Celebrate · Recognize · Inspire

Canada is an Arts Nation, and for 24 years the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards has been celebrating, recognizing and inspiring the performing arts community across the country.

Save the date for the 2017 Gala, June 29th at the National Arts Centre.

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The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards are pleased to welcome Birks as presenting sponsor for the GGPAA Gala.

Recipient news

We say adieu to Leonard Cohen with profound gratitude for all the gifts he gave us. Poet, songwriter, novelist and bon vivant, he was Montreal's gift to the world. Our condolences to his family, friends, and fans. 

National treasure, gentleman, comedian, and founding member of the Royal Canadian Air Farce, laureate Dave Broadfoot has died at the age of 90. Condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Find out what's new with our recipients and more on our blog.

2015 Recipients

Egoyan, Atom Atom Egoyan

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

Boudreau, Walter Walter Boudreau
Classical Music

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

Leblanc, Diana Diana Leblanc

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

McLachlan, Sarah Sarah McLachlan
Popular Music

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

Thomson, R. H. R. H. Thomson

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

Koerner, Michael M. Michael M. Koerner

Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts

Vallée, Jean-Marc Jean-Marc Vallée

National Arts Centre Award