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.

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