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A few shots from last nights 2012 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend Plays In Ottawa at the NAC for the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala

 Pete Townsend was the special guest at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala last night at the National Art Centre.
Pete was playing with Des McAnuff, a theater director who brought The Who’s Tommy to Broadway in 1992. McAnuff was also a laureate this year.

Des McAnuff

Des McAnuff

 Des McAnuff, Tony award-winning theatre director and current artistic director of the Stratford Festival

Salman Rushdie

Writer Salman Rushdie

Writer Salman Rushdie was on hand to pay tribute to Deepa Mehta

Matt Stone

Matt Stone

South Park’s Matt Stone payed tribute to Rush’s Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart and Geddy Lee.

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend Plays In Ottawa at the NAC for the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Gala

 

Colm Feore

Colm Feore

 Colm Feore was the host for the evening.

All photos © Jean Labelle

 

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

Earlaine Collins

2012 National Arts Centre Award Laureate

Des McAnuff, director, writer, composer and artistic director

Once again this year, Diann Lalande and Sylvie Simard of Diann’s Beauty Salon, opened up their hears and their salon to raise money for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.

Diann and Sylvie drew in record crowds to the 12th annual event. The pair donated all of the days styling fees to the cancer foundation. And today’s tally is just over $7,500.00!!!

These donations are raised in our community to improve wait times, provide close to home access to care, to improve the quality of life for those living with cancer and to support research and access to new therapies.  These funds are targeted to help all our local friends and neighbours right across the Ottawa region.

Some of the young ladies waited years to cut their hair in order to donate their ponytails to the Angel Hair For Kids organization.
Leeann Shane had beautiful, long flowing red hair that took her many years to grow and she was smiling the whole time Diann and Sylvie took turns carefully removing her golden locks.

Diann and Sylvie started the first ever Cuts For Cancer event back in 2000 and to date have raised close to $50,000.00!!!

Thank you Diann and Sylvie for this wonderful event and for all that you do in our community of Orleans!

Cuts For Cancer

One Nite Wonders, presented by the Lift Foundation and Women for Mental Health, was an exceptionally fun event that was held last night at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
The evening began with cocktails in the beautiful foyer of the Orleans Arts Centre, where guests mingled and got reacquainted with friends and business associates alike.

Hosted by Valerie Pringle,  the evening kicked off with Annie Lennox (Henrietta Southam) who launched into a set of her greatest hits.
The evening continued with such favourites as Diana Ross and the Supremes (Jamilah Murray & Diane Lang), ABBA (Sarah Briones, David Cork & Lisa Elliot), and The Rat Pack consisting Ottawa’s well know Chiefs, just to name a few of the artists.

The highlight of the evening was when Nathalie Holmes spoke so eloquently and delivered a powerful message about her own struggles with mental health issues.

The purpose of the evening, of course, was to raise funds and bring awareness of mental health issues into the open. In today’s world, it is a statistical reality that someone you know has a mental illness and is unable to talk about it. Through the  Women for Mental Health campaign of the The Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, the evening raised in excess of $250,000.00!!!
Women for Mental Health is a philanthropic program at The Royal, bringing together like-minded women who will inspire conversations and support for mental health – to shift attitudes and make real progress in changing the way people think about this condition, and this they did last night, in a big way!

One Night Wonders

 

 

RCMP estimate between 5000-6000 people gathered on Parliament Hill to partake in the annual 4/20 event by smoking marijuana.
The aim is to bring about changes to the current laws to make marijuana legal.
April 20, widely known in marijuana culture as “4/20,” is a day when thousands of people gather for “smoke-ins” in cities across North America.


Previous years photos can be found here:

http://www.labellephoto.com/?p=2271
http://www.labellephoto.com/?p=834

 

Last night the Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Ottawa Chapter had their post 65Roses Gala meeting and volunteer appreciation get-together.
We had a very good year and look forward to striving again this coming year to raise awareness and funds towards the goal of a cure or control for cystic fibrosis.
Thank You!

Cystic Fibrosis Ottawa Team

On Monday April 16th, A Taste For Life launched their media campaign to publicize  the one night only, dining event to benefit Bruce House and The Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation.
Participating restaurants will donate 25% of your bill to A Taste For Life to support people living with HIV/AIDS through supportive housing, compassion and education programs.


justin trudeau

Hoping for a knock-out punch to the tune of $200,000.00, the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, invited two well known political names to battle out their differences in the ring.

At the sold-out event tonight at the Hampton Inn, Justin Trudeau and Patrick Brazeau put on the gloves and stepped into the ring to help raise money to “Fight For The Cure”.

Opponents Liberal MP Justin Trudeau and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau have been preparing for the boxing match for months with intensive work-out regimes and trash talk.

Odds before the match were favouring Brazeau, who has a black belt in karate and has served in the Canadian Forces. Trudeau, while having some boxing experience from his childhood, is taller and had a small advantage with his reach. Both men came in at about the weight.

Brazeau came out strong in the opening minute of the first round but not really landing anything or hurting Trudeau at all.
The rest of the fight belonged to Trudeau who turned up the heat and with a flurry of haymakers that threw Brazeau off balance and left him looking a little bewildered.

The referee had to pause the fight twice for standing counts to see if Brazeau was OK, but in the third round, when Trudeau was unleashing a torrent of hits, he finally called the match.

The room went into a frenzy of excitement. After all, Trudeau was not only supposed to lose but also leave the venue injured. An incredible turn of events to be sure.

But in the end, it is the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation that wins. At the end of the evening, the final tally came in at $230,000.00.

The Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts are Canada’s foremost awards for excellence in these artistic disciplines. The prizes are awarded annually to visual and media artists for distinguished career achievement in visual arts, architecture, independent film and video, or audio and new media. The awards also include the Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts, as well as a prize for outstanding contributions to the visual and/or media arts in a volunteer or professional capacity. Each laureate receives $25,000 and a bronze medallion.

The following laureates were honoured this year:

 

[Artists profiles kindly provided by the National Gallery of Canada]

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