Newsletter Edition 1 | August 6, 2020

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Our individualized support programs are open for 2020-2021!

July 29, 2020

We have now launched our two continuing education programs for 2020-2021: the Individualized Training Support program and the Individualized Career Support program!

Thanks to the financial participation of the Government of Quebec and of Compétence Culture, circus artists and trainers will be able to receive training support, while all circus arts professionals  ̶  including artists, trainers, coaches, mediators, technicians, designers and cultural workers  ̶  will have access to an expert trainer to support them in their career development. The training activities can be carried out online and/or in person and must comply with publich health regulations. As in previous years, the programs are open to the entire circus community, but priority is given to members of the alliance.

Last year, no fewer than 100 participants benefited from more than 1183 hours of individual coaching provided by 66 trainers. Unfortunately, we were only awarded the grant for the Montreal component by Emploi-Québec this year and did not receive funding for the multi-regional component. For this reason, priority will therefore be given to individuals residing in Montreal. However, although places are limited, professionals residing in a region of Quebec outside Montreal may apply.

Those interested have until August 16 to submit their training projects for the fall session, which begins in September and ends on December 1, 2020. Applications for projects taking place in the winter session of 2021 will be accepted from September 15 to October 1, 2020, and the application dates for projects held in the spring session are from January 5 to 15, 2021. Mark these dates in your calendar!


Webinar against harassment and violence in the circus arts sector

July 24, 2020

In the wake of the denunciations of the last few weeks, several people and companies have contacted us. As a professionnal alliance, we must play a leading role in prevention and support in our community in order to promote a healthy work climate where everyone can practice their profession without fear.

It is in this context that we invited L'Aparté, a one-stop-shop led by Juripop against harrassement and violence in the cultural sector, to present the resources available to the community last Thursday. Nearly 75 people attended the webinars. Lawyers Virginie Maloney (in French) and Nadia Samy (in English) explained the different types of violence, the legal and non-legal solutions available to victims and witnesses, the risks related to denunciations on social networks, as well as the resources and services offered by L'Aparté. For those who missed it, the webinar recording is available, as well as the PowerPoint presentation, on our website.

Around thirty questions were asked, which demonstrates the complexity of the subject and the relevance of discussing it with experts in the field. We have also made some resources available to you on our website, including contact information for l'Aparté and Juripop, training courses, and other useful legislative resources and psychological support organizations. 

Remember that people living in Quebec who have questions or need help can contact l'Aparté for confidential, free and independent support at any time. We will also organize confidential clinics, in partnership with Juripop, at the end of August and the beginning of September. 

Together, let's make our community even more respectful of people. Let's get knowledgeable and make informed choices!


Circus news

Summer camp memories: but where is the circus?

August 4, 2020

"Samara Healey has been attending the camp Geronimo in Lachute since the age of seven. When she learned that summer camps would be closed for the summer, she admits that she was "super sad". It's the coolest thing about my summer," she says. It's a ritual, I prepare myself for it every year, I can't wait to meet my friends, I have to admit, it's really boring..."

In this camp specialized in circus, she learned wire, juggling, unicycle, but also aerial disciplines: hoop, trapeze, fabric...

"I really touched everything," says the 15-year-old, who has just finished her third year of high school at the Académie Lafontaine in Saint-Jérôme - where she now gives circus workshops to 7-8 year olds."

Translated from French. Read the La Presse article in French.


Flip Fabrique back in creation

August 4, 2020

"The Quebec City circus troupe Flip Fabrique is working on a new creation "COVID-proof", which could be presented as early as September in the National Capital. Six º will feature five acrobats led by charismatic clown Jamie Adkins.

Flip's general and artistic director, Bruno Gagnon, talks about "light at the end of the tunnel". Their previous creation Blizzard had the wind in its sails (no pun intended) when the pandemic was declared and everything stopped.

After several weeks of confinement in the spring, the troupe participated this summer in several "parades" organized by Quebec City - somewhat the equivalent of what Bonheur mobile (by Cirque Alfonse and Patin Libre) did in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood.

But with the progressive deconfinement and reopening of theatres - with a maximum capacity of 250 people - Flip Fabrique launched a COVID-19-style creation called that respects the rules of physical distance."

Translated from French. Read the article published in La Presse Plus (in French).


Temporary assistance for performance venues in Quebec

August 4, 2020

"As part of the economic recovery plan for the cultural sector, the Minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy, is pleased to announce the implementation of a new temporary assistance program for performing arts venues. This program will be managed by the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC).

The temporary assistance program for performance venues, which will go online on August 7, is intended to provide exceptional and circumstantial support for the maintenance of a vital network of musical and variety performance venues in Quebec."

Translated from French. Read the press release (in French).

Learn more about the assitance program (in French).


Artist-in-Residence program at Fool's Paradise

July 31, 2020

The Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program of the Ontario Heritage Trust is calling for applications! How would you like to spend one to three months in 2021 in a picturesque cottage with a beautiful garden creatively called "Fool's Paradise" and located on the Scarborough Cliffs in Toronto? Apply by September 30, 2020.

This Artist-in-Residence Program is open to professional Canadian artists working in a wide range of disciplines. To date, 37 artists have been awarded residencies. The program encourages artists to embrace the multi-disciplinary nature of the arts, demonstrate the restorative influence of landscape and environment and foster excellence among contemporary artists.

For more information and to complete an application, visit their website.

Read the profile of the 2020 artists in residence.

Watch videos about the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence Program.


Now more than ever: Towards a national network of legal clinics for the arts

July 31, 2020

The National Network of Legal Clinics for the Arts is a group comprised of members of existing Canadian pro-bono legal clinics. As part of Phase 1 of their project, they put forth a needs assessment, surveying 1,150 Canadian artists, arts organizations, and legal experts working in the sector, finding that 94% of artists feel strongly they are facing unique legal needs and lack information and training on legal issues.

For Phase 2, they plan to gradually build hubs across Canada through our legal networks to fill the gaps found with their needs assessment in order to better assist creatives in Canada. Upon receiving funding, this will take place in early 2021. They are looking to connect legal services and artist organizations nation-wide so that artists can gain increased access and insights to exercise their legal rights.

Read the press release. 

Read the full report. 

Read the article published in The Georgia Straight.

Read the article published in The Lawyer’s Daily.

Read the article published in Law Times.


Artistic residencies in the Accès culture network

July 30, 2020

Montreal artists, collectives and artistic companies have until August 17 at 5 p.m. to submit their residency applications to the Accès culture network.

This residency is intended to be "a moment when an artist or artistic organization occupies an equipped presentation space and benefits from technical support, and can thus devote itself entirely to a creative project. This includes the research, development or finalization of a work." The project must take place between September 14, 2020 and January 31, 2021. 

Projects that promote the inclusion and representation of diversity, particularly Aboriginal peoples, racialized groups and ethnocultural diversity, intergenerational and intercultural links, as well as the next generation, will be favoured, and special attention will be given to projects that incorporate community participation. The project must also comply with current health requirements.

Take a look! (information is available in French only)


Training studios are reopening in Montreal

July 29, 2020

Starting this week, circus artists can train again in the studios of The 7 Fingers, Cirque Éloize and TOHU in a safe environment that complies with public health measures! 

Thanks to the support of the Government of Québec, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and En Piste - National Circus Arts Alliance, these three spaces can once again welcome professional artists at the small cost of $5 per artist per training session

The 7 Fingers
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cirque Éloize
Exclusive access to En Piste members

Monday to Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 2 to 5 p.m.

Check out their website by clicking on the links above to get all the details and reserve your spot!



Funding secured for the Being Black in Canada program to continue until 2022

July 28, 2020

"Today, the Fabienne Colas Foundation announced new support for the Being Black in Canada program from presenting sponsor Netflix, in collaboration with National Bank, and the support of Canada Media Fund.

As a result of this cross-industry partnership, the 2020 program will expand to include 20 new participants from Montreal, Toronto and Halifax. Over the following two years, the program will further expand to include Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver and support a total of 70 new filmmakers and 55 alumni in 2021 and 2022."

"Black artists represent the most marginalized and underserved group in the Canadian arts community. [...] This [partnership] marks a concrete step towards greater inclusion of diversity in the Canadian Film Industry." - Fabienne Colas, President and CEO of the Fabienne Colas Foundation

Read the full press release to find out more.


Free online workshops to help you relaunch your activities

July 28, 2020

Les Journées de la culture are launching a series of online workshops (in French) during the months of August and September. Designed to support cultural professionals in relaunching their activities throughout Quebec through the development of innovation skills, these sessions are free and open to all.

The offer has been thought out to help them propose an initiative adapted to current constraints. The first workshop deals with culture in times of crisis: resilience and the scope of possibilities. It will be held online on Wednesday, August 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time) with the following panelists: Esther Charron, Mélissa Généreux, Bernard Gilbert, Marco Pronovost and Michel Vallée.

Check out the full program and register now!


La Bulle des Kombini: a COVID-free performance by Les Foutoukours

July 28, 2020

In response to the health crisis, Les Foutoukours wanted to provide a soothing and magical experience for citizens. To this end, they created a new concept of walking animation that respects physical distancing measures: La Bulle des Kombini.

Several presenters and municipalities have decided to embark on the adventure and present this highly topical work to their citizens. More than 25 performances will take place throughout the city of Montreal and surrounding areas from July 4 to August 25.

Watch the video!


Open letter: Fairness in cultural revival in Quebec

July 27, 2020

Signed by nine cultural organizations, the objective of the letter addressed to the Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy is "to ensure that the revival of culture is inclusive, equal, and that Aboriginal and diversity artists, groups and cultural enterprises can benefit from it."

Read the letter here (in French).


Exceptional summer programming at TOHU

July 24, 2020

"TOHU, the circus arts centre in Montreal, has announced that they will be performing mobile shows and performances in front of St-Michel balconies this summer for residents, as well as setting up training actitivies for seniors. TOHU just completed a fundraiser called TOHU’s Net, where they were able to raise almost $50,000 — $30,000 more than their $20,000 goal. This initiatives marks a truly original and kind way to give back to the St-Michel community, where TOHU’s performing arts centre is located."

Read the article published by Cult Mtl.


Public gatherings of 250 people soon allowed in Quebec

July 24, 2020

"Quebec is boosting the size of public indoor and outdoor gatherings as the province continues to ease measures related to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The government announced Thursday it will allow up to 250 people to congregate in public spaces starting Aug. 3. The previous maximum had been set at 50."

Read the full Global News article.


Ontario-based artist brings circus arts to your kids at home

July 24, 2020

"The coronavirus pandemic has made summer activities pretty scarce for kids. Getting together for the usual summer camps alongside other programming that would normally entertain kids – while giving parents a break and a place to send the young ones – is currently off the table. Virtual programming being offered does serve up a small respite to the mundane new normal that has encapsulated everyday life, but it is just not on par with the usual outlets.

To add a little something special into the mix, Kitchener-based Jesse Garth Reimer-Watts is offering to take his expertise in circus arts education to your backyard, giving kids the chance to learn a fun new hobby – and parents some much needed downtime. Coming to your home while following all social distancing protocols, Reimer-Watts will bring his circus kit and teach skills to eager young students."

Read the full article in The Observer to find out more.


Call for projects for emerging artists in Montreal

July 24, 2020

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal, in collaboration with Culture Montréal, are launching a call for projects to emerging artists who wish to obtain a first CALQ grant. This is the first component of the Territorial Agreement in connection with the Island of Montréal community.

Emerging artists have until October 1, 2020, to submit their projects to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. The maximum amount awarded to the selected artist will be $15,000.

Artists and arts organizations submitting an application are invited to adopt an inclusive vision by considering people from minority backgrounds, such as members of cultural communities, Aboriginals, and people with disabilities, in the development of their project.

