On May 5, a special guest arrived at the 20th Anniversary Gala at the National Arts Centre to rock out with Governor General's Performing Arts Awards winner, Des McAnuff.
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The guest, Pete Townshend of The Who fame played performed Pinball Wizard with McAnuff in front of the NAC, which was a full house due to the Gala.
Des McAnuff is the winner of the annual NAC Award, which recognizes work of an extraordinary nature by an individual artist in the past performance year. McAnuff and Townshend created the rock musical "The Who's Tommy" back in 1992, which has remained a cult hit among performing arts fans and rockers alike.
Also, in attendance for their Lifetime Artistic Achievement awards were Janina Fialkowska, Paul-André Fortier, Denis Marleau, Deepa Mehta, Rush and Mary Walsh.
The Governor General's Performing Arts Awards also feature a unique Mentorship Program, which unites past Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award recipients and talented mid-career artists.