BESTIVAL 2015 || Toronto Island

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I attended Bestival this year and it’s the first time the music festival has made it’s way to Canada from the UK. Artists like Flume, Grandtheft, Banks, Florence and the Machine, Clean Bandit, Sbtrkt, Jamie XX, Nas and many more made it an incredible experience. I decided to take my camera and document some of the action. Nothing compared to one of my fave music festival photographers, Sarah Bahbah, but I hope you enjoy them nonetheless. xx

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Alberta Ballet || The Nutcracker

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Klara || Photo by Paul McGrath

Words by Kate Wotherspoon
CALGARY, AB December 2013

Remembering the magic from when I was a little girl, you can’t imagine my excitement to be able to see Alberta Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker once again.

Comfortable in our seats, the backdrop even got us excited with it’s incredible detail and representation of a snowy evening in St. Petersburg. Opening night began with a speech from Calgary’s Mayor, Naheed Nenshi, he not only welcomed the crowd wearing a dapper tail tuxedo jacket, but appeared in the first number at Vishinsky’s party!


The Nutcracker || Photo by Darren Makoivichuk

I like to think, magic on stage truly comes to life when you have an incredible on and off stage team. It’s not just what the naked eye sees but stems from an incredible line of intelligent and extremely creative individuals.  Calgary’s Philharmonic Orchestra, the choreography by Edmond Stripe, Alberta Ballet’s Artistic Director, Jean Grand-Maître, the conductor, Peter Dala, the costume and set designer, Zack Brown and of course the stage would not be seen without the genius lighting designer, Pierre Lavoie. Each and everyone of them bring the characters and scenes to life.

The Nutcracker is more than just a holiday classic, it allows young aspiring ballerinas the chance to perform with professional dancers and in a renowned theatre like the Jubilee Auditorium. It brings all walks of life to the audience and helps adults remember what it was like to be a child dreaming wildly at this time of year.

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Snow Tsarina || Photo by Charles Hope

Klara, played by Akiko Ishii and her Nutcracker, Yukichi Hattori expressed a stunning chemistry and executed the choreography beautifully. Yet, one of my favorites from the evening had to be the Arabian trio.  Played by Reilley Bell, Kelley McKinlay and Colby Parsons, I was completely entranced by their dance. Bell’s flexibility and talent to show such versatility of movement within the ballet choreography was breathtaking.

I was moved by this exceptional holiday classic. Alberta Ballet is truly an outstanding company and I look forward to seeing their next flawless production!

Photo by Charles Hope

Photo by Charles Hope

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Snow Tsarina with her Stunning Snowflakes || Photo by Paul McGrath

If you have a chance to see The Nutcracker before their closing night on December 24th, please visit or 403-245-4549 for tickets!

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Happy Holidays!!!