To find out all the details, visit the CALQ website.


Mini-documentary about gay representation in circus

July 23, 2020

Eric McGill, a Canadian swinging trapeze artist based in the United Kingdom, has been busy during the lockdown! He has been working on a special video mini-documentary talking about gay representation in the circus, which will be released today!

Through four interviews over 20 minutes are discussed the trappings of certain clichés and how to work against them to create new interesting and diverse representations of human relationships on stage. Specifically duo acts where the theme of romance is very prevalent in opposite-sex pairs, but is virtually non-existent when it comes to same-sex pairs.

“We talk about the creative process behind building romance into an act, and the challenges one faces when trying to represent gay romance on stage in a way that is both palatable and not too subtle to be read”, explains Eric. “It’s a topic that I’ve been reflecting on for some time, and the video plays out as a visual podcast created from my own thoughts and a series of interviews I did with friends from different sectors of the industry.”

Included are artists from Cirque du Soleil, Casus, Chivaree Circus / Independent, and a teacher from the National Centre for Circus Arts in London.

Watch the video soon!

Too curious to wait? Watch the trailer now on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!


Learn 2 Handstand with Camille Tremblay

July 23, 2020

Over the past few months, professional tightrope walker Camille Tremblay has developed balancing programs for all levels. These are designed for circus artists, CrossFit athletes, people who practice yoga or simply for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge or refine their hand balancing technique. 

"This project started long before COVID, but I have to say that it has taken on a whole new dimension since the lockdown. Since my classes are all online, I had already developed exercises that don't require spotting. So all my pedagogical development is of course COVID proof, but also accessible to anyone in the world, at any level, and requires only a chair, a small piece of wall and a living room space!", explains Camille.

Learn more about her Learn 2 Handstand program.


Projects for young artists and cultural workers in Quebec

July 23, 2020

All young people in Quebec between the ages of 18 and 35 can apply for LOJIQ's projects in order to be supported in developing their skills, relaunching their activities, returning to the job market or helping them get involved in the service of local communities to help them enhance and promote their region, in a context of confinement. These programs are divided into 3 areas of intervention: training, digital and field projects in Quebec, in a regional context. 

For example, young artists and cultural workers will be able to develop their skills through online training, receive guidance to relaunch their activities or get a mentor to better prepare for their return to the job market!

Want to know more about LOJIQ and its programs? Visit their website (in French)!


Relief programs for city arts groups in Calgary

July 22, 2020

"[Calgary-based] arts organizations suffering from the economic fallout of COVID-19 can now apply for a portion of relief money provided by the city.

In May, Calgary city council approved $2.15 million to Calgary Arts Development (CAD). The money was set aside to aid in recovery and resiliency needs for local arts groups. (...)

One million will go into the first phase, which is the recovery fund. The remaining $1.15 million is allocated to the resiliency fund, the second phase. Organizations can receive grants up to $50,000 dollars for each fund, respectively.

CAD said groups applying for the recovery fund should consider investing it in human resources, strategic planning, and administration of operations. (...)

The resiliency fund is for future program that arts groups wish to undertake. It’s for creating an environment for arts to adapt and thrive in a COVID reality going forward. (...)

The deadline to apply for the recovery fund is Aug. 10. Applications for the resiliency fund will open the same day. Arts organizations can apply to both funds."

Read the full article on Livewire Calgary.


Circus acts in Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles

July 21, 2020

"Downtown Montreal's Quartier des Spectacles' arts district is now outfitted with picnic tables and pop-up performances from now until September. (...)

From July 16 to September 6, (...) Thursdays to Sundays have live pop-up performances from "a team of 60 creators and cultural partners", many of which include circus performers putting on feats of acrobatics on Sainte-Catherine Street. Similar shows can be found along the Latin Quarter's section Saint-Denis, just up the street from Les Jardins Gamelin."

Read the full Time Out article. 



Apply for funding from Conseil des arts de Montréal until August 31

July 21, 2020

The Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) is opening its general funding program. To allow for a shorter processing time in the current context, the application deadline has been brought forward to August 31.

Artists' collectives and organizations can submit projects now. Organizations currently receiving operating grants have access to a call for special projects adapted to the current situation, which focuses on organizational development and pooling. Finally, organizations that seek funding for their artistic activities while helping the Council to raise funds can opt for the Fiscal Sponsorship component.

Information sessions are offered online throughout the summer and Frequently Asked Questions are available for each of the program components at all times.

Click here to learn more about the different calls.


Circus acts to watch online right now

July 20, 2020

Do you miss circus so bad that you would happily watch it online? This Globe and Mail article lists a good number of shows and acts from Cirque du Soleil, The 7 Fingers and Montréal Complètement Cirque available online at the moment. 

Give it a read and then a watch!


Acclaimed Hopi-Tewa hoop dancer Nakotah LaRance dies

July 19, 2020

"Nakotah LaRance, a nationally acclaimed Hopi-Tewa hoop dancer who performed with Cirque du Soleil, died on July 12 near the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in New Mexico. He was 30. 

He died after falling while climbing a bridge in Rio Arriba County, N.M., his father, Steve LaRance, said. (...)

Hoop dances, a tradition in many Native American cultures, tell tribal and individual stories through the use of as many as 50 hoops, which represent the circle of life and are decorated with tape and paint to represent the changing colors of the seasons."

Our thoughts are with everyone who knew him in the circus community, and with his friends and family.

Read the full New York Times article to find out more about him and his work.


An accessible playground in Julie-Hamelin Park

July 9, 2020

"The borough is pleased to be able to offer residents the opportunity to play and practice on an inclusive, high-quality playground. Thanks to this donation from our partner, the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Foundation, this playground will benefit the young and not-so-young in the neighbourhood, including the disability community, who will be able to enjoy the benefits of outdoor play," said Giuliana Fumagalli, Mayor of the borough of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension. (...)

The park's toponymy honours the memory of Julie Hamelin (1972-2016), author, designer and producer of the Finzi Pasca company. She worked for more than twenty years in the world of contemporary circus and performing arts. Co-founder of Cirque Éloize and Compagnia Finzi Pasca, she was responsible for the design of several shows presented around the world: closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Turin (2006) and Sochi (2014), opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games in Sochi (2014), the show Luzia for Cirque du Soleil and the show Montréal Avudo to celebrate the 375th anniversary of her hometown, Montréal. »

Translated from French. Read the press release (in French).


Drive-in circus in Newfoundland and Labrador

July 9, 2020

"COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in the works for a lot of local performers, but one group has found a way to roll with the pandemic punches by taking their circus act out of the big tent. Smokeshow is part carnival, part concert. Here's how they put on a show in a parking lot during the pandemic." (CBC Newfoundland and Labrador)

Watch the 5-minute video featuring artists including Alison Collins and filmed and produced by Rodrigo Iniguez and Conor McCann.


Mon cirque à moi, a Quebec film inspired by a true story

July 8, 2020

"Mon cirque à moi tells the story of a young girl whose father is a professional clown. Their relationship will be put to the test when the daughter, who prefers a studious and orderly life, asserts herself to the father, who values a bohemian life more."

"The trailer reveals that the film is very, very freely inspired by a true story, which corresponds to the youth of director Miryam Bouchard. This is her first feature film."

Watch the trailer in this Radio-Canada article (in French).


British circuses say they face collapse without government support

July 8, 2020

"Circus performers have delivered a letter to Downing Street calling for inclusion in the recent arts rescue package or to be allowed to reopen.

The letter warns that their industry faces collapse in two weeks without government support."

Read the full BBC News article.


A tale of two circuses: Circa in Brisbane and Circus Oz in Melbourne

July 7, 2020

"Two of the biggest – Circa in Brisbane and Circus Oz in Melbourne – have endured months of zero box office revenue.

"We're staring at a fairly deforested landscape," says Circa's creative director Yaron Lifschitz. "We can't produce the work, there's no audience to perform to and we can't travel to our key markets."

Executive producer of Circus Oz Penny Miles concurs: "We're all fighting for survival. No doubt about it.""

Read the full article in The Sunday Morning Herald.


Aerial Arts Online, Meaghan Wegg's new business venture

July 7, 2020

Meaghan Wegg has been coaching for over 15 years now and have mastered her technique for beginners up to professional levels. Over the last few years many coaches or teachers have asked her to teach them how to teach aerials and she started to guide them and then developed this syllabus.

Aerial Arts Online is a syllabus based program following set progressions to get to the next skill and level once students have mastered it safely.

Her program starts with two 2-day live online Hoop courses this summer, on July 25-26 and then on August 13-14.

Find out more on her brand new website!


Circus summer day camps start in Ottawa

July 6, 2020

"The Ottawa Circus School has adapted by moving its activities entirely outside, though the kids will have some shelter from the sun and rain. (...)

Activities including unicycling, human pyramids and advanced acrobatics that might require a spotter and direct physical contact won't be part of the program until physical distancing requirements are relaxed."

Read the full CBC article. 


Femmes du Feu: A circus troupe like no other

July 6, 2020

"Unlike St. Catharines and especially Niagara Falls, Welland is not so much a city that is spontaneously associated with the entertainment world. This is why many will be surprised to learn that a circus troupe is based there. Named Femmes du Feu, this non-profit organization, whose artists are, as the name suggests, all women, has as its guiding principle the innovative combination of circus arts and contemporary dance.

That is not all. As Holly Treddenick, Artistic Director and co-founder, with Lindsay Goodtimes, of the company reminds us, performances involving fire are also at the heart of the troupe's artistic approach."

Translated from French. Read the article in Le Régional.


CSAW microgrants for US circus artists of color

July 3, 2020

Connecting Circus Students Around the World (CSAW) is starting a year-long micro-grant program for U.S. circus artists of color. One grant will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 each month from September 2020 - August 2021! Grantees will be chosen through an application process and reviewed by a selection committee composed entirely of circus artists and industry professionals of color.

Find out more about their fantastic initiative and help them raise $15,000 to achieve their goal and support twelve circus artists!

Here are some donation options they suggest for companies:

-Pledge to match a donation. 

Should an individual donate $100, $200, etc. then you will be contacted and your company will be asked to follow through on the matched donation.

-Sponsor a month

As the grants will be in the amount of $1,000 a month, if your company promised to donate this amount then you would be responsible for guaranteeing one of the twelve months! Pick your favorite month!

-Pledge to match an amount. 

Once the fundraiser reaches X amount, then your company will donate that amount. This is similar to the ‘match a donation’ format, but instead you would donate $200 once $200 total is reached for example. 

-Pledge an amount

If you prefer not to match a donation, you can donate a different amount.


If you can’t manage a donation at this time please help share and spread the word. Tell your donors, share on social media, or other organizations you feel are connected to this cause. 

All studios who are matching donations will be thanked publically on the Indiegogo platform unless they specify a desire for the information not to be made public.


Cirque Éloize in the streets of Quebec City [PHOTOS and VIDEO]

July 2, 2020

"Today was the media premiere of Serge Fiori's show, Seul Ensemble du Cirque Éloize at the Capitole de Québec. The global pandemic decided otherwise, but the circus company still wanted to mark the occasion with a surprise Cyr wheel act at Place D'Youville. 

Angelica Bongiovonni steps out onto the plaza, barefoot, in her light pink dress. Through her fingers, the big metal ring slides to the sound of the song Harmonium. Her choreography between dance and acrobatics, gives the impression that the strong wind of Quebec City could take her away. (...)

Unfortunately for the public, it was not until June 26, 2021 that this musical, visual and acrobatic event, in keeping with Serge Fiori's musical and poetic universe, could be seen. Another show postponed because of the pandemic."

Read the article and watch the video published in Le Soleil (in French).


