2024 Recipients

Brueggergosman-Lee, Measha

Measha Brueggergosman-Lee

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Soprano Measha Brueggergosman-Lee’s engaging personality, exceptional musicianship and powerful voice have taken her to the major orchestras and concert halls of every continent.

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Burkett, Ronnie

Ronnie Burkett

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Recognized as one of Canada’s foremost theatre artists, Ronnie Burkett has been credited with reinventing the art of puppetry. 

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Juster, Diane

Diane Juster

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

One of Canada’s most successful music artists, Diane Juster has been captivating audiences with her talent as a singer and pianist for nearly 50 years. 

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Martin, Andrea

Andrea Martin

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Andrea Martin’s hilarious characterizations and heart-warming performances have been delighting audiences for over 40 years.

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Williams, Wes

Wes “Maestro” Williams

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Often regarded as the “godfather of Canadian hip hop,” Wesley (Wes) “Maestro” Williams is the first Canadian rapper to achieve mainstream success. 

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Belzberg, Jenny

Jenny Belzberg

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

Jenny Belzberg is known across Canada as a passionate community activist and philanthropist. 

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Demers, Mélanie

Mélanie Demers

National Arts Centre Award

Multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, director and performer Mélanie Demers is the founding artistic director of Montréal-based contemporary dance company MAYDAY. 

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RECIPIENT DIRECTORY

Canadian artists and volunteers have received Governor General's Performing Arts Awards since 1992. Canadians are recognized from a variety of disciplines for lifetime achievements; having had an extraordinary performance year or for voluntarism in the performing arts. Get to know more about the outstanding laureates of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

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Brueggergosman-Lee, Measha Brueggergosman-Lee, Measha (2024)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Burkett, Ronnie Burkett, Ronnie (2024)

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Stages (formerly Theatre) Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Juster, Diane Juster, Diane (2024)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Martin, Andrea Martin, Andrea (2024)

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Screens and Voices (formerly Broadcasting and Film) Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Williams, Wes Williams, Wes "Maestro" (2024)

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Belzberg, Jenny Belzberg, Jenny (2024)

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RJH Award
Demers, Mélanie Demers, Mélanie (2024)

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NAC Award
Bouchard, Michel Marc Bouchard, Michel Marc (2023)

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Stages (formerly Theatre) Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Johnson, Molly Johnson, Molly (2023)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Kudelka, James Kudelka, James (2023)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Landry, Rosemarie Landry, Rosemarie (2023)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
lang, k.d. lang, k.d. (2023)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Bell, John Kim Bell, John Kim (2023)

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RJH Award
Lee, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Paul Sun-Hyung (2023)

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NAC Award
Dansereau, Fernand Dansereau, Fernand (2022)

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Screens and Voices (formerly Broadcasting and Film) Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Foster, David Foster, David (2022)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Shelton Deverell, Rita Shelton Deverell, Rita (2022)

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Screens and Voices (formerly Broadcasting and Film) Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Highway, Tomson Highway, Tomson (2022)

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Stages (formerly Theatre) Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Rabin, Linda Rabin, Linda (2022)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Smith, Michelle Smith, Michelle (2022)

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RJH Award
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