Posted on June 20th, 2011 by .

Want to win two tickets to see Cirque de Soleil’s TOTEM and a 2-night stay in a Montreal hotel? Say what? Oh yes, you read that correctly. All you have to do is check the rules and answer the following question in the comment section of this post before June 26, 11:59PM: What do you love most about Cirque du Soleil, and why do you think you and your guest deserve the tickets and hotel getaway? May the best answer win!

Even before entering the Grande Chapiteau, there is whimsy and magic in the air. The signature blue and yellow tent of Cirque du Soleil glows in the setting sun, creating an ambiance of electric energy. Hundreds of people line up with bated breath, knowing they are about to see something spectacular: TOTEM...

The lights go down and a hurried silence spreads through the crowd. Chanting beat music swells through the area, and the giant turtle-shaped structure starts to glow. Slowly descending from the sky is a sparkling figure, slowly spinning and glittering in the spotlight. No, this is not an acid flashback. This is Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring show TOTEM. Written and Directed by Robert Lepage, TOTEM takes a journey through the evolution of Man. From primitive form all the way up to the ultimate fantasy of flying.

The show was absolutely awe-inspiring, from the performances to costumes, music to sets. All was top-notch, with no expense spared. As always, you leave Cirque du Soleil with a feeling of euphoria mixed with depression. The euphoria comes from the incredible spectacle that leaves you believing in magic. Depression from the realization you will never be as fit, talented, flexible, fearless or captivating as the individuals that make up the TOTEM cast and crew. We peons can only watch from the sidelines as these athletes show us what the human body is capable of. How did they do that? Why can he do that with his legs? Is her head going to rip off from the rest of her body if she continues to do that? Seeing TOTEM is an out of body experience that raises more questions than it answers.

To make a long story short: go see it. While tickets can creep to the higher side of things, they always deliver your money’s worth. If anything, it is worth it to see the roller-skating natives do something that makes you scratch your head and then break into applause. I won’t give it away, because half the fun is letting your jaw hit the floor.



Cirque du Soleil: TOTEM, Until July 31, 2011

Under the blue-and-yellow Grande Chapiteau at the Quays of the Old Port


  1. Denise Jamieson

    / Jun 22nd

    I am coming to Montreal for the first time – (first time out of the South Pacific) I am so excited and everyday I find more and more that has me bouncing around the room with excitement….see you real soon!

  2. Erika

    / Jun 22nd

    It’s fun date night!

  3. Edgar Sanchez Mayo

    / Jun 22nd

    1. What I love about Cirque du Soleil is the art printed in every single part of the show. The dancers, the professional clowns, the music, the enormous feeling showed by the interpreters of this unique performance. I love the way they involve us into the magic and the fantasy of every step in the dance, every note in the music, every move in the act. You feel lost in a mixture of feelings, surprises and the amazing show that only Cirque du Soleil can give you.
    2.I think we deserve the tickets and the opportunity to be there because we love art, we really appreciate this amazing shows like Cirque du Soleil. We love the way way they can do it and make us feel part of the fantasy. The blood runs through our veins with kind of adrenaline because from the bottom of us wanted to be there on stage. And also, Montreal is a wonderful city.

  4. S Michaels

    / Jun 22nd

    I love Cirque du Soleil’s inestimable imagination, the way they conceive of wonders just around the corner. Their imagery haunts my dreams for years after I see it, like friends in my peripheral vision.

    And my partner and I deserve this getaway because of this very thing: in this particular summer, in this particular year, our imaginations could definitely use a little help.

  5. Rachelle Dunn

    / Jun 22nd

    I love Cirque de Soleil’s TOTEM because the experience is just totally awesome. The people in the Cirque de Soleil are extremely talented – love watching all their daring acts.

    Now the hotel on top of things, well that would just be an awesome night out with some pampering.

    Yay to winning!

  6. Gillian

    / Jun 22nd

    WOW…. Are they evem human anymore!!!!! That is what I love about the CdS team. They take over their roles heart, soul and limbs!

    My mom and I need a break away to see them as she’s been in an accident and was hurt badly, she needs to remember that the human body can do amazing things and we can make them do them. If it be healing broken bones or reshaping your body by will!

  7. Angela DiCorleto

    / Jun 22nd

    I love that every Cirque du Soleil show is unique and you can see them all and get a different experience every time!
    I have never been to Montreal and I would very much like to surprise my husband with this trip as a belated 30th birthday present. We love travel, culture, and of course, Canada!

  8. Chantal Roberts

    / Jun 22nd

    What do you love most about Cirque du Soleil, and why do you think you and your guest deserve the tickets and hotel getaway?

