I had the pleasure of attending the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award this past Saturday at the National Arts Centre in downtown Ottawa on behalf of Just a Trace. This was my first time attending the gala so beforehand I did some research by reading up on Tracey’s experiences the past two years. Within, seconds of steping into the event, I could see why it is one of Ottawa’s “must attend” events. This high class gala is definitely something to experience in person.
Even better, it was the perfect excuse to get super glammed up! I hardly find a chance to get really dressed up so this event allowed me to go all out and wear a beautiful gown. Speaking of beautiful gowns, let’s start off with what I wore. I went with a mermaid style dress from Jarlo London, an online store that carries a ton of red carpet worthy dresses. The baby blue shade popped on the red carpet as I walked up to the photo stage and the lace detailing added a softness to the gown. As I posed for photos, I can definitely say this dress made me feel like a celebrity!
Unlike other black tie events, I was surprised that attendees were encouraged to use their phones during the gala to share their experience using social media and I loved searching the hashtag #GGAwards on Twitter to see how other attendees were enjoying their night.
My favourite part of the GG Awards were the stage performances. I was completely enthralled with the Orchestra at the beginning of the show and loved all the live singing performances throughout the awards. I was really looking forward to seeing Michael Buble so was a bit disappointed when I learned that he was unable to attend because of issues with his vocal cords. However, he will be at the 2017 GG Awards so hopefully I’ll get to rub shoulders with him next year.
The night ended off with cocktails, dessert, and a bit of mingling with others. I wished I took some food shots at the event, but I was too excited to eat that I forgot to, whoops! Overall, it was such a wonderful event in a beautiful venue. It was a total honour to see talented Canadian artists get rewarded for their hard work that has changed the landscape of Canadian Arts and impacted arts around the world.
I’m looking forward to attending and following along with the GG Awards next year and perhaps I may even place a nomination. Did you know that nominations for the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards are made by members of the general public? I didn’t know this before the event, but if you head over to their website you can nominate someone who deserves recognition for their lifetime contribution to Canada’s performing arts. The deadline on September 16, 2016.