2021 Recipients

Cardinal, Tantoo

Tantoo Cardinal

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

In a career spanning 50 years and more than 120 film, television and theatre roles, Métis actor Tantoo Cardinal has helped transform the face of film and television when it comes to portraying Indigenous people and stories.

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Louie, Alexina

Alexina Louie

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Alexina Louie is one of Canadaʼs most celebrated and sought-after composers. A versatile, imaginative and prolific creator, she has written for all musical genres, from piano, voice and orchestra to opera and film.

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Maboungou, Zab

Zab Maboungou

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Zab Maboungou is the founding artistic director of Zab Maboungou / Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, a Montréal-based contemporary dance company.

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O'Hara, Catherine

Catherine O'Hara

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Catherine O’Hara is an acting legend whose on-screen creations have imprinted themselves on our cultural consciousness.

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Vollant, Florent

Florent Vollant

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Innu singer–songwriter and guitarist Florent Vollant has been active on Quebec’s music scene for four decades, first as part of the award-winning duo Kashtin and more recently as a solo artist.

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Hamilton, Lynda

Lynda Hamilton

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

Lynda Hamilton has made it her mission to provide performing artists with the support they need to thrive in an industry that is exciting and fulfilling, yet often fraught with financial hardship.

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Reynolds, Ryan

Ryan Reynolds

National Arts Centre Award

Ryan Reynolds is one of Canada’s most beloved and widely recognized actors with a repertoire ranging from TV sitcoms to animated and feature films.

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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.

Our laureates announced in 2020 will now accept their awards in 2021. The laureate biographies were correct as of March 2020 and will be updated prior to the GGPAA celebrations in 2021.

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Bujold, Geneviève Bujold, Geneviève (2018)

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