Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios at Ontario Place: Toronto

A view of Cirque du Soleil’s Grand Chapiteau from the air as we fly into Billy Bishop Airport from Boston.

Kurios is one of our all time favourite Cirque du Soleil shows. We just couldn’t wait for the big top to come to Boston so when we headed to Toronto, a visit Ontario Place was a must when we found out that Kurios was in town. Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is one of Cirque du Soleil’s “big top” or “grand chapiteau” shows which means it take place in their circus tent of epic proportions. I strongly believe that everyone must see Cirque du Soleil at least once in their lives. Any Cirque du Soleil show will do but my number one recommendation would be a performance under the big tent and of those performances Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is exceptional. We were invited to Ontario Place in Toronto to review the show.

The crowd walking towards le Grand Chapiteau to see Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

Ontario Place is located on 155 acres of waterfront property in Toronto. This iconic location is a venue for outdoor and indoor waterfront activities including live music, festivals, special events and more. From now through July 17th Cirque du Soleil has taken up residence at Ontario Place. It is the perfect spot to pitch this grande circus tent full of steampunk curiosities.

Live incredible music is another aspect of these performances that sets Cirque du Soleil above and beyond so many other performances and circuses.

As I mentioned before, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is our family’s favourite Cirque du Soleil shows. Kurios has three of my all time favourite acts and the soundtrack is constantly playing at home as we go about our daily lives.

You could see this show a dozen times and always find something new. Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is a rare gem in Cirque du Soleil’s treasure chest of jewels.

Tickets for Kurios can be purchased here and start at $70 (certain dates only). There are special hotel packages if you want to go all out with Hotel X ‘s Kurios inspired suite or Shangri-La’s Hotel package. Discount tickets can sometimes be found on Groupon. Accessible and group tickets are available as well as family packages.

Performers engaging with the crowd at Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities at Ontario Place.

The nice thing about le grand chapiteau is that even the “cheap seats” are fairly close to the action and you can enjoy the show from any seat even a partial view seat is not too shabby.

The ring is transformed throughout the show for a variety of truly impressive acts that include everything from the littlest digits on the performers hands to full bodies flying through the air.

Getting There

Ontario Place has two parking lots for public parking. Entrances to the parking lots can be accessed from Remembrance Drive and Ontario Place Boulevard. Please visit their parking page for more info. We did not have a car in Toronto and were running a little late, so we opted to take an Uber to the show. If you plan ahead, you can also take public transportation.

The 121D (Ontario Place-Cherry Beach) branch, which connects to the Subway at Union Station has two stops within Ontario Place at Remembrance Drive and Ontario Place Boulevard and at Remembrance Drive and Ontario Place Boulevard – Centre Entrance. The following routes are within a 10 – 15 mins walk from Ontario Place: 29A, 29C, 121, 121A, 329, 504B, 509, 511.

Of course you can also walk or bike to the show at Ontario Place. There is a pedestrian and bike path called The Martin Goodman Trail that runs past Ontario Place along Lake Shore Blvd from Etobicoke in the west end to the beaches in the east end.
Travelling by GO Transit

Take the Lakeshore Line to Exhibition GO Station and walk 8 minutes south to Ontario Place. We encourage visitors to check routes on the GO Train website(opens in a new tab) and set the destination to 955 Lake Shore Blvd West.

Now all you have to do is get tickets and enjoy the show!

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