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Cirque du Soleil coming to Zibi in 2017

Brand new show VOLTA to be presented at Zibi starting August 2017

Gatineau, December 7, 2016 – Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp., in partnership with La Ville de Gatineau and Place des Festivals are pleased to announce they have signed an agreement to host the Cirque du Soleil at Zibi starting in August 2017.

The Cirque du Soleil will bring its brand new touring show to the Ottawa-Gatineau region, VOLTA, which will take place this summer coinciding with Gatineau 2017 ‘s exciting activities to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“We are proud to welcome this international cultural icon to Zibi, and the thousands of visitors and tourists who will come to experience VOLTA,” said Jeff Westeinde, Executive Chairman of the Windmill Development Group. “It has been a shared vision for us and la Ville de Gatineau to see Zibi play a central role in the revitalization of downtown Gatineau and its riverfront.”

“We are extremely excited about this announcement and believe that having a relationship with such an important cultural icon such as Cirque du Soleil is vital in redefining the Ottawa-Gatineau region as a culturally thriving metropolis,” said Daniel Marinovic, Senior Vice President, Dream Unlimited Corp.

After welcoming over 60 landmark socio-cultural events such as MEGAPHONO, Latin Sparks Island Edition, and the RBC Bluesfest, Zibi is proud to reinforce its position as an important cultural hub.

From August 3rd to 27th 2017, Ottawa-Gatineau residents and tourists alike will have the chance to attend one of the 31 performances of VOLTA, each with a capacity of nearly 2500 people. 2017 is sure to be a banner year for Ottawa-Gatineau tourism, and VOLTA opens the possibility of more Cirque du Soleil shows to come over the next six years.

Gatineau’s municipal council yesterday approved a $300,000 investment to help transform the site into the Place des Festivals’ new temporary home, and allow it to welcome the Cirque du Soleil in August 2017. Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited Corp. will be investing an additional $400,000 on the Zibi site to complete the necessary work.

“I am proud to partner with Dream Unlimited Corp. and Windmill Development Group on this announcement today,” said Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin. “We have always viewed Zibi as a cultural and economic partner for our revitalized downtown, today’s announcement cements this role.”