Five Canadians were named for the country’s highest honor for lifetime artistic achievement. The winners included Walter Boudreau, C.M., composer, conductor and artistic director; Atom Egoyan, film and stage director; Diana Leblanc, actress and director; Sarah McLachlan, singer, songwriter; and R.H. Thomson, C.M., actor, director, producer and arts advocate.
The winners will also get a $25,000 cash prize privided by the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. The awards will be handed out by Canada’s Governor General David Johnston at a special ceremony in Ottawa’s Rideau Hall on May 29. The recipients will be celebrated with a star-studded gala concert on May 30.
Founded in 1992, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards are given to Canadians whose accomplishments are deemed to have inspired and enriched the country.