MainLine Theatre presents the 4th Montreal Clown Festival from September 18-22

Top local and international acts gather for five days of folly

MONTREAL, September 9th, 2019 – From September 18th to 22nd, the Montreal Clown Festival, presented at the MainLine Theatre, is offering for its 4th edition to immerse the audience in a universe that is sometimes poetic and hilarious, sometimes grotesque and political.

From Montreal; Toronto; Wikwemkoong (Manitoulin Island); Santa Cruz (California) and Buckfield (Maine), the artists of this edition offer a refreshing look at our place in an often chaotic society. 

A glance at the 4th edition

In the main programming, the Montreal Clown Festival is hosting three very different solo shows this year, from poetry to politics:

Iman Lizarazu will present Basquette Quese, a poetic tale about a clown at war to fall asleep, directed by Julie Goell and the famous Avener the Eccentric. During the festival, Lizarazu will also be offering a two-day workshop on eccentric clowning for both professionals and non-professionals. After an international tour, Jesse Buck will be in Montreal with his show Bubkus which opposes the inner strength of a solitary clown and the monsters of his creation. Finally, Amanda Huotari of the Celebration Barn (Maine) will present Pretty Face: An American Dream, a story from Tiffany Trump you’ll love to hate and hate to love.

Two triple programs and one double program complete the program:

In the first three-part programMacbeth BBQ: Une tragédie clownesque végétarienne is a clown-like adaptation of the Quebec banquet scene from Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Under Construction looks at the challenges of a life under constant construction while A Parody presents the daily life of an overworked single woman.

Physical theater, dance and circus are in the spotlight in the second triple program. Money Fish revisits a comedy classic by parodying a trio of synchronized swimmers. Being in a waiting room will never have been as impressive as in L’attente. And Vous Êtes Ici presents a comic and poetic reflection in flamenco style on our ability to reinvent ourselves.

It is with great pleasure that for the first year, the festival will host the Debajehmujig collective, which will present The Quest, an environmental quest to rediscover the Anishinaabe values ​​that will restore water. This show will be presented in a double program alongside Montreal seasoned clown, Philippe Thibaudeau who returns with a brand new creation that will premiere at the festival: Bruit.

New this year!

For the first time since its inception, The Montreal Clown Festival is making room for children in its Saturday afternoon program and presents Just Enough a family show by Lost & Found Puppet Company. This show which mixes clown and puppetry, based on a traditional Yiddish tale, tells the story of a grandmother who makes a quilt and hands it over to her granddaughter.

Another event, on opening night, invites the public to participate in a pie throwing contest at 7:30 PM that promises to be memorable! Pies will be available by donation, and throwers will get a chance to “pie” Co-Artistic Directors, Vanessa Rigaux and/or Kendall Savage.

In addition to the pie throwing contest, the Montreal Clown Festival is offering three events this year, starting with its opening cabaret directed by Soizick Hébert, Marie-Hélène Côté and Dolorèze Léonard. The Opening Cabaret is a unique opportunity for spectators to discover the full range of artists of the 2019 programming alongside other local talent.

Now a must event of the festival, the Grand Imbécile contest is also back. Open to all, artists and the courageous will present one of their unusual talents in front of guest judges. The winner will earn a place in the festival’s schedule for a future edition.

To round up the programming will be a Panel Discussion: Clown, Resilience, and Community. What is the place of the clown in our society as a figure of resilience? –– this is the question that will be asked to Melissa Holland, co-founder of the Dr. Clown Foundation, Bruce Naokwegijig, Artistic Director, Debajehmujig and Bill Yong, art therapist and clown, at the discussion panel at which the clown community and the public are invited.

The complete show schedule and artist info are available at

Tickets are on sale on the Mainline Theatre website for $17 for adults and $10 for children under 12. MEGAPASS also available: 5 shows for $ 75.

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