2017 Recipients

Beaudin, Jean

Jean Beaudin

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Hailed as a consummate director of Quebec literature, Jean Beaudin has delighted film and television audiences throughout his career as a director and screenwriter.

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Fox, Michael J.

Michael J. Fox

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Michael J. Fox is a respected and accomplished screen actor, best known for his award-winning work in the television series Family Ties and Spin City and the Back to the Future film trilogy.

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Haentjens, Brigitte

Brigitte Haentjens

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Passionate about language and literature, keenly interested in issues of identity, sexuality and power, Brigitte Haentjens is known for her dazzlingly original, avant-garde productions and her thoughtful and poetic approach to contemporary theatre practice.

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Loewen, William H.

William H. Loewen

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

Entrepreneur and philanthropist William H. (Bill) Loewen has provided leadership, direction and financial support to the performing arts for over three decades. A passionate music lover, he has a close association with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, to which he and his wife Shirley have donated over a million dollars through the W.H. & S.E. Loewen Foundation.

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Short, Martin

Martin Short

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Acclaimed stage and screen actor Martin Short is known for his wacky comedic characters and dead-on impressions, notably on Second City Television (SCTV) and Saturday Night Live. In a career spanning over 40 years, he has delighted audiences across North America and beyond, and made laughter an important Canadian export.

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Sioui Durand, Yves

Yves Sioui Durand

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Writer, director, filmmaker and actor Yves Sioui Durand is a pioneering figure in contemporary Indigenous theatre and the founder of Ondinnok, Quebec’s first French-language Aboriginal theatre company. In a career spanning over 32 years, he has become known for his transcultural exploration of the contemporary Aboriginal experience through richly allegorical mythology.

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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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Haentjens, Brigitte (2017)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Fox, Michael J. (2017)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Short, Martin (2017)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Sioui Durand, Yves (2017)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Beaudin, Jean (2017)

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Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Loewen, William H. (2017)

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RJH Award
McKellar, John D (2016)

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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
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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