For Immediate Release

July 24, 2009. Toronto Ontario… Due to the legal strike in the City of Toronto by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 416 and 79 which began on June 22, 2009, Ballet Jörgen Canada is disappointed to announce that it is relocating its upcoming Ballet in the Park event from its annual location at Etienne Brulé Park, Etobicoke.

Said Artistic Director & CEO Bengt Jörgen, “As a result of suspended City administration, the naming of Etienne Brulé Park as a temporary garbage drop-off site and no tangible end to the strike, we are forced to move the season-launching event to Mississauga.  This is unfortunate, especially as Ballet in the Park is the only major annual free ballet event in the City of Toronto.”

Ballet Jörgen Canada is pleased to announce that the third annual Ballet in the Park will now be presented at Port Credit Memorial Park, in Mississauga, from August 20 to 22, 2009, with no change to the originally announced dates and times.  Amidst the serene beauty of the Credit River, Ballet Jörgen Canada launches the 2009-2010 season with five performances in its fun, free, family-friendly event that brings classical ballet to the outdoors.

Evening performances will feature the comedic love story Coppélia, an innovative contemporary ballet.   The young people’s production of The Emperor’s New Clothes is a delightfully humorous retelling of the well-loved Hans Christian Andersen classic tale and the daytime performances are an excellent introduction to ballet for little ones.

Audiences are encouraged to bring a chair (seating is open lawn and is first come, first served) and experience ballet in a summer event that is not to be missed!

Ballet in the Park
Port Credit Memorial Park
Stavebank Road, north of Lakeshore Rd. E
Entrance by Port Credit Arena, Park St. E
Just steps away from Port Credit GO Train station
Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario

Thursday, August 20 – 7:00 PM
Friday, August 21 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, August 22 – 7:00 PM

The Emperor’s New Clothes (A Ballet for Young People)
Friday, August 21 – 10:00 AM
Saturday, August 22 – 4:00 PM

Ballet in the Park is made possible by generous support from the BMO Financial Group and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Widely recognized for its innovation, warmth, humor and beauty, Ballet Jörgen Canada is the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire exclusively of original works.  With over two decades of innovation in creating opportunities for Canadian choreographers and engagement with communities in outreach and educational activities, Ballet Jörgen Canada remains true to the vision of its founders, Bengt Jörgen and Susan Bodie.  Ballet Jörgen Canada’s educational activities range from its long-time collaboration with George Brown College in Toronto to elementary school programming that brings ballet to children across the country.  In addition, Ballet Jörgen Canada’s annual touring brings ballet performances to over 50,000 people from coast to coast in Canada and the USA, sharing the experience of ballet with more communities in Canada than any other dance company.  With a ‘hub’ in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ballet Jörgen Canada is truly Canada’s local ballet company.

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For more information, contact:
Christine Harris | Marketing & Development Coordinator | Ballet Jörgen Canada
416 415-5000 x2886 | |