OTTAWA – Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds is the recipient of the 2021 National Arts Center Award.

The award, which is part of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, recognizes work of extraordinary nature and significance in the performing arts by an artist or company during the last year of performance. Recipients are selected by the National Arts Center.

The Vancouver native and Hollywood star tweeted a video of Canadian musician Steven Page singing a song in his honor.

“Last night, Canada honored me with a Governor General’s Award and this video. I do not cry. It’s just maple syrup, ”Reynolds tweeted.

“Steven Page is a friend and a legend for wasting this amazing song on me,” he added, while thanking Governor General Mary May Simon and the National Arts Center for the honor. “I am a wreck.”

“Ryan Reynolds is one of Canada’s most beloved and recognized actors. In a repertoire ranging from television sitcoms to animated films and feature films, he has established himself as a versatile and engaging performer with a charismatic and quirky personality, ”reads the press release announcing his receipt of the award. “Most recently he received critical and public acclaim for his portrayal of the main character in the hit action films Deadpool and Deadpool 2.”

He has been praised on social media by many public figures, including Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

Last year, Reynolds and his wife, Blake Lively, donated $ 1 million to Food Banks Canada and Feeding America. Part of the funds went to the Ottawa Food Bank, with a note from Reynolds saying he spent part of his childhood in Vanier.

Earlier this year, he appeared as “Bruce”, the notorious Ottawa Public Health fictitious intern who was blamed for a widely viewed tweet in which he appeared to spoil a post congratulating the Super Bowl winner. The health unit reacted to the price saying “Bruce” is the first member of a public health communications team to win a Governor General’s Award.

“I recommend making a list of the people you like and then telling them immediately,” Reynolds said in a follow-up tweet, joking that he was glad he didn’t “have to be dead to experience something like that”.

Other recipients of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards in 2021 include actress Catherine O’Hara, best known for her roles in SCTV, Alone at home and Schitt’s Creek – cComposer Alexina Louie, Métis actor Tantoo Cardinal, founder of Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata Zab Maboungou, and Innu singer-songwriter and guitarist Florent Vollant, all of whom received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Lynda Hamilton received the 2021 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Volunteering in the Performing Arts.