Free fun? That’s why We’re Acting Out!

Isa Tousignant

Until July 30, you can’t afford to miss the largest street arts event ever in North America, let alone Montréal. For Montréal’s 375th, over 50 troupes from around the world are amassing in public spaces, streets and outdoor stages in 800 free performances for We’re Acting Out. It’s just nutty.

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Flights of fancy (and more)

The madcap mayhem and sheer artistic brilliance of the We’re Acting Out! programming is limitless. That was evidenced by Lâcher les violons, an event that happened earlier this month – and it is every evening by the array of fun-filled, family-friendly performances presented in seven designated areas on St-Denis Street from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily, from now to July 25. Absolutely not to be missed, too, are these four major shows.


Veles e Vents, on July 15 at 9:30 pm at Place des Festivals, was conceived by Spain’s Xarxa Theatre. The show is an incredible nighttime performance mixing theatre, puppetry and fireworks along a nautical theme (the set is a giant ship floating on a sea that turns from serene to apocalyptic). This one’s worth pushing the kids’ bedtime back!

Les Plasticiens Volants takes over Saint-Denis Street on July 21 and 22 at 9 pm. Since 1976 this French outfit has been animating the night sky with mythical, giant aquatic creatures that are half kite, half puppet, and all magic. Serpent, Triton, Artemis and Zeppelin will waft over the crowds and tell a fantastical story with acrobatics and music.

The Color of Time is presented on July 22 and 23 at 4 pm by France’s Artonik. In a procession along Sainte-Catherine Street that starts at Beaudry metro station, the audience will see a tale inspired by Hindu rituals in a colourful mix of dance, music and theatre – and pigmented powders that fill the air.

Place des Anges, finally, will close the festivities (and mark the end of the Just For Laughs festival) by taking over the Quartier des spectacles on July 29 and 30 at 9:45 pm. Presented by Gratte Ciel, from France, this spectacular aerial show takes place at dusk, when acrobats dressed in white appear as angels against the darkening sky, and unleash millions of white feathers as they defy gravity. You will be amazed.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

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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