The Nutcracker Cannon Doll Lineup Announced

Includes Mayor of Toronto Olivia Chow, The Beaches, Carley Fortune and More! 

December 5, 2023... Hope Muir, Joan and Jerry Lozinski Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced this season’s lineup of Cannon Dolls for The Nutcracker.  

Carley Fortune, New York Times bestselling author of Every Summer After and Meet Me at the Lake, will perform as a Cannon Doll on opening night December 8.  

Joining the National Ballet onstage as Cannon Dolls this season are Mayor of Toronto Olivia Chow, Jordan Miller and Leandra Earl from Toronto rock band The Beaches, Canadian basketball player and commentator Kia Nurse, Canadian Sailing Olympians Mariah Millen and Alexandera (Ali) ten Hove, CTV News Hosts Michelle DubĂ© and Nathan Downer and Your Morning Hosts Anne-Marie Mediwake and Lindsey Deluce, CBC Metro Morning Host David Common and Global News’ Susan Hay and Chief Meteorologist, Anthony Farnell. Susan is the longest participating Cannon Doll completing her 17th season.  

Past Cannon Dolls have included Astronaut Chris Hadfield, former Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry and Matt Thomas, Toronto Maple Leafs Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, Olympic Gold Medalist Figure Skater Tessa Virtue, Actors Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Graham Greene and Sarah Gadon, members of ARKELLS, Comedian Rick Mercer, Author Emma Donoghue, Musician Brendan Canning, Former Mayors of Toronto Barbara Hall and John Tory.   

Celebrity walk-on roles are a long-standing tradition with Nutcrackers all over the world. In the National Ballet’s production, the cameo roles are Cannon Dolls, colourfully costumed Petrouchka dolls who shoot a cannon into the audience in Act I. To date, the National Ballet has invited 1,262 Canadian luminaries and personalities to appear onstage in the coveted roles.  

This season, the National Ballet has invited colleagues in the Toronto Arts and Dance Community as well as Community Partners onstage as Cannon Dolls.    

The Nutcracker is choreographed by James Kudelka with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, set and costume design by Santo Loquasto and lighting design by Jennifer Tipton.  

Due to overwhelming demand, an additional performance of The Nutcracker has been added on December 31 at 1:00 pm. Most shows are sold out or singles only. 

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BMO Financial Group
2023/24 Season Sponsor 

iA Financial Group Presents The Nutcracker   

The Nutcracker is made possible by generous financial support from production underwriters Sandra Pitblado, C.M. & Jim Pitblado, C.M., Lawrence and Ann Heisey and an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.   

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges its collaboration with Canada's National Ballet School in the production of The Nutcracker.  

Former Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry and Matt Thomas. Photo by Karolina Kuras.

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 Toronto Arts Council; the Government of Canada – Department of Canadian Heritage, through The Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Canadian Heritage; and the Government of Ontario through The Honourable Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. 

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