    The thing I love most about Cirque du Soleil is the inherent mystery they infuse into their shows.

    My guest (husband) needs this get-away more than I. His son (my stepson) became addicted to pot, pills and alcohol a year ago. Rehab and punishment has had no effect. On Thursday June 23, we are taking him to an inhouse rehab facility in the hopes this will clean him up and he will see reason before he reaches 18 and this becomes part of his record. My husband can’t sleep; he has muscle spasms; he is angry all the time; he is depressed. This is tearing him apart.

    Me, I just want to go so I can practice my French. (and perhaps make my husband happy if even for a short while)

  9. Karolina Lopacinski

    / Jun 22nd

    It’s hard to narrow it down to just one thing that I love best about Cirque Du Soleil. I first had the opportunity to see then when I went to Las Vegas. We attended the showing of “Ka” which was absolutely spectacular! The sheer magnitude of the whole performance blew me away. The athletic ability of the performers was indescribable. I can only imagine the amount of self discipline and training that must go into the practices. The show captures your attention off the get-go and doesn’t let go until the never end. The story lines are filled with imagination.

    I would like to have to opportunity to take my parents and brothers to a show in Montreal. I was fortunate enough to visit the city recently and absolutely fell in love. Having been born in Europe, it brings back many memories. I would love the opportunity to go to Montreal and see this Cirque Du Soleil performance.

  10. lisa vigna

    / Jun 22nd

    I love Cirque du Soleil! I saw Mistere on my 25th birthday in Las Vegas. It’s about time I saw one of the newer shows. 🙂

  11. Sarah Brady

    / Jun 22nd

    Well, what is not to love about the inspirational Cirque Du Soleil?? I have only seen it on TV and heard about it from everyone and their mom 🙂 It has always been something I have wanted to see! I guess you could say it’s on the bucket list! It has always been a little out of my boyfriend & I’s budget to attend. I don’t think there are many words to express Cirque Du Soleil. I think it is beyond words. It is absolutely astonishing how amazing the human body is and how it can create art in ways we never knew possible! This is one thing that Montreal will always be remembered for! Their introduction of Cirque Du Soleil to the world! Thank you Montreal for that!!

  12. Ari

    / Jun 22nd

    I grew up going to Cirque du Soleil shows. I feel lucky to live in Montreal because all my life I’ve been inspired by the beautiful costumes, music, and acts. Not only has Cirque du Soleil influenced my art – it has also been a family tradition that we attend every new show opening in Montreal getting the family members who rarely see each other together, because we all love the Cirque. Cirque du Soleil is also part of what brought my boyfriend and I together; when we were first getting to know each other we bonded over gushing about the shows we’ve seen and loved.

  13. julien simard

    / Jun 22nd

    J’aimerais vivre des moments magiques avec la femme de ma vie: qu’on retrouve tous deux coeurs d’enfants durant le spectacle et qu’on savoure le confort à l’hôtel, qu’on prenne du temps en couple, une pause méritée de nos obligations parentales!

  14. Jena Marie DiPinto

    / Jun 22nd

    I love that it’s a totally unique storytelling medium that fuses dance and theatre and acrobatics into one art form. My husband and I deserve the getaway because we love Montréal and last time we were in the lovely city, there weren’t any Cirque productions currently showing, so we weren’t able to see Cirque du Soleil in its home environment!

  15. Shauna

    / Jun 22nd

    Cirque du Soleil make me proud of my Montreal roots. I would travel from Australia, where I live, to see the world’s best circus. It would also give me a great excuse to visit my Montreal family, whom I miss very much!

  16. Eric Jean-Baptiste

    / Jun 22nd

    There isn’t just on thing I like about Cirque. From the acrobatics, to the precision, to the humor, it’s an adventure from beginning to end! You know a show is good when it can make you laugh, cry and feel amazed with everything you’ve seen when it’s all over. My girlfriend and I deserve to win because there no two other people that would appreciate it more. Thanks!

  17. Noura Sharif

    / Jun 22nd

    It’s my third year here for me on Canada/ Montreal. I came from Syria with my sister Alia here and never had the chance to check out the Cirque du Soleil!
    Cirque du Soleil was (and is ) the best show we watch (my family and I) on TV. I remember once, back to Damascus when we were watching and fascinated by the great performance
    , I asked my sister: we we’ll go to Canada, could we see This show LIVE? she said YES.
    the last couple years were really full between school, work, and many other things to worry about..I believe it’s time to have a wonderful time out. Please make my wish come true this i’ll add one more amazing memory to my moments in Montreal!

