IJA Festival
July 20-26, 2015
Québec City, Québec, Canada

Fest registration is Open.

There is some advance information on the Facebook Event page (Sign in not required for viewing). Some information from the IJA Newsletters is posted below the video.

IJA Festival Lodging in Québec City, by Véronique Provencher – IJA Festival Director

Québec city is the capital of the province of Québec. It is also the oldest fortified city in North America. It is such a beautiful city that the touristic offer is great. There are more than 300 hotels, Bed and Breakfast establishments and Tourist homes.

The IJA has selected for you the closest establishments around so you can feel at home in Turbo Land. The prices range from the indoor camping site for $10 a night to the Grand hotel at $139 a night. When you book your hotel, be sure to say that you are in the IJA room block to get great price discounts! The prices listed are in Canadian dollars. The current (2/20/15) exchange rate has the US dollar worth about $1.31 in Canadian dollars.

Indoor Camping (0.6 mile/1 km): We have rented a gym especially for everybody to camp. It can hold up to 100 people camping there. If we need more space we will reorganize the triple gym to make another dormitory. The Cégep Limoilou is equipped with lockers and showers, so you can smell good and store your personal belongings safely. A commercial parking lot is nearby, and there is parking availably on nearby residential streets.

What to bring: good mattress and sleeping bag, flashlight, lock and your favorite teddy bear.

Price: $10 per night.

L’Autre Jardin (1 mile/1.6km): Green certified 3-star inn. Operated by Carrefour Tiers-Monde, an international solidarity organization, the inn offers 28 spacious rooms with original decor and all the comforts for relaxing and working, including a buffet breakfast. At l’Auberge l’Autre Jardin, the promotion of environmental and social concerns is what distinguishes them. They offer organic and fair trade products, quality service and a human approach, all in a welcoming setting. The Inn is located in the Nouvo Saint-Roch area, close to a variety of shops, restaurants, banks, a library and many other facilities, including the Imperial concert hall. Close to major tourist attractions like Old Quebec City, Quartier Petit Champlain, the Old Port of Quebec City, the inn is just steps away from city walking and bicycle paths. Easily accessible by both road and public transportation, indoor parking spaces are also available for cars and bicycles, with a loading area in front of the inn.

Price : $98 per night, one luxury room : $110 per night.
 Booking toll free number: 1-877-747-0447.

Royal William Hotel (1 mile/1.6km): In 1833, the ship called the Royal William became the first steamboat to cross the Atlantic Ocean only through the propelling force. This first voyage, completed in record time of 22 days, remains a great success of Canadian technology. The hotel offers spacious rooms at a special IJA rate. A restaurant is located in the hotel that serves breakfasts and main courses. A workout room is accessible if you need more exercise than 12 hours juggling. 30 rooms available.

Price: $96 per night, $106 for double bed. They charge $10 extra for more people, free for kids. Extra for parking.
 Booking: 1-888-541-0405.

Pur Hotel (1.1 mile/1.7km): Find the best of everything at TRYP by Wyndham Quebec Hotel Pur, winner of a 2012 Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award in the category Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in Canada. In the heart of the revitalized Saint Roch historic district and steps from the fortified Old City, this Quebec City hotel puts you near hip downtown shops, eateries, nightlife, and Quebec City’s technology neighborhood. After a multi-million dollar metamorphosis, TRYP by Wyndham Quebec Hotel Pur is a haven of minimalist design and urban sophistication. The rooms feature commanding views of the city with floor-to- ceiling windows and premium comforts like fine linens, pillow top mattresses, European-style showers or invigorating Japanese bathtubs, and flat screen LCD TVs. There is free Wi-Fi everywhere and plenty of ways to indulge yourself right on the premises with a 24/7 gym, free Italian coffee in the lobby, and an indoor heated pool and sauna.

75 rooms available.
 Price : $139 to $269 per night, extra for parking, $20 surcharge per additional adult.
 Booking : 1-800-468-3261.

Hostels: Two backpacker hostels located in the St-Roch area (about a mile away) offer dormitory style bedrooms for affordable prices starting at $20 per night. Maeva and La Belle Planète are a cheap compromise between an expensive hotel and a hard floor. No room block has been planned, first come first served!

Airbnb: You can find good deals when you look at this website, from a room in a flat to chalet nearby. Looking at all these options, we are convinced to offer a room for everybody!

Note: there is regular city bus service on a route that includes the hotels, circus school, and the college.


IJA 2015 Sneak Peek! by Nathan Biggs-Penton

The 2015 Quebec City Festival is building up a great line up of shows and special guests. For starters, the Quebec-based company Machine de Cirque will perform their new show for us this year. Also, the first special guest to be announced is Tony Frebourg. Tony will be performing his amazing diabolo act.

