For immediate release

[Toronto, ON – November 18, 2014] From London to Ottawa, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will perform The Nutcracker, A  Canadian Tradition at theatres across Ontario throughout November and December 2014. On Thursday, December 18, 2014, the company will perform the seasonal classic with the Canadian twist at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto at 7pm. Dancing alongside CBJ’s 19 professional dancers will be children from the GTA, selected by audition and carefully rehearsed, who will gain professional performance experience and memories to last a lifetime.

The Nutcracker, a Canadian Tradition is choreographed by renowned choreographer and Artistic Director of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Bengt Jörgen, and takes its inspiration from Group of Seven paintings housed at Kleinburg’s world-renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection.  The famous Canadian landscape paintings showcased in stunning 30 foot backdrops are complimented by over one hundred richly colourful costumes designed by Sue LePage.  The magical dream journey begins on Christmas Eve 1912 in Bisset, Ontario where newly arrived Klara experiences winter landscapes filled with snowflakes, lumberjacks, Mounties and creatures of the woods.

Hailed as, “Adorable” by Michael Crabb in The National Post, and as “a refreshing … Canadian version of this magnificent ballet” by audiences, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen’s The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition is a na­tional treasure suitable for all ages.

About Canada’s Ballet Jörgen

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen builds communities across Canada through the shared experience of professional ballet. Reaching every province with over 600 events annually, we ensure communities large and small, urban and rural have access to a ballet experience that is recognized for its innovation, warmth and beauty. Inspiring and connecting with Canadians for over 25 years, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen makes ballet and Canadian choreography a meaningful part of Canadians’ lives through performance, education, and community engagement.

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For more information, photos, media passes, and/or to request an interview, contact:
Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Anne Zozo, 416.415.5000 x 2886,

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen gratefully acknowledges the 2014-2015 supporters

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