RUSH and Janina Fialkowska Among Governor General Award Winners Tonight
By Amy Terrill on May 04, 2012
Two world-renowned Canadian musical acts will be among those who receive Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards at the 20th Anniversary Gala tonight.
Classical pianist Janina Fialkowska
is known around the world for her interpretations of Chopin and Mozart, in particular. She has performed with the foremost orchestras in North America, Europe and Asia and has toured extensively throughout her nearly 40 year career. Her extensive discography has earned her five JUNO nominations. Fialkowska’s career was launched in 1974 by Arthur Rubinstein.
Coincidentally, 1974 was the year RUSH
released their first album, launching a career that would earn them multiple Gold and Platinum albums
, 8 JUNO Awards including induction into the JUNO Hall of Fame and numerous other accolades. Band members Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart were named Officers of the Order of Canada in 1997.
Fialkowska and RUSH will receive CGAA Lifetime Achievement
Awards tonight. They’ll be joined by Dancer/Choreographer Paul-André Fortier, Theatre Director Denis Marleau, Screenwriter/ Director Deepa Mehta and Comedian Mary Walsh.
The Awards were the brainchild
of former Toronto Life Editor Peter Hernndorf (nowPresident and CEO of the National Arts Centre) and former President of CRIA (now Music Canada), Brian Robertson.
This year's recipients made quite a stir
on Parliament Hill yesterday with MPs demonstrating their knowledge of RUSH lyrics during Question Period.