2016 Recipients

Aglukark, Susan

Susan Aglukark

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Susan Aglukark is Canada’s first Juno Award-winning Inuk singer–songwriter. Her unmistakable blend of country, world music and pop is distinguished by her gentle voice, upbeat melodies, and moving lyrics (sung in English and Inuktitut) inspired by her Inuit culture and by the issues facing Canada’s Aboriginal people.

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Bublé, Michael

Michael Bublé

National Arts Centre Award

To be awarded in 2017 - A charismatic singer, talented songwriter and brilliant entertainer, Michael Bublé has become one of the pre-eminent music artists of his generation.

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Chouinard, Marie

Marie Chouinard

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Marie Chouinard is internationally recognized as a leading creator of contemporary dance. She is also an author, designer, photographer, filmmaker and multimedia artist. Savage yet disciplined, her choreographies are formal masterpieces with the power to challenge and move even contemporary dance neophytes.

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Heppner, Ben

Ben Heppner

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Ben Heppner is one of the finest operatic tenors of our time, acclaimed for the beauty and power of his voice, his keen musicianship, his intuitive dramatic sense, and his generosity with audiences.

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McKellar, John D

John D McKellar

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

In more than 50 years as an active volunteer, generous donor and pro bono legal advisor, John D McKellar has supported dozens of performing artists and arts organizations in Toronto and beyond. His wide-ranging professional and financial contributions are based on a discerning artistic knowledge and appreciation, and he is a tireless advocate for public policy that encourages and promotes arts and culture.

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Lantos, Robert

Robert Lantos

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

In a career spanning over four decades, producer Robert Lantos has helped develop many of this country’s leading filmmakers. He built Alliance Communications Corporation, Canada’s first major production and distribution studio, which later—with the launch of the Showcase and History networks—expanded into broadcasting.

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Lebeau, Suzanne

Suzanne Lebeau

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

In more than 40 years of unwavering commitment to children, playwright and artistic director Suzanne Lebeau has achieved international recognition as a leader in contemporary theatre for young people. Her plays have been translated into two dozen languages, and she is among the most-produced Quebec writers in the world.

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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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McKellar, John D (2016)

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RJH Award
Aglukark, Susan (2016)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Heppner, Ben (2016)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Chouinard, Marie (2016)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Lebeau, Suzanne (2016)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Lantos, Robert (2016)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Bublé, Michael (2016)

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NAC Award