Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards

Join us for a glittering celebration of Canada's greatest artists

I am beyond thrilled to be receiving a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. I’m thrilled. I’m honoured. Gusting to flummoxed, closing in on speechless.

Rick Mercer
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    Support this year's Gala

    Support this year's Gala

    Each year, leaders in Canadian business, politics and culture come together in Ottawa to celebrate Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts. We invite you to join us for a VIP Awards Gala experience, including a private black-tie dinner, prime seating at the Gala tribute show, and exclusive access to VIP receptions. Don’t miss out on one of Canada’s hottest parties!   Become a Supporter: Partnership opportunities begin at $15,000. To learn more about how you can support the Awards, please contact Luke Brown at 

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    Join the VIP Party

    Join the VIP Party

    By supporting the Awards, our sponsors and donors pay tribute to our country’s greatest performing artists as part of an outstanding event attended by over 2,000 Canadians from across the nation.  As a supporter, you will: Join leaders from across Canada to celebrate our country’s highest honour in the performing arts; Gain access to exclusive VIP events; Mix and mingle with Canada’s brightest stars; Receive exceptional brand visibility with an influential national audience made up of consumers and leaders in business, politics, and philanthropy; Be recognized on Awards Gala materials in print and online; Receive year-round recognition at Canada’s National Arts Centre.

I never expected any of this to happen to me. I am so honoured and humbled to receive this award and to stand with these other amazing & talented artists.”

Sarah McLachlan

“What’s really wonderful about this award is that the nominees are chosen by the public, and that’s a great honour, that the public would choose our little band and think that we are worthy of such an honour.”

Glenn Milchem, Blue Rodeo