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CN@MCC Pass holders are eligible for the following events. Additional fees are noted. All events are subject to confirmation.


Noon – 3:00 pm / “Pro” Lunch / Tohu

(5:00 – 7:00 / Check-in / MCC HQ, 330 rue Émery)

5:00 – 7:00 pm / “Pro” Happy-hour / MCC Headquarters

  • The daily gathering/boozing for professionals and artists

8:00 pm / Suggested shows

  •  The Rendez-vous / Krin Haglund
    • Created by American-born Krin Haglund, star of Cirque Eloize’s Rain, and a hit at the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, The Rendez-vous showcases Haglund at her virtuosic, comedic best — a subtle mix of whimsy and skill in an impressive one-woman show.
  • Île O / Barolosolo
    • A pool, a chinese pole, a banjo, a pair of French clowns — it’s the most unexpected show you’ll see (with your kids) outside, and the most interaction you’ll have if you manage to stand close.


THURSDAY, JULY 10 / Circus in the World

(10:30 – 11:00 / Check-in / La Caserne 18-30, 3622 Hochelaga)

11:00 – 1:00 am / Participatory Exploration of Community & Circus (La Caserne 18-30, 3622 Hochelaga)

  • Tour of La Caserne 18-30, Montreal’s unique community circus space
  • A discussion of Montreal’s diverse circus ecosystem
  • A collective “Open Space” exploration of how community is built and sustained through circus in North America

1:00 – 2:00 pm / Break for lunch

2:00 – 3:00 pm /  Travel to  10², a fabrication laboratory dedicated to creating new circus apparatus

  • 2050 Rue Dandurand — off DeLormier, one block north of Masson

3:00 – 3:30 pm / 10² Fabrication Tour

3:30 – 5:30 pm / Conversation:  “Artist & Object”

  • So much of circus is defined by an artists relationship to an object, be it a trapeze, a ball, or wire. Today, these relationships are in flux. Every year, every month, artists invent new apparatuses, and new possibilities with the simple objects we already know. How to be more creative with our choice of objects and equipment? How to be more expressive with the material possibilities we already know? What’s the leading edge of creative, industrial evolution, currently occurring in Montreal? We’ll explore these questions with a panel of creative innovators — artists, engineers, and directors.
  • Participants: Kyle Driggs (Compagnie Et des Hommes et des Femmes), Felix Marzell (Co-founder/Industrial Designer 10²), Guy St. Amour (Acrobatic Equipment and Aerial Rigging Designer, Cirque du Soleil), Marion Cossin (Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal), Daniel Cyr (Cyr wheel inventor)

5:30 – 7:30 pm / Break for dinner

8:00 pm / Suggested show / Le Soir des Monstres by Etienne Saglio

  • A stunning, haunting performance by the French juggler and genius of nouvelle magie (new magic), who brings his genre-bending work to the new world for the first time.

10:00 – 10:30 / Les Minutes Cirque (Babel_remix) / Place Emilie-Gamelin

  • The festival’s special outdoor performances, featuring dozens of performers on an immense acrobatic rigging

10:00 pm / Drinks / MCC Headquarters

FRIDAY, JULY 11  / Keepin’ it in the Family

(9:30-10:00am / Check-in / Tohu)

10:00 – 11:00 am /  Official CN@MCC Welcoming Ceremonies / Tohu Terrace

  • Come kick off the official start of the weekend by fun community-building with fellow circus aficionados and the valiant CN volunteers helping to make our presence at the festival possible.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm / Tour / Ecole Nationale de Cirque

  • A walking tour of l’Ecole Nationale de Cirque (Canada’s National Circus School), the biggest and oldest circus school in North America

12:00  – 1:00 / Break for lunch with the Circus Historical Society

  • As part of our day of bridge building, we’re dining in the Tohu tent with the Circus Historical Society, America’s esteemed group of circus scholars, who are having their annual convention in Montreal.
  • Each CN participant will be partnered with a CHS pal, to chat circus and life

1:00 – 2:45 /  Conversation: “A Big Tent: Bridging the Gap between Circus Past and Present,” with the Circus Historical Society & the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research / (Tohu tent)

