Montreal, the birthplace of the world famous Cirque Du Soleil kicked off their new show, Luzia, under the big top late last month. The show is so good it’s difficult to select the correct superlatives – it was certainly spectacular.
The 2000 lucky spectators at one of the previews went wild at the end of the nearly two hour extravaganza. The show encompasses all the components of a traditional circus, clown, juggler, strongman, acrobats, contortionists, horses (manned by people) and everything to make it a must see show.
The performance was so fast moving it was hard to fix your eyes on the stage highlight as the cast travelled through the slick show at high speed.
Some of the acrobatic feats were heart stopping and even their colleagues on stage breathed a sigh of relief when the high flying acts with a huge degree of difficulty landed safely on terra firma.
It is a team of highly motivated precision entertainers who completely mesmerize, excite and entertain the audience.
Montreal has a population of 1.95 mil and is the biggest city in Quebec and the second largest Canadian city behind Toronto.
It boasts an abundance of captivating sites. On the perimeter of Old Montreal, near to the St. Lawrence River, visitors can explore the roots of the city at the famous Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archeology and History. Part of its interior descends under Montreal’s current street level, where the city’s original river side setting has been unearthed and preserved. It is a fascinating window on the early life of Montreal, over the past three centuries. There is 33 k’s of underground walkways so during the harsh winters nobody really needs to go outside.
Explore the historic district with a professional guide on a walking tour filled with history, architecture and anecdotes. This tour is a combination of the Old Montreal East and Old Montreal West tours. It is also imperative to have a smoked meat sandwich at Dunn’s or Reuben’s in Montreal and wash it down with a Molson beer.
Mount Royal the triple peaked hill at the heart of the city gives one a sweeping view of the new and old municipalities.
The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal is one of the cities iconic landmarks. The scene of Celine Dion’s wedding, her husband’s funeral and the funeral of Pierre Trudeau the former Prime Minister who died in 2000. Both Jimmy Carter and Fidel Castro were pall bearers politically unusual at that time. His son Justin Trudeau has been Canada’s Prime Minister since 2015 and is the 23rd PM of the country. His good looks and charm ensure he is a popular figure with the women. His mother, Margaret who was many years younger than Pierre is still alive.
The massive convention centre in downtown Montreal can cater for huge numbers. At the Rendez-vous Canada tourism marketplace held recently in the auditorium 1700 people enjoyed a three course silver service lunch and there was at least one other large convention at the centre at the same time.
Written by John Savage who visited Montreal recently
Photography by Laurence Labat