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Vaudreuil-Dorion becomes ‘circus city’ as it gears up for annual Cirque festival


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Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon said this month the city is offering a 20 percent discount on tickets to the Flip FabriQue show as a thank you to its residents and businesses.

Soon, the “Je suis cirque” signs will pop up all over the region. From June 23 to 26 Vaudreuil-Dorion will showcase its playful side with the 12th edition of the Festival International de Cirque Vaudreuil-Dorion.

The Festival’s headliner, the circus troupe Flip FabriQue, will debut their Transit show at the Chapiteau Eugene Chaplin.

“I think this will be an unforgettable show for most people,” France Lavoie, director of communications for Vaudreuil-Dorion, said during a press conference held April 29 at the city’s library. A small delegation from the city recently attended this year’s press launch for Montréal Complètement Cirque, an event happening at Montreal’s TOHU centre in July that includes Flip FabriQue, Lavoie said.

“I want you to understand that this group is having its world premiere at Complètement Cirque in Montreal,” she said, noting Vaudreuil-Dorion residents will get to see the Transit show in the big top even earlier, making it truly the world premiere.

“In Montreal tickets range from $15 to $45,” Lavoie said. “Here it will cost a lot less.”

From May 1 to May 31 tickets will cost $12 for anyone 17 and under and $24 for general admission for Vaudreuil-Dorion residents and businesses.

The special 20 percent discount is available only for Vaudreuil-Dorion residents and businesses who provide a proof of residence or business address.

“We’re doing this to give back to the community,” said Mayor Guy Pilon. “People pay taxes...It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ and of promoting the festival.”

Tickets may be purchased in cash at the city’s library or at the Recreation and Culture Department’s counter, located on the second floor of the Centre Multisports on Boulevard de la Gare.

Show tickets are also available online at www.festivaldecirque.com but for a higher price

Last November when Festival International de Cirque director and founder Yannick Gosselin announced he was leaving the festival, Gosselin put the city in charge of running it. By January city council had set up an organizing committee whose members include staff from various city departments. Because of Gosselin’s departure, this year’s edition will not include an international circus competition but the hope is to hold one in 2017.

Pilon encouraged area businesses to become Friends of the Festival by providing financial support or volunteers. “We want to see more residents and businesses support the festival… the goal is to welcome as many people as possible.”

The festival’s launch day, June 23, coincides with the Défilé Mozaïk parade and the city’s traditional fireworks and Fête nationale celebrations.

“We’re really excited,” said Chloé Marcil, head of Vaudreuil-Dorion’s culture and community life department. “This is our sixth year. We’re taking advantage of this opportunity to link our parade with the Festival.”

The parade’s theme, “Comédie, comédie,” has different cultural meanings and offers a chance to explore different identities, including mimes, masks, rare birds, airplanes, nature and more, Marcil said. More than 1,000 citizens are working with seven artists to create the event, which includes costumes, makeup, choreography and accessories. Participants so far include local dance, gymnastic, figure skating and taekwondo organizations, cultural organizations, a women’s centre and a high school.

Before the parade people will be able to listen to music, enjoy refreshments or see a group show, such as a dance performance.

After the fireworks, singer-songwriter Sylvain Cossette and musical guests Andrée Watters, Matt Laurent and Rosa Laricchiuta will entertain festival-goers as the city marks the Fête nationale.

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