2024 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards

OTTAWA, Ontario—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2024 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) during a ceremony at Rideau Hall on June 7, 2024. She will then deliver remarks at the GGPAA Gala at the National Arts Centre (NAC), in Ottawa, the following evening.

GGPAA Ceremony
Friday, June 7, 2024
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Rideau Hall Ballroom

Saturday, June 8, 2024
Time: 8 p.m. (red carpet begins at 7 p.m.)
Location: NAC, 1 Elgin St.

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Recipients
Recipients of the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award are selected from the fields of classical music, dance, popular music, screens and voices and stages. Recipients of these awards are nominated by the general public.

  • Measha Brueggergosman-Lee - Soprano
  • Ronnie Burkett, O.C. - Puppeteer, playwright, designer and performer
  • Diane Juster, C.M. - Singer-songwriter, pianist and arts advocate
  • Andrea Martin - Actor
  • Wes “Maestro” Williams - Recording artist, actor and author

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts Recipient 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.

  • Jenny Belzberg, C.M.

National Arts Centre Award Recipient Recognizes work of an extraordinary nature by an individual artist or company in the past performance year. Recipients are selected by the NAC corporate and artistic leadership.

  • Mélanie Demers - Artist, choreographer, stage director and performer

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 singer Susan Aglukark, O.C. (2016 GGPAA recipient) and her protégée is Angela Amarualik.

Notes for Media:

  • To guarantee your access to the Rideau Hall ceremony, we ask that you please confirm your attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office at media@gg.ca.
  • Media are asked to arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 5:40 p.m. on the day of the ceremony.
  • Photos of the ceremony taken by the Governor General’s official photographer will be made available upon request.

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 awards are presented annually to Canadians whose extraordinary achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of Canada’s cultural life.

Learn more about the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards

Media information:

To cover the award presentation at Rideau Hall:
Rideau Hall Press Office

For more information on the awards or to arrange interviews with the laureates:
Lucy van Oldenbarneveld

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