The GGs are back!

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For arts lovers, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala is one of the best events of the year. With moving tributes, exciting performances and lots of laughter, it’s always a night to remember. Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Gala on Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m.

This year’s laureates for Lifetime Artistic Achievement are:

Fernand Dansereau, C.M.
Film and television screenwriter, director and producer

Rita Shelton Deverell, C.M.
Television broadcaster, theatre artist, scholar and activist

David W. Foster, O.C.
Songwriter, composer, performer, producer and philanthropist

Tomson Highway , O.C.
Author (plays, novels, non-fiction) and pianist/songwriter

Linda Rabin, C.M.
Dancer, teacher, choreographer and somatic movement educator

The Gala will also celebrate Crystal Pite, C.M., who receives the National Arts Centre Award, which recognizes extraordinary work in the past performance year, and Michelle Smith, who receives the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts.

Don’t miss it!

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The National Arts Centre Foundation would like to thank Donald K. Johnson, O.C., who has committed a leadership gift of $1M to support the Awards for the next 10 years.

The NAC Foundation would also like to thank the Honourable Margaret McCain, C.C., O.N.B. for her support as Honorary Chair, and the leaders from across the country who served on the National Committee of Volunteers and helped raise the necessary funds for the GGPAA Gala. Thanks also to the many sponsors and donors who make the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala possible, including The Azrieli Foundation, Bonnie & John Buhler, Boston Pizza International Inc., Margaret Fountain, C.M., DFA (h) & David Fountain, C.M., The Keg Spirit Foundation, Labatt Breweries of Canada, Manulife, Meta, and the Honourable Bill Morneau & Nancy McCain.

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