There is something about the anticipation of going to a prestigious event that is just intoxicating to me. The day of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards I woke up early and excited. I still hadn’t nailed down what I was going to wear but I knew I had all day to figure that out. I took a quick drive to Bayshore Shopping Centre and found a huge assortment of gorgeous dresses at Le Chateau. Within an hour, I was back on the road to go home, dress in hand and planning my hair and makeup.
Knowing the importance of the event ahead, I wanted to look professional and classy but also show my personality. My floral choice was a hit. With a high neck and cinched waist, it was a flattering choice and I added a boho element to my hair with a flower headband and loose waves. I kept my makeup light and added a pair of nude heels to complete the look.
It was off to another year of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards at the National Arts Centre here in Ottawa. Having attended last year, I felt like a bit of a veteran. I felt the same pride for the Canadian arts as last year, but this year the energy in the room seemed intensified. When I arrived, everyone was eagerly waiting for the arrival of the laureates while sipping on cocktails.
One of my favourite parts of the Awards is watching the laureates walk the red carpet. I opted to skip past the tables of mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres in order to secure a spot right near the red carpet to get an up close view of the laureates as they arrived.
Deemed “Canada’s largest and most intimate cocktail party” by Colm Feore, who once again hosted, the event truly had an intimate feel despite the size and grandeur. Guests and media were encouraged to snap photos and use their phones during the event, showing how the #GGAwards embraces and understands the power of social media and how it connects the Canadian people to the performing arts.
I loved watching each unique film specially created by the National Film Board for each laureate. My favourite part of the night, however, had to be Serena Ryder performing Sarah McLaughlin’s “I Will Remember You” and ending the night belting out one of her own hits.
Just like last year (and I guess a growing tradition), I stopped by the Gallery of Honour where the 2015 pictures of the laureates were hanging on the wall. I looked at the blank space next to their pictures and wondered which amazing Canadians would be honoured next year.
Did you know that nominations for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards are made by members of the general public? If you know of someone who deserves recognition for their lifetime contribution to Canada’s performing arts make sure to nominate them before the deadline on September 18, 2015.
Congratulations to this year’s laureates: Walter Boudreau, Atom Egoyan, Diana Leblanc, Sarah McLaughlin, R.H. Thomson, Michael M. Koerner and Jean-Marc Vallee. You can read more about the award recipients on the NAC website.
Editor’s Note: I would like to thanks Jennifer Covert at the NAC for allowing me the opportunity to attend this event for the second year in a row.