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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Léger, Viola Léger, Viola (2013)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Peterson, Eric Peterson, Eric (2013)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Thakkar, Menaka (1942-2022) Thakkar, Menaka (1942-2022) (2013)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Desrosiers, Jean Pierre Desrosiers, Jean Pierre (2013)

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RJH Award
Polley, Sarah Polley, Sarah (2013)

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NAC Award
Fialkowska, Janina Fialkowska, Janina (2012)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Fortier, Paul-André Fortier, Paul-André (2012)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Marleau, Denis Marleau, Denis (2012)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Mehta, Deepa Mehta, Deepa (2012)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Rush Rush (2012)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Walsh, Mary Walsh, Mary (2012)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Collins, Earlaine Collins, Earlaine (2012)

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RJH Award
McAnuff, Des McAnuff, Des (2012)

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NAC Award
Deschamps, Yvon Deschamps, Yvon (2011)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Gillis, Margie Gillis, Margie (2011)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Shatner, William Shatner, William (2011)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Shore, Howard Shore, Howard (2011)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Silverman, Leslee Silverman, Leslee (2011)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Thompson, Paul Thompson, Paul (2011)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Élie, Jean André Élie, Jean André (2011)

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RJH Award
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