Fernando Dansereau, CM. – Screenwriter, director and producer of cinema and television
Fernand Dansereau is a pioneer of Quebec cinema and television. Highly respected within the industry, he has written, produced or directed landmark works that have been acclaimed by his colleagues and the public; he has moved thousands of viewers with TV series like Le parc des Braves and Les filles de Caleb, and, more recently, with his trilogy of films on aging. With a fine understanding of the working classes and an instinct for hope in all things, he takes a clear and compassionate look at contemporary realities and endeavors to make the language of cinema accessible to all. As founding president of the Institut national de l’image et du son, a professional multimedia training center in Montreal, he continues today to inspire the next generation.
Watch Mr. Dansereau’s announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6hGNn4Ei2s
Rita Shelton Deverell, CM – TV broadcaster, theater artist, scholar and activist
Throughout his distinguished career in broadcasting, journalism and theatre, Rita Shelton Deverell has distinguished itself by its innovation, creativity and inclusion. Driven by her commitment to social justice, she has focused on telling the stories of those whose voices are often ignored. She co-founded VisionTV, the world’s first multi-faith, multi-cultural network, and is one of the first black women in Canada to be a television host and network director. An inspiring mentor, she is a role model for young artists, students and the public.
Watch Dr. Deverell’s announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUXW6fyJl6Y
David W. Foster, OC – Songwriter, performer, producer and philanthropist
David Foster is part of from Canada most successful popular music authors and producers. He has worked with leading musical artists across the country and around the world, and helped launch the careers of such exceptional talents as Celine DionMichael Buble and Josh Groban. A generous philanthropist, notably through his eponymous foundation, he has donated his time and talent to more than 400 charities, and has hosted, produced or conducted numerous benefit concerts.
Watch Mr. Foster’s announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqWztqC8dE
Tomson Highway, OC – Author (plays, novels, non-fiction) and pianist/composer
Tomson Highway is one of from Canada most acclaimed writers and performers. Her work highlights Indigenous peoples and culture; his pieces (including the award-winning The Rez Sisters and Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing) are taught and practiced around the world. A classically trained pianist, he has given lectures and performed in Canada and internationally, and is a highly entertaining and sought-after speaker on topics ranging from music and literature to workplace diversity.
Watch Mr. Highway’s announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afwkCsKYDzU
Linda Rabine, CM – Dancer, teacher, choreographer and somatic movement educator
Pioneer of contemporary dance in Canada, Linda Rabin has over 50 years of experience as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. As a somatic movement educator, she helps artists and individuals from all walks of life realize their personal and creative processes, both on stage and in their daily lives. A nature explorer, she has traveled a lot and is keenly interested in the cultures and rituals of different countries. As a foreman through Canada and internationally, she generously shares her lifelong passion: exploring movement as an art, as a process of transformation, and as a healing and spiritual practice.
Watch Ms. Rabin’s announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6gJSPNE0fQ
the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Performing Arts Volunteer Award, which recognizes the outstanding contribution of an individual or group in voluntary service to the performing arts in Canada:
michelle smith is a rare gem indeed: a dedicated volunteer with a background in finance who enjoys fundraising. As such, she is often called upon for her generosity, her creativity and her boundless energy. Through his active participation and support for numerous Francophone community and artistic organizations in his native province of Manitobashe has made an indelible contribution to the cultural and linguistic vitality of her community.
Watch Ms. Smith’s announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGHGd8MP3UI
the national Arts Center Award recognizes work of an extraordinary nature by an individual artist or company in the previous performance year:
crystal pit, CM – Choreographer and director
During a choreographic career spanning three decades, crystal pit has created more than 50 works for dance companies in Canada and around the world. She is the founding artistic director of VancouverNew York-based Kidd Pivot is world famous for her radical hybrids of dance and theater assembled with a keen sense of wit and invention. Ms. Pite is known for her work which courageously tackles such difficult and complex themes as trauma, addiction, conflict, conscience and mortality; his bold and original vision earned him international fame and inspired a whole generation of dance artists.
Watch Ms. Pite’s announcement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niv4a3MFr7c
“The arts play a vital role in our lives, which has been forcefully highlighted as we face great challenges during the pandemic,” said Douglas KnightPresident and CEO of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation (GGPAAF), and Anik Bissonnette, co-president of the Foundation. “As we celebrate and congratulate the outstanding winners of the 2022 awards, we should also pause and be grateful to all of the Canadian artists and their supporters, who have brought us light and a sense of community in difficult times.”
“The paramount importance of artistic creation and the irreplaceable role of artists at the heart of our individual and collective lives have become very strong during the pandemic,” said Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. “Music, voices, words, dance and moving images help us stay connected to the world and to our own destiny. These awards to extraordinary artists are a public recognition of art as an essential service, for the maintenance social bond and for the protection of our right to joy.”
“Artists tell stories that celebrate our diversity and bring us together,” said NAC President and CEO Christopher Deacon. “They inspire us, both as individuals and as a country, to be better and to make our world a better place. As a founding partner of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, we are honored to celebrate some of the from Canada greatest artists and arts volunteers and the crucial role they play in the life of our nation. »
The 2022 winners will be honored at two events in Ottawaculminating with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala at the National Arts Center on Saturday May 28 at 20:00 “We are delighted to announce that longtime GGPAA Champion, Donald K. JohnsonOC, committed a leadership gift of $1 million to support prices for the next 10 years,” said Jayne WatsonCEO of the National Arts Center Foundation.
A resident of TorontoMr Johnson shared: “My donation to the GGPAA gives me the satisfaction of knowing that the performing arts have more funding so they can continue to thrive. Philanthropy is a true passion of mine.”
We would like to thank the Honorable Margaret McCain, CC, ONB for her support as Honorary Chair, as well as the leaders across the country who served on the National Volunteer Committee, led by Kate Alexander Danielsand helped raise the necessary funds for the GGPAA gala.
Thank you 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., Marguerite FountainCM, DFA (h) & Fountain DavidCM, The Keg Spirit Foundation, Labatt Breweries of CanadaManulife, Meta and the Honorable Bill Morneau & Nancy McCain.
These awards would not be possible without the support of our partners at the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and the National Arts Center (NAC). Compass Rose is our communication partner. In addition, each year the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) creates incomparable short films that capture the essence of the winners and will premiere at the NAC Awards Gala on May 28 and online at NFB.ca.
“We are thrilled to once again join the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation in honoring excellence in the Canadian performing arts, creating cinematic portraits that capture the talent and dedication of our GGPAA winners while standing in their own right as works of cinematic art. This year we will reach the milestone of 105 films, a testament to the hard work of so many talented filmmakers, producers and creative teams. Thank you to them and, of course, to our great winners and our GGPAA partners,” said Claude Joli-Coeurgovernment film commissioner and president of the NFB.
“We are proud to play a leading role in supporting Canadian culture and celebrating the rich and diverse accomplishments of this year’s GGPAA winners. As media partner of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, we will share their artistic contributions and stories with Canadians from coast to coast,” said Catherine TAITPresident and CEO, CBC/Radio- Canada.
Tickets for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala are on sale to the public at Thursday February 24 through Ticketmaster, 1-888-991-2787 or nac-cna.ca/prixgga.
Established in 1992 under the high patronage of the late Right Honorable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, then Governor General of Canadaand his wife Gerda, these prestigious awards are presented annually to Canadians whose achievements have inspired and enriched the cultural life of our country. Applications as these highly acclaimed awards are submitted by members of the public to recognize artists who have made a commitment and lifelong contribution to the performing arts in Canada.
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