Mayor John Tory will be joining the ballet briefly on Saturday.
Tory will be on stage Saturday making a cameo in The National Ballet of Canada’s The Nutcracker. The new mayor will be continuing what’s become a bit of a tradition of mayor’s appearing as one of the cannon dolls in the annual performance. Rob Ford did it back in 2011 when he was mayor and David Miller did it in 2007.
The mayor’s office announced Friday that Tory’s wife, Barbara Hackett, will be joining him as the other cannon doll.
What’s a cannon doll? According to the National Ballet, “the Cannon Doll guest roles are colourfully costumed as Russian Petrouchka dolls in Act I who shoot a cannon into the audience to begin the battle scene.”
Asked on Friday if he was ready for his ballet debut, Tory laughed.
“How are you ever ready to go into show business like that?” Tory told the Sun. ”Remember I said I wasn’t in show business? Well, I’m making a four-minute exception.
“I’m a little nervous about it but anything for the ballet.”