Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 02, 2009 12:25 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Announcement of the Recipients of the...

...2009 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - Culture is one of the intangible yet powerful elements that bring us together as Canadians. Creativity and innovation are of primary importance: they make our culture more dynamic and contribute to our shared identity.

The prestigious Governor General's Performing Arts Awards are presented each year to the artists and volunteers who, throughout their lives, have been able to use their passion for the arts to enrich the cultural lives of Canadians. The recipients of this year's awards are Peggy Baker, Edith Butler, Clemence DesRochers, Robert Lepage, R. Murray Schafer, and George F. Walker. Whether in theatre, dance, popular music, film, broadcasting, or classical music and opera, these people have made a remarkable contribution to our society. In addition, James D. Fleck has received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism, and Paul Gross has received the National Arts Centre Award.

The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards were created in 1992 by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, then Governor General of Canada. The awards will be presented on May 9 at the National Arts Centre.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to thank the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation, which honours and celebrates all of the exceptional achievements of our greatest Canadian performing artists. Congratulations to this year's recipients!

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications