2022 Recipients

Dansereau, Fernand

Fernand Dansereau

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Fernand Dansereau is a pioneer of Quebec film and television. Highly respected within the industry, he has written, produced or directed landmark works that have been acclaimed by colleagues and audiences alike.

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Foster, David

David Foster

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

David Foster is one of Canada’s most successful popular music writers and producers. He has worked with leading music artists across the country and around the world.

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Highway, Tomson

Tomson Highway

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Tomson Highway is one of Canada’s most acclaimed writers and performers. His work shines a light on Indigenous people and culture.

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Pite, Crystal

Crystal Pite

National Arts Centre Award

In a choreographic career spanning three decades, Crystal Pite has created more than 50 works for dance companies in Canada and around the world.

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Rabin, Linda

Linda Rabin

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

A pioneer of contemporary dance in Canada, Linda Rabin has more than 50 years of experience as a dancer, teacher and choreographer.

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Shelton Deverell, Rita

Rita Shelton Deverell

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Of her multifaceted career, Dr. Deverell notes, “One of the reasons I have worked at so many things is that when a door or a wall or a glass ceiling is put up around me, rather than beating my head against it, I change direction.”

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Smith, Michelle

Michelle Smith

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

Michelle Smith is a rare pearl indeed: a dedicated volunteer with a background in finance who loves fundraising. As such, she is often called upon for her generosity, creativity and boundless energy.

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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.

Disclaimer: All biographical details correct at the time of the honour.

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Oliphant, Betty (1918-2004) Oliphant, Betty (1918-2004) (1997)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Ronfard, Jean-Pierre (1929-2003) Ronfard, Jean-Pierre (1929-2003) (1997)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Kendergi, Maryvonne (1915-2011) Kendergi, Maryvonne (1915-2011) (1997)

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RJH Award
Kain, Karen Kain, Karen (1997)

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NAC Award
Barbeau, François (1935-2016) Barbeau, François (1935-2016) (1996)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Brault, Michel (1928-2013) Brault, Michel (1928-2013) (1996)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Henry, Martha (1938-2021) Henry, Martha (1938-2021) (1996)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Mitchell, Joni Mitchell, Joni (1996)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Plamondon, Luc Plamondon, Luc (1996)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Strate, Grant (1927-2015) Strate, Grant (1927-2015) (1996)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Henley, Martha Lou Henley, Martha Lou (1996)

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RJH Award
Parker, Jon Kimura Parker, Jon Kimura (1996)

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NAC Award
Arcand, Denys Arcand, Denys (1995)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Forrester, Maureen (1930-2010) Forrester, Maureen (1930-2010) (1995)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Gzowski, Peter (1934-2002) Gzowski, Peter (1934-2002) (1995)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Hébert, Paul (1924-2017) Hébert, Paul (1924-2017) (1995)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Murray, Anne Murray, Anne (1995)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Renaud, Jeanne Renaud, Jeanne (1995)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Gelber, Arthur (1915-1998) Gelber, Arthur (1915-1998) (1995)

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RJH Award
Heppner, Ben Heppner, Ben (1995)

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NAC Award
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