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Sarah McLachlan, Atom Egoyan, And You! Win A Pair Of Tickets To A Black Tie Night At The #ggawards #Ottawa

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Sarah McLachlan Governor General's Performing Arts Awards

On May 30th, an exciting black tie event will be descending upon Ottawa at the National Arts Centre! This year, the 2015 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards will be highlighting the accomplishments of seven amazing Canadians, and Canadian Blog House wants YOU to be a part of this magical night on the red carpet!

“The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards are Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts.  Every year artists are recognized for the lifetime contribution to Canada’s cultural life with the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award. The recipient of the National Arts Centre award is recognized for extraordinary achievement in the past performance year. The Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award is given to a volunteer who has given their time and/or money in the service of the arts.”

Being honoured at this year’s #ggawards:

Composer, conductor and artistic director

Film and stage director, visual artist and screenwriter

Actress and director

Singer, songwriter, musician and humanitarian

Twitter: @SarahMcLachlan Instagram: @officialsarahmclachlan

Actor, director, producer and arts advocate


As two of the most recognized recipients of the 2015 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, I’ve highlighted Sarah and Atom. To help you get to know the other 2015 #ggawards recipients a little better, here is a great set of fun facts about all the recipients – just because you know how much I love fun facts!

Fun Facts About The 2015 GGPAA Laureates 

Walter Boudreau

Walter Boudreau says one of his greatest works is Le Concerto de l’asile, The Insane Asylum Concerto, a piece about the life of author Claude Gauvreau.

Walter Boudreau says he couldn’t imagine doing anything else. “Being an astronaut would be boring. I just want to be teleported so I could go to other galaxies.”

In February this year, Mr. Boudreau conducted the piece Atlantide by Michel-Georges Brégent at @SMCQ_qc_ca, a piece that was previously said to be “unplayable live”

Atom Egoyan

Egoyan’s Armenian painter parents met in Cairo, he was born there. “They soon realized that they couldn’t make a living at that, so it morphed into a furniture and design store; they were the first people to bring in modern Scandinavian design furniture from Denmark.”

Mr. Egoyan’s sister Eve is a concert pianist.

Egoyan has been directing plays since his early teens.

Mr. Egoyan attended Trinity College in Toronto not to study film but for international relations.

Egoyan’s next film is Remember with Christopher Plummer.

The world premiere of his film Exotica in 1994 was at Cannes and was nominated for the Palme d’or.

Egoyan co-wrote songs for Gord Downie’s 2001 solo album Coke Machine Glow.

If you hear piano in Mr. Egoyan’s films, it’s often his sister Eve and he’s often playing the guitar or lute in his films.

Diana Leblanc

Born in Montreal, Leblanc is perfectly bilingual and switched from French to English in her second year at the National Theatre School.

Leblanc joined the National Theatre School in its first year.

Diana Leblanc’s first directing job was at the National Theatre School with GGPAA laureate John Murrell’s Waiting for the Parade.

Diana was on the GGPAA Foundation board of directors for many years.

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah was signed to Vancouver-based indie label Nettwerk Records at the age of 19.

When Nettwerk first approached her, Sarah was in a band called The October Game.

Following high school, Ms. McLachlan spent a year studying jewellery design at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Designed as an all-female counterpart to conventional male-dominated rock tours, the Lilith Fair concert tour (presented annually 1997–99) featured Ms. McLachlan as headliner at all shows along with a rotating cast of support acts, including Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, Fiona Apple, the Indigo Girls and Shawn Colvin in the first year. Over its three-year history, Lilith Fair brought together more than 2 million people, raised more than $7 million for women’s charities in Canada, and helped launch the careers of numerous women singer-songwriters.

Sarah was inspired to give back and start the Sarah McLachlan Foundation after a trip to Thailand and Cambodia with World Vision in 1991.

The Sarah McLachlan School of Music has evolved from an after-school program (opened in 2003) to a standalone school with over 500 kids in the program.

The Sarah McLachlan School of Music provides free music education to at-risk and underserved kids in grades 4 through 12 who otherwise wouldn’t necessarily have that opportunity.

Sarah McLachlan has honorary degrees from the University of Alberta and Simon Fraser University.

Nominated for 13 Grammys, won 3; Nominated for 26 Junos, won 9

H. Thomson

Remember those who fought and died in World War One with R. H. Thomson, producer of The World Remembers.

The Lost Boys, a play Thomson wrote, directed and performed in, was based on his own family story of his five great-uncles who went to war, four of whom died during World War One.