Artist gets $15,000 worth of circus equipment stolen

July 1, 2020

"For the past month, circus artist Benoist Hippolyte has been performing, with the Montreal street arts company Drôldadon, in front of the balconies of seniors confined to low-income housing (HLM) or residential and long-term care centres (CHSLD) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday night, he was robbed of $15,000 worth of circus props, some rare in Quebec, which he needed to "create smiles" on the faces of seniors. (...)

This theft occurred when Drôldadon was the only company currently employing him, since circus shows had been paralyzed for more than three months due to the COVID-19 crisis. "My next show date is scheduled for March 2021 in South Korea," explains Benoist Hippolyte, who was on tour in Finland when containment was decreed in March. (...)

Beyond Benoist Hippolyte's misfortune, this incident illustrates the problem for circus performers of storing their props, which is exacerbated in this time of pandemic. (...)

In order to be able to continue his work, however, he decided to launch a fundraising campaign on the GoFundMe website."

Translated from French. Read the full Radio-Canada article in French.


Montréal Presque Cirque

June 29, 2020

Nadine Marchand, Artistic Director of MONTREAL COMPLETEMENT CiRQUE was on Tout un matin on Radio-Canada today to announce a different version of the annual festival that normally takes place in the streets and theatres of the Quebec metropole in July. 

Starting July 7, 2020, the festival will take shape in two ways. Unusual performances will be filmed Au hasard de la ville to make a series of short films, which will then be broadcast on, ICI and ICI ARTV.

With Bonheur mobile, an initiative initially conceived by Cirque Alfonse artists to brighten the lives of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve residents, circus artists will, this time, enliven several neighbourhoods across the city, including the Quartier des spectacles. The performances will be unannounced so as not to create a crowd.

Will you be lucky enough to see the performances near you?

Finally, in collaboration with Radio-Canada, a contest opens this Monday, June 29 at noon! Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Cirque Alfonse's new creation, Animal, histoire de ferme, presented at TOHU next year, a one-year subscription to ICI TOU.TV Extra and two VIP passports to the 2021 edition of MONTREAL COMPLETEMENT CiRQUE. You have until July 31 to participate. The draw will take place on August 3 at noon.

Consult the MONTREAL PRESQUE CiRQUE programming.

Enter the contest (form in French).

Read the CBC article.


Cirque du Soleil announces comprehensive plan to restart business

June 29, 2020

Cirque du Soleil announced today that it has filed for protection from creditors under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act ("CCAA") in order to restructure its capital structure. Its application under the CCAA will be heard tomorrow by the Superior Court of Québec.

"Under the terms of the proposed Purchase Agreement, the Shareholders will inject US$300 million of cash into the restructured business to support a successful restart, partially compensate affected employees and partners of Cirque du Soleil, and assume certain outstanding obligations of the Company, including to ticket holders affected by the cancellation of shows. Of this US$300 million, Investissement Québec will provide US$200 million in debt financing to support the proposed acquisition. »

We know, because of the proposal on the table, that the Cirque is saved," explained its President and CEO, Daniel Lamarre, during a telephone interview. I am assured that at the end of the process, which should culminate in mid-September, I will have an owner. "(Translated from the HuffPost Québec article)

Read the Cirque du Soleil Group press release.

Read the CBC article.

Read the HuffPost Québec article (in French).


Helping artists make a living at D'arts et de rêves

June 26, 2020

"Lyne Bessette, Member of Parliament (Brome–Missisquoi), announced $440,000 in funding for Sutton-based D'Arts et de rêves for its renovation and expansion of a portion of its building dedicated to housing artist residences. Ms. Bessette made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Funded through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, this support will allow the organization to host artists in residence year-round in renovated and new spaces that comply with building standards and are accessible to people with mobility impairments.

This investment also addresses the lack of quality infrastructure in place for the creation and production of new circus-arts projects. The adaptation of creative spaces will meet the needs of visual artists involved in large-scale work."

Read the full press release.


Cirque du Soleil, for a second chance to succeed

June 25, 2020

Gonzalo Coloma, entertainment entrepreneur and business consultant, who once was himself an artist for the company, gives his opinion on Cirque du Soleil's artistic and financial situation.

"Based on my experience, I believe that if Cirque du Soleil wants to regain its former success and continue to create good opportunities for Quebec's creative talents, it must profoundly change its business model."

Read his article published in La Presse (in French).


MICC online from July 6 to 9, 2020, register now!

June 19, 2020

La TOHU and the MONTREAL COMPLETEMENT CiRQUE festival announced this week that the new MICC (International Market of Contemporary Circus) Network will offer a four-day online convening from July 6 to 9, 2020. They invite you to ''discover online pitch sessions, networking, working group meetings, panel discussions, and professional development workshops.''

''NEW Following this launch period, with a goal of facilitating long-term connection, dialogue, and collaboration in our sector, the MICC Online will continue as an ongoing platform, featuring regular (monthly) online programming such as pitch sessions, working group meetings, and more.''

The activities are free and open to all! Don't wait to subscribe to the MICC Network and register for the workshops that interest you!

Visit the Montréal Complètement Cirque website for more information on the program.

Click here to register!


L'École de cirque de Québec collaborates with the city of Baie-Saint-Paul

June 19, 2020

The École de cirque de Québec will collaborate, for the first time, with the city of Baie-Saint-Paul in the development of a circus arts program on Fridays and Saturdays, from July 10 to August 22, 2020. 

The circus arts have always been present in this creative city, where Cirque du Soleil was born. Performances, whether in ambulatory or in situ, will take place on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Street, which will be closed to traffic. Performances of several disciplines will be presented, highlighting graduates of the École de cirque de Québec, professional artists and companies from the Capitale-Nationale region. A program presented by Dérytélécom. Detailed schedule to come.

Read the news story on the Baie-Saint-Paul city website (in French). 

See the call for projects (in French).


The circus must go on, a NCS documentary web series

June 18, 2020

The National Circus School presents the video series The circus must go on! In five episodes, this documentary series looks at the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on their students' creation projects, as well as the measures put in place by the School to counter these limitations and overcome the challenge.

Watch the videos as they get released on their website or on their Facebook page!


Training studios and performance halls can reopen in Quebec

June 16, 2020

This is it! The training studios and performing spaces can reopen as of this Monday, June 22 in Quebec. Are you ready?

On May 29, En Piste shared with the circus community the project of a health management guide for the continuity of activities in the circus arts sector during the COVID-19 coranavirus pandemic, in order to allow training studios to prepare for their reopening in the near future.  

This week, the Premier of Quebec announced the imminent reopening of performance halls and training centres following the publication of a health standards guide for the performing arts sector at CNESST. This guide also refers to the guide for the sports and recreation sector for everything related to the physical training of artists indoors, the guide for public transportation to regiment the transportation of people during a tour, and the guide for the personal care and aesthetics sector for hair and make-up.

The National Circus Arts Alliance will hold a conversation with experts to prepare the circus arts community for this resumption of activities. The date and time will be announced in the coming days and registration will be done on the alliance's website.

An interesting complementary article to read:

Returning to circus and aerial training after COVID-19 quarantine, Cifcus Talk


Major research project on equality, diversity and inclusion in performing arts programs across Canada

June 16, 2020

The National Circus School has received a three-year grant of nearly $360,000 towards a major research project of its Center for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (CRITAC). Involving equality, diversity and inclusion in performing arts programs across Canada, this initiative will be undertaken in partnership with Canada’s National Ballet School and National Theatre School of Canada.

The funds will be used to determine the current state of awareness-building programs involving people from communities seeking equity. Efforts will be directed towards working with them to understand their needs and perspectives. This data will be used to eventually develop tools and resources to support the future development and expansion of various programs, all aligned with the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Read the press release.


Uncertain future for National Circus School graduates

June 15, 2020

"Students soon to graduate from Montreal's esteemed National Circus School expect months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has closed shows around the world and thrust their career prospects into doubt. (...)

Pansa had expected to join a circus troupe in Switzerland for a six-month gig upon graduating at the end of June, but the offer was postponed.

In the meantime he has been forced to take a job as a security guard. (...)

While 95 percent of its graduates normally find work at circus companies, in cabarets or aboard cruise ships, its director says nobody is hiring at the moment and the sector is not expected to bounce back for another 18 to 24 months."

Read the whole article in Gulf Today


A video celebrating music and circus artists

June 13, 2020

"Artists always find the way to create, even under confinement." Edgar Zendejas
Edgar Zendejas, of the company ezdanza, realized a CBC video project called Circus/Beethoven/Confinement: A celebration of music and circus artists
Using the musical themes of Beethoven, he joined forces with many circus artists to reflect on what our real - and now surreal - situation is. 

Long live the circus in Quebec!

June 9, 2020

Last Friday, The 7 Fingers offered us an incredible video montage that praises the circus made in Quebec! 

"Today, Quebec circus is a multitude of artistic forms and proposals, from circus under big tops to experimental circus, including social circus, circus for young audiences and authors' circus in all its variations.

Together we form a proud and supportive community of more than 80 companies and organizations and close to 10,000 artists, designers, employees, managers and technicians!

There is a lot of uncertainty in these strange times and the challenges are immense, but we are passionate people and together we will all come out of it stronger, individually and collectively.

Long live the circus in Quebec!''

Congratulations to Francisco Cruz, Antoine Seychal and David Étienne Durivage for making this video!

If you haven't seen it on social networks, watch it now!

   Watch the video  



Last day for Cirque du Soleil purchase or refinancing offers

June 9, 2020

"Monday marked the last day for interested parties to file their proposals to acquire or refinance the entertainment business. These proposals will then be analyzed by the company's advisors, including National Bank, before being presented to the Board of Directors.

"We are confident that as soon as it is possible for us to resume our shows, we will once again become the profitable company we were," said Cirque spokesperson Caroline Couillard in an e-mail, without offering any details on the offers received.

However, it was not possible on Monday to know the exact number of contenders. According to The Globe and Mail, which quotes a source familiar with the case, 29 potential acquirers have signed confidentiality agreements to have access to the Cirque's financial data. However, fewer than 10 offers are expected.

Translated from French. You can read the full La Presse article (in French).


Three new measures to support artists and arts organizations in Quebec

June 9, 2020

The Conseil des arts et lettre du Québec (CALQ) announced today three measures to help artists and arts organizations get through the crisis and relaunch their activities! Here is how the Council will invest the $46 million allocated to them by the Government of Quebec.

1. Temporary financial support for one-time live performance initiatives for arts organizations. Deposits can be made at any time before the project begins. Find out more (in French). 

2. Bursaries for artists who can take advantage of the transition period to create more new work and take part in professional development activities. Learn more (in French). 

3. The Digital Exploration and Deployment program, that gives funding of up to $100,000 to selected projects, is now open to artists and arts organizations at all time (links are in French). 

Submit your projects now! 

Virtual information sessions will be announced as early as next week. The details of these sessions will be communicated on their social networks as well as on their website. Click here to know all about the measures and the information sessions (in French)!


Feedback on my experience with The 7 Fingers

June 5, 2020

Hugo Cornet, who worked on The 7 Fingers communications team during his stay on a WHP in Canada, takes a tender look back at his experience and send a message full of hope to the cultural sector.

"I have been able to work on many rewarding projects over the past few months. When I look back, I realize how much we were happy in this adoptive family. I remember the first time I walked through the doors of the Studios, I immediately felt all these positive vibes."

"Support the culture, the artists and the incredible companies that bring magic into our daily lives. Let's keep dreaming together. When we can, let's go back to theatres, festivals, and let's cheer them on. Encourage them. The spotlights will come back on, the curtains will open again and the audiences will vibrate once more." 

Read his full blog article (in French).


Increase in municipal spending on culture in 2018 in Quebec

June 4, 2020

According to the Institut de la statistique du Québec, "In 2018, Quebec municipalities' operating expenditures on culture will total $1,017 million, up 6.9% from 2016. (...)

