Bryan Adams, Buffy Sainte-Marie among GG performing arts recipients
MONTREAL — Bryan Adams and Buffy Sainte-Marie are among the recipients of this year’s Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.
The prizes, announced Tuesday in Montreal, are given for lifetime artistic achievement.
Quebec theatre actress and broadcaster Francoise Faucher, artist manager Walter Homburger, Quebec choreographer Edouard Lock and actor/stage director Robin Phillips — who spent six seasons with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival — round out the list of honourees.
“Time will never erase the pathways that these great performing artists have traced, both for us the public and for young generations of creators,” said Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean.
“For they are pathways of light that cross through our lives and shed a brighter light on everything they touch. And so we thank them for all of those rays of hope they shine on our world, which would otherwise be a darker and duller place.”
Adams, born in Kingston, Ont., and raised in Vancouver, has won dozens of music awards and has racked up a slew of hit songs including Summer of ’69,
Run to You and Heaven. Earlier this month, he was one of the featured performers at the opening ceremonies for the Winter Games.
Saskatchewan-born Sainte-Marie is known for her music, philanthropy and activism. Her songs have been covered by a long list of high-profile artists and she co-wrote Up Where We Belong, which won the Academy Award for best song in 1982.
Jean will present the awards April 30 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Recipients each receive $25,000 and a medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.
In addition to the lifetime achievement awards, two other prizes were announced Tuesday.
The Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts was given to Mohammed and Yulanda Faris, prominent supporters of the Vancouver arts community for four decades. They will receive a commemorative medallion.
Quebec-born conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, meanwhile, is the winner of the National Arts Centre award. He will receive a medallion and a cash award of $25,000.