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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Cardinal, Tantoo Cardinal, Tantoo (2021)

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Broadcasting and Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Louie, Alexina Louie, Alexina (2021)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Maboungou, Zab Maboungou, Zab (2021)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
O'Hara, Catherine O'Hara, Catherine (2021)

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Broadcasting and Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Vollant, Florent Vollant, Florent (2021)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Hamilton, Lynda Hamilton, Lynda (2021)

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RJH Award
Reynolds, Ryan Reynolds, Ryan (2021)

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NAC Award
Bessette, Louise Bessette, Louise (2019)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Feore, Colm Feore, Colm (2019)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Mercer, Rick Mercer, Rick (2019)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Pintal, Lorraine Pintal, Lorraine (2019)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Staines, Mavis Staines, Mavis (2019)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Spinelli, E. Noël (1927-2020) Spinelli, E. Noël (1927-2020) (2019)

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RJH Award
Oh, Sandra Oh, Sandra (2019)

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NAC Award
Alexander, Andrew Alexander, Andrew (2018)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Bujold, Geneviève Bujold, Geneviève (2018)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Herrndorf, Peter A. Herrndorf, Peter A. (2018)

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Special Award Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Hewitt, Angela Hewitt, Angela (2018)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Laurin, Ginette Laurin, Ginette (2018)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
McLauchlan, Murray McLauchlan, Murray (2018)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
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