As in previous years, in 2018, 80% of spending on cultural services to the public will be allocated to libraries ($348 million), arts and culture ($156 million), and heritage, public art and design ($116 million). (...)

Among the seven municipality size groups studied, the highest per capita spending is found in the group of municipalities with 500,000 or more inhabitants, consisting of Montreal and Quebec City ($196.91 per capita), and in the group of municipalities with 100,000 to 199,999 inhabitants, consisting of Lévis, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, Terrebonne and Trois-Rivières ($130.84 per capita)."

Translated from French. Here is the original press release (in French).


Machine de Cirque shows in cineparks

June 3, 2020

"Machine de Cirque wants to present circus in Quebec cineparks this summer. The company has proposed this project to several cities including Quebec City, Rimouski, Sherbrooke, Shawinigan, Drummondville and Trois-Rivières as well as to private partners. It is generating a lot of interest. Although it is still looking for partners to enhance the project, Artistic Director Vincent Dubé is confident that it will go ahead and that it will get the approval of public health.

Thanks to the exceptional availability of many top-level circus artists this summer, they can create breathtaking performances for the whole family. These performances will be COVID-19-proof as several circus disciplines can be performed within a physical distance of two metres."

Find out more on their web site (in French).


Cirque Hors Piste adapts its creative services

June 3, 2020

Cirque Hors Piste, a Montreal-based social circus organization that mobilizes marginalized youth in their community by offering circus workshops, has now adapted its services creatively and safely to the context of COVID-19! They offer short outdoor performances for all audiences, circus workshops for all ages, and parades. All this while respecting social distancing and health standards.

Learn more about their range of adapted services (in French)!


The National Circus School's Research centre (CRITAC) launches a lab in entrepreneurship and innovation

June 3, 2020

In order to contribute to the evolution of the circus and cultural industry in a new global reality, the Research Centre (CRITAC) affiliated to the National Circus School (ENC) launched a lab in entrepreneurship and innovation, offered principally to the School's 2020 cohort of graduates, but also open to all professionnal circus artists.

This pilot lab will run for three years and aims to set up a permanent program. The very first edition of the entrepreneurship and innovation lab will take place from June to December 2020. It is made up of two parts, the Entrepreneurial Pathways, allowing participants to deepen their understanding of the industry and to develop their leadership capabilities, and the Emerging Projects, preparing students to develop, commercialize and pitch their projetcs, which will be presented at the end of December 2020.

Find out more about this new program!

Watch the video! (in French)

Those interested may still join the program once it has started. Write to for more info.


50.9 million to support the creation and dissemination of the performing arts in Quebec

June 2, 2020

En Piste welcomes the announcement made today by Quebec's Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy on the budget allocated to the cultural sector recovery plan.

Close to $400 million will be invested to assist and support the recovery of the cultural sector, which represents an addition of $250 million to the budget initially planned. 50.9 million will be dedicated to supporting the creation and dissemination of the performing arts. $71.9 million will support businesses and cultural organizations (including schools) in resuming their activities, This sum includes an additional $50 million that will be added to the loan program administered by SODEC (in French).

Read this article published in The Review to find out more.

Consult the economic recovery plan for the cultural sector (in French).

Read the official press release (in French) from the Office of the Minister of Culture and Communications.


Towards the reopening of theatres venues

June 2, 2020

In Quebec, "Legault’s culture minister, Nathalie Roy said she was confident movie theatres and venues for live shows will be allowed to reopen before Quebec’s Fête nationale, on June 24, with a limited number of spectators."

Read the full article published in The Star.

However, before they can reopen, venues across Canada and beyond need to have further guidance from the authorities. "Theatre creators are brainstorming multiple, constantly shifting scenarios for when public health authorities will allow them to raise the curtain again."

Read this CBC article published on May 16. The situation hasn't changed much since then for many of them.


The cultural sector will soon know more about its deconfinement in Quebec

June 1, 2020

"It is now the turn of Culture and Communications to receive from Quebec City a financial assistance plan and a deconfinement program for performing arts shows and filming.

The announcement of support measures tailored to the sectors concerned will be made this Monday during the Prime Minister's 1 p.m. conference. François Legault will be accompanied for the occasion by Nathalie Roy, Minister of Culture and Communications (MCCQ).

Minister Roy will present the broad outlines of her emergency plan, along with the total amounts proposed. (...)

"We were summoned by CNESST on June 4," said Christine Bouchard, executive director of En Piste, in Le Devoir. "Artists in the field are eager to get back into the studios, to rehearse, to create. The situation makes them want to do so."

"When you're practicing a body art, it's fundamental to be in the studio," she notes. "The artists have been out of the studio for three months. The damage will be great," she says. "It will take time to get back into shape." (...)

But the beacons announced this week should not in the short term allow the resumption of rehearsals for shows or filming that cannot respect the measures of physical distance. (...)

The professional circus arts alliance, which has more than 400 members in Canada, was part of the performing arts and dissemination consultation committee. Early last week, a plan was submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Communications. Prior to that, a working committee was formed to maximize the chances of success. "Cirque du Soleil was with us, The 7 Fingers, Cirque Éloize, TOHU, the National Circus School, the École de cirque de Québec... We almost wrote a protocol, a health management guide, telling us that it could help promote a return," explains Christine Bouchard.

The department launched these projects to develop guides to provide a framework for the resumption of activities while ensuring the safety of employees and of the public. At least one Public Health representative and experts from CNESST participated in the preparatory meetings."

Translated from French. Read the full article (in French).


Call for proposals from the Montreal's Borough of Ville-Marie

June 1, 2020

The borough of Ville-Marie is launching a call for proposals to Montreal artists and cultural organizations.

"Given the cancellation of regular outdoor cultural programming, this call aims to encourage projects that help break isolation and re-enchant everyday life, all in compliance with the health guidelines recommended by the Direction régionale de santé publique."

"The projects submitted may be of dissemination, creation followed by dissemination and/or cultural mediation. As there is already a rich offer on social media and on the Web, the Borough wishes to support proposals that take shape outside these platforms, at least in part."

"A budget envelope of up to $7,000 may be allocated in the form of a performance/exhibit/creation/mediation agreement."

Translated from French. You can find more details on their website (in French).


A couple of circus artists make it to the top 10 of Canadian Family's Got Talent

June 1, 2020

The only circus act in Canadian Family's Got Talent, presented by Santé D’Amours Fortunato and her husband Sasha Yudintsev, was selected as one of the top 10.

The couple met while they were both working on Cirque du Soleil's Corteo. Santé, who graduated from the National Circus School in 2011, performed in the aerial candlestick act, while Sasha, who has worked at Cirque du Soleil for 13 years, could be seen mainly in the trampo-bed act. Excerpts from the show are currently available on the CirqueConnect platform. 

"We did not make the top 3 unfortunately. But it was fun being part of the top 10," says Santé. It was a great experience that gave us a small positive boost. Doing the live interview on Breakfast Television," she continues, "gave us butterflies in our stomachs again."

Sasha had seen an ad for the competition on Instagram. They didn't have a lot of indoor space in Santé's parents' house, where they live in Vancouver, to shoot the video, so they thought, "It's a beautiful day, we have to do it quickly, now, before it rains, on the patio outside!"

During the lockdown, the couple continues to train using the gym, the small dance studio and the outdoor space at the family home. Santé has started giving private online lessons to students around the world. They are also in the process of creating a 45-minute multi-disciplinary show, showcasing their respective disciplines, i.e. hula-hoop, contortion, aerial hoop and dance for Santé, and trampoline, board, Cyr wheel, juggling, diabolo and guitar for Sasha.

They don't know when or how they will perform this show, but they are excited about the project. "We've always wanted to do this, but now we have the time to do it." The idea would be to then sell the show to small presenters, cruise ships or events when cultural life begins again.


May 29, 2020

The MICC will be held online from July 6 to 9!

The MICC (International Market of Contemporary Circus), a vital forum of exchange and connection for contemporary circus artists, companies, presenters, and professionals, will continue in an online form from July 6 to 9, 2020! More activities will follow each month.

The Digital MICC will offer iterations of the core components of the in-person MICC - networking, artist pitches, small-group meetings, panels and relevant workshops. Check their website to find out more about the program and registration opening soon!  

Call for projects

Artists, producers, & agents working in the field of contemporary circus are invited to submit proposals for the MICC virtual Tour de Piste activities by June 14. The virtual Tour de Piste events will be online sessions in which contemporary circus artists and companies will pitch their shows and/or concepts to an audience of venue and festival programmers. Find out more here! 


Cirque du Soleil viewed by Robert Lepage, Stéphane Lavoie and Christine Bouchard

May 27, 2020

"It is especially from a creative point of view that Robert Lepage is enthusiastic about the takeover of Cirque du Soleil by its founder, Guy Laliberté. The playwright believes that the former stilt-walker from Baie-Saint-Paul is the person best placed to give the company a new artistic impetus, beyond the immediate financial rescue and the desire to keep the Cirque in Quebec."

"TOHU General Manager Stéphane Lavoie points out that Cirque du Soleil contributes to Montreal's reputation as a world beacon of circus arts, and is also a major employer."

"En Piste, the national circus arts alliance, recognizes Cirque du Soleil's role of "locomotive", employing 4500 people, in the Quebec circus ecosystem."

"While she is pleased with the decisions made by Quebec City in the Cirque du Soleil case, Christine Bouchard notes that this should not overshadow the needs of smaller circus companies, which are also very much alive in Quebec."

Read the article in Le Devoir (in French).


An emergency circus performance project both generous and intergenerational

May 26, 2020

Four acrobats has just founded the Emergency Circus Performance. "Their project started spontaneously to entertain their grandmothers. It now also targets young people and those most in need."

"They are two couples in life: Francis Gadbois and Louana Seclet, and Jean-Philippe Cuerrier and Mélodie Lamoureux. Four graduates of circus schools in Montreal and Quebec City, but also friends and neighbours on Rivard Street, on the Plateau Mont-Royal."

"When the national circus arts alliance En Piste launched a call for artists to perform from their balconies on World Circus Day (April 18), the four friends played along and even raised the bar by doing improvised street performances."

"Slowly the idea of performing in parking lots for seniors' residences (RPAs) or CHSLDs was born. The idea of emergency circus performances was born, followed by the 35 to 40 minute show entitled Au show chez vous. »

Learn more about their project in this La Presse article (in French).

Discover these four En Piste members by clicking on their names or searching for them on our member directory.

Visit their Facebook and Instagram pages!


Guy Laliberté wants to buy back Cirque du Soleil

May 26, 2020

"Cirque du soleil founder Guy Laliberte says he wants to buy back the internationally celebrated circus company he created more than 35 years ago.

Laliberte, who sold his remaining shares in the famed circus last February, told a popular television show Sunday night he wants to put an ownership team together and buy the company back.

"Today, I took the decision to embark on the purchasing process," he said on Radio-Canada's Tout le monde en parle."

Read the full CBC article.

Watch the interview with Guy Laliberté at Tout le monde en parle (in French).


Quebec pledges up to $200M US to support Cirque du Soleil

May 26, 2020

"The Quebec government is coming to the rescue of Cirque du Soleil, pledging to loan up to $200 million US to support the live entertainment giant whose operations remain paralyzed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon says the province will become a creditor of the company under an agreement in principle between Investissement Québec and Cirque's three main shareholders — Texas-based TPG Capital, Chinese firm Fosun and the Caisse de dépôt et placement, Quebec's pension fund."

Read the full article on CBC News.


When will we see the recovery of culture in Quebec? Minister Nathalie Roy gives an interview.

May 22, 2020

"Quebec's Minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy, hopes to be able to announce tomorrow "a first phase of recovery in certain sectors of cultural activity." The arts and culture world in Quebec has been waiting for a recovery plan for several weeks."

