The Circus is Coming to Join in Montréal's Celebration

The Government of Canada supports TOHU and the MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL

MONTRÉAL, May 2, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced $100,000 in funding for TOHU, the Cité des arts du cirque.

This funding, provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will help support the 8th annual MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL, which will run from July 6 to 16, 2017, as well as the programming for TOHU's 2017–18 season.

Thanks to this support, Canadians will have more opportunities to enjoy performances featuring circus arts in their communities.


"This year of celebration, marking Canada 150 and Montréal's 375th anniversary, is a perfect time to highlight our achievements and reflect on Canada's place in the world. Gems like TOHU enhance Canada's cultural scene through their boldness and energy, and improve the quality of life of citizens in their communities in a tangible way."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"Along with their considerable artistic contributions, TOHU and the MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL support the socioeconomic development of north-end Montréal, and more specifically, in the Saint Michel district. Their involvement shows how art can play an important and positive role in the lives of our citizens."

—Nicola Di Iorio, MP for Saint-Léonard–Saint-Michel

"Thanks to committed partners like the Department of Canadian Heritage, TOHU is now better equipped than ever to offer original and innovative programming, contributing to the international reach of Quebec circus arts. The 2017 edition of the MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL will include a strong digital component for interactive performances held at the Quartier des spectacles."

—Stéphane Lavoie, Executive and Programming Director, Cité des arts du cirque

Quick Facts

TOHU, located at the centre of the Cité des arts du cirque, specializes in circus arts and is a leader in sustainable development through culture. Since 2004, TOHU has employed more than 500 young people from the borough of Saint-Michel and helped promote the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex.

The MONTRÉAL CiRQUE FESTIVAL has grown significantly in the past seven years. The 2016 edition drew 317,000 spectators over 11 days.

The 2017 indoor show lineup will feature three original creations by Montréal circus companies. The big outdoor show at Place Émilie-Gamelin will run for four weeks, instead of the usual two, as part of Montréal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

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SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: Rachel Rappaport, Press Secretary (interim), Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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