Beloved Children's Icon, Babar the Elephant, Comes to Holt Renfrew Stores to Celebrate the Holidays

Beloved Children's Icon, Babar the Elephant, Comes to Holt Renfrew Stores to 
Celebrate the Holidays 
Babar "Story Time" Featuring Local Celebrities, Mascot Appearances and More! 
TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Holt Renfrew has partnered with Nelvana 
Enterprises and The Clifford Ross Company to feature the classic children's 
brand, Babar, exclusively at its retail stores across Canada this holiday 
The vintage-inspired collection of new products includes beautifully-designed 
books, games, puzzles, plush and pajamas. 
All Holt Renfrew stores will be hosting book readings from the cherished tales 
of Babar on Saturday, December 1, 2012, and Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 1:00 
p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (local times), with select stores featuring celebrity 
readers (see list below). Young guests will be treated to Babar's signature 
gold-coloured crowns, bow ties, cookies and refreshments. Babar will also be 
making special appearances in Toronto at Holt Renfrew's flagship Bloor Street 
location and Sherway Gardens store. 
|                               "STORY TIME WITH BABAR"             |
|                              CELEBRITY READERS SCHEDULE           |
|Holt Renfrew     |Date            |Story Times  |Celebrity Reading |
|Store Location   |                |             |                  |
|Toronto  - 50    |December 1, 2012|1:00 p.m. and|Hilary Farr from  |
|Bloor Street West|                |2:30 p.m.    |Love It or List It|
|                 |                |             |- W Network       |
|Toronto  - 50    |December 2, 2012|1:00 p.m. and|Torri Webster and |
|Bloor Street West|                |2:30 p.m.    |Madison Pettis    |
|                 |                |             |from Life With    |
|                 |                |             |Boys - YTV        |
|                 |                |             |                  |
|Calgary - 510 8  |December 1, 2012|1:00 p.m. and|Matreya Fedor from|
|(th) Avenue SW   |                |2:30 p.m.    |Mr. Young - YTV   |
|Calgary - 510 8  |December 2, 2012|1:00 p.m. and|Matreya Fedor from|
|(th) Avenue SW   |                |2:30 p.m.    |Mr. Young - YTV   |
|                 |                |             |                  |
|Vancouver - 737  |December 1, 2012|1:00 p.m. and|Anna Wallner and  |
|Dunsmuir Street  |                |2:30 p.m.    |Kristina Matisic  |
|                 |                |             |from Anna &       |
|                 |                |             |Kristina's Grocery|
|                 |                |             |Bag - The Oprah   |
|                 |                |             |Winfrey Network   |
|                 |                |             |(Canada)          |
Also, for a limited time, Holt Renfrew customers who purchase items from the 
vintage Babar collection will receive an exclusive Babar holiday card. 
"Babar has found a perfect home for the holidays at Holt Renfrew," said Andrew 
Kerr, Head of Consumer Products, The Americas and Australasia, for Nelvana 
Enterprises. "Both are celebrating significant milestones with Babar's 80(th) 
anniversary and Holt Renfrew's 175(th), and are synonymous with time-honoured 
elegance and have a multi-generational appeal. We are excited to partner with 
Holt Renfrew to introduce our new range of vintage Babar products to its 
Babar's Back-Story
Babar originated in the 1930s as a bedtime story told to Laurent de Brunhoff 
and his brother by their mother, Cecile, and first came to life through the 
art of Laurent's father, Jean de Brunhoff, a painter, who produced seven books 
about the character.When Jean passed away at the young age of 37, Laurent, 
who studied at the same art academy, built on his father's work, creating many 
bestselling adventures for the elephant family.Babar tells the charming tale 
of a little elephant playing in the jungle who ventures into town after his 
mother is shot by a hunter and then returns to the jungle, where he becomes 
the King of the elephants. 
A remarkable success story with humble beginnings, today Babar continues to 
reign as the King of children's literature.The lovable elephant has appeared 
in more than 100 books in 17 languages as well as multiple TV series and 
specials, and even a feature-length film. 
About Nelvana Enterprises
Nelvana Enterprises is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based 
media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty 
television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television 
broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation 
software. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, 
Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey 
Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO 
Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and radio stations including CKNW 
AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus 
creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across 
multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto 
Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at 
About The Clifford Ross Company
Founded in 1985 by artist/photographer Clifford Ross, The Clifford Ross 
Company focused on three classic properties during its early years: the works 
of Edward Gorey, Tom Swiftand Babar.After optioning the rights to Babar in 
1986 directly from Laurent de Brunhoff and the de Brunhoff family, CRC entered 
into a working relationship with Nelvana on all aspects of the property.For 
over 20 years, the companies have worked together producing both television 
and feature-length movies featuring the Babar characters and developing a 
worldwide licensing program. Ross recently completed "Harmonium Mountain," an 
animated, computer-generated landscape video, with an original score by Philip 
Glass, which was an original selection of the Tribeca Film Festival. He is 
currently working on the completion of a stained glass wall for the new United 
States Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas. 
About Holt Renfrew
Celebrating a 175-year heritage, Holt Renfrew is recognized worldwide for an 
inspired shopping experience. In September 2012, Holt Renfrew announced a new 
era of luxury, style and experience, with plans to expand the total square 
footage of its network of stores by 40% before the end of 2015. Each Holt 
Renfrew store will be renovated and updated, with some stores completely 
rebuilt. Holt Renfrew Yorkdale will be the first store to herald the new era, 
doubling to 120,000 ft by August 2013 and showcasing a number of innovative 
new luxury encounters and an enriched array of new designer offerings. A 
unique new concept store, hr2, will also have a national presence before the 
end of 2015, with a first store opening in Quebec in March 2013. 
Once a purveyor of fashion to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Holt Renfrew began 
in 1837 as a modest hat shop in Quebec City. Over the years the brand 
developed and expanded across Canada. In the 1930's Holt Renfrew began 
exclusive accounts with some of the best designers in Europe and in 1947 
hosted Monsieur Christian Dior when he launched his "New Look". After many 
years of foreign ownership Holt Renfrew was bought in 1986 by W. Galen and the 
Hon. Hilary M. Weston. Under their ownership Holt Renfrew has become Canada's 
destination for luxury retail. Holt Renfrew has 2,300 employees with nine 
stores across the country in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Quebec 
City, Ottawa and Toronto (Bloor Street, Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale). Visit 
us at 
Holt Renfrew is part of Selfridges Group Limited. With extensive know-how and 
experience in operating luxury fashion retail stores, the Selfridges Group 
owns and operates leading heritage banners in key markets around the world, 
including Brown Thomas in Ireland; de Bijenkorf in The Netherlands; Holt 
Renfrew in Canada and Selfridges in the United Kingdom. Selfridges Group is 
a family owned business. W. Galen Weston is Chairman. 
Diana Pitt 
Publicist, Nelvana  
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