"Culture is one of the five priorities of our government and our Prime Minister." says Nathalie Roy, Minister of Culture and Communications and MNA for Montarville.

"The recovery will be smooth and variable," warns the Minister.

"Nathalie Roy also announces that she wants to issue calls for projects to artists to allow them to receive compensation for their creations created during the lockdown and to prepare for the recovery."

Read the full article and watch the interview on Radio-Canada (in French).


Conditional support for Cirque du Soleil considered by the Quebec governement

May 22, 2020

"One thing is certain, the government will make its aid conditional on the fulfilment of criteria. "We want the decision-making centre to be here in Quebec, we want the intellectual property to remain in Quebec, we want the CEO and the chairman of the board to be Quebec residents and we want the head office to be in Quebec."

According to Pierre Fitzgibbon, "it is essential to see the Cirque du Soleil reopen its doors, a Cirque du Soleil in Quebec". "It's striking," he said, noting the number of Quebec companies "that have evolved and grown" thanks to the Cirque. The Cirque therefore has a significant impact on "the Quebec ecosystem," he insisted."

Read the full article in La Presse (in French).


Cirrus Cirkus celebrate their 15 year anniversary with a video!

May 21, 2020

Last weekend, there should have been three shows to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Cirrus Cirkus, a circus compagny and school based in St-Lin-Laurentides in Quebec. Of course, they couldn't be held.

However, Cirrus Cirkus decided to celebrate their anniversary with a virtual show! They asked children and parents to put on a little act with whatever material they had available at home. The instructors added their own acts. In addition, a montage of the last fifteen years' work was put together, featuring shows, school, tours and social circus. All homemade with the help of parents!

The result is a video just as special as the organization that they are. Here it is!


The sectoral committees on culture and communication plan for a relaunch in Quebec

May 20, 2020

"In the wake of the state of health emergency decree, Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy and her teams mobilized to ensure support for Quebec's cultural community, which has been severely affected by the current crisis.

Various emergency assistance measures were defined and then implemented, notably to enable cultural businesses and organizations to quickly obtain the necessary liquidities and thus meet their financial obligations: 

the Ministère provided early financial assistance to 423 organizations, for a total of $27.3 million;
the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec provided over 400 cultural organizations with early financial assistance totalling $36 million;
the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles has set up a $50 million emergency assistance program.

Other actions include the concentration of advertising investments in the Quebec media related to the government's campaign on COVID-19, with a budget of over $10 million per phase.

A consultation structure for a successful exit from the crisis

To ensure the success of a gradual resumption of activities, Minister Nathalie Roy asked that the main stakeholders from the various cultural sectors be heard. 

The Ministère de la Culture et des Communications has therefore set up a consultation structure in order to exchange views with the cultural community on their respective realities and on the appropriate and promising measures for the recovery.

Six sectoral committees have been created, namely :

Performing Arts and Dissemination; 
Museums, Crafts and Art Galleries; 

These committees benefit from the expertise of specialists from the Direction de la santé publique and the Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail. The objective is to support the cultural community in its efforts to resume its activities.

Health measures first

As a first step, the sectoral committees are working to identify and validate the physical distancing measures that could be put in place, in accordance with the health rules laid down by the public health authorities. The Commission des normes, de l'équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail has taken charge of producing health standards guides for most sectors of activity, which is an essential step in ensuring the health and safety of both cultural workers and artists.

To this end, members of the sectoral committees can send the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications their proposals for health-related accommodations based on the standards established by Public Health. The Commission is then responsible for producing, when necessary, a general guide that takes the proposals into account. For this purpose, it brings together the members of the relevant sectoral committee, both trade union and employer associations.

These guides will take account of the specific features of each sector to ensure that activities can be resumed in the safest possible conditions thanks to health measures adapted to each environment. 

Planning a sustainable economic recovery

At the same time, the committees are reflecting on and contributing to the development of concrete economic stimulus measures. Minister Nathalie Roy is working closely with the Minister of Finance, the Minister of the Economy, the Minister of Labour and the Prime Minister's Office to ensure that the cultural and communications sector resumes its activities in a sustainable manner and once again becomes an engine of economic and social development for Québec.

To achieve this, the cultural and communications community must continue to mobilize. It is by aiming for a healthy and sustainable recovery and by working together that we will deploy innovative solutions."

This is an official communication from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications translated from French.


Toronto arts groups launch new online culture hub

May 15, 2020

"As a response to the COVID-19 crisis, a group of local arts organisations have collaborated to launch Arts@Home, a website presenting free community-driven cultural resources.

The arts hub portal highlights a diverse set of free resources for visual art, dance, music, theatre, and media."

Read the full article in the Ludwig Van Toronto.


Cirque du Soleil in the New York Times

May 15, 2020

"He [CEO Daniel Lamarre] said he was optimistic the company would bounce back, buoyed by its glittering brand and a public zeal for live entertainment after months of confinement."

Read the full article in the New York Times


Guy Laliberté writes an open letter

May 13, 2020

The founder of Cirque du Soleil, the One Drop Foundation and Lune Rouge is making his voice heard through the debate on the survival of the multinational. 

"The paralysis of Cirque du Soleil’s activities due to the pandemic has been making waves, and for me, has triggered a flood of emotions. Even though I’m no longer the company’s owner, I will always be its founder; I have devoted half of my life to Cirque, and its success will always be close to my heart." 

"Cirque is a living organism — with a heart, a soul and a spirit — that lives, grows and recharges through its artists, its audience and its employees."

Read the full letter published in the Montreal Gazette



Two must-watch videos on circus during COVID-19

May 12, 2020

A documentary about circus in times of uncertainty

Circus artist Noeli Acoba interviewed circus professionals in different sectors of the industry to get their thoughts on the impact that this pandemic and social distancing may have on the future of circus. Watch the 20-minute documentary here.

A video that shows the creativity of circus artists, even in quarantine

M.O.S.M. Collective made a short and fun 20-minute video about the life of circus artists in confinement. Watch it here! 


Why should we have to reinvent the performing arts?

May 12, 2020

The health crisis, with its radical ban on gatherings, is brutally hitting theatres, cultural centres and festivals. Six months after it opened its doors with remarkable success, presenting venue Le Diamant must overnight put everything on hold and reflect, with others alike, on the recovery."

Read this article (in French) published in Le Soleil and written by Le Diamant's Executive and Programming Director Bernard Gilbert on the need (or not) for the entertainment world to "reinvent itself" and the pitfalls of taking refuge in the digital world to the detriment of live art and collective gathering, which we have had to temporarily abandon.


CINARS publish results from its survey on the Impacts of COVID-19 on performing arts international mobility

May 12, 2020

"In order to assess the international situation following the impacts of COVID-19, the International Conference for the Performing Arts (CINARS) conducted a survey of thousands of professionals around the world last April. As part of this survey, we received 844 responses, including 737 complete responses from 45 countries on five continents, which gives us a portrait of the impressions and expectations of the profession.

We wanted to give a voice to the various professionals active in the international performing arts programming economy. Among the respondents, 40.3% are creative companies, 37% are international programmers and 18% are artists' agents. The majority of international activities in 2020 are postponed (38.1%) or cancelled (39.9%). Despite the relentless efforts of performance agents, cancellations in 2020 are likely to increase as the situation evolves. 60.8% of those surveyed believe that their international activities will resume as normal before the summer of 2021.

The most important thing at this time and in the coming months is to maintain ongoing business ties with networks of contacts in order to consolidate activities in 2021. More than ever, the results of this survey reflect the need to come together, in one way or another, to share, reflect, meet and discover works with international resonance in order to negotiate programming agreements and develop new ways of circulating works in this uncertain period."

(Translated from French)

Read the full survey report.


Reviving the arts and culture in the aftermath of COVID-19

May 11, 2020

Ten artists, artistic directors and managers, including The 7 Fingers CEO Nassib El-Husseini, propose three main priorities for action and related measures to implement. Together they represent a diversity of practices and employ over a thousand professionals (artists, technical and educational staff as well as cultural workers). 

Read their signed letter


Circus performers parade happiness through Montreal's alleyways

May 10, 2020

"Forced into confinement since mid-March, Cirque Alfonse did not resist the temptation of creation for long. The troupe led by Antoine Carabinier Lépine has been organizing small parades in the alleyways of the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district [in Montreal] for the past few weeks with Bonheur mobile."

Discover their local initiative in La Presse (in French).


What will the relaunch of culture in Quebec look like?

May 8, 2020

"The Department of Culture will, if necessary, seek additional funding from Finance Minister Eric Girard in anticipation of the economic statement he is to deliver in June, Roy said, adding that she is currently drafting two plans: a "recovery plan" and a "stimulus plan". "If we need more money, we'll get it," she said, noting that culture is a government priority before, during and after the health emergency. »

Read the full article published in Le Devoir (in French)


The distribution of the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations

May 8, 2020

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage announced, on May 8, the distribution of the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations.

Of the $500 million provided by the Government of Canada in support of the arts and sport industries, $198.3 million will be allocated to recipients in the arts and culture sector through existing programs and to other cultural organizations that have demonstrated need, and $55 million will be distributed by the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Read the official news release.

Read this interview with Simon Brault from Canada Council for the arts regarding the $55 millions.


Cirque du Soleil gets US$50 million from its main shareholders

May 7, 2020

"The Cirque du Soleil has received an emergency injection of US$50 million from its three main shareholders to try to keep it afloat, chairman Mitch Garber said.

The shareholders are American private equity investment firm TPG Capital, Chinese investment company Fosun and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec."

Read the full article in the Montreal Gazette


The OFFTA 2020 Festival offers Accessible and Solidarity passes

May 5, 2020

To make this 2020 edition the most affordable possible, three passes, all offering the same access, are offered at $0, $25 or $50. A charitable tax receipt will be issued to those who purchase one of the two solidarity passes.

The artists' projects are being unveiled gradually, and the complete schedule will be available as of May 18. The festival, which "reinvents May 32", will take place remotely from May 22 to 32. Until then, get your pass to receive access to the different performances and platforms!

Get your pass!

See the program!


Cirque du Soleil's survival

May 4, 2020

Cirque du Soleil's survival depends, amongst other things, on the re-opening of theatres and big tops. Las Vegas venues are already making plans and thinking about the precautions they will have to take when they can re-open.

"The question on the public’s mind is when will Vegas resume being Vegas, but producers, promoters, performers and venue operators have been focusing on the question of how, ever since they were forced to cease entertainment operations in mid-March."

Read the full article in Las Vegas Weekly

Quebecor claims it has a solution to ensure the Cirque du Soleil's survival, keep its head office in Montreal and rapatriate controlling shareholders to Quebec. The Québec media company confirms that it has entered into discussions with the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and Investissement Québec.

Read the full article in La Presse (in French)

Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec Minister of Finance, assures that he considers Cirque du Soleil a "driving force in Quebec" and wants to see it gradually return to profitability. However, for the time being, he is only observing the situation. For the government to give assistance to the company, it must have a guarantee that the head office will remain in Quebec and that the capital invested will be protected. 

Watch the full interview on Tout le monde en parle (in French)


Can free digital content jeopardize culture?

May 2, 2020

"Books, films, concerts: free content has been spreading almost as fast as the coronavirus, making life easier for those sheltering from the pandemic, but also threatening already fragile cultural industries, the UN warned Tuesday."

"But in an interview with AFP, Gurry questioned whether it was justified to use the ongoing pandemic, which has killed more than 210,000 people worldwide, as an excuse to make entire museum exhibits, operas, ballets, concerts and publications available to the public at no cost."

Read the full article in The Jakarta Post


Steven Guilbeault listens to the performing arts community

May 1, 2020

Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault participated Thursday in a discussion organized by CINARS on the impact of COVID-19 on the international dissemination of the performing arts.

