La TOHU: City of Circus Arts
The home of Cirque du Soleil
Noteworthy for: Envisioned as a creative and training centre for the circus arts, the complex hosts Cirque du Soleil's international headquarters as well as the National Circus School.
Noteworthy for: La TOHU was built on the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex, a park reclaimed from a disused quarry and landfill.
Most visitors will know that Montréal is the home of the world-famous Cirque du Soleil troupe, but may be less aware of the flourishing movement in this region responsible for transforming the traditional circus into the innovative performance arts form it is today. An ambitious attempt to raise the profile of Montréal's circus arts, La TOHU houses Cirque du Soleil's headquarters as well as the National Circus School.
A purpose-built round pavilion showcases circus performances by local and international troupes year-round and its museum recounts the history and traditions of the circus. In addition, guided tours and outreach activities help visitors understand what goes into creating a circus performance.
TOHU may be a little out of the way from Montréal's main sights, but it is a unique attraction and the surrounding Saint-Michel Environmental Complex is also worth exploring.