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Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards

Celebrating excellence in performing arts


In the two decades since their inception, the GGPAA have grown in stature and developed into preeminent national awards. They celebrate the talent of our artists and the richness of our culture, underline Canada’s important role as an Arts Nation, and foster a sense of national unity and pride.

What is this prize?

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards recognize the work of experienced Canadian artists who have made remarkable contributions to the performing arts in Canada in six categories: broadcasting, classical music, dance, film, popular music and theatre.

Prize amounts

Up to 6 awards valued at $25,000 each.

How to qualify

Apply to the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation.

For eligibility criteria and further information on these awards, see the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation website.


Annual awards

See the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation website.

Who created this prize?

The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards were created in 1992 under the patronage of the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, then Governor General of Canada, and with the encouragement of Peter Herrndorf and Brian Robertson, two members of the Toronto Arts Foundation. The awards were established with a start-up grant provided by the federal government as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Confederation of Canada.

For more information

Helen Belvin

Outreach and Special Events Officer

Canada Council for the Arts

150 Elgin Street, P.O. Box 1047

Ottawa ON K1P 5V8

E-mail: helen.belvin@canadacouncil.ca

613-566-4414, ext. 4057

Toll free: 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4057

TTY: 1-866-585-5559


Prize amount

Up to

By nomination

Cumulative list of winners