  18. Elizabeth Gayle Fellows

    / Jun 22nd

    Would love to come to Montreal, it is the most magnificent City… The Home of my Birth!! Love it, Miss it even more!!!

  19. Myriam Richard

    / Jun 22nd

    I do not have an amazing story or fact to tell, but what I can say from never having seen a CdS show is that all I have is my imagination to picture how amazing it is. I see the colors, the music, the stories, the people, and how it can be an escape to our daily lives. Everyone is deserving of such prize, but if I would need to choose, I would want my sister and her two boys (if you can add another ticket) or just with myself, to go as we’ve never seen any shows as such in our lives, but smaller ones at La Ronde when we were kids. This would definitely be an amazing experience to live.
    Thank you,

  20. Vincent Carrier

    / Jun 23rd

    Je mérite de gagner car ma femme est une nouvelle arrivée et commence à connaître notre histoire et culture. Le spectacle semble rancontée d’une façon folklorique notre évolution sur le continent. Cela serait une belle façon de l’introduire à nos origines ehniques. De plus, le cirque du soleil jouit d’une réputation qui s’est répandue même jusqu’au Mexique et est un joyaux québécois. Finalement, Robert Lepage est un génie et j’aimerais le découvrir.

  21. sara mcintyre

    / Jun 23rd

    since i was a child i have always wanted to see cirque du soleil. I often read reveiws of their shows and thought 1 day i would go and see them. I also love the fact that they are a human circus i beleive that all the circus’s should be like that i want to win so that the 1st time i go i can share that moment with a really good friend

  22. Natasha I.

    / Jun 23rd

    I love Cirque du Soleil because the dancers/acrobats have unrealistically hot bodies and it blows my mind/makes me jealous when they contort themselves into impossible shapes. I also love Cirque because I’ve always been a huge fan of circuses and it’s been my secret dream to run away with one (maybe I will do it if I win). My boyfriend and I deserve this trip because we are too poor to ever do anything romantic together (he’s an unemployed winner), and it would be a great way to do something other than sitting on our couch watching Netflix (that’s been our anniversary date for the last 2 years, sad eh?). All the other people who’ve commented are coming from Australia and Syria and stuff so they can definitely afford a hotel and Cirque tickets. Yes, we’re playing the poor card. I’ve also never seen Cirque du Soleil before. Pick me!!!

  23. Julia Ramos Alquicira

    / Jun 25th

    I love the magic of Cirque du Soleil, no matter how much stress we have in our everyday routine, everything is just perfect there. The artists and acrobats make it the right place to let us get involved their fantasy world where imagination mixes with art.
    I want to share the tickets and getaway with my husband. Our love story began 3 years ago at Cirque du Soleil in Orlando where we met and our wedding anniversary is coming soon. What a more meaningful way to celebrate than with the Cirque du Soleil now that we moved to Montreal!

  24. Henrike

    / Jun 25th

    I love about Cirque du Soleil is that it is so much more than just circus; it is magic, fantasie, love, mystery, longing and losing yourself to the moment.
    I don’t think that we are more deserving to win this getaway than other contestants. However, I would love to win this getaway and surprise my teenage daughter. This would create one more lasting memory I could share with her, before she leaves to go to school far away from home. I would love to go Cirque du Soleil with her and share this moment of magic and beauty with her.

  25. Rachel L.

    / Jun 26th

    What do I love most about Cirque du Soleil? I love the colours, the beauty and the art of the performance. There is just such a welcoming feeling that Cirque gives off. It allows the audience to become involved viewers – like a magical community – and really feel as though they are part of the show. It is just so lovely and whimsical, you know that you belong there.

    It’s just a great experience and I would love to be able to be in Montreal and able to see this show. My boyfriend and I are in a long distance relationship and this would be the best surprise for me to share with him. I would be able to visit Montreal and have a romantic trip and be able to share in the love and fantasy that Cirque du Soleil exudes so brilliantly in their performance art. I haven’t seen a show in so long and my boyfriend has never been, and I want to share in the wonderful ambiance that Cirque du Soleil so excellently displays in all of their masterpieces.

  26. Natalie Mitrovich

    / Jun 27th

    Hey there – I commented on the facebook post…I hope that counts too!

  27. I truly believe that God smiles as these folks perform, using their muscled, almost liquid bodies to perform movements that seem that they should be impossible.
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  28. The elation comes from the incredible sight that leaves you believing in magic. sadness from the comprehension you will never be as fit cheap cirque totem tickets able flexible fearless or attractive as the individuals that make up the TOTEM cast and squad.

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