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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Back, Frédéric (1924-2013) Back, Frédéric (1924-2013) (1994)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Charlebois, Robert Charlebois, Robert (1994)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Franca, Celia (1921-2007) Franca, Celia (1921-2007) (1994)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Hyland, Frances (1927-2004) Hyland, Frances (1927-2004) (1994)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Papineau-Couture, Jean (1916-2000) Papineau-Couture, Jean (1916-2000) (1994)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Young, Neil Young, Neil (1994)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Kolber, Sandra (1934-2001) Kolber, Sandra (1934-2001) (1994)

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RJH Award
Lepage, Robert Lepage, Robert (1994)

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NFB Film »

NAC Award
Chiriaeff, Ludmilla (1924-1996) Chiriaeff, Ludmilla (1924-1996) (1993)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Haig, Don (1933-2002) Haig, Don (1933-2002) (1993)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Marshall, Lois (1924-1997) Marshall, Lois (1924-1997) (1993)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Mercure, Monique (1930-2020) Mercure, Monique (1930-2020) (1993)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Vigneault, Gilles Vigneault, Gilles (1993)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Cohen, Leonard (1934-2016) Cohen, Leonard (1934-2016) (1993)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Chalmers, M. Joan (1928-2016) Chalmers, M. Joan (1928-2016) (1993)

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RJH Award
Bouchard, Michel Marc and Les Deux Mondes Bouchard, Michel Marc and Les Deux Mondes (1993)

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Legacy Interview »

NAC Award
Hutt, William (1920-2007) Hutt, William (1920-2007) (1992)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Lloyd, Gweneth (1921-1993) Lloyd, Gweneth (1921-1993) (1992)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Michel, Dominique Michel, Dominique (1992)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Palomino, Mercedes (1913–2006) Palomino, Mercedes (1913–2006) (1992)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
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