Cirque du Soleil Corteo to visit Canadian Tire Centre from June 28 to July 2

Corteo, Cirque du Soleil’s most enchanting arena production, is back in North America and heading to Ottawa, set to charm audiences. This one-of-a-kind production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, was performed for the first time in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since its creation, the show has dazzled over 10 million people in 20 countries on four continents.

Acclaimed in the Canadian capital under the Big Top in 2008, then in an arena setting in 2018, Corteo, presented by Sun Life Global Investments, is coming back to Ottawa and will be presented at Canadian Tire Centre for seven performances only, from Wednesday, June 28 to Sunday, July 2.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting or and will be available to the general public on Monday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m.

Corteo, which means cortege in Italian, is a joyous procession, a festive parade imagined by a clown. Combining acrobatic feats, comedy and acting, the show plunges spectators into a theatrical world of fun and spontaneity situated in a mysterious space between heaven and earth.

In a carnival atmosphere, the clown pictures his own funeral taking place, watched over by quietly caring angels. Juxtaposing the large with the small, the ridiculous with the tragic and the magic of perfection with the charm of imperfection, the show highlights the strength and fragility of the clown, as well as his wisdom and kindness, to illustrate the share of humanity within each of us. The music sometimes turns lyrical, sometimes playful, carrying Corteo through a timeless celebration in which illusion teases reality.

The stage is central in the arena and divides the venue in two with each half of the audience facing the other half, giving a unique perspective to the audience and the performers. A never seen before atmosphere at a Cirque du Soleil arena show. The set curtains, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, and the central curtains, which were hand painted, give a grandiose feel to the stage. This sets the tone for the poetry of Corteo.

Tickets for Corteo in Ottawa are available online exclusively to Club Cirque members starting today at 10 a.m. For a free subscription, please visit

Corteo will perform seven shows over the course of five days from Wednesday, June 28, to Sunday, July 2, as follows:

Wednesday, June 28 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 29 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 30 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 1 – 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 2 – 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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Ticketmaster is the only authorized ticket vendor for Canadian Tire Centre events. Tickets purchased through unauthorized ticket vendors are subject to cancellation and purchasers may be denied access to the event. Only those tickets purchased through authorized vendors are guaranteed seating.

About Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil has redefined how the world views circus arts, going from a local troupe of street performers to an internationally renowned company. Based in Montreal, the Canadian organization has become a global leader in live entertainment with the creation of world-class immersive and iconic experiences across six continents. Cirque du Soleil connects with audiences by being genuine, human and inclusive. Privileged to work with artists from 90 countries and bring their creativity to life on stages around the world, the company’s aim is to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. Over the years, more than 215 million people around the world have been inspired by Cirque du Soleil, in over 70 different countries. For more information, visit

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