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Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts

February 27, 2017

Presentation of the Governor General’s Awards
in Visual and Media Arts

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will present the 2017 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 6 p.m.

The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts are Canada’s foremost awards for excellence in these artistic disciplines. The prizes are awarded annually to visual and media artists for distinguished career achievement in a broad spectrum of fields, including photography, performance art, experimental film and video, new media, and metalsmithing. The awards also include the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts, as well as a prize for outstanding contributions to the visual and/or media arts in a volunteer or professional capacity.

The following laureates will be honoured this year:

  • Michèle Cournoyer,animation filmmaker, Montréal
  • Mike Hoolboom,filmmaker, Toronto
  • Shelagh Keeley,visual artist, Toronto
  • Glenn Lewis,visual artist, Vancouver
  • Landon Mackenzie,painter, Vancouver
  • Philip Monk,curator, writer, Toronto (Outstanding Contribution Award)
  • Shelley Niromultimedia artist, Brantford, Six Nations Of The Grand River
  • Pamela Ritchie,jewellery artist, Halifax (Saidye Bronfman Award)  

The prizes are funded, administered and promoted by the Canada Council for the Arts. For more information on the Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts and on this year’s laureates, please visit


Media wishing to cover this event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 5:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.


Media information:

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)

Meredith Sharpe
Canada Council for the Arts
613-566-4414, ext. 4166

For interviews with the laureates, please contact

Amélie Forcier
National PR


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