2014 Recipients

Bissonnette, Anik

Anik Bissonnette

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

For Anik Bissonnette, dance is the most complete form of expression, and the one that has always defined her. Though she retired from the stage in 2008, she still thinks like a dancer—that is, like an athlete and an artist.

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Blue Rodeo

Blue Rodeo

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

With sales of more than four million records and an unprecedented eleven JUNO Awards, Blue Rodeo have established themselves as one of Canada’s leading contemporary rock bands.

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Carver, Brent

Brent Carver

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

One of Canada’s most versatile actors, Brent Carver is known for the sensitivity, emotional honesty and charisma he brings to every role, from Shakespeare classics to new Canadian works, and from intimate cabaret performances to blockbuster musicals.

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Jackson, Tom

Tom Jackson

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

For over 40 years, First Nation artist Tom Jackson has used his talents as a film and television actor, singer songwriter and producer not only to build an award-winning career, but to effect social change and help people in need.

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Lecavalier, Louise

Louise Lecavalier

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

Louise Lecavalier is one of this country’s most admired and respected contemporary dancers.

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Sutto, Janine

Janine Sutto

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

Janine Sutto is one of Canada’s most celebrated and respected actresses. In a career spanning over 70 years, this brilliant artist has played hundreds of roles on stage, radio and television.

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Giguère, Jean

Jean Giguère

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

Jean Giguère stands out for her passionate commitment to the arts, her expertise in board governance, her forthright approach, and her success in building partnerships at the provincial and national level.

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Schultz, Albert

Albert Schultz

National Arts Centre Award

Albert Schultz is the founding artistic director (1998) of the acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre Company, North America’s only year-round repertory company, and the general director of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, a performing arts, education and community outreach facility in Toronto’s historic Distillery District.

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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.

Disclaimer: All biographical details correct at the time of the honour.

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Bissonnette, Anik (2014)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Blue Rodeo (2014)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Carver, Brent (2014)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Jackson, Tom (2014)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Lecavalier, Louise (2014)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Sutto, Janine (2014)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Giguère, Jean (2014)

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RJH Award
Schultz, Albert (2014)

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NAC Award
Dawes, Andrew (2013)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Desrosiers, Jean Pierre (2013)

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RJH Award
Lanois, Daniel (2013)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Lefebvre, Jean Pierre (2013)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Léger, Viola (2013)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Peterson, Eric (2013)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Polley, Sarah (2013)

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NAC Award
Collins, Earlaine (2012)

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RJH Award
Fialkowska, Janina (2012)

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

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Marleau, Denis (2012)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
McAnuff, Des (2012)

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NAC Award
Mehta, Deepa (2012)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Rush (2012)

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Walsh, Mary (2012)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Deschamps, Yvon (2011)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Gillis, Margie (2011)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Shatner, William (2011)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Shore, Howard (2011)

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Silverman, Leslee (2011)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Thompson, Paul (2011)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Villeneuve, Denis (2011)

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NAC Award
Adams, Bryan (2010)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Faucher, Françoise (2010)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Homburger, Walter (2010)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Lock, Edouard (2010)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Phillips, Robin (2010)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Sainte-Marie, Buffy (2010)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Faris, Mohammed and Yulanda (2010)

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RJH Award
Nézet-Séguin, Yannick (2010)

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NAC Award
Baker, Peggy (2009)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Butler, Édith (2009)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
DesRochers, Clémence (2009)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Lepage, Robert (2009)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Schafer, R. Murray (2009)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Walker, George F. (2009)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Fleck, James D. (2009)

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RJH Award
Gross, Paul (2009)

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NAC Award
Kuerti, Anton (2008)

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Classical Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Levy, Eugene (2008)

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Broadcasting Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Macdonald, Brian (2008)

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Dance Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Murrell, John (2008)

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Theatre Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Obomsawin, Alanis (2008)

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Film Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Pagliaro, Michel (2008)

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Popular Music Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Charman, Eric (2008)

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RJH Award