• By: Keith Whittier

Cirque du Soleil Lands in the Capital

Cirque du Soleil descends from the sky for seven shows in the capital, and we guarantee it will not disappoint.

Landing at the Canadian Tire Centre from July 2– 5, Cirque du Soleil presents its breathtaking performance of Varekai.

Varekai is set in an enchanted forest where a plethora of mystical characters emerge and entertain. The story of Varekai begins with a young man, Icarus, falling from the sky. He is parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest where he is met with fantastical creatures that guide him throughout his extraordinary adventures.

Written and directed by the renowned Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the spirit and art of the circus tradition. Woven with hints of humour, Varekai demonstrates the power of storytelling through movement. The high-flying tricks of the characters not only provoke amazement, they further the plotline and intensify the overall experience.

Created by a team of astonishingly creative minds that are experts in their craft, Varekai brings a level of entertainment only Cirque du Soleil can. As intricate details from set design, choreography, costume and music come together, audience members are transported to a mesmerizing land for a night they won’t soon forget.

The truly unbelievable company of performers that bring Varekai to life exceed all expectations. With physicality that seems beyond human capability, their raw talent and practiced skills awe-inspire and captivate audiences from start to finish.


Cirque du Soleil, the sensational international success, began with a small theatre troupe in Quebec. The young entertainers, among whom was Cirque du Soleil-founder Guy Laliberté, walked on stilts, juggled, danced, breathed fire and played music. During Quebec’s 450th anniversary celebration of Jacques Cartier’s discovery of Canada in 1984, the province sought an event to bring the festivities to all Quebecers. Guy Laliberté convinced the organizers that the answer was a provincial tour of Cirque du Soleil, and the rest is history!

Recognized worldwide for its high-quality entertainment, Cirque du Soleil has sought to spark the imagination, senses and emotions of audiences across the globe through its uniquely breathtaking shows that exemplify the art of performance. Creativity lies at the heart of Cirque du Soleil’s success. With a deep respect for the work of all artists, Cirque du Soleil offers its expert creators the freedom to collaboratively bring their wildest dreams to life.

Varekai is certainly no exception.

Expect to be whisked away into an evening of unequivocal entertainment that will enchant like pure magic.

Show Schedule:

Thursday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 3 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 4 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 5 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Click here for complete show and ticket information.

Enjoy the show!