Artist Talks: 3 Deep Dives into the Creation Process

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

3 - 5pm

Alt Hotel

Want to learn more about the inner workings of circus? Well, you're in for a treat with our 3 Deep Dives panel, where the worlds of Make-up Design, Lighting Design, and Casting Director will be highlighted as these 3 professionals show how their input enhances a performance. This Artist Talks Panel is enriching for creators of all kinds - So come dive into your creativity with SJICF!



  • Nicolas Descoteaux
    Lighting Designer

  • Maryse Gosselin
    Make-up Designer

  • Stacy Clark
    CEO CircusTalk
    & Casting Director

Small acts, big dreams – Community-building as a mindset Panel

Friday, September 24th, 2021

1 - 3pm

Emera Innovation Exchange

There’s a lot to learn from nature, and the lessons for us humans are invaluable. Trees communicate their needs with each other and send vital nutrients to their neighbours via the ground’s fungal network. This is an example of community building in action. It’s also a mindset you can harness to take on challenges and set goals, activate growth and new ideas and forge relationships that are meaningful and co-beneficial to all parties. Learn about the various ways to reimagine your projects and endeavours through the lens of community.



Holly Treddenick



  • Catherine Jaques

  • Beni Malone

  • Alice Kop

  • Ruth Wikler

  • Annie Dugan

  • Tuedon Ariri

What’s Next? Circus in a Post-Pandemic World Panel

Saturday, September 25th, 2021

1 - 3pm

Emera Innovation Exchange


Has the big top been turned upside down? Probably not, but it’s undeniable that a shift has occurred in performing arts. When the world shut down, artists did what they’ve always done -they stepped outside of their comfort zone, finding new ways to create, engage with, and inspire audiences. What are the lessons learned for the Circus from Covid? What new tools and ways of thinking will we carry forward to define what the future of our craft will look like?



Stacy Clark



  • Bruno Gagnon

  • Terry Crane

  • Nadia Drouin

  • Éric Langlois

  • Nathalie Hébert


Online workshop (EnPiste: Gonzalo from HUB Studio)

This workshop offers circus artists a participatory overview of different ways to integrate technology into performance projects. In a world where technology is constantly evolving, experts from the HUB multimedia design studio share their knowledge of new creative technologies. The workshop will break them down and offer a new range of creative possibilities and tools to artists. In addition, they will examine the vocabulary invovled, equiping artists to better communicate with designers and specialists about new technologies during projects.

This workshop is designed for circus artists and is offered online on Zoom.

Kim and Guyom : parents-kids portée

Kimberly and Guillaume will show you how to do Acrobatic Lifts with your family members, in the comfort of your home. Your children will be thrilled to climb on you, a big brother or sister! The Dads will enjoy showing off their strength and the whole family will be proud in the end, of the amazing human pyramids they have built together! Who knows? You might become, thanks to them, the first generation of a future circus family dynasty!



Description and info? Student names?


Description and info? Student names?


Visual Scribe

This year, we're working with Fuselight Creative to bring some extra pow to some of our festival presentations. If you can't attend the event, the Visual Scribes will be posted here for you to enjoy!


Keynote Talk: Nassib El-Husseini 

Interviewed by Kai Bryan


From conflict resolution political scientist to spearheading a contemporary circus collective - Lessons for the stage and life


Riding an almost two-decade wave as an industry trailblazer, Nassib’s own journey is nearly as magical as 7 Finger’s shows themselves. He knows all about the power of reinvention, the balancing acts, and constant innovation that’s required in leading a contemporary collective to global acclaim. From inventive business models and win-win partnerships to sustainability issues and beyond, Nassib unpacks his extensive knowledge, unique experiences, and timeless advice for achieving industry success and longevity.

Transmutation: Keynote Talk with Jesko von den Steinen 

What Franco Dragone and “The house of Dancing water” taught me, that business school didn’t. 


Transposing the skillset of the creative process into a new career…


CircusFest features artists from all over Canada and the world. Watch some of the exciting content they've shared online!