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Meet the 2019 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards recipients

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) are Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts. This years recipients have just been announced.

They are: Sandra Oh, Colm Feore, Rick Mercer, Louise Bessette, Mavis Staines, and Lorraine Pintal.Sandra Oh, Colm Feore, Rick Mercer, Louise Bessette, Mavis Staines, and Lorraine Pintal will receive honours this year.1:43The Right Honourable Julie Payette will present the National Arts Centre Award and the awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in the categories of theatre, dance, classical music, film, and broadcasting. Since 1992, these awards have recognized an amazing array of artists for their outstanding contribution to culture in Canada and abroad.

In celebration of Canadas incredible talent, CBC Arts will showcase each of the laureates leading up to the Gala awards that take place April 26 and 27.  Stay tuned! And congratulations to all the laureates!  This years laureates:Sandra Oh: 2019 National Arts Centre AwardSandra Ohs work in film and television has been groundbreaking.Originally from Ottawa, Sandra is well known for her role on the hit ABC TV medical drama Greys Anatomy, and more recently as the star of the hit BBC America spy series Killing Eve, for which she won her second Golden Globe award, becoming the first woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes. She further made history by being the first Canadian to co-host the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year.

Her career spans over 30 years, with recognizable roles in such films as Double Happiness, The Red Violin, Sideways, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Princess Diaries, Catfight and more. And now with becoming a recipient of the Governor General Performing Arts Award, her legacy will continue to break ground, much like her career. Colm Feore: 2019 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award — FilmColm Feore has led an extraordinary career showcasing his versatility and depth. Hes one of Canadas top stage actors, and a regular at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Colm has 140 film and TV credits to his name, which include, but are not limited to: The Red Violin, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Trudeau, 24, House of Cards and the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy. And as an active member of his community, he donates his time to not-for-profit initiatives like Shakespearience and Reel Canada that empower at-risk youth through Shakespeare and Film.Fluently bilingual, Colm is a cultural ambassador to Canada and abroad.Rick Mercer: 2019 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award — BroadcastingKnown for his sharp and biting wit, Rick Mercer has built a career becoming one of Canadas foremost political and social commentators.
Known for his trademark rants on shows like This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Rick Mercer Report, his loyal fans have come to love his outspoken views on politics and cultural issues. As a Newfoundlander, his humour is often flavoured with a Canadian spirit, seen in shows like Talking to Americans and Made in Canada.
And as an author and humanitarian, his influence reaches far beyond the laughs.Mavis Staines: 2019 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award — DanceAs the artistic director for Canadas National Ballet School since 1989, Mavis Staines revolutionized the way classical ballet is taught in Canada. She has guided the direction of classical training to focus on progressive, holistic approaches to such areas as pedagogy, creativity, and community engagement. With the mentality of bringing dance to the people, it is through her leadership of outreach initiatives like Sharing Dance that children, adults, seniors, and those living with Parkinsons disease can connect to ballet — a legacy she hopes will keep everyone moving.

Louise Bessette: 2019 Artistic Achievement Award — Classical MusicAn internationally acclaimed performer, Louise Bessette has had a significant influence in the field of contemporary classical music. She has introduced Quebec and Canadian composers to audiences abroad, and vice versa.
Composers from Europe and Asia often seek her out and dedicate their works to her and her interpretation of their music. In 2013-2014 she performed 25 works by 25 different Quebec composers, an event that was heralded as a milestone in Quebecs musical history.
Although shes a multiple recipient of prestigious music awards, its Louises passion that drives her and keeps her sharp.  Lorraine Pintal: 2019 Artistic Achievement Award — TheatreLorraine is a champion of the arts.She began her career as an actress, but its through her role as artistic director of Montreals Theatre du Nouveau Monde since 1992, that shes been able to provide a spotlight for Quebec drama and programming. A versatile creator, she produced several television series, including Radio-Canadas Montreal, PQ and even hosted the literary talk show Plus on est de fous, plus on lit.

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