The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation

Ottawa, Ontario
Grant of a Badge
August 15, 1994
Vol. II, p. 337

Badge of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation

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Blazon

Badge

On a roundel Bleu-Celeste two lions rampant respectant each crowned with a coronet Or érablé and garnished with jewels Gules supporting together a torch Or enflamed proper all within a border Azure edged and inscribed ARTES NOS TENENT ET INSPIRANT in letters Or;

Motto

ARTES NOS TENENT ET INSPIRANT;


Symbolism

Badge

The lions refer to the office of the Governor General, the official colours of which are blue and gold. The coronets of maple leaves emphasize that this is a Canadian award. The torch symbolizes the aspiration towards excellence of the candidates for the award.

Motto

This Latin phrase means “The arts engage and inspire us”.