TORONTO—The Walrus Foundation and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation are pleased to release The Performing Arts in Canada: A Celebration—The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards ebook. This free, interactive, fully bilingual ebook showcases all recipients from twenty-two years of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards in all six disciplines: broadcasting, classical music, dance, film, popular music, and theatre. It also features recipients of the National Arts Centre Award, which recognizes extraordinary work in the preceding year, and the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Volunteerism in the Performing Arts. The Walrus Foundation created this project especially for iBooks, and it is available now for download at iTunes.com/GGPAA.
The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, created in 1992 by the late Ramon John Hnatyshyn, are Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the performing arts. Nominated by the public, the recipients are Canadian artists whose accomplishments have inspired and enriched the cultural life of our country. All of them are featured in this engaging ebook.
“This remarkable ebook celebrates artists who have made an indelible contribution to the Canadian imagination. Our artists are by far the best known Canadians around the world. Ordinary Canadians spend more than twice as much time attending the performing arts than they spend attending all sports events put together. It is remarkable and it’s true. Canada is an arts nation.”—Douglas Knight, chair, Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation
The Performing Arts in Canada: A Celebration—The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards is a gorgeous interactive ebook that will allow you to visit with the GGPAA laureates through the years, read their biographies, and link to relevant photographs, films, and works. Simply touch a photograph or select a link, and you will be drawn into the Canadian performing arts universe. The interactive ebook also features beautiful short films from the National Film Board of Canada showcasing the work and career of performing artists. Each one is an artwork in its own right.
Look for an update to the book with new films about the 2014 recipients and a special panorama shot live from the 2014 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala in early June.
We thank the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Arts Centre, and the National Film Board of Canada for making the GGPAAs possible.
We also thank Enbridge, presenting sponsor of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, for enabling us to publish The Performing Arts in Canada: A Celebration.
The book is available now to download and share for free on iBooks at iTunes.com/GGPAA.