Small NAC soirée previews bigger GGPAA May gala
The seven Canadian arts laureates, including film superstar and philanthropist Ryan Reynolds, and legendary comic and Emmy Award-winning actress Catherine O’Hara, were supposed to receive their commemorative medallions in June 2020 at the usual swanky annual ceremony at Rideau Hall followed by a red-carpet, black-tie gala evening at the NAC’s much larger Southam Hall. However, as with all large gatherings cancelled or delayed due to the pandemic, the 2020 GGPAAs skipped a year to become the 2021 version. But COVID didn't stop creativity, or the desire to share and savour it.
Susan Aglukark, Inuk singer-songwriter, past laureate, and GGPAA Foundation board member, left and Douglas Knight, chair and CEO of the GGPAA Foundation, pictured on Nov. 26, 2021, at the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards reception at the NAC in Ottawa The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia