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Festival Marionnettes Plein la rue, Promenade Wellington
Photograph: Annie Diotte

Huge marionette performances are taking to the streets every weekend in Verdun

From now until September 12, the Festival Marionnettes Plein la rue is doing puppet pop-up performances for some local entertainment.

JP Karwacki
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JP Karwacki

Not every Montrealer's been a fan of pop-up circus performances since Joe Beef chef Dave Macmillan's criticism of mayor Valérie Plante's efforts to boost foot traffic in the downtown core, but a few neighbourhoods around town are getting it right.

Since August 14, the borough of Verdun has been hosting marionnette performances on Wellington Street every weekend—including this one—up until September 12.

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Bringing puppets both giant and manned by performers, handheld and shadows puppets, the organization behind the performances are taking to the streets in as pop-ups (keeping people from gathering in a specific place at a specific time) as well as small announced performances that allow a set amount of spectators at a time. When they happen? It's bonkers.

Festival Marionnettes Plein la rue, Promenade Wellington
Photograph: Annie Diotte

It's not just for kids either. While plenty of impromptu stages are geared towards families, many more involve marionnettes over six feet tall wandering the streets to give terrasse-goers a bit of a show while they grab a drink or dinner.

For those who want to attend the seated performances, the borough's event page asks that interested parties reserve themselves a spot via Facebook or Instagram.

When it comes to Verdun, actions such as these appear to be icing on the cake as it were; the borough's close-knit commercial strip appears to be relatively thriving with its lack of cars as well as residents and locals alike visiting shops along the stretch. While the area isn't exactly pining for performances like with these puppets, it doesn't hurt to remind people of how awesome Verdun can be (hint: see #22).

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