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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Nimmons, Phil Nimmons, Phil (2002)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Perreault, Jean-Pierre (1947-2002) Perreault, Jean-Pierre (1947-2002) (2002)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Lindsay, Fernand c.s.v. (1928-2009) Lindsay, Fernand c.s.v. (1928-2009) (2002)

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RJH Award
Hewitt, Angela Hewitt, Angela (2002)

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NAC Award
Bernardi, Mario (1930-2013) Bernardi, Mario (1930-2013) (2001)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Dufresne, Diane Dufresne, Diane (2001)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Ferguson, Max (1924-2013) Ferguson, Max (1924-2013) (2001)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Hart, Evelyn Hart, Evelyn (2001)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Plummer, Christopher (1929-2021) Plummer, Christopher (1929-2021) (2001)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Poirier, Anne Claire Poirier, Anne Claire (2001)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Borlase, Thea (1921-2015) Borlase, Thea (1921-2015) (2001)

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RJH Award
Lock, Edouard and La La La Human Steps Lock, Edouard and La La La Human Steps (2001)

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NAC Award
Bertrand, Janette Bertrand, Janette (2000)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Connors, Connors, "Stompin'" Tom (1936-2013) (2000)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Nault, Fernand (1920-2006) Nault, Fernand (1920-2006) (2000)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Newton, Christopher (1936-2021) Newton, Christopher (1936-2021) (2000)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Stratas, Teresa Stratas, Teresa (2000)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Donald (2000)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Carsen, Walter (1912-2012) Carsen, Walter (1912-2012) (2000)

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RJH Award
Cirque du Soleil Cirque du Soleil (2000)

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NAC Award
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