Photo cred - Tim Hussin

Montreal will transform into a city-wide circus this July, thanks to the first international festival of circus arts, dubbed Montréal Complètement Cirque. Just like the name suggests, circus performances of all sorts will be going on all around the city, but don't worry, there will be a minimal number of clowns, thank God.

MCC begins on July 2nd and runs until the 13th, with events and shows going on indoors at specific venues (Theatre Telus, Usine C, Theatre Outrement, among others) and quite literally in the streets of the city. For real, St. Denis will become a full-on circus street the final weekend of the fest, and certain parks will likewise be circus-ified.

A huge range of circus-y events and performances will be put on, ranging from your more standard circus fair, to intense acrobatic displays, and even some more artistic/unusual shows. We're personally excited for the "BARBU: electro-trad" performance, which features bearded men being incredibly ridiculous in a cabaret-esque show. You can never go wrong with beards, and the unqiue performance lends some cred to the many esoteric, yet entertaining, shows you can expect at MCC.

Many of the outdoor events for MCC are free of charge, but you will have to buy tickets for the special indoor events. Prices vary depending on your age, although if you're super into circus stuff, you can buy a handy festival pass and go see all the shows you like.

To get a better handle on Montréal Complètement Cirque's performances, ticket prices, and overall schedule, head over to the official website and check out the FB page.

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