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Ottawa, February 14, 2012 — Art has many great names. Discover their stories on Tuesday, February 28 when the Canada Council for the Arts announces the eight winners of the 2012 Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts. The $25,000 awards recognize career achievement in the visual and media arts by Canadian artists, as well as outstanding contributions to these fields. The winner of the Saidye Bronfman Award, which recognizes excellence in the fine crafts, will also be announced. The winners will be available for interviews after the news conference.

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Time: 10 am
Location: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 3rd floor, Cinema 4
               Reitman Square
               350 King Street West, Toronto

To RSVP, please contact Diane Chaperon-Lor at 416-653-0849 or

At 10:30 am, biographies, downloadable images of the winners and their works, and video interviews will be available at

The celebration of Canada's finest artists continues in Ottawa in March with a week of events and on through June with a special exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) in their honour.

Mark your calendars!

Screening at TIFF Cinematheque — Wednesday, March 21 at 7 pm

The work of one laureate will be screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto, as part of The Free Screen, TIFF Cinematheque's ongoing showcase of independent and avant-garde media arts work. Admission is free.

Media Preview at NGC — Wednesday, March 28 at 10 am

Members of the media are invited to preview the exhibition organized by the NGC, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, in celebration of the winners and their works. The preview will take place in the Lower Contemporary Galleries B107 (across from the cafeteria). To RSVP, please contact Josée-Britanie Mallet at 613-990-6835 or

Awards ceremony — Wednesday, March 28 at 6 pm

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will present the 2012 awards on Wednesday, March 28 at 6 pm at Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Drive, Ottawa. In addition to a $25,000 prize, the winners will each receive a special issue medallion produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. Media wishing to attend the ceremony should contact Julie Rocheleau at the Rideau Hall Press Office,
613-998-7280 or

Exhibition at NGC — Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 pm

The official opening of the exhibition will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Great Hall of the NGC, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa. Come meet the winners at this public event!

Media contact:

April Yorke
Public Relations Assistant
1-800-263-5588 or
613-566-4414, ext. 4133
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Heather McAfee
Public Relations Officer
1-800-263-5588 or
613-566-4414, ext. 4166
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To arrange interviews with the winners:

National publicist
Diane Chaperon-Lor
Office: 416-653-0849
Cell: 416-788-8271

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