• James Armstrong

Free events and family fun are the focus of local circus festival


Karine Arsenault, suspended in mid-air, and Max Yentin of Carpe Diem provided a tantalizing taste of the up-coming Festival de Cirque Vaudreuil-Dorion at a recent press conference.

The 14th edition of the Vaudreuil-Dorion Festival de Cirque will be back in town from Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24.

“We are very, very, lucky to have sponsors that want to give back to their community,” said Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon as he thanked the business owners sponsoring the event for their support during a press conference held Wednesday, May 20. “Nearly everything is free,” said Pilon in reference to the entertainment line-up for festival.

Main stage events

On Friday evening, The Day Dreamers, a Montreal-based indie-pop group, will kick-off a series of six concerts over three days. The same night, Productions Kalabanté, an African dance troupe presents Won’Ma Afrique. The festivities continue on Saturday with Quebec singer-songwriter Marie-Pierre Leduc followed by Les Porn Flakes. The main stage events wind up on Sunday with concerts by the highly acclaimed Le Vent du Nord and Les Cowboys Fringants.


As in past years, festival activities take place on Jeanotte Street with the Harden main stage located in front of the municipal arena. “The family activities area and restaurant zone open at 4 p.m.,” said Michel Vallée, president of the administrative council of the Festivités de Vaudreuil-Dorion. He said the goal of the 14 food concessions on-site is to provide original nutritious menus at an affordable price.

“The Festival de Cirque Vaudreuil-Dorion is an amazing event that continues to return year after year,” said Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols. She noted that a great deal of important work happens behind the scenes throughout the year contributing to the success of the event.

“It’s a magical festival,” said Nichols describing it as a dynamic event that is an example of the demographics of the city and the region.

Family activities

The festival site will have a number of areas dedicated to activities for young children such as a creative zone where kids can get involved in an interactive puppet show or a gymnastics course provided by Club de Gymnastique Gymini. Groups such as Carpe Diem, Festi-Cirque Vaudreuil-Soulanges and École de Cirque Vaudreuil-Soulanges will also provide a series of shows in the Circus Zone Allard-Ménard.

Take the challenge

Individuals will also be able to put some of their circus skills to the test. In the sports domain, there is the soccer challenge with freestyle performances by professionals in the beautiful game. Balancing on a slack line, sponsored by SLACKLINEMTL and SIDPRINT, is another challenge on offer and the strong man of the area will be determined by the Homme Ford Recherché contest sponsored by Avantage Ford Île-Perrot.

Fête Nationale parade and fireworks

The 8th annual parade and fireworks takes place within the context of the Festival on Saturday, June 23 with the parade starting at 7:30 p.m. This year, the theme is Rêvons created by approximately 1,000 participants. Artists involved in the conception and production of costumes, make-up, and choreography are Lucie Bisson, Monica Brinkman, Jacques Grenier, Fabienne Legrand, John McRae, Céline Poirier and Tina Struthers. The parade route begins on Bourget Street at the corner of Saint Charles Avenue and follows Saint Charles to the campus of École secondaire de la Cité-des-Jeunes School. For further details, consult www.festivaldecirque.com.

Big Top Tent sold

The big top tent known as the Eugene Chaplin Grand Chapiteau that previously housed part of the festival for the 2015 season, has been sold according to Vaudreuil-Dorion Director of Communications France Lavoie. Noting that costs associated with raising and maintaining the tent were exorbitant, she said it had been sold to an organization in Las Vegas.

“It’s a climate where the tent can be used all year,” she added.

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