October 31, 2017


Canada’s Ballet Jörgen celebrates 10 years of The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition.

Sanderson Centre Sunday December 10 7:30 PM  

 “…this is more than a new adaptation, it’s a complete reimagining. And it succeeds brilliantly. … From the seeds of a timeless classic ballet, grows a timeless Canadian ballet, as homegrown as maple syrup and back bacon,” The Kitchener-Waterloo Record.

Toronto: Bengt Jörgen, Artistic Director & CEO of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, today announced that the company will celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition with 24 performances across Ontario and one performance in the United States.

The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition made its World Premiere on November 21, 2008 at the Charlottetown Festival in PEI and has since become an audience favourite seen by tens of thousands across Canada.

Choreographed by Bengt Jörgen to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the ballet is set in and around Algonquin Park in 1912 and features Trillium flowers, loons and other distinct Canadian representations replacing the traditional Nutcracker dances. Designed by award-winning designer Sue Lepage, the sets and costumes take audiences on a grand journey through northern landscapes filled with snowflakes, mounties, raccoons, chipmunks, bears and other creatures of the woods.

This delightful re-working of the timeless classic is born from a collaboration with Kleinberg Ontario’s world-renowned McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition features backdrops and other elements from Canada’s 20th Century landscape artists - Franklin Carmichael’s Church and Houses at Bisset (1931), Tom Thomson’s Snow in the Woods (1916) and L.L. FitzGerald’s Trees and Wildflowers (1922).

 “We tell the classic Nutcracker story so audiences will see its potency and magic in a new way,” says Mr. Jörgen. “Our patrons will rediscover the beauty of the ballet and how it can speak to our Canadian sense of identity.”



The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition is being performed in communities across Ontario and the United States from November 24 to December 30, 2017. For more information, please visit- www.canadasballetjorgen.ca

The Nutcracker, A Canadian Tradition was developed in collaboration with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and was made possible through the support of the late Ann and Lyman Henderson and the Ontario Arts Council.

Canada’s Ballet Jörgen would also like to acknowledge the support of National Presenting Partner, Bank of Montreal. Additional support comes from Aeroplan.

Ontario touring support is provided by the Ontario Arts Council.

Ongoing support is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

 Currently Celebrating its 30th season, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen enriches our lives by bringing professional ballet to communities - large and small, urban and rural - across Canada. Known for the warmth and beauty of its productions, CBJ reaches every province, delivering more than 1,500 performances, ballet classes and community engagement events involving over 60,000 participants annually.


 For more information, photos, and/or to request an interview, contact:

Stephen Word, stephen@balletjorgen.ca   416-961-4725