One could make a case for Montreal being a world capital for circus arts, what, with Cirque du Soleil headquarters located in the city alongside the National Circus School and other renowned Quebec circus troupes such as Les 7 Doigts de la main and Cirque Éloize staking a claim to international circus fame.
So it should come as no surprise that one of Montreal's leading summer festivals, Montréal Complètement Cirque, homes in on the mind-bending contortions, flips, juggling, balancing, clowning, flying, and other physical feats circus artists surprise us with year in, year out. Montréal Complètement Cirque is a concerted creative effort of La TOHU, the National Circus School, Cirque Éloize, Les 7 Doigts de la main, En Piste -a national circus arts network- and of course, juggernaut Cirque du Soleil.
The circus festival takes place in July and features circus professionals from across the globe converging to talk shop as well as perform their latest projects for the public.
Montréal Complètement Cirque: Free Shows
Free shows have become a significant part of Montréal Complètement Cirque's programming, held all over the city at various outdoor locations, including at Complexe Desjardins, Jardins Gamelin, and the Gay Village throughout the festival.
For the complete lineup, visit the Montréal Complètement Cirque website.
Visiting Montreal? Consider staying at centrally-located festival hotels, many of which are located in close proximity to Montréal Complètement Cirque's free shows.