Cirque du Soleil to come to Ontario Place while future of site remains unknown
|globalnews.ca 11 Feb 2019 at 08:36|
The future of the site remains unclear, however, as the government is currently looking to redevelop the grounds. A call for private development proposals was made earlier this year.
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“While we keep one eye on the long-term development of the Ontario Place site, our government is also working to help people reconnect with this iconic piece of property on Toronto’s Waterfront,” said a statement from Ford.
The deal inked means 80-90 Cirque shows will be held at Ontario Place.
“We are excited to bring back a Cirque du Soleil touring show to Ontario Place; an important location for Ontario residents renowned for its large-scale entertainment events,” said Finn Taylor, senior vice president of touring shows at Cirque du Soleil.
The Montreal-based company has previously staged productions on the site, including ‘Corteo’ in 2005. Tourism Minister Michael Tibollo said, “Partnering with an organization like Cirque du Soleil will reinvigorate a space that has been neglected and under-utilized.”
Plans to overhaul the 155-acres of land has not come without controversy.
Suzanne Kavanagh with the group ‘Ontario Place for All’ said,“there has been some really great planning work on Ontario Place in recent years and opening the park up for private sector bids throws all that planning out the window.”
While historically significant, structures on the land such as the iconic Cinesphere are not protected and could possibly be torn down depending on the final plan.