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Destination TOHU : summer program

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Here we are at last. The Destination TOHU takes off and becomes until September 4, 2022, your summer destination for a 2nd edition filled with surprises!

A newly enhanced site, new activities and free programming with even more entertainment and fun and, above all, an exciting variety of shows at low prices!

Destination TOHU is offering more than 100 performances under the big top and free outdoor entertainment featuring more than 100 local artists this summer!

Between intimate shows, big names in magic, fun shows for the little ones and contortion performances, summer promises to be festive and surprising!

Family outings :

Geek Quest

Geek Quest by Throw 2 Catch

This new Throw2Catch adventure immerses you in the heart of the 90s, which saw our two protagonists grow up! With absurd and crazy humour and a lot of high-flying acrobatics, Robert and Henri introduce you to the superheroes they dreamed of becoming, the music of their youth (which we suspect they still secretly love!) and the geeks they are today! A unifying and family-friendly artistic saga. July 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 and August 20: 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., July 24 and 31 and August 21: 1 p.m. TOHU Big Top.

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Whats next

What's Next? by Quatuor Stomp

A union of four dynamic and creative artists combining circus, variety and comedy, What's Next transports you into an interactive experience where YOU decide how the show will unfold! Using a giant dice, it's up to you to tell us if the next number will be acrobatics, juggling,, jumping rope or even a ballet number! This unique performance is the result of unparalleled complicity, talent and passion. Are you ready to have fun with us in this game of chance where even the protagonists don't know the outcome? August 13: 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., August 14: 1 p.m. TOHU Big Top.

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Les illusionistes Magie nouvelle

Récital de magie by Les Illusionnistes

A telepathic couple straight out of a 1930s Music Hall roams the city looking for a place to settle down after their theater burns down. They catch their breath, looking for a way to reclaim a little piece of reality. A unique combination of contemporary magic and a concert by a woman-orchestra with unusual instruments (vibraphone, glass harp), this unique theatrical duo invites all generations into the heart of the city for an intimate rendezvous that is at once classic, funny and enchanting. August 6 and 27: 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., August 7 and 28: 1 p.m. Big Top.

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Loan of bikes and scooters

TOHU offers you the free loan of bicycles and scooters to explore Frédéric-Back Park at your own pace. The equipment loan counter is located on the public square, near the artists' tent. Vélorution will also be on site to give you advice on how to maintain your bike. Free. No reservations required - first come, first served. Friday and Saturday from 1pm to 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

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For the little ones :


Hiatus by La Marche du crabe

Intended for toddlers 2 years and older, Hiatus highlights these suspended moments where nothing happens, essential moments to childhood games and creativity. Addressing the concepts of territories, spaces and partitions, the playground is circumscribed by a wooden palisade and a chain-link fence. Cloistered in this courtyard, two acolytes enjoy building and deconstructing sculptures, weavings, places and routes, with wooden blocks and clothing within their reach. Through the window, the musician neighbor unknowingly accompanies the meanderings of their creations and their relationship. The vocabularies of dance, theater and circus are woven into a wordless language, where the relationship to others and to space is paramount. You will also find the Hiatus troupe at our Montreal Complètement Cirque festival. Saturdays and Sundays from July 23 to 31: 3:30 p.m.

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Les soeurs kif kif

Côté Confiture by Les Sœurs Kif-Kif

This children's show combining magic, theater, humour and circus is presented by the very endearing Kif-Kif Sisters. Inseparable, even indistinguishable, our twin sisters make bunnies fly and make it rain fries, fight giant pink monsters and practice the art of snacking. There are so many things in life that are better together! Interaction with the public is one of the keys to their success, so don't wait any longer, come take part in this wacky and colorful show! August 27 and 28 and September 3 and 4: 3:30 p.m. Audience: 5 to 12 years old

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Bouge gros orteil

Bouge! by Le Gros Orteil

Carlito spends all his time staring at his cell phone. Léonie wants to move, jump and play. Basketball, soccer, street hockey: it doesn't matter, as long as there’s action! Mischievous, cunning and persevering, she entices her friend Carlito to move with her. Between balance, juggling, unicycling and break-dancing acts, our two friends will invent new games according to their complicity and contagious dynamism. Be careful, you won't be able to stop yourself from moving with them! August 6: 3:30 p.m. and August 7: 2 p.m. Audience: 5 to 12 years old

