Circus & Musical Performances Are Going To Take Over Alleyways Across Montreal

Dance, theatre, circus acts, concerts and more might be coming to your backyard! 🤡

Contributing Writer
Street performers during a previous edition of FAR Festival

Street performers during a previous edition of FAR Festival

Courtesy of FAR

FAR, the Festival des arts de ruelle, is back for a sixth edition, from August 29 to September 11. The eclectic and electric program this year includes percussion, circus wader, clown, street theatre and hula hoop performances. Whole troops will pass by Montrealers' very own backyards and take over neighbourhood squares.

Over 220 professional local and international artists will showcase their impressive skills in our city's alleys. The goal is to make the art world accessible to all Montrealers.

For the first week, festivities will start between 6 and 6.30 p.m. every day. The festival will conclude with a medley of street performances on the last weekend, kicking off at 5 p.m. on September 9 and 2 p.m on September 10 and 11.

The parade and installations will gradually take over the island, passing through nine neighbourhoods and boroughs: Parc-Extension, Ahuntsic, Côte-des-Neiges, Ville-Marie, Anjou, the Sud-Ouest, Saint-Laurent and Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie.

The Mixbus, a moving bus transformed into a roaming stage, will welcome artists such as Max D Tremblay, France D'Amour, Jaco, Malaimé Soleil, Flora and Soran.

Montrealers can also watch FAR shows on their laptops, in the comfort of their home, via broadcasts on the event's Facebook page.

Until then, you can listen to a new episode of La P’tite Brassée, FAR's official podcast, every Thursday until the beginning of the festival. Host Olivier Courtois will meet and chat with artists who participated in the fifth edition of the festival in 2021.

Festival des arts de ruelle

Cost: Free

When: August 29 to September 11

Where: Parc-extension, Ahuntsic, Côte-des-Neiges, Ville-Marie, Anjou, Sud-Ouest, Saint-Laurent and Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie


Charlotte Hoareau
Contributing Writer
Charlotte Hoareau is a contributing writer for MTL Blog. She is based in Montreal, Quebec.