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A festive and unifying mess!
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Show description

From January 31 to February 24, 2024, 14 performers, a bird and an array of multidisciplinary designers will take over Limoilou's magnificent Saint-Charles church with their gentle madness, for a very special celebration. After a decade of impressing crowds the world over, Machine de Cirque returns to its home town with this new creation.

The Grand-Mess' experience

Machine de Cirque invites Quebec City residents and tourists visiting the region in February 2024 to a major festive experience.

Grand-Mess' is a jubilant existential parade-show, tailor-made for Limoilou's Saint-Charles church. Before the public's eyes, an improbable and playful community makes the church its home. A chaotic, festive gathering, Grand-Mess' is a celebration in which we try to find - with pain and misery and humor - a common meaning to our absurd existence. For life is a never-ending procession that we have not chosen to follow. It has no meaning - or rather, it has only one: onwards and upwards!  

Magnified by the sensitive and mischievous touch of Martin Genest (stage director), the church will become, night after night, the site of a miracle to be celebrated, each in his or her own way. Together, artists and spectators will look this reborn life in the face, in a joyful blend of self-mockery, the sacred and the profane, poetry and irreverence. Grand-Mess' is an immersive experience, a breathless acrobatic parade, a tender and mocking look at our human condition, a collective ritual to warm up the month of February.


General admission

Special holiday rate until January 2, 2024. Don't delay!

Rates for children 12 and under available.

Enhance your experience with the purchase of a signature cocktail. 2 discount on online purchase.

Group rates available. For group reservations, please call 1 833-624-7783 #0.


  • Doors and bar open: 7 p.m.
  • Free exploratory tour: 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Heart of the event (show): 8 p.m.
  • After : 9 pm to 11 pm

In the media

Le Soleil - An un-Catholic mass at Limoilou's Saint-Charles church

Le Journal de Québec - Falconry, hair acrobatics and more: Machine de Cirque sets the church on fire

Carrefour de Québec - Limoilou welcomes new Machine de Cirque show

Mon Limoilou - A circus "Grand-Mess'" this winter at Limoilou's Saint-Charles church

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