The National Arts Centre was buzzing Saturday night as guests dressed up in black tie awaited the Red Carpet arrivals of some of Canada’s finest. I had the privilege of being one of six bloggers invited to experience and capture the event. With this being my first time at the Gala, I had no idea what to expect. Upon arrival, I quickly noticed the energy in the room, an energy of anticipation, excitement and pride for the performing arts.

Photo Courtesy of Sophimage Photographie

After walking the Red Carpet, and stopping to have my photo snapped (I felt like I was at the Oscars!), I made a quick pit stop to sample Chef John Morris’ hor-d’oeuvres and grab a glass of wine. I then parked myself near the Red Carpet to watch the laureates and Govenor General arrival.  The laureates ranged from actors, dancers and musicians. From ninety-three year old actress and teacher Janine Sutto to actor, singer and humanitarian Tom Jackson, the laureates were truly some of Canada’s finest.

Tom Jackson and wife
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A quick selfie before the performances started

We had fantastic seats for the performance portion of the evening. Colm Feore, did a great job of not only hosting the event, but keeping us all updated on that night’s hockey score. During this portion of the evening, the audience enjoyed films by the National Film Board for each laureate, as well as special tributes of dance, music and acting.In between arrivals, I couldn’t help but marvel at the fashion. The evening was a true black tie event with gorgeous gowns, stunning heels and dapper suits to be admired. Those in attendance mingled with each other, bonding over mutual love of the arts and complimenting each other on outfit choices.

Louise Lacavalier and family
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The highlight of the night for me was definitely the surprise performance by Blue Rodeo who were one of the award winners this year. Hearing them perform and seeing how much they enjoyed their time on stage ended the night on a high note and kept the energy up.The laureates, as well as Govenor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon, were able to take in all the performances from the prestigious balcony box. At the end of each tribute, the audience would rise and face the laureate, applauding them for their contribution to the arts nation that is Canada.

Blue Rodeo
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After the performances, guests could mingle, enjoy some champagne and sweet treats (those mini tiramisu cups were unreal!) and listen to some live jazz.

Before I left, I stopped by the Gallery of Honour where the 2014 pictures of the laureates were already hanging on the wall. I reflected for a minute on the vast and unique talent Canada brings to the performing arts. The entire evening solidified my pride for Canada and our contribution globally to the performing arts. As I headed out of the NAC building, the sounds of jazz music and excited murmurs fading, I couldn’t help but wonder whose faces I would see in the Gallery of Honour next year.

Editor’s Note: I would like to thanks Jennifer Covert at the NAC for allowing me the opportunity to attend this event and Sophie of Sophimage Photographie for taking the beautiful photographs for this event.'
Written by Tracey