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Plouf Gros orteil

Plouf! by Le Gros Orteil

Early in the morning, Linda Babin is getting ready in her bathroom. Still half asleep, she falls backwards into the lavatory and when she gets up, her precious glasses end up in the bottom of the toilet bowl. In her bubble bath, Linda sings at the top of her lungs, water splashes everywhere and her lush soap escapes her. She goes out to retrieve it, in plain sight, but she slips on the slippery floor. A clown act to die for! August 13 and 14: 3:30 p.m. Audience: for all

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Hisse et ho Gros orteil

Hisse et Ho! by Le Gros Orteil

Respectively Captain and Cabin Boy of a sailboat, the duo Hisse and Ho go on a trip around the world. While Hisse is polite and organized, Ho is rather pushy, loud, and disrespectful of places visited. Hisse tries to make his partner aware of her responsibilities by all possible means, mainly by involving the children. The show promises to impress young spectators with trapeze, juggling, break-dancing and clownish acts that are integrated into the characters' adventures –with original songs performed live! August 20 and 21: 3:30 p.m. Audience: 4 to 10 years old

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Guided walking tours

Three guided tours are offered throughout the summer: guided tour of Frederic-Back Park by bike on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am, guided tour of the park by night on Saturdays at 9 pm, and guided tour of the Cité des arts du cirque on Fridays and Saturdays at 6 pm, from July 2 to September 3. Free, no reservation needed.

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To end the day well:

Impro cirque

L’Impro-Cirque by Les Improduits

Circus artists put their skills to the test! Accompanied by a musician, two teams of three circus artists and an theatrical improviser compete on the ring, combining circus disciplines and improvisation under the undaunted eye of a chief referee. It's up to the audience to vote for the winning team! Discoveries and the unexpected: each improvisation involves a circus discipline as well as theater and must respect the most extravagant themes. Participating in this plunge into the unknown of artists from all disciplines is of unparalleled beauty. Bonus: it's a show that welcomes different artists at each performance, so you can attend as many times as you like! PS: famous actors may make appearances! From July 22 to August 27: 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Tiss Cabaret

TISS Cabaret by Cirque H

Become "spect'actors" during this cabaret that creates connexions! TISS responds to the urgent need to multiply the spaces for reflection and action as a team and offers a colorful show that brings together artists of all genres: music, dance, circus, song... and much more! September 2 and 3 at 9:30 pm. Big Top.

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Festive musical nights:

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BARKA by the creators of Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra

A true celebration of life and a call for hope and freedom, BARKA takes you into an extraordinary festive chaos to the rhythm of Afro-Colombian percussions and Balkan melodies. Dance and circus merrily intertwine to form an auditory, visual and sensory richness. Come with us on board a boat where we are all gathered: explorers, migrants or survivors. The journey has begun, each of us in search of our dream. We all float together in motion, while a great storm is looming on the horizon. How do we keep the boat from sinking? From July 6 to 17 (every day except Monday) at 9.15 pm every evening and at 5.30 pm on Saturday the 10th and Sundays then, from 21 July to 6 August: 8 pm on Thursdays, 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays Big Top.

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Cabaret Yam

Cabaret YAM by Cirque Kalabanté Productions

Acrobatic prowess competing in audacity and dexterity to the irresistible sound of dance rhythms from West Africa: that is what the festive Cabaret YAM has to offer! In this unique artistic mix, as spectacular as it is inimitable, we will honor the meeting of cultures in the company of several artists, including musicians, acrobats, singers and dancers. A show filled with African percussions, kora, saxophone, juggling, hand to hand, dance… and much more! Let yourself be guided by Kalabanté Productions’s motto: "If you can talk, you can sing. If you can walk, you can dance,” for a wild evening! From August 11 to 27: 8 p.m. on Thursdays, 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Big Top.

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Hémisphère by the creators of Projet Sanctuaire

A natural combination of circus artists from Projet Sanctuaire and an orchestra made up of 8 musicians, HÉMISPHÈRE, in collaboration with the Colline Festival, takes you on a journey through the seasons. The show evokes the cycles of nature and the returning seasons, friendships and human connections that are created and undone, and the passage of time. All of the above are presented to the sound of a vast musical repertoire that will take you to the heart of classical music, with electro-pop covers of Vivaldi's Four Seasons, but also in new orchestral arrangements of great hits from here and elsewhere. September 1: 8 p.m., September 2: 7 p.m., September 3: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., September 4: 4 p.m. Big Top.

