3 Giants invade downtown Montréal

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal's ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

This article was updated on May 30, 2022.

Circus lovers, prepare for the invasion: starting on July 7, 2022, not one, not two, but THREE ginormous, 52-foot steel structures in the shape of giants will take over three distinct spots in central Montreal and act as living stages for incredible circus arts performances. What a way for Montréal Complètement Cirque to enliven to the downtown core.

Located in the eastern, western and central areas of the city centre, these three giant metal structures will stand tall from July 7 to 17, 2022, with two FREE performances daily on each, at 6 pm and 9:30 pm. Each site will feature a completely different show by a different local circus troupe—respectively Cirque Éloize, Machine de cirque and 7 doigts—so make sure you check them all out again and again over the 10-day run.

A giant to the East

The giant located at the eastern tip of downtown, in Jardins Gamelin, will feature the world-renowned artistry of Cirque Éloize. Their show seeks to echo the sounds and colours of the bustling city, the swooshing movements of the St. Lawrence River, and the bright beauty of a sunset. And somewhere, somehow, it involves a floating piano. Seeing is believing.

 

A giant to the West

Standing proud in Parc Vinet, in Griffintown, the westernmost giant will be choreographed by Machine de cirque, known for its dizzying feats, humour and powerful physical poetry. Designed as an ode to change, resilience and the beauty that emerges when solitudes become a group, their show promises to inspire us all to reinvent ourselves, to go to the heart of our beginnings and find what is great within—to the sounds of a live DJ.

 

And one right in the middle

Right in the heart of the city, at Place Ville-Marie, Montréal circus troupe 7 doigts will present a show that makes an allegorical reference to an uprising of workers tasked with the titanic undertaking of giving life to this scrap metal giant. It’s representative of our power to create the world we want to live in. This artful show was inspired by the intuitive creativity of the Québec art movement of Les Automatistes. Bon cirque!

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal's ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

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