The National Ballet of Canada Celebrates Canada’s 150th

June 26, 2017

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, The National Ballet of Canada’s special project, 150 Pointes of Canada, has attracted interest and participation from across the country.

The National Ballet is sending 150 pointe shoes across Canada, spanning all provinces and territories, to the country’s most recognizable landmarks. The company is working with organizations and individuals to capture 150 images of the pointe shoes in locations that symbolize the Canadian identity.

Participants who have submitted imagery for 150 Pointes of Canada to date include: Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, High River, Alberta, Blachford Lake in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Mont Tremblant in Québec, the Three Churches in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Mile 0 of the Marathon of Hope in St. John’s, Newfoundland, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride and Pier 21 in Halifax.

The 150 images are posted online using #150Pointes and are featured in a virtual exhibit on the National Ballet’s website.

For more information about 150 Pointes of Canada, to view submission photos or to participate, visit


The National Ballet of Canada dedicates the 2016/17 season to Sandra and Jim Pitblado in gratitude for their ongoing leadership, extraordinary generosity and enduring friendship.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages through the Canadian Council of Archives Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations granting programme; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

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