Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, filmmaker Atom Egoyan and composer/conductor Walter Boudreau have been selected as winners of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. The honour is bestowed upon artists and arts volunteers for their outstanding lifetime contribution to Canada’s cultural life.

Actress/director Diana LeBlanc and actor/director R.H. Thomson have also been chosen to receive the award. In addition to the prestige and recognition associated with the award, the honour also comes with a $25,000 cash prize.

McLachlan says she’s “thrilled, humbled, a little bit surprised”; to win the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award.

“It’s a bit like when I got the Order of Canada. I feel like, ‘But I’m not done yet. Aren’t I supposed to get this when I’m 70?'”; laughed the recording artist.

In addition to the five already mentioned Governor General’s Performing Arts Award recipients, today’s announcement also included the news that Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee has earned the National Arts Centre Award and philanthropist Michael M. Koerner has been selected to receive the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Volunteerism.

Governor General David Johnston will hand out the awards in an Ottawa ceremony on May 29 with a special celebratory gala taking place at the National Arts Centre the following evening.