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The Governor General’s performing arts award (GGPAA) is THE event of the season, an evening of pomp and circumstance. Starting with a culinary masterpiece for dinner, a highlight ceremony celebrating the award recipients or the Laureates as they are officially called, and of course, the champagne and sweets after-party. It is such an inspiring affair that one would consider dedicating one’s life to the arts just to be nominated for this prestigious award. This year, like the years before it, there are some incredible recipients who have made significant impact in the world of performing arts. Not only with their talent, skill and achievements but also through their profound contribution to the world of performing arts, music, film, etc. Each honoured Laureate receives a pure gold medallion, minted precisely for the winner, is feted with 3 different parties thrown on their behalf by distinguished offices of the government headed by the Office of the Governor General, and a fabulous red carpet reception at the country’s premier art centre, the National Arts Centre.

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We are beyond thrilled to let you know, that once again, we are going to be in attendance and will have the pleasure and honour to share with you the festivities at the #GGAwards! You’ll see us at the red carpet welcoming guests and honoured recipients and we can’t wait to show you the Oscar-worthy red carpet fashion at the NAC. We’ve seen an edgy mix in recent times however, this has truly been a time-honoured black tie event. In the past, I’ve worn my mother’s vintage gown with a high side slit reminiscent of Angelina Jolie’s, an edgy clutch from Nella Bella by Tarek (a  Canadian line of vegan purses and accessories), a variety of old and modern accessories and of course, my beautiful shoes courtesy of ALDO. This year, although I’m still unsure of what outfit (perhaps visit options from Rent Frock Repeat) to wear (see our past coverage of the #GGAwawards here and here), I know exactly what shoes and accessories to wear to the red carpet, big thanks to ALDO, which will showcase gorgeously at the red carpet. Now that Rent Frock Repeat opened up a showroom in the Byward Market, it will be easier for clients in Ottawa to have their picks of gorgeous gowns and dresses for the country’s top events and galas.



The recipients of the GGPAA is the apex of distinction in the world of performing arts in Canada, much akin to the Nobel prize for Canadian artists. These recipients have dedicated their lives fully and completely to excelling in, encouraging, and bettering the world of performing arts right here at home. Performing arts includes but is not limited to directing, acting, producing, vocals, composing, and dancing; pretty much anything involving creation of something to be performed in front of an audience. The awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award, the RJH award for volunteerism in the arts, and the National Arts Centre award. These awards are not only full of recognition but both the Lifetime Achievement award and the NAC award come with a $25,000 prize.

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This year’s recipients are Film Maker Atom Egoyan, Singer and Songwriter Sarah McLachlan, Classical Musician Walter Boudreau, Actress and Director Diana Leblanc, 2015 Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Theatre) Award Winner R.H. Thompson, 2015 Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts Recipient Michael M. Koerner and 2015 National Arts Centre Award winner, the much-celebrated contemporary filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée.


We are giving away 2 tickets to the prestigious GGPAA Gala! Follow @CanadasNAC @CNAduCanada @GovGPAA and @20YS to WIN! #GGAwards!




Come and celebrate Canada’s most inspiring performing artists at a star-studded gala featuring incredible evening of performances and tributes to the 2015 #GGAwards winners! From the pre-show reception with complimentary culinary creations and Canadian wines by the NAC’s Le Café headed by Executive Chef John Morris, to the spectacle at the red carpet, from the much anticipated arrival of the Governor General, to the champagne after-party, you will quickly appreciate why this is THE event of the spring season in the nation’s capital.

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Attended by Canada’s most prestigious, you can count on an evening to remember. The 2015 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS GALA evening will go as follows!

6:30pm: Cocktails and canapés
7:00pm: Red carpet arrivals
8:00pm: Performance
10:30pm: Champagne, Desserts, Dance

GG Performing Arts Awards/Prix du GG pour les arts du spectacle

For tickets and more information, please visit the official GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS website below:

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015
National Arts Centre, Ottawa
Tickets on sale now.
Gala dress code: Black tie / Long gown or Cocktail dress



As we can’t just tell you all about this fabulous even and leave you hanging, we would like to extend the invitation to the 2015 GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS GALA to you, our dear readers! It’s a black tie affair that’s hosted by the Governor General of Canada himself, emceed in the past by the dashing Colm Feore and usually graced by the First Lady Laureen Harper and the see the likes of Rick Mercer, former CTV Correspondent and now NAC’s Director of Communications Rosemary Thompson, Dragon Den’s Arlene Dickinson and Jim Treliving, Conrad Black and Canada’s biggest celebrities as guests.

Tickets are on sale now and lucky for you, @20YS is giving away tickets. Join in the celebration, see this year’s recipients Atom Agoyan, Walter Boudreau, Diana Leblanc, Sarah McLachlan, R.H. Thomson, Jean-Marc Vallée, and Michael M. Koerner, whom you may have a chance to congratulate personally. Read more about their achievements here.

GG Performing Arts Awards


Of the many, many prestigious events that we are invited to, one of my top favourites is the GOVERNOR GENERAL’S PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS GALA. Aside from the parade of beautiful people are their outfits on the red carpet, to the delicious and to-die for canapés and cocktails prepared by the National Arts Centre’s Le Café, from the brilliant and well-executed performance, to the evening’s main highlight of the red carpet arrivals and the stellar tributes to the recipients – the #GGAwards is the awards gala that you don’t want to miss!

GG Performing Arts Awards

Hoping to win tickets? To win, leave us a comment here (N.B.: Please make sure you leave us a comment below guys! Let us know you’ve entered and tweeted about the GGPA Awards!) and tweet us your favourite National Arts Centre show (past or present), a show you’ve seen or wish to see at the NAC: 

“Hi @20YS! I would love to attend the @GOVGPAA @PrixGGAS Gala @CanadasNAC! #20YSGiveaway #GGAwards”

Stay Connected: follow us @20YS and @GovGPAA  #ggawards. Like we always say, year after year, the #GGAwards is truly a night to remember.

GG Performing Arts Awards

GG Performing Arts Awards

All photos from past #GGAwards galas, courtesy of @20YS, Arne Berg of @ottawaarne and @GovGenPerfAAwards.

Prix du GG pour les arts du spectacle

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