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.

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

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Walker, George F. Walker, George F. (2009)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Fleck, James D. Fleck, James D. (2009)

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RJH Award
Gross, Paul Gross, Paul (2009)

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NAC Award
Kuerti, Anton Kuerti, Anton (2008)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Levy, Eugene Levy, Eugene (2008)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Macdonald, Brian (1928-2014) Macdonald, Brian (1928-2014) (2008)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Murrell, John (1945-2019) Murrell, John (1945-2019) (2008)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Obomsawin, Alanis Obomsawin, Alanis (2008)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Pagliaro, Michel Pagliaro, Michel (2008)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Charman, Eric Charman, Eric (2008)

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RJH Award
The Tragically Hip The Tragically Hip (2008)

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NAC Award
Languirand, Jacques (1931-2018) Languirand, Jacques (1931-2018) (2006)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Michaels, Lorne Michaels, Lorne (2006)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Millaire, Albert (1935-2018) Millaire, Albert (1935-2018) (2006)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Robertson, Robbie Robertson, Robbie (2006)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Sidimus, Joysanne Sidimus, Joysanne (2006)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Starowicz, Mark Starowicz, Mark (2006)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Laoun, Georges & Sherif Laoun, Georges & Sherif (2006)

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RJH Award
Bradshaw, Richard (1944-2007) Bradshaw, Richard (1944-2007) (2006)

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NAC Award
Asper, Gail Asper, Gail (2005)

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RJH Award
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