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"Made in the USA: An American Circus Journey"

Moderated by Janelle Peters
with Elsie Smith, Aaron Marquise, & Veronica Blair

Join us on a voyage into the heart of circus in the U.S. Our panel of pros will offer an inside look into the American circus landscape. They'll trace its roots, illuminate its current vibe, and predict its next leaps, delving into the intricate facets, powerful influences, and the visionaries steering its course. Our panel will traverse both the celebrated and the under-the-radar hubs of circus magic in the U.S., diving into the eclectic tapestry of circus cultures, and uncovering those hidden gems poised to emerge on the national scene. Beyond the performances, they'll address real-world hurdles like accessing funding, growing circus ecosystems, and balancing creativity with business. Plus, hear personal tales of how they found their unique circus paths. Come, let's embark on this uniquely American circus odyssey.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

The Sheraton Hotel


Serendipity Networking Event

Wikipedia defines Serendipity as “the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way”. That is what this event is!


This event is an opportunity for artists and makers to connect face to face with National senior circus experts and advisors in small groups discussions. Ask burning questions, be part of the current discussions and share your dreams.


Holly Treddenick from Femmes du Feu Creations will host this event, offer some prompts and questions, and create a fun and lively atmosphere to mingle.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Sheraton Hotel


Social Circus Panel 2023

Moderated by Daphne Morin
with Dean Bareham, Danielle Knusrgraichen, and Angola Murdoch

Our weirdness doesn’t need a filter co-organized by Cirque Hors Piste, a Montreal-based social circus organization that aims to highlight how the circus arts can act as an important tool for social inclusion. In creating a spirit of community in which each person can be valued in their own uniqueness, and where difference is celebrated, how can circus help create spaces for social transformation? This panel discussion will bring together key actors in social circus in Canada

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Sheraton Hotel

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