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For Immediate Release

September 15, 2009. Toronto ON. . .Ballet Jörgen Canada is pleased to announce the return of the  Company’s newest full-length ballet, the Group of Seven Nutcracker, for the holiday season. The Company will embark on an Ontario-wide winter tour, performing 25 times in twelve communities, from November 21 through December 30, 2009.

Ballet Jörgen Canada premiered the Group of Seven Nutcracker, a new Canadian version of the holiday classic, in the 2008-2009 season to overwhelming public praise and critical acclaim.  A quintessential Canadian work, this national treasure will warm the hearts of young and old alike. Born from collaboration with Kleinburg’s world-renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the production features backdrops from Canadian 20th Century landscape artists Franklin Carmichael (Church and Houses at Bisset, 1931), Tom Thomson (Snow in the Woods, 1916) and L.L FitzGerald (Trees and Wildflowers, 1922).  From a wintery schoolhouse in Bisset, Ontario in 1912, to the lush summer wetlands of Ontario’s Algonquin Park, audiences are taken on a grand journey with Klara as she experiences for the first time, Canadian landscapes filled with snowflakes, Mounties, and charming woodland creatures.

With over 30 dancers, the cast also includes children from each of the local communities the tour visits.  In this tradition of education and outreach, Ballet Jörgen Canada’s Group of Seven Nutcracker Youth Outreach Program gives young aspiring dancers from age 8 to 18, the opportunity to rehearse and perform on stage with the Company.  Auditions are now underway at dance schools and theatres in each of the performance locales.

The Group of Seven Nutcracker production credits and tour details are as follows:

Music  P.I. Tchaikovsky
Set & Costume Design  Sue LePage
Lighting Design  Bonnie Beecher
Choreography  Bengt Jörgen

Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 7:30pm
Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville ON

Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 2:00pm
Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville ON

Friday, November 27, 2009 at 7:00pm
Centrepointe Theatre, Nepean ON

Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 1:00pm & 4:30pm
Centrepointe Theatre, Nepean ON

Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 7:30pm
River Run Centre, Guelph ON

Friday, December 4, 2009 at 7:30pm
River Run Centre, Guelph ON

Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 1:00pm & 4:30pm
Living Arts Centre, Mississauga ON

Monday, December 7, 2009 at 10:00am*
Living Arts Centre, Mississauga ON

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 12:00pm* & 7:00pm
Rose Theatre, Brampton ON

Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 12:00pm* & 7:00pm
Rose Theatre, Brampton ON

Friday, December 11, 2009 at 7:00pm
Rose Theatre, Brampton ON

Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 7:30pm
The Sanderson Centre, Brantford ON

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 7:00pm
Showplace Centre, Peterborough ON

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 8:00pm
Betty Oliphant Theatre, Toronto ON

Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 7:30pm
Imperial Theatre, Sarnia ON

Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 7:30pm
The Grand Theatre, Kingston ON

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 4:00pm
The Grand Theatre, Kingston ON

Monday, December 28, 2009 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Centre in the Square, Kitchener ON

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 7:30pm
Markham Centre, Markham ON

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 2:00pm
Markham Centre, Markham ON

Tickets for the Toronto performance on December 18th at the Betty Oliphant Theatre go on sale on September 15th at 11:00am.  To purchase tickets, please visit  For additional ticket information please visit

*  Please note these are reduced young people’s performances.

The Group of Seven Nutcracker was made possible with the generous support of Ann & Lyman Henderson.  This production was created in collaboration with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

The 2009 performances of the Group of Seven Nutcracker are generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council’s Ontario Touring Program and KPMG.

The Group of Seven Nutcracker Youth Outreach Program is generously supported by Scotiabank Group with additional support from George Weston Ltd.  Local support includes The Davies Charitable Foundation in Kingston and the Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation in Mississauga.

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 northern USA, sharing the experience of ballet with more communities in Canada than any other dance company.  With a ‘hub’ in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and centres in Ottawa and Kitchener-Waterloo, Ballet Jörgen Canada is truly Canada’s local ballet company.

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For more information, contact:
For more information, contact:
Frances Shakov | General Manager | Ballet Jörgen Canada
416 415-5000x 2866 | |