Martin Short Accepts the Applause

Dancers from Canada's National Ballet School perform in honour of Mavis Staines (Dance 2019)
Photo: George Pimentel

Susan Aglukark and Beverley McLachlin, Deputy Governor General

Her Excellency Julie Payette and Rick Mercer (Broadcasting 2019) at Rideau Hall
Photo: LS Anne-Marie Brisson, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2019

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

Sandra Oh (NAC Award 2019) Photo: George Pimentel Photography



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