Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston presented the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Friday, May 4, 2012.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. Created in 1992, under the auspices of the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, the GGPAA are presented each year to Canadian performers whose extraordinary lifetime achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of Canada’s cultural life.
2012 GGPAA for Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award Laureates
Janina Fialkowska, concert pianist
Paul-André Fortier, dancer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director
Denis Marleau, theatre director, stage designer and artistic director
Deepa Mehta, film director and screenwriter
Rush, rock band
Mary Walsh, writer, comedian, director and political satirist
2012 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts Laureate
2012 National Arts Centre Award Laureate
Des McAnuff, director, writer, composer and artistic director