at Rideau Hall,
    Julie Rocheleau
    Rideau Hall Press Office

    For more information on the awards
    or to arrange interviews with the laureates,
    Melissa Wood
    NATIONAL Public Relations
    613-233-1699, ext. 6229