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October 3, 2013

Dance, comedy and circus hit Montreal stage


Other upcoming highlights at the Rialto include Claudette Dion Sings Piaf, a music/dinner combo evening staring Celine Dion’s older sister, on Thursday, Oct. 10; “Imagine: The Tribute,” a performance starring Martin Cahill, who practically channels John Lennon, on Friday, Oct 11; and Canadian pop crooner — and Montreal native — Gino Vannelli performs two dates Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3.

The Rialto Theatre is at 5719 Ave. du Parc. For more information, call the box office at (514) 770-7773 or visit


Next, Montreal’s acclaimed Les Grands Ballets offers a contemporary take on the classic “Sleeping Beauty.” 

Choreographed by Mats Ek, and created in 1996 for Hamburg Ballet, this version of “Sleeping Beauty” follows Princess Aurora, a teenager who falls into a world of rebellion, love, jealousy, revenge and drug addiction.

“Sleeping Beauty” is presented Thursday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 26. Tickets range from about $53 to $117. GBC productions are performed at Place des Arts at 175 St. Catherine St. W. For more information, call (514) 842-2112 or visit


Usine C offers an ongoing eclectic lineup of theater and dance in an equally intriguing venue — it’s a former factory-turned-performance space.

Of note coming soon is the Why Not Theatre production of “A Brimful of Asha,” the true Canadian tale that crosses generations and cultures when a mother and father aim to arrange a marriage for their son when he ventures to India. It stars real-life mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain.

It runs Wednesday, Oct. 30, through Friday, Nov. 1. Tickets cost $25.

Usine C is in the Village at 1345 Lalonde Ave., one block south of Ontario Street. Call (514) 521-4493 or visit for questions.

Steven Howell is the author of Montreal Essential Guide, a Sutro Media iPhone travel app available at

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