Cirque du Soleil: Behind the Scenes

On our third (and last) day in wintery Montreal, which we were visiting for the Michael Jackson world premiere. we were in for quite a treat. We were going behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil at their world-wide headquarters! Cirque performers are encouraged to be creative in all aspects of their lives. The hallways are bursting with paintings and sculptures that employees make on their own time, and visiting all of the workshops was fascinating. Come on — I’ll take you on a tour. You’ve never seen Cirque du Soleil like this! We got to see what makes them tick.

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First taste of winter in Canada

Montreal, Canada, Michael Jackson, Cirque du SoleilWhere do three media types who live in the desert go to for a small shock of winter? Canada of course! Molly Ancell, Melinda Sheckells and I headed to Montreal for the big premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s touring stadium homage, The Immortal. (For more information, including tour dates and the trailer, click here.) Thank goodness we checked the weather before we left — there were low numbers on there we hadn’t seen in a long time. (As I write this back in Vegas, our high today is 93.) We never get to wear winter hats in Vegas, so we were thrilled to don them there. Prior to this trip, I had been to Montreal once — as a teenager, when my mom dragged the family there during spring break. Because nothing says “spring break” like the winter climes of Canada… We were living in Florida at the time, and my brothers were thrilled to see snow. So there you go. It did warm up a bit this trip, but this first day, we were freezing! Winter is here!