You might recognize Mr. Thomson from his role as Jasper Dale on Road to Avonlea.

Mr. Thomson has played many real-life characters on stage including Sir Wilfred Laurier and Glenn Gould.

Michael Koerner

The Koerner Foundation financed Koerner Hall at the Royal of Music in Toronto. For opening night of Koerner Hall (September 25, 2009) Mr. Koerner commissioned a piece by GGPAA laureate R. Murray Schafer called Spirits of the House. Laureate Anton Kuerti also performed that night.

Michael M. Koerner is a collector of 18th Century keyboard instruments such as clavichords. His favourite instrument to play is an 18th– Century French harpsichord.

Jean-Marc Vallée

A few of Jean-Marc’s notable films include C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005), The Young Victoria (2009), Café de Flore (2011), Dallas Buyers Club (2013) and Wild (2014).

He’s inspired by Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. There’s a Cohen song (Suzanne) in Wild. Cohen lives in his neighbourhood.

In the last three years, JM Vallée has made 3 films – Dallas Buyers Club, Wild and Demolition (2015).


So now that you know a little more about this year’s #ggawards recipients, here is your chance to WIN A fabulous night out in Ottawa, at the National Arts Centre, for you and a guest! You could be celebrating the night away with these accomplished Canadians!

Here’s what you could WIN:

How fabulous does that sound? To me it sounds like a night to remember!

***Please note…this event requires you to wear black tie/cocktail or long dress attire. This is a fancy affair! Please make sure you can dress accordingly if you enter for a chance to win. Also, this giveaway covers only the event and the stated inclusions. All travel expenses to the National Arts Centre, and any other expenses incurred, are the responsibility of the winner. Please be sure to read full rules and regulations contained in the giveaway linky AND Canadian Blog House Rules and Regulations contained here. Sorry, no Quebec residents.

Last but not least – bring me back some photos! While NOT a requirement, I sure would love to see some shots from your fun night!

**The 2015 GGPAA Gala will take place at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on May 30. Tickets start at $75 and can be purchased at or at

Here’s how you can enter for your chance to WIN:





Disclosure:  Canadian Blog House was not compensated for this post. All opinions are our own.

  1. May 11, 2015

    Brenda A

    WHAAAAT!? What a night! I am so sorry you can’t attend. I have always loved Sarah McLachlan and seeing her again would be super. She is one cool person!

    • May 11, 2015


      Me too, Brenda 🙁 Love Sarah! The whole night sounds fabulous. Thanks for entering!

  2. May 11, 2015

    joanne darrell

    I would love to see Sarah in person.

    • May 11, 2015


      Wouldn’t that be wonderful, Joanne?! Thanks for entering!

  3. May 11, 2015

    Janet C.

    Looking forward to dressing up and experiencing this incredible star-studded glittering gala and seeing some of Canada’s most accomplished artists, especially my favourite, the outstanding singer, songwriter, musician and humanitarian, Sarah McLachlan !

    • May 11, 2015


      It will be a magical night, that’s for sure, Janet! Thanks for entering!

  4. May 11, 2015

    lynn clayton

    Sarah McLachlan id die if i got to meet here love her and her music but i would love to get all dressed up and go somewhere nice oh yes please

    • May 11, 2015


      I feel the same, Lynn, I would love to meet Sarah…but would love just going out for an evening like that! Exciting! Thanks for entering!

  5. May 11, 2015

    Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo

    The music, the canapes, the chance to get out with my husband without The Kids (something we haven’t done for FIVE YEARS)!

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

    • May 11, 2015


      Oh my gosh, Sarah! You are way past due! Five years…you and hubby definitely need a night out. Thanks for entering!

  6. May 11, 2015

    Jennifer P

    Definitely Sarah McLachlan!

  7. May 12, 2015

    Ophelia C

    Atom Egoyan – I love his plays. I saw a handful of them in Toronto!

  8. May 12, 2015

    Tierra G

    Seeing Atom Egoyan!

  9. May 14, 2015


    Definitely Sarah McLachlan. I grew up on her music and style! Did all 3 years of original lilith fairs, etc etc.
    And i get to dress up all glitzy!

  10. May 19, 2015

    Andrea HR

    I would be so excited to possibly meet and chat with Sarah McLachlan – she is such a wonderful feminist Canadian role model. This honour is well deserved for all she has done for women in the arts.

  11. May 22, 2015


    The chance to sit next to Atom Egoyan and gaze lovingly into his eyes all night. I know it’s a small chance, but it’s still there.

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