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MONTREAL COMPLETEMENT CIRQUE Reaches Great Circus Heights

For decades now, Montreal, the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil, has been luring talented circus performers into its internationally acclaimed troupes, yet it’s only been in the last four years that Circus festival MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CIRQUE has packed much of that talent, along with that of troupes from around the world, into two weeks of awe-inspiring shows…

C2-MTL 2013: Commerce, creativity, culture and cool

In Montreal, C2 stands for commerce and creativity, as in C2-MTL, an annual gathering of leading innovators from a broad spectrum of industry who have but one thing on their minds: finding creative answers to commercial questions. And, especially this year, C2 also stands for culture and cool…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: FEBRUARY 15-21

Keep the Valentine’s romance going this week in the traditional sense – gourmet dinners, romantic live music, ice skating, ferris wheels – or with whatever floats your boat, because Montreal’s got lots of that too: an extreme winter sports competition, ice fishing, gripping theatre and dance, thrilling circus acts, and hot rock n’ roll…

FESTIVAL MONDIAL DU CIRQUE DE DEMAIN 2013

Even before the world-wide boom of Cirque du Soleil, Montreal was known as a circus town, attracting inventive acts from around the world. This month, some of the best circus acts come to town for the 34th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, a Paris-based festival that gathers eye-catching, always-entertaining acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns and circus performers of (sometimes literally) all stripes…

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S SALTIMBANCO TAKES A FINAL BOW IN MONTREAL

In 1992, Cirque du Soleil premiered Saltimbanco in Montreal. It would go on to be their first and longest touring show: 20 years and 6000 performances for more than 200 cities in 48 countries. From December 19 to 30, Cirque du Soleil will stage Saltimbanco at the Bell Centre for one last grande finale before retiring it to the history books…

MONTREAL’S CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PREMIERES NEW 3D MOVIE WORLDS AWAYS

One of the world’s biggest entertainement franchises – Cirque du Soleil – has its headquarters in Montreal, the hometown of many of its top talent and management. That’s why the city was chosen to host, last week, the North American premiere of the Cirque’s first 3-D movie, Worlds Away, co-produced by Hollywood behemoth James Cameron of Titanic and Avatar fame.

GAIA PHOTOS BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL FOUNDER GUY LALIBERTÉ

Guy Laliberté, founder of the widely-acclaimed Cirque du Soleil, is the most famous clown in Canada, possibly the universe. You might have heard about his 11-day civilian-in-outer space expedition in 2009, which I guess also makes him an astronaut! But did you know that Laliberté is also a photographer?

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (JULY 21-28)

Whenever I travel to another city, I try to stay for at least a full week if I can. It’s nice to get this daily perspective and take the time to see what city life is really like. Of course, in Montreal, Tuesday has been the new Friday for about two years and a work night means going to sleep at 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m. And that’s why I’m covering the whole week in this column now! Give in to the Montreal heat wave at one of many festivals – music, comedy, circus and more awaits all week long!

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: TOTEM CONTEST

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!

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: TOTEM BY THE CEAGLE BROTHERS

So, I’m Jean Francois and this is my brother Jean Christophe. Or maybe it’s the other way around- everyone gets us mixed up so why can’t I? But we are definitely half bird and half cat which makes us basically the most agile creatures ever. We love the circus and we know this much: if you want to see the best circus performers in the world, you need to do come to Montreal to see Cirque du Soleil: Totem…