The Smoke N’ Mirrors Show

is a critical analysis of the mainstream media and a platform for alternative perspectives on world events.  A mix of theatre, comedy, video and live projections inside the mesmerizing XPression Gallery, “Smoke N’ Mirrors” is a very surreal “alice in wonderland” like experience.  Hosted by Jay Lemieux, featuring Ty Cardaci, Tatiana Koroleva, “The Truther Girls”  and music by Talk/Sing Skeleton.

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Saturday, June 25th
XPression Gallery (5334 De Gaspe, #308)
9pm, Pay-what-you-can


Ty Cardaci

Excerpts from 3 shows;

Poet Lariat and actorvist Taillefer Cardaci is digging and offering up excerpts from his last 3 political comedy one-man shows, including
“How the west was spun!” an exhilarating  spin  thru the life’s work of America’s greatest political satirist and cowboy Cherokee trickster extraordinaire Will Rogers’
artfully interweaving monologues packed full of 100% Will Rogers’ classic good humor,
“I got an idea how to stop war. Pass a law in congress that no Country can start a war until they pay for the last one!”
(Cardaci is the recipient of the Will Rogers
Memorial Award for,   “BEST COMEDY

“Whirled Noose” featuring his unique brand of physical, political, and prop comedy- variety…that takes Will Rogers trickster spirit into the future!


a one man slap stick political satire variety wild west  buffoon burlesque!

He is currently working on a new show with material he has been developing in Montreal over the last three years studying at L’ Ecole du Mime Omnibus and L’ Ecole du Clown et Comedy Francine Cote here in Montreal.

Jay Lemieux

is a video activist, producer and media literacy teacher.  He helped create the “Smoke N’ Mirrors” show with Math Boylan and Sandrine Charbonneau.  He’s made numerous short documentaries on the subject of advertising, culture jamming and the commodification of the arts and culture.  He is also a founding member of the Infringement Festival and has been involved ever since.

Tatiana Korelava

is a performance artist born in Western Siberia. Her works explore various ways of resistance against dominating standards for individual body in post-capitalist culture. Tatiana has graduated from the Visual Arts Department of the State University of New York in Buffalo, USA as the Fulbright Program scholarship holder. Currently she is working on her PhD research at the Department of Humanities at Concordia University (Canada), integrating Theater Studies, Studio Art and Communication. She has taken part in numerous international exhibitions and festivals.

In my artistic work, video and performances, I investigate the possibilities of resistance to the dominant corporeal standard.  Physical body which absorbed the very materiality of state intervention into biological domain exists in the state of continuous repression, but at the same time it accumulates the potential for the unlimited deconstruction of the established order. The very physicality of the body serves as a perfect background for the subversion of social expectations on corporeal practices. I understand self-adoration, fetishism, self-abuse and other forms of marginalized sensuality as ways to resist socially controlled discourses of pleasure. A game with strictly imposed rules, pleasure, is turned in my pieces into the form of corporeal creativity open to all variations and forms. In general my pieces are meant to reveal the possibility of alternative modes of physical and psychic being in contemporary culture resulted from the state of repression and discontent.

Talk/Sing Skeleton

From the coldest depths of a Montreal winter was forged a band composed of a most varied musical background: Talk/Sing Skeleton! An infant of not even a year old, yet growing in style and assurance, the seven member ensemble brings to the listener a fine blend of folk and gypsy grooves, with lyrics in French and English that are sure to make one ponder the outer reaches of the human psyche, melodies of both a sorrowful and colourful nature, and rhythms to sway slowly or dance without worry to. Simple but complex, organized yet chaotic and at times wonderfully unexpected, Talk/Sing Skeleton looks forward to seeing you on the dance floor at this year’s infringement festival and beyond!

Sandrine Charbonneau

Professionnally trained as a classical dancer and also … as a stand up comic, Sandrine Charbonneau truly enjoys to mix all styles of performance.
For this special edition of Smoke and Mirrors, she’s preparing to blow people’s mind with a politickle-burlesque number where she will perform the role of a female soldier getting back in touch with her feminine roots.

Infringement Therapy

Individual, couple, and group “clients” are given appointments for infringement therapy: after being diagnosed by a theatrical Doctor, they are prescribed an interactive, dramatic and therapeutic journey. The goal of infringement therapy is to purge the “clients” of their deepest, darkest oppressions, and empower them to transform their daily social reality! RSVP by email (

Saturday, June 25
2 – 3:30pm (appointments), ends @ 5 pm.
Parc des Amériques at corner of Saint-Laurent & Rachel
Pay-What-You-Can (In English)

Jackie van de Geer

The Paperbag Queen

The paperbag Queen performs her List of Things!
With an interactive performance we will discover the diversity of Paperbag country: politics/religion/voting system and many other typical habits.
Come see this comedy and become a permanent resident!

16/17/18 June, 8pm
La Barraque
928 Rue sainte Catherine East
( metro Berri)

Les Fantasques

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Après-midi d’INtrospection: Grève d’Inhibitions

À l’intérieur de la maison, petits et grands sont attendus.  Dans un contexte d’improvisation et d’imagerie mentale,un parcours à suivre avec son instinct où différentes situations vivantes seront créées afin d’atteindre un état méditatif, pour toucher à la présence authentique. Trois « spécialistes » guideront les visiteurs à travers des mouvements et des actions, de la manipulation d’objets, des jeux d’ombres et de voix.

June 19th
La Baraque, 928 Sainte-Catherine East
8 pm, $10 Suggested Donation

The Orange Eyes


Dogwoman is a bilingual piece where three unlikely characters meet up around a pole and in a coktailbar. Playing with rolemodels and an interactive soundtrack provided by the audience.

La Barraque
928 St. Catherine East
June 16/17/18 at 9 pm

Candyass Tiki Luau Cabaret

Hawaiian Beach Party night! Shake your tikis! Molotov cocktails! Masks! Smoke Bombs! Police escorts! We go all out for special effects! Its the last Candyass Cabaret of the season till we return in September.
A schmear of delightful sometimes challenging entertainment… for your eyes and ears to feast on. A tasty blend of artists in the heart of the historic entertainment district and the Main. A dab of drag and a bissel of burlesque. Shake your tikis and wear your tackiest tropical shirt its going to be a hot night.

Guizo LaNuit sexy drag king and breaker of ladies hearts is the MC of the evening
The Dead Dolls will misinterpret polynesian dance
Nat King Pole – Drag King extraordinaire !
Delightful burlesque crooner Damiana Dolce
Lady Hoops -sassy and sexy hooper
Diane LaBelle the sublime badass bellydancer
Reena the drag queen will entertain you
Corey and Millie the puppet sing a song of the South Pacific

LIMBO CONTEST! Win incredibly bad prizes in our contest!
Talent! Titties! Toupees!
Get hammered on the Cleopatra Cocktail!! Buy stuff you don’t need from our cute cigarette girl.
The DJ will make you shimmy yer booty after the show as only a stripclub DJ can!

Cafe Cleo, 1230 Saint-Laurent Boul(second floor)
June 22, DOORS : 9pm / Showtime 10pm
Admission : $10
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Closing Festival Picnic

After nine days of intense infringement, artists and collaborators will be partying & dining in style on the mountain!

Gazebo on Mount-Royal (Just north of ave des Pins)
June 24, 5pm
Free / Bring a dish /BYOW/B