Martin Short Accepts the Applause

Dancers perform an excerpt of John Kim Bell's (RJH Award 2023) ballet In the Land of Spirits
Photo: Sophimage Photographie

Susan Aglukark and Beverley McLachlin, Deputy Governor General

2023 Gala host Isabelle Racicot welcomes the audience to the National Arts Centre
Photo: George Pimentel Photography

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

k.d. lang (Popular Music 2023) on the red carpet for the 2023 GGPAA Gala
Photo: George Pimentel Photography


Join us for a fun and elegant evening celebrating Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts!  The event starts with a pre-show reception including complimentary wine and light canapés while you await the red carpet arrivals. 

The 2024 GGPAA Gala will take place on Saturday, June 8 at the National Arts Centre. Tickets are on sale now!

Join us for an exciting and elegant celebration of Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts!
Your night of fun will kick-off at 6:30 p.m., with red-carpet arrivals of this year’s Laureates and special guests starting at 7:00 p.m. You’ll then be treated to a series of amazing, touching and incredibly moving tribute performances highlighting the accomplishments of the Laureates (show commencing at 8:00 p.m. in Southam Hall). It will be a wonderful evening of celebration, music, and dancing!
Your concert-only ticket, starting at $75 will provide you with an unforgettable evening of performances, an After-party with live band, The Rock Steadies, and cash bar in the Canal Lobby.
While the recommended dress is formal, we’d love to see you just the way you are!
Your Evening Includes:
6:30 pm: Doors open. Cash Bar. (Refreshments in Salon for Ovation Package holders only)
7:00 pm: Red Carpet
8:00 pm: Tribute Performance in Southam Hall
10:00 pm: After-party with cash bar in the Canal Lobby featuring live band, The Rock Steadies (Refreshments in Salon for Ovation Package holders only)
Make the evening extra special (limited tickets available for an additional $100 each)
Add on the Ovation Package which will provide you with:
Access to the Salon during the pre-show reception, which will include complimentary drinks and light canapés.
Access to the After-party in the Salon, featuring curated chef stations and special cocktails
Access to the dance party in the Canal Lobby with live band, The Rock Steadies.
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


Photo by Felix Yuen

The laureate of the first-ever 2023 RBC Emerging Artist Award is Ralph Escamillan, a Filipino-Canadian performer, choreographer, teacher and queer community leader based in Vancouver, British Columbia. RBC commissioned ceramic artist Paula Murray to create the Award that will be presented to Ralph Escamillan along with a $25,000 prize.   
“Success in the arts is heavily influenced by the wealth, resources, and cultural capital an individual has access to, and receiving this award uplifts the hard work of artists who don’t have that same access,” said Ralph Escamillan. “By paying forward the continued support I’ve received to the communities who pour into me, I hope to remind and empower queer and racialized artists of our value and necessity to the artistic milieu.”  
“RBC is a long-standing supporter of the arts and the important role that it plays in our community,” said Andrea Barrack, Senior Vice President Corporate Citizenship & ESG, RBC. “The National Arts Centre is key to bringing important artistic voices to Canadians. A huge congratulations to Ralph Escamillan as the inaugural recipient of the RBC Emerging Artist award! Your work will continue to build a strong future for the arts.”