Governor General's Performing Art Awards

May 30, 2018

Performing Arts Celebration at Rideau Hall

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2018 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Friday, June 1, 2018, at 7 p.m. The Governor General will also attend the National Arts Centre (NAC) gala in Ottawa on Saturday, June 2.

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Laureates

Presented in six categories: classical music, dance, film, popular music, radio and television broadcasting, and theatre. Recipients of these awards are nominated by the general public.

Andrew Alexander, theatre, film and television producer
Geneviève Bujold, actress
Angela Hewitt, C.C., concert pianist
Ginette Laurin, C.M., dancer and choreographer
Murray McLauchlan, C.M., singer-songwriter 

Peter A. Herrndorf, C.C. (Special Award), arts advocate and leader

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism 
in the Performing Arts Laureate

Recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual or group in voluntary service to the performing arts in Canada. Recipients of this award are also nominated by the general public. 

Florence Junca Adenot

National Arts Centre Award Laureate

Recognizes the work of an extraordinary nature by an individual artist or company in the past performance year. Recipients are selected by the NAC board of trustees from a list of candidates proposed by a nominating committee of NAC artistic programmers 

Tegan and Sara, musicians, songwriters and activists

GGPAA Mentorship Program

Each year, a past laureate of the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award is invited to select a professional artist (or artists) to share, learn and grow from the experience and insight of their mentor. This year’s mentor is renowned actor, musician and activist Tom Jackson (2014 recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award). The protégé is multidisciplinary artist Sarah Robertson.

About the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards
Created in 1992 by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, then-Governor General, and his wife Gerda, the GGPAA are presented each year to Canadians whose extraordinary achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of Canada’s cultural life. For more information on the GGPAA, visit


Media interested in covering the award presentation at Rideau Hall are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office in advance, and to arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 6:45 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.

Media information:

To cover the award presentation at Rideau Hall, please contact:

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

For more information on the awards or to arrange interviews with the laureates, please contact:

Shane O’Neill
Earnscliffe Strategy Group

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