Machine de Cirque

Machine de Cirque was founded in 2013 by Vincent Dubé, a Quebec based circus and comedy artists who has performed for almost 20 years and also has a degree in engineering. He uses his circus experience and education in engineering to create and direct a new show with performers: Raphaël Dubé, Yohann Trépanier, Maxim Laurin, and Ugo Dario and percussionist Fred Lebrasseur. Maybe you don’t know their names but you might know them by what they do. Raphaël Dubé and Yohann Trépanier are a duo by the name “Les Beaux-Freres”, French for “the brothers in law”. Even simpler, they are the towel guys! If you are still confused you should take some time to look them up. Maxim Laurin and Ugo Dario, also a duo, go by the name “Baskultoo” which is a play on bascule, French for teeterboard. They are currently a part of the Les 7 Doigts de la Main show Sequence 8. Again, you should look them up if you do not know them. Both duos are Circus school graduates and have been working very
successfully since graduation. They will premiere on May 21, 2015 in Quebec City with their new 75 minute show. Later on their schedule is the IJA Quebec Festival!

Tony Frebourg

Tony is a French diaboloist with quite a reputation. He was a part of the Mad French Posse, won a silver medal at the 2004 Cirque de Demain Festival, second place at the 2005 Massy’s International Festival, has several world records with 4, 5, and 6 diabolos, and currently tours with the Cirque du Soleil show OVO. He is most highly regarded for his incredibly consistent and extremely high level technique and he is excited to share it at the 2015 festival. With many more incredible guests to be announced soon, who wouldn’t be excited to head to the beautiful city of Quebec this summer! Remember to get your passports ready.


Leading up to Quebec 2015, by Don Lewis

A lot of people associate Quebec with Montreal, and do not realize that there is a separate city in the Province of Quebec called Quebec City (or Ville de Quebec). The IJA 2015 festival is in Quebec City. The festival director is Véronique Provencher, assisted by her experienced Turbo-Fest team.

Quebec City is the oldest French speaking city in North America. It was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain as a trading post. Winters were harsh, and the town barely numbered 100 settlers by 1627 when it was taken by a British adventurer. France retook the town in 1632 and the population began to expand. By 1650 the regular population was 500, and then 1300 in 1681. In 1759 the British were back.. General Wolfe besieged the city and fought a brief battle with French general Marquis de Montcalm.

The new British administrator petitioned the King of England to allow the captured population to retain the French language and their religion, which was granted. Quebec has remained predominately French speaking within Canada.

The town is built on an escarpment with upper and lower towns. Merchants and sailors tended to live in the lower town near the river, while the soldiers and nobles lived up above. There was a large transient population of traders as furs were shipped to Europe.

Today, Quebec City is a large, modern city with suburbs. It still has an historic upper and lower town district, sometimes known as Old Quebec. There is a funicular railway between the two for those reluctant to walk up the sometimes steep and narrow streets. The IJA festival will center around the Quebec City Circus School (École de Cirque) in the suburb of Limoilou, which is not far at all from Old Quebec. UNESCO has designated Quebec City a world heritage site.

Quebec may be the only French speaking province in Canada, but you won’t have to learn the language to enjoy your visit. Quebec City thrives on tourists in the summer. You will not have difficulty using English. If you want to try out the French that you learned in school, you will find that people appreciate the effort. Most of the festival materials will be in English and French, as will announcements. It will be no more confusing than a normal IJA festival. When was the last time you actually understood an announcement at a festival, anyway?

At the IJA 2000 festival in Montreal, a frequent question was “Do you people do nothing but eat? There are so many restaurants!” Get ready to eat well in Quebec City. There are lots of great restaurants there as well. And if you are too rushed for fine dining, there is always poutine. Poutine seems to have evolved into a fast food delicacy. It is a combination of french fries, cheese curds, and gravy. Gourmet versions may have smoked meat, chicken, or sausage added. It is a quick, but satisfying snack.

There will be a lot of events going on simultaneously with the IJA festival. Quebec is in festival mode all summer long. Summer fills in the time while we are waiting for the famous Quebec winter carnival.

Indoor shows, outdoor shows, music, theatre, tours, museums, boat excursions, and so on. If you have a blended family of jugglers and non-jugglers then you need to bring the whole family because there will be lots to interest everyone. Perhaps a week won’t be enough time to see it all.

Check out the Quebec region tourist website. Right now it is oriented to winter sports. Don’t worry, the snow will have melted by the time you get here. Summer temperatures are generally mid 70 to mid 80 F. It can get cool in the evening, so do bring a sweater.

Are you an avid cyclist? Quebec has some of the best cycling in Canada. La Route Verte has 5000 kilometers of bike routes throughout the province. There are some spectacular rides around Quebec City and the Ile d’Orléans. And great mountain biking challenges at nearby Mont St. Anne.