Here are some of the points that were raised during this discussion with the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

  • The $500 million emergency fund
  • Support for international tours
  • Infrastructure works
  • CINARS Survey
  • Canada Council for the Arts Programs
  • Creative Export Canada


Find out more in this article published in La Presse. (in French)


A recovery plan for culture in Quebec expected in June

May 1, 2020

"While Quebec is preparing to reopen certain schools and businesses, including booksellers and art galleries, Minister Roy is working on a recovery plan for the rest of the cultural sector.

However, her community will have to be a little more patient. "There will be no more announcements in May, no openings," she warns. But I'm working so that in June, we can say with regard to culture, well, some sectors could resume their activities and that's my goal in the short term."   

If, unfortunately, the situation were to worsen, the reopening of theatres and cultural activities would be further delayed."

Read the full article published in Journal de Québec (in French)


The future of promoters and venues in Quebec and beyond

May 1, 2020

"But will there be live shows in Montreal in September and October? It’s far from clear at this point."

“In terms of theatre, we’ll be fine,” said Rubin. “Live entertainment has been needed for 4,000 years, and we’re going to keep going. The question is when. Is it going to be two years, or is it going to be in six months?”

Read Montreal Gazette's full article

"According to a March study that surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers, 44% said they will attend fewer public events even after public health officials deemed them safe, and 47% said the notion of going to a major public event “will scare me for a long time.” "

Read this Variety article about the situation in the USA

In the same vein, a Léger 360 survey done at the end of April shows that Quebecers are reluctant to go back to the theatre. 

Here are some of the results:

• When the ban on shows is lifted by the Quebec government, only 8% plan to return immediately, 22% will do so after a few weeks, 29% after a few months, and 40% after several months. Only 1% never intends to return. 22% would feel confident in a 1000-seat theatre while 38% would prefer a venue with less than 250 seats.

• Of those who have purchased more than three tickets in the past year, 41% would be willing to buy a ticket for a performance in the first few weeks after it reopens. 28% would feel confident in a 1000-seat theatre whereas 47% would prefer a 250-seat venue with less than 250 seats.

• The trend is slower in Montreal, with only 6% of respondents returning to the theatre immediately and 42% returning after several months.

• The 55 years and older age group shows the most reticence, with 5% returning immediately, compared to 47% who would return after several months.

Read this article to find out more


Circus on Call in New Orleans

April 30, 2020

Here is a great initiative from New Orleans based circus artist Clay Mazing! He responds to emergency calls with outdoor circus entertainement acts to help maintain mental health in his local community.

"Smiling faces, visits from friends and family, light-hearted entertainment—all are essential in keeping people, especially children, comforted and calm. Amidst COVID-19, social distancing has restricted these interactions, and places like hospitals—that need the smiles the most—have limited these uplifting measures. Emergency Circus has come to the rescue with Circ-a-Grams."

Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Emergency Circus founder Clay Mazing has taken to the streets to deliver Circ-a-Grams around the Big Easy. Atop his “Shzambulance,” Clay dazzles audiences from afar with knife juggling, bullwhip stunts, and the message that we all have “superpowers” like his well-trained circus skills—they’re just waiting to be unlocked through dedication and confidence."

"Simply call 1-(NOW)-CIRCUS-1 and leave a message to request a performance."

Read the full article from PA Now


AFC receives 600 applications for emergency financial aid in one month

April 29, 2020

The Actors' Fund of Canada (AFC) exists to support enterntainement industry professionnals in time of hardship. Towards the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has received $1 million from Netflix to boost for their emergency aid fund. Since then, other businesses have pledged funds, community groups have organized fundraisers, and many people donated to support the arts community during these tough times. 

"The support we receive is going directly to the industry members impacted by COVID-19.  We have received over 600 applications for emergency financial aid just in one month. This is 3 times more than the number of applications we typically receive in a year. Over $460,000 has been sent to support entertainment professionals and their families in the last month and that total increases by tens of thousands of dollars daily." says David Hope, Executive Director.

Read the full AFC newsletter


Quebecor launches a campaign to support Québec culture

April 29, 2020

This morning, Quebecor shared a press release on its website to announce the good news : The Canadian leader in telecommunications is launching '' a movement to engage with and support the makers and shapers of our culture and cultural businesses, who have been hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis. ''

'' Initiative will revolve around hashtag #culturedici ''

While we're all locked up at home, we're quickly turning to entertainment giants like Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, and so on. However, the goal of this serie of initiatives proposed by Quebecor '' is to applaud Québec talent and encourage Quebecers to buy local.''


So keep an eye out for these click words in the near future:

  • #émissiondici
  • #productionsdici
  • #humourdici
  • #livresdici
  • #entrepreneursdici
  • #biensdici


Read the Press Release here.


What Social Distancing Means for Social Circuses in the Time of Coronavirus

April 29, 2020

Karin McKie wrote this great article on Circus Talk and you should definitely read it. Here are some highlights :

“Circus has always been about joy, triumph and laughter through strength, flexibility and balance,” says Circus Harmony’s Artistic/Executive Director Jessica Hentoff.

 “We’ve always taught our students to be compassionate, creative and resilient,” she adds from St. Louis, Missouri, noting that now is when the spirit of the circus is really needed.

“These organizations have responded quickly to offer online classes to their current students, which Hentoff calls “quaran-training,” and/or the public-at-large for various ages, levels and abilities, and to stream recordings of previous performances and tutorials.”

“The 7-day Instagram #HomeCircusChallenge launches April 29. Vulcana Women’s Circus will post a daily prompt that participants can use to create and post home circus photos to win a range of titles.”

Click here to read it all!


Good news for circus arts students

April 22, 2020

The Government of Canada is launching an Emergency Student Benefit, which will provide students with $1,250 per month from May to August. Students with a disability or who are caring for someone else will receive $1,750 per month. Students earning $1,000 or less per month will also be eligible. The benefit will be administered by the CRA starting May 1.

Moreover, the government doubles student grants in 2020-2021 and provide 76,000 additional jobs in addition to the Canada Summer Jobs program, which was previously enhanced and extended. In addition, compensation of $1,000 to $5,000 will be offered to youth who do volunteering work.

Read the article in the Globe and Mail


Call for projects to be presented at CINARS 2020

April 22, 2020

CINARS offers you a 7-minute showcase slot to present a project in development in front of presenters, artists and agents at the CINARS 2020 Biennial. This activity will allow 8 artists and/or artistic companies selected by a jury to share information on a project in development. The deadline is extended to May 1st.

Find out more


Will Cirque du Soleil survive the pandemic?

April 22, 2020

"The global circus brand remains optimistic that it will reopen once the pandemic ends. It may not be the same company by then."

"For performers like AJ Anaya, the shutdown has been devastating."

"Avoiding bankruptcy may be a high-wire act."

"Cirque du Soleil has survived other downturns. It took years for the company, which began as a humble group of 20 street performers, to become a global phenomenon."

Read the full article from Fast Company


Digital Originals: New micro innovation grants for Canadian artists

April 21, 2020

"CBC/Radio-Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts have created a new funding initiative to help the country's arts community pivot work to online audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. "

"Applicants can get a maximum of $5,000 in funding per project."

Read this article from the Peterborough Examiner

Find out more about the grant


Cirque du Soleil's Under the Same Sky postponed to 2021

April 20, 2020

" Cirque du Soleil's show Under the Same Sky, that was originally scheduled to open Thursday at the Old Port of Montreal has been postponed to next year. Its world premiere will take place on April 22, 2021, almost a year to the day later, under the usual big top."

Read the article published in La Presse (in French)


National Circus School students continue learning online

April 19, 2020

"The world-renowned school counts contortionists, clowns, acrobats, jugglers and aerialists among its students. As with schools across the country and around the world, those students are now learning at home via computers and video conferences.

However, scholars of the circus arts face unique educational dilemmas with this approach. Space isn’t a constraint for contortionist Saffi Watson, who can wrap her body into a little package. But the others? How to correct and perfect handstands and other movements and tricks via Zoom? What are students of tumbling or trapeze to do while confined indefinitely in an apartment with nine-foot ceilings?"

Read the full article in The Star


$500 million for the arts and sports

April 18, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government wants to be there for artists and athletes, who bring happiness to society. It will therefore provide $500 million to Heritage Canada to ensure support for artists and to provide access to funding for cultural organizations that do not have access to the emergency wage subsidy and loan measures announced. 

Read this article from the Globe and Mail


Cirque du Soleil does not rely on the Canadian emergency wage subsidy

April 17, 2020

"Cirque du Soleil is in such a precarious financial position that the organization says it cannot afford to pay its employees even if the federal government reimburses part of the amount. Here's how Cirque du Soleil explains the fact that it does not use Canada's emergency wage subsidy program to rehire its laid-off employees."

Read the article on La Presse Plus (in French)


Premilinary results from the CCA survey

April 17, 2020

The Canada Council for the Arts has produced a preliminary report compiling the quantitative results from the first 7500 respondents to their survey of the professional arts sector. This survey is designed to assess the support measures announced by the federal government and whether they meet the needs of the arts sector. Here are some interesting results specific to our sector:

70% of the 67 respondents working in the circus arts requested CERB, compared to an average of 52%. Of the twelve areas of artistic practice, this represents the highest percentage.

41% of the 32 circus arts organizations have or will apply for the CEWS, compared to an average of 37% across the twelve arts sectors. The circus arts are positioned slightly behind theatre and at the same level as music.

Finally, 56% of the 98 respondents in our sector believe that the emergency assistance measures already announced by the federal government will help them or their organization get through the crisis.

Read the report


Festival Vue sur la Relève postponed

April 17, 2020

The 25th Festival Vue sur la Relève, originally scheduled for May 2020 in Montreal, has been postponed. Organizers are evaluating various scenarios, including having a digital presence as early as May 2020 and reprogramming the artists planned for the May 2021 edition of the Festival in May 2020.

Learn more (in French)


April 17, 2020


Eligibility criteria expanded for emergency business loans

April 16, 2020

" Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expanded the eligibility criteria for the $25 billion Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), a federal program aimed to support small businesses struggling with cash flow during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The key change to the CEBA, announced Thursday morning, is an expanded threshold for an eligible business’s total payroll in 2019. The minimum total payroll spend requirement has been decreased to $20,000 from the original $50,000, while the maximum total payroll spend has been increased from $1 million to $1.5 million.

Under the program, the federal government will now back interest-free loans of up to $40,000 for businesses with annual payrolls between $20,000 and $1.5 million. Up to $10,000 of each loan will be forgivable if the remainder is paid off before December 31, 2022. CEBA loans are intended for payroll, rent, utilities, insurance, property tax, debt service, or other business expenses.

Read the full article in BetaKit


Good news for the cultural sector: CERB eligibility criteria are extended to accommodate more artists!

April 15, 2020

"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the expanding of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) to include more Canadians being hit financially due to COVID-19.

Canadians making up to $1,000 a month are now eligible to receive the CERB, this will include those who may have ran out of E.I. since January, seasonal workers who may have had jobs lined up for the summer who won’t be able to work due to the virus, artists and creators who are making $1,000 or less a month."

Read the full article by CKPG Today 


Overall satisfaction of the cultural sector with federal support measures

April 14, 2020

" A majority of artists and artistic organizations served by the Canada Council for the Arts believe that they will get through the COVID-19 crisis with the support of emergency measures announced by the federal government. But 39 per cent of survey respondents – primarily self-employed artists and smaller organizations that rely on them – say they will need help beyond the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) in order to make it the other side of the pandemic. "

Read the full Globe and Mail article


The emergency wage subsidy is approved

April 11, 2020

"The House of Commons unanimously approved wage subsidy legislation Saturday afternoon."

Read The Globe and Mail article 

"Despite being approved by Parliament, it may take up to four weeks before the $73-billion wage subsidy program is rolled out."