  • Despite the circus evolutions and revolutions of the last forty years, much remains consistent in the way circus artists perform, train, and live, and in the special satisfaction that circus performance offers to fans. What then to make of this divide between “traditional” and “contemporary” circus? Where does it come from? Does it accurately reflect the changing nature of circus or is it counterproductive? What common ground can be found among the forms, and how can the different circus communities work to support each other? Come join some of the most knowledgeable circus scholars in North America for what promises to be a lively, productive discussion about a collective passion and diverse perspectives.
  • Participants:  Jan Rok Achard (Performing Arts Consultant, Former Director of the National Circus School of Montreal), Patrick LeRoux (Professor, Concordia University), Duncan Wall (National Director, Circus Now), Al Stencil (Circus Historical Society), Andreane Leclerc (Contortionist & Artistic Director, Nadère arts vivants), Brian Liddicoat (Circus manager), Jeff Jenkins (Artistic Director, Midnight Circus)

3:00 – 4:00 / Tour / Tohu

  • A walking tour of the Tohu, Montreal’s purpose-built circus theater, and the only theater exclusively dedicated to contemporary circus shows in North America.

4:00 – 5:00 / Tour / Cirque du Soleil

  • A walking tour of the international headquarters of Cirque du Soleil, where shows get built and business gets done.

5:00 – 7:00 pm / Break for dinner

  • Cafe Bistro Jarry Deuxieme / 2950 rue Jarry (across from the Ecole Nationale de Cirque)

(6:00 – 7:00 / Check-in / TOHU)

7:30 pm / Suggested Show

  • Intersection by 7 doigts de la main (Tohu)
    • A special, technological creation of the internationally-renowned and utterly studly Quebecois company, 7 doigts de la main

 9:00 – 10:00 pm / Cocktail & talkback with 7 doigts de la main Artistic Director, Gypsy Snider, and the performers of Intersection 

SATURDAY, JULY 12  / Takin’ it to the Streets

12:00 – 2:00 pm / Ballade de Montreal / the Plateau

  • A guided walking tour of the Plateau, Montreal’s West Village
  • Including coffee, gelato, and a discussion of the illustrious Montreal history
  • Meeting point: Mont Royal Metro Station (Mont Royal & Berri, near the giant chairs)
  • Will stop for picnic groceries on the way

1:30 – 6:30 / Picnic / Corner of Avenue Duluth and Avenue du Parc

  • A social picnic pause at the base of Mont Royal, the city’s beating heart
  • With games, acroyoga, bright blankets, and an optional mountain climb

6:30 – 7:30 / Les Minutes Cirque (Babel_remix) / Place Emilie-Gamelin

  • The festival’s special outdoor performances, featuring dozens of performers on an immense acrobatic rigging

8:00 pm /  Suggested show

  • A Simple Space / Gravity & Other Myths — A smart, visceral, brutal, political performance by one of Australia’s  most famous companies
  • Barbu Foire Electro Trad / Cirque Alfonse — The newest, and completely different creation by the latest Quebecois creative force 

10:00 pm / Party  /  CN after-party  (10² Fab Lab)

  • An experiential, visually intricate after-party for Montreal’s whole circus community, presented by CN & 10²
  • Featuring performances by Kyle Driggs, Noëmi Fallu-Robitaillee, Maxine Segalowitz, and Brian Dailey
  • Music by Mushin, Ossum, and Lowkua
  • Visual video display by VJ Louve


SUNDAY, JULY 13 / Easy Out

Noon – 2pm / Send-off Brunch / Les Folies (701 Mont-Royal Est)

  • A final brunch for those who need to work on Monday

1:30 / Suggested Show

  • Small Tent, Big Shoulders by Midnight Circus — Come light up the Big Top with Midnight Circus, a flamboyant American family, and their troupe. Named “Best Annual Family Event” by Time Out Chicago Kids.
  • – or – 2:00 pm / Ile O by Barolo Solo — French clowns, a chinese pole, and a giant pool of water. Enough said.

4pm / Flying Trapeze / Parc Jean Drapeau

  • A flying trapeze rig will be set up on Parc Jean Drapeau for the public
  • Presented by Montreal Completement Cirque

4 pm / Piknik Electronik / Parc Jean Drapeau

  • Stick around and boogie at Montreal’s legendary outdoor dance party
  • Additional fee: $14

10 pm / Closing Party / MCC Headquarters

  • The circus community gathers for a look-back at the festival and a send-off until 2014

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