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.  “The key is to make films with a lot of love, about things you feel strongly about,” he says.
 

 

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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. He has received numerous humanitarian awards and has become an outspoken and inspiring advocate for people living with Parkinson’s.

 

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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 for her thoughtful and poetic approach to contemporary theatre practice.

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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 SCTV and Saturday Night Live. In a career spanning more than 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 Indigenous theatre company. In a career spanning over 32 years, he has become known for his transcultural exploration of the contemporary Indigenous experience through richly allegorical mythology.

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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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Bublé, Michael

Michael Bublé

National Arts Centre Award

A charismatic singer, talented songwriter and brilliant entertainer, Michael Bublé has become one of the pre-eminent music artists of his generation. His rich baritone voice, engaging humour and magnetic stage presence have made him one of the most sought-after performers in the world, and many of his recordings have achieved number one status in Canada and internationally.


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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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Bissonnette, Anik Bissonnette, Anik (2014)

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Blue Rodeo Blue Rodeo (2014)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Carver, Brent Carver, Brent (2014)

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Jackson, Tom Jackson, Tom (2014)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Lecavalier, Louise Lecavalier, Louise (2014)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Sutto, Janine (1921-2017) Sutto, Janine (1921-2017) (2014)

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Giguère, Jean Giguère, Jean (2014)

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Schultz, Albert Schultz, Albert (2014)

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Dawes, Andrew Dawes, Andrew (2013)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Lanois, Daniel Lanois, Daniel (2013)

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Lefebvre, Jean Pierre Lefebvre, Jean Pierre (2013)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Léger, Viola Léger, Viola (2013)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Peterson, Eric Peterson, Eric (2013)

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Thakkar, Menaka Thakkar, Menaka (2013)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Desrosiers, Jean Pierre Desrosiers, Jean Pierre (2013)

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Polley, Sarah Polley, Sarah (2013)

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Fialkowska, Janina Fialkowska, Janina (2012)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Fortier, Paul-André Fortier, Paul-André (2012)

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Marleau, Denis Marleau, Denis (2012)

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Mehta, Deepa Mehta, Deepa (2012)

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