See the CTV news update

Find out more about the emergency wage subsidy


Ban of festivals extended until August 31 in Quebec

April 10, 2020

"The Quebec government is calling for all festivals and public sporting and cultural events in the province to be cancelled until Aug. 31."

"To offset the impact of the pandemic, the Quebec government is “planning and exploring various forms of accompaniment and support for festivals and events that it finances through its departments and their programs.”"

Read this CTV news article



April 7, 2020

TOHU announced today the cancellation of the 2020 edition of its festival MONTREAL COMPLETEMENT CiRQUE.

It was a difficult decision to make, but one that was guided by the ban on gatherings, the instructions issued by the governments and the City of Montreal, the uncertain future of the coming months and the concern to preserve the health of the artists, the team and the general public.

Cirque Alfonse's show Animal, histoire de ferme, which was scheduled to open the 11th edition of the festival, will be presented in TOHU's regular programming. TOHU will re-open its doors and stage as soon as activities can resume. 

Read their official statement

What was going to be the first Alberta Circus Arts Festival, organized by Firefly Theatre & Circus in Edmonton in June, has also been cancelled. 


FAR is seeking performing artists

April 7, 2020

The #FAR2020 is looking for professional, emerging or established performers. This  will animate Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie's laneways in Montreal for a fourth year on September 11, 12 & 13. All disciplines are welcome and multidisciplinary creation is encouraged. You have until May 15, midnight, to submit your application. 

Apply here (in French)


Call for nomination - Charles-Biddle Award

April 7, 2020

Why not use your free time to put together an award application?

Presented by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) in partnership with Culture pour tous, the Charles Biddle Award highlights the outstanding contribution of an individual who immigrated to Quebec and whose personal or professional engagement is contributing to Quebec’s cultural and artistic development.

Do you know anyone who meets these criteria?

Submit a nomination by Friday, July 31!


The Circus Arts Hub, a new international digital circus platform

April 5, 2020

The Circus Arts Hub is an international digital circus platform for creators, professional artists and emerging artists. It gives them access to some of the world's leading circus creators, including our former president Samuel Tétreault, through private consultations, video classes and roundtable discussions. Other professional artists and creators will soon be able to apply to share their expertise and gain income online.

Curious? Visit the website!



Cirque du Soleil "in combat mode"

April 1, 2020

"The crisis of the new coronavirus has left Cirque du Soleil in a state of shock, and the company is still working hard to put in place the financial solutions that will enable it to emerge from its forced quarantine, while tying up the logistics of resuming its show tours around the world. Because there will be life after the crisis, insists its CEO, Daniel Lamarre."

Read this article published in La Presse today (in French)

Here is another article from Vital Vegas (in English)


Festival cancellations from Toronto to Edinburgh

April 1, 2020

While Toronto announced yesterday the cancellation of all its festivals until June 30, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, scheduled for August, also confirms its cancellation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, what will happen to the many summer festivals in Montreal, as well as elsewhere in Canada and around the world?

Read this article from the BBC about the cancellation of Edinburgh Fringe Festival

On April 3, we learned that Équipe Spectra cancelled both the Francos and the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, and Just for Laughs postponed its festival to the fall.

Read this article from CTV news. 


Google provides advertising credits to SMEs

March 30, 2020

Google will provide more than $600 million in advertising credits to healthcare institutions and SMEs so that they can continue to deliver information to citizens and consumers, according to a statement released Friday.

All SMEs that already have active accounts with Google Ads will be given advertising credits to use in 2020, worth $340 million in total. In addition, Google will invest $200 million to support financial institutions that help SMEs access capital.

These measures have been introduced to support businesses in their communications with their customers and to counter the economic downturn.

Source: Les Affaires (in French)


A 75% wage subsidy accessible to all businesses and organizations

March 30, 2020

All businesses and organizations whose revenues have decreased by more than 30% due to the COVID-19, including non-profit organizations (NPOs), charities and other organizations, regardless of their size, are eligible for the 75% wage subsidy included in the Canadian government's Economic Response Plan. This rate will be applied to the first $58,700, up to a maximum of $847 per week per employee.

Full details will be available on the federal government's website.


Montréal Complètement Cirque hold out hope

March 27, 2020

The Festival TransAmériques (FTA) is cancelling the international component of the programming for its 14th edition, scheduled from May 20 to June 3, 2020, which includes twelve shows from Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Spain, France, the United States and the United Kingdom, due in large part to restrictions on access to Canadian territory for foreign visitors until June 30, 2020

For its part, Montréal Complètement Cirque is continuing its work to offer a beautiful 11th edition, in the hope that we can all celebrate together this summer, in complete safety!

Read their press release.


March 27, 2020

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, announced this morning that Ottawa will subsidize 75% of the salaries of laid-off employees of Canadian small and medium-sized businesses in order to encourage companies to keep the employment relationship. Employees will thus be able to continue working even if the company's operations have slowed down. The wage subsidy will increase from 10% to 75% and will be retroactive to March 15.

Emergency financing for businesses will also be put in place, namely a $40,000 interest-free loan for one year, guaranteed by the federal government, of which $10,000 will be non-refundable for businesses meeting certain conditions.

In addition, the payment of the goods and services tax (GST) and harmonized sales tax (HST) has been postponed to June, allowing businesses to have access to more liquidity.

The announcement of these additional measures comes a few minutes before the announcement of the temporary layoff of the majority of Cirque Éloize's permanent staff. Read the article in La Presse (in French).


New Canada Emergency Response Benefit

March 26, 2020

With the passage of Bill C-13, the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) replaces the previously announced Emergency Care Benefit and the Emergency Support Benefit. Wage earners and self-employed workers who are facing unemployment (either who lose their job, whose work is interrupted, who are sick or quarantined, or who have to stop working to care for their children or other vulnerable people) are eligible to receive $2,000 per month for four months. The process has been simplified and the pool of eligible individuals has been expanded to help more Canadians. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be accessible through a secure web portal starting in early April.

The first step is to create an CRA file now, if you haven't already done so, where details of the CERB will be made available in the upcoming week. People who have already applied for employment insurance will have their application automatically transferred to this program. 

For answers to your questions, read this FAQ from the Journal de Montréal(in French).


TOHU's program cancelled until June 30

March 25, 2020

TOHU announced yesterday the cancellation of all its programming until June 30. The building will also be closed for an indeterminate period.

Stéphane Lavoie, Executive and Programming Director, expressed his sadness to the community: "For us who receive thousands of visitors every week, whether it's to attend a show or to quench their thurst after a walk in Frédéric-Back Park,  TOHU's closure is a shock. It is necessary. We are aware of this. But... it's sad."

Read their notice to the public (in French)


Netflix helps the entertainment industry

March 22, 2020

Last Friday, Netflix created a US$100 million fund to help the cultural community. From this fund, the Actors' Fund of Canada (AFC) received $1 million CDN to set up emergency financial assistance for entertainment industry professionals in need due to the pandemic. Eligibility requirements and the application process can be found on their website.

The Fondation des artistes, for its part, was entitled to C$500,000 to help Quebec artists affected by the work cancellations. Modest, one-time amounts will be allocated to as many artists as possible by applying on their website.


The National Circus School cancels the graduation show

March 21, 2020

The management of the National Circus School has decided to cancel the annual graduation show that was scheduled to begin on May 27 at TOHU.

The uncertainty of the current situation due to the pandemic raises many issues, including the mobilization of students and artists, the show's production team, but also the commitment of financial partners and public participation.

The School is committed to making every effort to find solutions to mitigate the impact of these decisions for students, teachers, salaried and contract employees, partners and all those involved in the School's activities.

The School's management is actively studying several end-of-school-year scenarios, and closely following the evolution of the announcements concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Sad news: Temporary dismissal of 95% of Cirque du Soleil' staff

March 20, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the forced closure of all its shows around the world to ensure the health, safety and well-being of its employees, artists and spectators, the Cirque du Soleil Group is proceeding with a major temporary staff reduction, affecting a total of 95% of the company's employees, for a total of 4,679 employees. 

Before the crisis, the Cirque du Soleil Group had 44 active shows. Following the announcement of the pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), the company was forced to suspend all its activities.

The company introduced measures to support its employees who were temporarily laid off during this difficult period.


Broadcast your art on social networks

March 19, 2020

Many artists are already offering performances on social networks to keep in touch with the public during the pandemic. Beginning today, March 19 until March 31, the National Arts Centre (NAC), in partnership with Facebook Canada, will support these artists with a $100,000 emergency fund.

Those interested must submit performances of 45 to 60 minutes in length for live broadcast on the NAC's Facebook page. Selected artists will receive $1,000 for their performance. Please note that acts and artists must comply with public health guidelines. Performing artists (or collectives of less than 10 people) are invited to write to the NAC at to submit a request.

To promote performances online, the NAC will use the keyword #CanadaInPresentation.

Info: or #CanadaPerformance on social networks (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)


CCA's Simon Brault speaks to cultural organizations

March 19, 2020

According to data from the Canada Council for the Arts, if cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic were to last three months, the loss of revenue for the Canadian cultural sector would amount to hundreds of millions of dollars. Nevertheless, he encourages organizations to honour contracts for artists and self-employed workers, and assures them that steps will soon be taken by the CCA and governments to assist them financially in the near future.

In the face of this exceptional situation, the question arises: Should changes be made to our sectorial model to be better prepared for this kind of crisis in the future?


COVID-19: Canada-United States border closures

March 18, 2020

The federal government is now banning unnecessary travel between Canada and the United States indefinitely.

For all up-to-date info on travel to and from Canada, go to the federal government's website.


COVID-19: Help for Canadian citizens and businesses

March 18, 2020

To help Canadians who are financially affected by the effects of the pandemic, the federal government is launching phase one of a $27-billion economic response plan that includes several measures to support individuals and businesses.

Find out more here.


Cirque du Soleil temporarily lays off 2,600 employees

March 17, 2020

This morning, Cirque du Soleil announced the temporary layoff of 2,600 employees, including 1,400 technicians and 1,200 artists who were working on the preparation of shows in residence and on tour. This layoff is due to the measures taken by the Governments of the countries they are touring to combat the new coronavirus COVID-19.

Read the Radio-Canada article (in French)


March 17, 2020

Canada is closing its borders to all foreign travellers, except those from the United States, effective Wednesday, March 18. It's time to repatriate artists and workers abroad! 

The federal government has also put in place an emergency loan program(in french) of up to $5,000 for Canadians abroad. For more information, call 613-996-8885 or email

For details, watch Justin Trudeau's press conference and read the article in La Presse(in french).


Showcase sharing OFF-CINARS

March 13, 2020

Our artist member Sofranie is looking for artists or companies who wish to share a space within Off-Cinars and thus share rental costs and dissemination efforts. A multidisciplinary contemporary performance including theatre, dance, music and circus or acrobatic movement of 20-25 minutes will be presented. The deadline to register for Off Cinars is early May.

If you are interested in participating in this showcase, please contact

For more information


March 13, 2020


CINARS : Call for projects

March 10, 2020

Do you have a project in development that you would like to present to presenters, artists and agents at the CINARS 2020 Biennial? If so, you have until April 13, 2020 to submit your application. A jury will select eight artists and/or artistic companies to share information on a project in development. In addition, their projects will appear in the program, on the website and in the mobile application. Submit your projects in circus arts!

For more information:
Project submission:
Monia Routhier:


The 7 Fingers launch Desjardins-powered open training sessions

March 10, 2020

As of March 2, 2020, young professionals in the circus arts will be able to take advantage of free training days in the 7 Fingers’ Studios, in Montreal's Quartier des spectacles, for 50 days a year. Thanks to this program financed by Desjardins, young artists will be able to access spaces specifically designed and equipped for the circus arts in order to perfect their technique, create and rehearse.

