Martin Short Accepts the Applause

Tegan and Sara Quin (2018 NAC Award) on the red carpet
Photo: Ernesto Di Stefano (George Pimentel Photography)

Susan Aglukark and Beverley McLachlin, Deputy Governor General

Her Excellency Julie Payette and Angela Hewitt (Classical Music 2018) at Rideau Hall
Photo: Sgt. Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall

Marc Jordan performs with the NAC Orchestra in tribute to John D McKellar

Murray McLauchlan (Popular Music 2018) performs with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
Photo: Ernesto Di Stefano (George Pimentel Photography)



Saturday, APRIL 27 2019
National Arts Centre, Ottawa
Gala dress code: Formal attire

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala is a rare opportunity to rub elbows with some of Canada’s most accomplished performing artists. The glittering gala is a star-studded event featuring moving tributes and spectacular performances by some of Canada’s leading artists. 

From the pre-show reception with complimentary culinary creations and Canadian wines, to the pomp and circumstance around the arrival of the Governor General, to the champagne after-party, you will quickly understand why this is THE event of the spring season.  Come to see the stars. Come to experience the show. Come to savour the best of the performing arts in Canada.
The Award recipients are celebrated at an exclusive event preceding the Gala. The evening before, recipients receive their award medallions, struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, from the Governor General at a special Awards ceremony and dinner at Rideau Hall. It’s a warm and prestigious celebration of their achievements in the performing arts.
Medallions struck by the Royal Canadian Mint. Photo: Sgt. Ronald Duschesne, Rideau Hall