2019 Recipients

Bessette, Louise

Louise Bessette

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Pianist Louise Bessette is recognized worldwide as an outstanding performer and promoter of 20th- and 21st-century music.

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Feore, Colm

Colm Feore

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Colm Feore’s extraordinary career as a stage and screen actor has earned him international acclaim. From Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould and The Red Violin to Bon Cop, Bad Cop, his many roles in Canadian films alone have showcased his remarkable depth and versatility.

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Mercer, Rick

Rick Mercer

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Rick Mercer has channelled his acerbic wit and keen insight into a career as one of Canada’s foremost political and social commentators.

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Pintal, Lorraine

Lorraine Pintal

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

In a career spanning over 45 years in theatre, television, radio and film, Lorraine Pintal has distinguished herself as an exceptional actress, director, cultural animator and arts advocate.

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Staines, Mavis

Mavis Staines

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Visionary dance educator Mavis Staines has revolutionized the way we teach and understand classical ballet. Her leadership of Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) over the past 30 years has reshaped the landscape of ballet in Canada.

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Spinelli, E. Noël

E. Noël Spinelli

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

An energetic and successful business leader, Noël Spinelli is also an exceptional volunteer who has generously supported the performing arts, especially music, for over five decades.

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Oh, Sandra

Sandra Oh

National Arts Centre Award

Sandra Oh is a versatile actor and accomplished producer whose dynamic performances and compelling screen presence have won popular and critical acclaim.

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RECIPIENT DIRECTORY

Canadian artists have received Governor General's Performing Arts Awards since 1992. Artists 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 recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

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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
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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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 Mercure, Monique (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
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