Schedules, details and registration on the Facebook group Open Training – The 7 Fingers’ Studios or on their website. En Piste members are automatically accepted on the 7 Fingers’ open training program!

See the video (in French)


Cirque Hors Piste launches a new Circus Jam program

March 10, 2020

On Wednesday evenings, from 6pm to 9pm, come to St. Brigid's Church in downtown Montreal for a circus jam. This initiative was set up with three objectives in mind: to create a place for circus encounters and exchanges based on community values of mutual aid and sharing; to provide a place to welcome professional artists who wish to get involved in using circus as a tool for social transformation; and to support a meeting place for the social circus community in Montreal. The session is open to all!

Infos :
Samuel Jabour
T : 514-265-7446
E :


Applications are open for the 5th Montreal Clown Festival!

March 9, 2020

For a 5th consecutive year, the Montreal Clown Festival will be held at MainLine Theatre from October 1 to 4, 2020. Artists and companies who wish to present their 15 to 60-minute clown show are invited to submit their application now!


Survey on Fluctuations in Touring Grants

March 9, 2020

CINARS invites performing arts companies to complete a survey by March 20, 2020 on the touring support they have received in the past five years from arts councils. The objective is to assess whether fluctuations would put at risk well-established relationships with their foreign partners, their international reach, but especially the impact on their strategic plan and the business model they have developed and established. The information shared will not be disclosed other than in the form of a summary of results. Get involved!

Get to the survey (in French):


Quebec on Stage participate in three major conferences

March 9, 2020

Since the beginning of the year, CINARS has made collective representations at three international performing arts conferences. Cirque Éloize was also present at APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters), the largest networking forum for performing arts professionals in the United States. This year, at the IPAY Showcase (International Performing Arts For Youth), the largest performing arts conference for young audiences in North America, many Quebec and Canadian shows were in the spotlight. Among others, Le Mobile de La marche du crabe was part of the official programming, while La Galerie de Machine de Cirque was in the Official Show & Tell Spotlights programming. Finally, Flip Fabrique and Le Diamant represented circus at TPAM - Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, the oldest arts platform in Asia, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020.


CAM Offers New Support for Indigenous Artists and Cultural Workers

March 4, 2020

"For the 2020 edition of the CultivART event, the Conseil des arts de Montréal is investing more than $100,000 in internships and mentoring for Indigenous artists and cultural workers. In total, some 650 hours of paid internships will be offered.''

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Carmagnole 2020 Benefit Evening

March 4, 2020

On Saturday, March 14th, the Carmagnole Productions Benefit Evening will take place at the Plaza Theatre! This costumed circus cabaret will be hosted by Gabrielle Garant, Solène Laurin-Laliberté, Catherine Desjardins-Béland and Éliane Bonin. You will discover a multitude of talents in a very festive atmosphere!

Here is an overview of the program: 

- Juggling Collective (Jimmy Gonzales, Camion Gustave Bonbon, Debs Baird, Cara Roy, Bekka Rose, Charlotte Fallu, Pauline Baud, Mathilde Richer, Stacey Désiler)
- Agathe and Adrien: hand-to-hand
- Alizée Desrosiers : aerial fabric
- Marie-Ève Dicaire and Geneviève: duo smooth rope
- Les Tables Tournantes (Mylène Guay, Marie-Pascale Bélanger, Joanie Fortin, Iris Richert): puppets
- Julius and Caesar: hand-to-hand
- Alex Paviost: tissue-loop contortion;
- Nathan Biggs-Penton: juggling;
- Giselle Mar, aerial hoop;
- César and Gisèle: exploration in motion;
- Santiago Rivera: juggling;
- Santoche Lalonde: live music
- Julie D. DJ
+ As a bonus, an opening mini-exhibition of visual arts.

The show starts at 8pm
18 years old and over
Cost of tickets: $30

Buy your tickets!


Les Divines, a funny and touching new show

March 3, 2020

The troupe is the result of an artistic and human love at first sight. At the age when people are retiring, two clown women decide to put on a show. Lucie Cormier is a humanitarian clown and Brigitte Charpentier, trained in theatre, is hunting for auditions and grants.

They are offered a residency at the Carrefour de l'Érable in Plessisville, Quebec, and they team up with director Sylvain Binette to give birth to their first show: "Les Divines", which they present in Quebec and around the world!

There are two, both wandering around: Zygote, the great fallen diva, and Mrs. Berlue, the optimist, who wants to cure her.

They meet in a park, tame each other, discover each other. They want to live again, to rekindle hope, to give meaning to their lives. But the scars are deep.

Can you reinvent your life when you've lost everything? Or when you have so little? To be exceptional, perfect and sublime, divine? Can this quest make you happy? And what to do when everything has turned upside down?

All in noise, in sounds and borborygmas, in onomatopoeia and zany songs like hymns, in a universal gestural language, the two clowns tackle the great themes: success and glory, failure and destruction, hope and despair, surpassing oneself, love, courage...

We recognize ourselves in them: disgraces, anxieties, broken dreams, but also fraternal impulses and solidarity.

Their feminine voices speak from the heart of Man.

Curious ? Check out their demo!

Physical duet, clown art and songs
Show for adults
Duration: 1 hour


This summer, Drummondville will be CIRCUS!

March 3, 2020

A FREE show will occupy the stage of the Amphithéâtre Saint-François

The City of Drummondville, in collaboration with the Tourism & Major Events sector of the Société de développement économique de Drummondville (SDED) announces the presentation of a free large-scale contemporary circus show, from June 30 to July 26, 2020, at the Amphithéâtre Saint-François.

Presented as part of the Grands Événements Autobus Micro Bird by Girardin, this large-scale show will be the result of a conception and implementation mandate entrusted to the troupe Flip Fabrique. The performance is specially created in the image of Drummondville.

"The contemporary circus show that will be presented in Drummondville in the summer of 2020 will be one of the most grandiose and impressive. Better yet, it will be offered completely free of charge! In this regard, and in accordance with the will of its municipal council, the City of Drummondville makes it a point of honour to offer its citizens free activities and events. With its high-level artistic performances, this contemporary circus is one more activity that testifies to the quality of life in Drummondville and sets us apart. " said Yves Grondin, Mayor of Drummondville and President of the SDEB.

In short :

- A large-scale contemporary circus show inspired and created especially by and for Drummondville;
- From June 30 to July 26 - 6 evenings a week - Tuesday to Sunday;
- FREE performances starting at sundown in an exceptional outdoor setting at the Amphithéâtre Saint-François (over 1300 seats).

See their press release for more information (in French)!


Visit the École de cirque de Québec in 3D

March 3, 2020

For the curious ones who have always wanted to visit the École de cirque de Québec, but never had the chance, luck is finally on your side (and digital too)!

You can now explore the space on their website through a 3D map of the institution!

A quick word from the management team; "Over the past 25 years, the École de cirque de Québec has made it a point of honour to remain an open and welcoming institution for all those who wish to discover the circus arts, whether recreationally or professionally.

It is for this reason that during the second phase of renovation in 2011, large glass doors were installed at the front of the building. This way, all passers-by who are curious about our beautiful school can come and stick their noses in and take a look at what goes on inside our walls. It is with the same objective in mind that we are happy to finally be able to present our beautiful school to you, wherever you are, thanks to our new 3D modeling.

The platform will be regularly updated to include information, images and videos that will allow you to follow our constant evolution. »

To visit the school, go to


Stéphane Lavoie receives the Prix du gestionnaire culturel 2020

February 26, 2020

On Tuesday evening, the Carmelle et Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management at HEC Montréal was held, where Stéphane Lavoie, TOHU's Director General and Director of Programming and a member of the Board of Directors of En Piste, received the Prix du gestionnaire culturel 2020.

He has distinguished himself by his significant contribution to the dissemination of circus arts in Quebec's metropolis, by his financial recovery plan for TOHU, as well as by his constant involvement in the local community, particularly with young people in the Villeray-St-Michel-Parc Extension neighbourhood.

For the second year in a row, managers from the circus arts community have been awarded this prestigious prize, while Nassib El-Husseini, General Manager of Les 7 doigts de la main, was the recipient in 2019.

For more information, read the article published in La Presse (In French)


An additional $7 million over 5 years for the CALQ grant program

February 21, 2020

Great news! The Department of Culture and Communications of Quebec is injecting nearly $7 million in additional funding over 5 years into the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) grant program. Artists will be better supported in the development of their careers and in activities related to their artistic approach, from research to dissemination.

An additional $1,375,000 will thus be allocated to the new grant program, bringing the amount available to support artists to $14.5 million for the year 2020-2021.

"It was one of my priorities in the last budget to allocate additional funding to these creators, of whom we are proud, and to allow them to continue their artistic endeavours under the best possible conditions. Thanks to this additional funding, they now have access to a renewed, more effective and generous grant program that will help them start their careers and acquire or consolidate their skills. Your Government is pleased to support this CALQ program, which is aimed at improving the socio-economic conditions of professional artists and cultural workers and boosting cultural entrepreneurship." Nathalie Roy, Minister of Culture and Communications

Accessible as of February 20, 2020, the program will also include a component reserved for entrepreneurship, which will provide support of up to $100,000.


Cirque Entre Nous and David Ayotte win the Peter Dubinsky Prize in China

February 14, 2020

After performing in Cirque Éloize's show Fiori: Seul Ensemble in 2019, our member David Ayotte flies to China with Cirque Entre Nous and wins the Peter Dubinsky Award at the 6th Zhuhai International Circus Festival. Quite an achievement considering the incredibly high technical level of the Chinese and Russian acts presented there. We congratulate him and the whole company!

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February 13, 2020


February 13, 2020


Toxique Trottoir and TOHU, finalists for the 35th grand prize of the Conseil des arts de Montréal!

February 9, 2020

The street theatre company Toxique Trottoir stood out in 2019 for its citizen mobilization and presence in Montreal neighbourhoods. That is why they are finalist for the 35th grand prize of the Conseil des arts de Montréal! La TOHU is also among the finalists for its dissemination initiative L'autre cirque in partnership with La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines.

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Donate happily, so that the dream is everywhere!

October 16, 2019

Clown Sans Frontières is looking for used circus equipment for a group of circus artists in Haiti that they have been supporting for many years.

Bowling, unicyles, diabolos, wick for fire club, rola bola, makeup, they take everything!

Give a second life to your circus equipment and support a circus team in Haiti!

Montreal people, they move to pick up your equipment

514-495-1287 | contact@clownssansfrontiè | 105, rue Ontario Est


TOHU presents Humans

October 16, 2019

TOHU will present the Humans show from November 5th to 10th of the famous Australian company Circa. In his innovative interpretation of contemporary circus, under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz, Circa admirably blurs the boundaries between movement, dance, theater and circus.

En Piste members receive 20% off performances.



The Diamond presents Per Te

October 16, 2019

The Compagnia Finzi Pasca at the Diamond

From October 30th to November 1st, The Diamond presents Per Te of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca. Halfway between circus and theater, Per Te portrays in a poetic, musical and sensory way the imaginary world of a woman who has disappeared too soon. Created by Daniele Finzi Pasca, also known for his creations with Éloize and Cirque du Soleil, the show is dedicated to his spouse, who died in 2016. A dazzling hymn to life and love.

Meeting with Daniele Finzi Pasca at the Diamond

On October 28th at 7pm, the public is invited to an exceptional meeting with the founder of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca, which will be led by the Director General and Diamond Programming, Bernard Gilbert.


A first in Paris : Machine de cirque

October 16, 2019

A first in Paris

The show Circus Machine will be presented for the very first time in Paris: La Scala Paris (19 October to 3 November) and the legendary Olympia (7 December) will host the production. These performances are part of a busy European autumn tour with more than thirty performances.

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