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Performing Arts Awards Ceremony

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27 April 2010

The Governor General celebrates the performing arts at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA— Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond will present this year’s Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, April 30, 2010, at 6 p.m. Their Excellencies will also attend the Gala Performance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, on May 1, 2010, where outstanding performers will celebrate the recipients.

Created in 1992, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards are presented each year to Canadian performers whose extraordinary lifetime achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of Canada’s cultural life. Nominations for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards are made by members of the public. Recipients are chosen from six categories, including theatre, dance, classical music, popular music, film and broadcasting.

2010 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Recipients

  • Bryan Adams
  • Françoise Faucher
  • Walter Homburger
  • Edouard Lock
  • Robin Phillips
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie

2010 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award
for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts Recipients

  • Mohammed and Yulanda Faris

2010 National Arts Centre Award Recipient

  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin

For more information on the Performing Arts Awards and the recipients, please visit

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Media interested in covering the award presentation on Friday evening are asked to arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance before 5:45 p.m.

Media information about the ceremony:

Julie Rocheleau 
Rideau Hall Press Office  
613-302-0249 (cell)     

Media information about the recipients and interview requests:

Diane Plouffe Reardon
(613) 769-3854 (cell)