Three Canadians Recognized By Governor General
Governor General David Johnston honoured three of Canada’s biggest celebrities with performing arts awards on Wednesday, as Canada nears it’s 150th birthday.
Singer Michael Buble and actors Michael J. Fox and Martin Short were among seven recipients of the awards, which recognize “foremost distinction for excellence in the performing arts.”
Michael Buble, received the 2017 National Arts Centre (NAC) award, which recognizes “outstanding contributions by an individual artist or company in the past performance year.”
His acceptance speech was highly emotional, addressing the difficulties his family has faced.
Michael J. Fox was presented with the 2017 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in broadcasting. He is known for his roles on Family Ties and in the Back to the Future movies. But he is also known for his humanitarian efforts. After he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991 he started the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and became an advocate for people who live with the debilitating condition.
Martin Short also received a 2017 Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in broadcasting. He began his career with The Second City improv group before starring on the show SCTV. He moved on to movies like Three Amigos, Father of the Bride and Inherent Vice. Loved him as “Ed Grimley” on Saturday Night Live.