Posted on April 9th, 2010 by .

From April 22 until June 27 you can revel in the magic of Cirque du Soleil on its home soil.

The Cirque du Soleil is arguably Montréal’s greatest export. The imaginative blend of acrobatic performers, emotive music and street-style entertainers has captured the hearts of dreamers for the past 25 years. Now with a new show, TOTEM, just unveiled in the Old Port of Montréal, us locals are buzzing with excitement, knowing that we are the first city in the world to enjoy the show.

And you can join us.

Montréal has had a long-term love affair with Cirque (as we call it here), yet we’ve never kept the mystical performance company to ourselves. In Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and beyond, our Cirque has become your Cirque.

TOTEM is an exploration of evolution, and was written and directed by Quebec’s own Robert Lepage. And in the typical international style of Cirque du Soleil, the show involves 52 performing artists from 19 countries. Each artist selected to reflect the advancement of human motor functions…

“TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.”

Through visual and acrobatic expression, TOTEM takes us on a journey somewhere between science and legend, exploring the infinite potential of humans.

It is inspiring entertainment.

Here’s sneak peak of the show…



Cirque du Soleil
April 22 – June 27, 2010
(Ticket prices vary depending on category and day of week)


Where to stay: For easy access to the circus tent, any of the boutique hotels in Old Montréal would be a perfect choice!

Where to eat: If you’re with the whole family, a meal on any patio at Place Jacques-Cartier is a fun place to see street performers while you eat. For something more upscale, you’ll enjoy the elegance of Verses Restaurant in Hotel Nelligan.

What else to see or do: Those trim circus performers might inspire a desire for some exercise. A walk to the top of Mount Royal might be the perfect next-day activity to get the endorphins flowing (map…).


  1. Debbie Weiner

    / Apr 10th

    comming to Montrel in Oct. for a visit. Could you recommend fun, active avtivities, resturants , hotel and museums for an unforgettable trip ?

  2. Daniel

    / Apr 10th

    @Debbie – Keep reading this blog for tons of ideas! If you have specific questions, don’t hesitate to contact me through my FB, Twitter or email listed above.

  3. ken roberts

    / Aug 18th

    Totem is the WORST show Cirque has ever produced. I have seen every show since they started and this was awful. Nothing left any of us spellbound, agasp or awestruck.

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