2018 Recipients

Alexander, Andrew

Andrew Alexander

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Andrew Alexander is a prolific theatre, film and television producer, notably of The Second City—the world’s premier improv comedy club, theatre and school—and the award-winning sketch comedy show “SCTV.”

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Bujold, Geneviève

Geneviève Bujold

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

In a career spanning more than 50 years, Geneviève Bujold has appeared in more than 70 films in both English and French, and her intensity, passion, and luminous screen presence have earned her international acclaim and numerous awards.

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Herrndorf, Peter A.

Peter A. Herrndorf

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Peter A. Herrndorf has devoted his career to journalism, broadcasting and the arts in Canada.

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Hewitt, Angela

Angela Hewitt

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Angela Hewitt is widely considered the leading Bach pianist of our time. Known for her clarity, precision and vast repertoire, she has performed in recital and with major orchestras around the world.

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Laurin, Ginette

Ginette Laurin

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Hailed internationally as one of Canada’s foremost choreographers, with more than 50 works to her credit, Ginette Laurin is a pioneer of the contemporary dance movement in Quebec.

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McLauchlan, Murray

Murray McLauchlan

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Murray McLauchlan is one of Canada’s leading singer–songwriters. Known for his socially conscious songs, he achieved wide acclaim for his 1972 breakthrough single “Farmer’s Song.”

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Junca Adenot, Florence

Florence Junca Adenot

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

In a prolific career spanning over 45 years, Florence Junca Adenot has held leadership roles in arts and culture, university administration, public transit, and heritage preservation.

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Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara

National Arts Centre Award

Tegan and Sara have sold more than one million albums and performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, from the 2015 Academy Awards telecast to major festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury.

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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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Lecavalier, Louise Lecavalier, Louise (2014)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Sutto, Janine (1921-2017) Sutto, Janine (1921-2017) (2014)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Giguère, Jean Giguère, Jean (2014)

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Schultz, Albert Schultz, Albert (2014)

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NAC Award
Dawes, Andrew Dawes, Andrew (2013)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Lanois, Daniel Lanois, Daniel (2013)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Lefebvre, Jean Pierre Lefebvre, Jean Pierre (2013)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
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 Thakkar, Menaka (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
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