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The picnic experience at TOHU

Destination TOHU offers a friendly, gourmet experience, presented by Desjardins and KEURIG/DR PEPPER CANADA. Located on La TOHU's public square, in a green oasis, it's the perfect place to get together with friends or family and enjoy a good meal in a quiet space under the illuminated trees. We offer a pulled pork burger, portobello guédille, healthy salads and homemade desserts concocted by our kitchen team. Compose your own menu according to your desires, all accompanied by a bottle of flavored water. Reservation required.

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Intimate performances:

Deep dish

Deep Dish by Samantha Halas

This theatrical contortionist and antipodal performance takes you on a poignant personal journey. Samantha Halas drew inspiration from her experience as a waitress turned circus performer to create this decadent performance featuring funny, charming and moving characters. Expect to witness funny ways of managing a restaurant… from juggling water and pizza to setting up tables with your feet: welcome to a restaurant like no other, in a retro rock atmosphere that will delight audiences of all ages! From August 11 to 19: 6 p.m. L’escapade.

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Mme Brulee

Mme Brûlé by Empire Pagaille

Called in for a last-minute replacement in class 503 at l’École des Petits Travailleurs, Mrs. Brûlé is euphoric at the idea of getting her first work contract. However, her enthusiasm quickly gives way to panic when she realizes that she is in fact the fourth substitute of the year and that her arrival in the class coincides with the annual parents' meeting, during which she must hand in report cards. Finding no evaluation or report card, Mrs. Brûlé sets out to go through all the concepts of the year in one day. Lack of preparation and authority, defective furniture, an unsympathetic principal, dissipated students: chaos quickly ensues in the classroom. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Mrs. Brûlé clings to one hope: to change the world one child at a time! July 28 and 29: 6 p.m. L’escapade.

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Simon et le temps perdu

Simon et le Temps Perdu by les Productions À l’Écart

Have you ever wondered what “lost time” means? Can we make up for time that is no longer there? Where did it go? When was it lost? So many questions are running in Simon's head, the protagonist who has a lot of time to waste! Meet him in this poetic solo circus act full of acrobatics, juggling, physical theater or even balancing disciplines such as acrobatic ladder, slackline and Rola-bola. August 25 and 26 and September 1 and 2: 6 p.m., September 3 and 4: 1 p.m. L’escapade.

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Crescendo by Boris Wild

Are you ready to meet one of the most renowned French magicians in the world? In collaboration with the FMQ magic squad, we are honored to welcome Boris Wild, author, creator, speaker and international artist. His performances, his creativity and his original approach to magic have attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators around the world: Paris, London, New York, Las Vegas, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Tokyo... and more… and it is for us that he is in Montreal this year! August 4 to 6: 6 p.m., August 7: 4 p.m. L’escapade.

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Quand la magie rencontre la musique! by Yannick Lacroix

Recognized as one of the pillars of the magic community in the province of Quebec, Yannick Lacroix is a professional magician who has been performing for 35 years! Having traveled the world with Magiciens sans frontières, presenting large-scale performances and workshops in Colombia, Brazil, Angola, Algeria and India, among others, he has won numerous prestigious awards for close-up and creativity, including the coveted People's Choice Award at the 2021 North American FISM. Come and meet this outstanding magician during this show in collaboration with the FMQ magic squad. July 21 to 23: 6 p.m. L’escapade.

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end the day at the BAHUT!

During its summer events, TOHU welcomes you to its magnificent Le Bahut terrace. A shaded space with a vibrant decor in the heart of a huge site dedicated to the circus arts. A change of scenery and fun guaranteed! On the menu, a selection of dishes in the image of the Saint-Michel district: multicultural, gourmet, healthy and favoring local and responsible sourcing. And of course our cocktails and our selection of local beers and wines.

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We would like to thank TOHU's partners, who make it possible for you to enjoy our magnificent site all summer long: the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, Desjardins, KEURIG/DR PEPPER CANADA, the TD Group, Décathlon, La Presse, Télé-Québec and WKND 99.5 FM.

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