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.

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

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Ferguson, Max (1924-2013) Ferguson, Max (1924-2013) (2001)

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Screens and Voices (formerly Broadcasting and Film) 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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Stages (formerly Theatre) Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Poirier, Anne Claire Poirier, Anne Claire (2001)

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Screens and Voices (formerly Broadcasting and 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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Screens and Voices (formerly Broadcasting and Film) 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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Stages (formerly 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
Cronenberg, David Cronenberg, David (1999)

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Screens and Voices (formerly Broadcasting and Film) Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Filiatrault, Denise Filiatrault, Denise (1999)

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Legacy Interview »

Screens and Voices (formerly Broadcasting and Film) Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Moore, Mavor (1919–2006) Moore, Mavor (1919–2006) (1999)

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Stages (formerly Theatre) Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Quilico, Louis (1925-2000) Quilico, Louis (1925-2000) (1999)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Reno, Ginette Reno, Ginette (1999)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Tremblay, Michel Tremblay, Michel (1999)

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Stages (formerly Theatre) Lifetime Artistic Achievement
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