Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation (GGPAAF) announces series of developments in its lifetime achievement awards programme

    OTTAWA, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Governor General's Performing Arts
Awards Foundation (GGPAAF) today announced a series of developments in its
prestigious lifetime achievement awards programme including a new partner and
new timing.
    Under an exciting new arrangement, the National Arts Centre (NAC), will
assume responsibility for the production of the annual gala performance as
well as the event's fundraising activities. The NAC's in-house expertise and
experience in both these key aspects of the annual celebrations will
significantly enhance the profile of the awards and their distinguished
    "We believe this dynamic new partnership with the NAC will build a
stronger base and a greater presence for the awards in years to come," said
Harold Redekopp, Co-Chair of the GGPAAF board of directors. "Along with our
other generous partners we look forward to creating a new tradition of a
stellar Gala weekend in the spring."
    Beginning in 2008, the gala awards events, typically held on the first
weekend in November, will now take place on the first weekend in May. This
scheduling change will situate the awards at the beginning of the vibrant
spring schedule of activities in the national capital. The next GGPAAF
laureates will be announced at a news conference to be held in early spring
2008. The recipients will then be celebrated during the Gala weekend at a
number of events. A luncheon on Parliament Hill will be hosted by the Speaker
of the House of Commons on Thursday, May 1, after which the recipients will be
introduced in the House of Commons and honoured at a parliamentary reception.
The Governor General will confer the Awards on Friday, May 2, at a special
ceremony at Rideau Hall, followed by a celebratory dinner. A gala tribute
performance at the NAC in Southam Hall will be held on Saturday, May 3.

    Established in 1992 by the late Ramon Hnatyshyn, then Governor General of
Canada , the GGPAAF annually recognizes those Canadians who have made an
outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Canada in the fields of
popular music, classical music, theatre, dance, film and broadcasting.
Rounding out these awards are the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for voluntarism
in the performing arts and the National Arts Centre Award for work of an
extraordinary nature or significance in the past performance year. These
honours are presented annually by the Governor General of Canada at a ceremony
held at Rideau Hall, followed by a celebratory dinner. The laureates are then
honoured on the following evening at a gala tribute performance held at the
National Arts Centre (NAC).

    The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation is an
Ottawa-based not-for-profit charitable organization governed by a board of
directors and administered by a small professional staff. Past awards
recipients include such prominent Canadians in the performing arts as Leonard
Cohen, Gilles Vigneault, Pierrette Alarie, Leopold Simoneau, Christopher
Plummer, Diane Dufresne, David Cronenberg, Michel Tremblay, Oscar Peterson and
Karen Kain.

    The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards are presented by Bell
Canada, the founding presenting sponsor of the Awards. Bell's generous and
unwavering support since 1992 has been an outstanding force in the success of
the Awards. The Awards are sponsored by the Department of Canadian Heritage,
the National Arts Centre and National Post, with the support of the Canada
Council for the Arts, Weber Shandwick Worldwide/Massy-Forget, La Presse, VIA
Rail Canada, the Ottawa Citizen, the Royal Canadian Mint (which also produces
the medallions for all the recipients), and the A-Channel Ottawa. IBM Canada
Ltd. is the Technology Partner and Air Canada is the Awards' preferred

For further information:

For further information: Brian Anthony, Executive Director, GGPAA, (613)
241-5297 x 201,;;

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