By Penny Johnson, Contributing Author
At Ottawa’s Rideau Hall on April 30, 2010, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond, presented the prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (GGPAA) for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
This year, two of the recipients, Walter Homburger (classical music) and Robin Phillips (theatre), had connections to Glenn Gould. Other recipients included Bryan Adams (popular music), Françoise Faucher (theatre), Edouard Lock (dance) and Buffy Sainte-Marie (popular music). An additional two awards were presented, including The Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Voluntarism in the Performing Arts (Mohammed and Yulanda Faris, 2010 recipients) and The National Arts Centre Award (Yannick Nézet-Séguin, 2010 recipient).