Just For Laughs 2010

This is only my second time going to the festivals in Montreal (Jazz + Just for Laughs) but it’s always been funtimes hanging out with the crew. This year, the Just For Laughs festival moved to the same place that the Jazz Festival is held at. I think it’s called the Theatre des Spectacles or Quartier des Spectacles, around Place Des Arts metro, going down St. Catherines and up Jeanne-Mance. We got there a little early, and there wasn’t much stuff going on, seems they only opened later in the evening. We did see some music busker people setting up on the street and I got a photo with them because they sang pretty well, had interesting instruments, and were kind of cute. Bahaha.

He's touching meeeeee

They were just about the only thing to see at that hour, so I gave them money. We then headed to Chinatown to bum around, have bubble tea, play touch screen games, and have fun taking photo stickers. I love photo stickers. They are posed, but spontaneous at the same time and so instant, that you have to keep them and it’s like you’re changing in the same box. Because, let’s face it, all photo booths are more or less the same. I have amassed quite a collection and I hope it keeps growing and growing. And growing. Because of all these changes that have happened even without me noticing, kind of, it’s strange to look back on the photos with old friends, high school friends, some that you don’t talk to anymore, some that you’ve reunited with, old boyfriends, photos that you’ve forgotten. It’s just nice to see. Now, with such a big change, a la leaving my dearest friends behind, I’ve come to treasure these little snapshots of our relationships.

So, we head back to the festival after a stint in Chinatown, and got in line for the Luminarium. It is this huge bubble thing made of some sort of rubbery material made by a British man who’s name escapes me, all stitched together my hand. Some of the fabric is opaque while others are coloured and semi-transparent. It’s all very interesting, and I think the coolest part is that there is no light inside. Instead, the sunlight comes through the semi-transparent parts to light the atmosphere inside. It’s very calming, and they have great music inside, no running, no shoes, just people sitting around this vast area lounging. Very fun.

Here's a part of what it looks like from the outside. With Adrienne's head. The place is about 3-4x that size.

Inside the Luminarium.

I feel like I've stepped into the future.

Honestly, that is how I imagine the future to be, when we live on other planets that don’t quite have the oxygen levels that humans need to survive. We will live in bubbly things like the luminarium.

Of course, on the street of the festival, there are just so many things to be seen. Aside from the food, and drinks, and giant chessboards, you’re likely to encounter the most eclectic combination of random and dastardly things in one setting.

Giant tongues...

A humpback man...

People on stilts. Oh the horror.

People on stilts are terrifying. I remember last year at the festival, they had this one woman on stilts who’s character was a kind of raggedy-ann/porcelain doll/zombie bride crossbreed, and had the personality of a maniacal haunted travelling circus. She was horrifying and I was severely disturbed by her, and now by extension, all people on stilts. I know what they are and all that, but there’s just something so wrong about it. From their overly theatrical and menacing personalities to their horse feet. It’s just one of those things on my list of fears. I’m scared of a lot of strange things that I shouldn’t be scared of: people on stilts, clowns, balloons, and doorknobs. I think those are the top things.


Creepy mascots...

Soapy sudsy booths...

And a giant floating Rose.

So many things to see at this festival and as long as you’re with good people, or even by yourself, it’s all good fun, and it won’t be something that you’ll forget anytime soon.

And then I went to see Inception.

Holy mindfuck.