I've been working on this one for a while, and it's been a lot of fun... Take a gander at why Montreal's annual circus festival is a world-class event - not to be missed! Whether you're into flying trapeze, flash mobs or miniature horses, it's all here - and more.
Welcome to the topsy-turvy, titillating world of Montréal Complètment Cirque! Although only 4 years old, it has rapidly earned its stripes as a must-see amid the dizzying array of Montreal summer festivals. Bringing together acts from all over the world, the city’s circus festival will redefine what you thought you knew about circus arts... and if you never thought about them at all - well now's your big chance!
It runs until the 14th, so you still have a few days to witness some of the action. I'm working on a video of the fest, so here are some footage stills and a few suggestions (click on highlighted titles for dates/times/tickets).
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If you find yourself grabbing a drink on Rue Emery around 6:30, you will be treated to the combination of two things very Montréalais: the terrace and a good flash mob. Nothing can adequately prepare you for a flood of 40 acrobats as they take over the street, weaving in and out of crowds, tumbling, flipping and sweeping over terraces, all beckoning you - dear spectator – to Babel, a truly awesome show at Place Émilie Gamelin outside Berri metro (7pm & 10pm).
CARPE DIEM (also free!)
When I was a kid, I went to the Verdun circus school, and to this day, at least in my head, I can still walk on stilts. Other wannabes can try their hand(s) on the trapeze at Parc Jean Drapeau from July 11th through 14th for a show and a free lesson with Cirque Carpe Diem.
CIRCA - “S”
If you’re going to see any show, this should be it. The world-renowned Australian troupe Circa returns to Montreal with "S"… a breathtakingly seductive and transcendent performance. At times funny, always surprising, and impossibly intimate, I would see it again in a heartbeat.
FLIP FABRIQUE – “Attrape Moi”
Québec’s own gem. Six young acrobats, all at the top of their game, have reimagined a summer reunion at a chalet in this amazingly creative and clever show. This is one of my favourites, and it seems I’m not alone, as two more dates have just been added for an extended run.
FABRIQUE MÉTAMORPHOSIS - Ironworkers Local 777
Conceptualized within the unique framework of the SAT, this one’ll turn you upside-down. Immersed in a 360 degree projection dome, the constantly rotating imagery casts the acrobats and audience alike in psychedelic light and sound – imagine being a goldfish on the Jimi Hendrix Experience tour. Can’t say I’ve ever seen anything quite like it.
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Although I have yet to go, I’ve heard great things about Cirque Éloize’s “Music-Hall de La Baronesse” – a cabaret style show celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary at l’Olympia.
There's plenty of free stuff happening outdoors over the weekend (13th & 14th) at Place Émilie Gamelin outside Berri metro (same spot as Babel). So if you need another reason to fall in love with Montreal, check out the programming HERE and I'll see you soon.
Hello and thanks to all my wonderful supporters and followers! - your regular programming of travel photos, anecdotes and mini-essays will continue after this, with more content than ever... but in the meantime:
Above is a re-post of my entry into the contest, for those who are just joining me on this journey, and right below that - my first vlog as a Top 10 finalist for My Biggest Baddest Bucket List!
A huge thanks to everybody out there who voted for me in the first round, but did you know that you can do so again?
You, yes, you, can make all the difference in my quest for the final 6 month trip of a lifetime & $50,000, which I intend to distribute amongst worthy NGOs I encounter on my travels. If you haven't already done so, AND you liked my entry, AND you'd like to see the money go to something other than the most expensive chandelier I can find, then please click HERE and click on "support and follow" next to the video :
...And one more thing... if any of you know anyone in the tourism, media and/or mannequin manufacturing business, please be in touch, as I'll be needing all the publicity I can get!
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Today has been a CRAZY day! Found out this morning that I made the TOP 10 for My Destinations Biggest Baddest Bucket List Competition (check out my 3min video submission in my previous post) but I'm not out of the woods yet! Next step: I'm off to the UK on May 18th for a week of challenges to duke it out for the final round the world trip. Looks like I'll be on my toes for another 5 weeks!
I took this picture while exploring a hilarious interactive exhibit by Martin Creed at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa (for more on our capital city, check out my fellow BBB top 10 finalist, Véronique Morissette's video ). It was a room filled with 20,000 black balloons which you could move through, often in total darkness. They were so tightly packed that sometimes a step forward meant that the balloons you displaced would cause one on the other side of the room to be squished until it burst! It was unnerving and exhilarating all at once, navigating this sea of unpredictability... and the exit was all but impossible to find. The balloons were 5 deep overhead, and flung my hair out in every direction. I could hear other visitors laughing or yelping with every snap crackle & pop, yet had no idea where they were. After much shuffling around, I saw some light filtering through. Aha! At last! But as you see, I came face to face against the glass, far from the exit and able to see the stairs up, up and out, but I still had a journey ahead of me.
...but of course some self portraits were in order, and despite the confused and innocent museum visitors outside, I took my time and collected as much static as possible.
Ok, so that analogy got de-railed a bit, but the point is that I'm not entirely sure how I got here, but I ain't done yet! I'm honoured and flabbergasted by this new reality, especially given all of the amazing submissions I watched when the competition was open. To all my fellow entrants I just want to say: wanna come surf on my couch? ... or, can I come surf on yours? If any of you are in Montreal, drop me a line!
And to my dear readers (or watchers, if you only dig pics) I still need your support! You can "follow" me via facebook traipsing around London in the lead-up to the Big Winner Announcement by clicking on the green tab to the right at:
To get a better picture of the Martin Creed Balloons Exhibit, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QrKvDhcmXE4#!
YIPPEE! (fun fact: I just had to look up how to spell YIPPEE!)
Hey all you lovely blog readers/followers... welcome to my 3 minute whirlwind tour of my favourite city: Montréal!
This is my entry to My Destination's Biggest Baddest Bucket List competition, where I can win a trip around the world AND 50 grand! This is the craziest prize I've ever heard of, so I had to give it a shot.
I need your votes, shares & likes, so take a gander and vote away :) You can vote using one or all of the following: Facebook, Twitter, Stumble-Upon, Pinterest & Google+.
10 finalists are chosen in the first round, 5 which are picked by judges, and 5 picked by popular vote, then they head to the UK on an all expense paid trip and a new set of challenges! If I get that far then I'll pee my pants! But I can't do it without your help, so please take a second to vote here:
Voting closes March 31st (Sunday) so get your share on!
PS. It was impossible to cram everything into this short video, even though I was running around like a madwoman, but I think I've captured at least a little slice of this city. What do you think I missed? I'd love to hear about your favourite spots!
My roommate, Sarah Jane Scouten, is an old-time bluegrass and folk musician with a weakness for flowery dresses (the one pictured here is my mother's). One day after breakfast, we rounded the corner and were struck by the blooming median strip on Saint-Joseph - like someone had unravelled an organic carpet right down the middle of the road. A photo-shoot was unquestionably in order. Later on, a local film crew fancied our style and gave us some granola bars and juice boxes for our effort.
Friends gather in my bedroom for a DIY tattoo session. "Stick n poke" tattoos, popular with legions of broke twentysomethings, can be given with little more than a sewing needle and some India ink. The design is a beet growing out of her pants, inspired by the fresh-vegetable-nostalgia that plagues Montrealers in the long winter months.