Doug Ford on Shen Yun: ‘Absolutely amazing! You have to go see it’

“Amazing! Absolutely amazing! I encourage everyone to come down and see this phenomenal performance. It shows a lot about the ancient Chinese culture, a new realm of dance. I find it incredible, so I encourage everyone, no matter where you are, … there’s no excuse for anyone not to see this fabulous show.”

“Each performance had a story. … There’re so many different stories all combined into one, so it was quite interesting.”

“The performances are incredible, the costumes are amazing, the backdrop with the screen and how they take off and fly into the sky—it’s really, really incredible work. I want to congratulate all the performers and the people that organized it. What an incredible job.”

“You have to go see it. I’ll pay for your ticket if you haven’t seen it! I’m going to tell all my Chinese friends … and I encourage everyone to get down and have an opportunity to see the great show.”

“What I learned, the Chinese government won’t allow Shen Yun to perform there, which I find staggering. What a beautiful show and I don’t understand why they wouldn’t do it. So, it’s unfortunate, but maybe it’s an opportunity for people that have come here, first-generation Chinese, that haven’t had an opportunity to see it, to see it. I’ll guarantee you, once they see it, they’ll bring their friends and family.”

“And I just want to tell you, you look around this room—not everyone is Chinese. You don’t have to be Chinese to be here. Any culture will just absolutely love the performance.”

Doug Ford, businessman, former city councillor
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
Shen Yun New York Company
January 3, 2018