2015 Recipients

Boudreau, Walter

Walter Boudreau

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

Composer and conductor Walter Boudreau is one of the leading lights of contemporary music in Canada. As artistic director and principal conductor of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) since 1988, he has brought that organization international renown. He has directed prestigious musical ensembles and orchestras across Canada and abroad, and his works have been played around the world.

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Egoyan, Atom

Atom Egoyan

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

One of this country’s most prominent and influential filmmakers, Atom Egoyan has created a remarkable body of work that has garnered critical and commercial success around the world. His distinctive, challenging films explore themes of community, isolation and displacement, our perception of reality, and the role technology plays in our lives.

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Leblanc, Diana

Diana Leblanc

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

Diana Leblanc has received nationwide acclaim as an actress and director for theatre, opera, film and television. She is a member of the National Theatre School of Canada’s first graduating class, a member of the original Neptune Theatre (Halifax) company, a former artistic director of Théâtre français de Toronto, and a founding member of Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company.

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McLachlan, Sarah

Sarah McLachlan

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

Singer, songwriter and musician Sarah McLachlan is known for her profound lyrics and ethereal sound. Since the release of her gold-selling debut album Touch in 1989, she has sold over 40 million albums, earned gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, and received three Grammys and nine Junos.

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Thomson, R. H.

R. H. Thomson

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

An intuitive and versatile artist, R. H. Thomson is acclaimed for his ability to bring Canada’s stories and characters to life. As a stage, film and television actor he has played such diverse roles as Glenn Gould, Frederick Banting, Hamlet and Cyrano, and he has directed at theatres nationwide. He spearheaded the commemorative projects Vigile 1914–1918 Vigil and The World Remembers / Le Monde se souvient, and is a passionate advocate for Canadian culture.

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Koerner, Michael M.

Michael M. Koerner

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

Michael Koerner is one of Canada’s most influential and dedicated patrons of the arts. In a philanthropic career spanning 50 years, he has supported individual artists and new and established companies across the country (notably through The Koerner Foundation, which he established in 1985), and has tirelessly advocated the vital role of the arts in the lives of Canadians.

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Vallée, Jean-Marc

Jean-Marc Vallée

National Arts Centre Award

Jean-Marc Vallée is one of Canada’s most celebrated contemporary filmmakers, known for personal yet universal works of exceptional dramatic intensity and visual appeal. Hailed by audiences and critics alike, his films have earned him an international reputation.

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RECIPIENT DIRECTORY

Canadian artists have received Governor General's Performing Arts Awards since 1992. Artists are recognized from a variety of disciplines for lifetime achievements; having had an extraordinary performance year or for voluntarism in the performing arts. Get to know more about the outstanding recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

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Egoyan, Atom (2015)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Boudreau, Walter (2015)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Leblanc, Diana (2015)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
McLachlan, Sarah (2015)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Thomson, R. H. (2015)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Koerner, Michael M. (2015)

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RJH Award
Vallée, Jean-Marc (2015)

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NAC Award