Cirque Du Soleil Shows in Ottawa 2020
Cirque du Soleil is an entertainment firm in Montreal, Canada. It is not just an entertainment company, it is the biggest theatrical firm on the planet. Cirque de Soleil was established on the 7th of July, 1984 in Baie-Sait-Paul by Gilles Ste-Croix and Guy Laliberte who used to be street entertainers.
Guy Laliberte and Gilles Ste-Croix used to be known by the name Les Echanssiers and were known for going round Quebec, performing. Their status changed when they got a grant from the Canada Council for Arts.
Although established in 1984, Cirque du Soleil had to wait till 1990s and the 2000s before enjoying some real expansion. It expanded so much that it had shows in all parts of the continent with the exception of Antarctica. In addition to being a success as far as entertainment is concerned, Cirque du Soleil is also a commercial success. All the shows that were organized by Cirque du Soleil provide jobs for up to 4, 000 people from various parts of the world. Furthermore, these many shows bring about an estimated income of $810 million. Although these statistics are amazing, even more amazing is the fact that the shows held in Las Vegas makes a steady form of income available for up to 9,000 people every night.
Since coming into the limelight, Cirque du Soleil has attracted lots of nominations, as well as awards. Some of these awards are a Rose d’Or in 1989, a Bambi Award in 1997, three Gemini Awards, three Drama Desk Awards which were won in 1991, 1998, and 2013, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and four Primetime Emmy Awards.
Just like a lot of other established brands in the entertainment sector, Cirque du Soleil has been involved in a fair share of legal battles. These legal battles have arisen from copyright, as well as trademark issues. One of the most famous disputes that this firm has been involved in is its dispute with Neil Goldberg and Cirque Productions. This legal battle was birthed in the late 1990s because of the use of “cirque” in Neil Goldberg’s company. After some years of legal battles, Neil Goldberg’s firm was finally given a trademark for “Cirque Dreams’.
That’s not all about Cirque Du Soleil and legal battles involving trademarks. In 1999, an application for trademarking Cirque de Flame was submitted by Fremonster Theatrical. Three years after this application for a trademark was submitted, Cirque du Soleil opposed it. Their reason for opposing the trademark move of Cirque de Flame was it would cause some level of confusion and have a negative effect on the special quality attributed to Cirque du Soleil’s trademark. Just like Cirque du Soleil lost its fight with Neil Goldberg and his firm, it also lost the fight with Fremonster Theatrical in 2005.
One other legal battle that Cirque du Soleil Ottawa got involved in was a copyright infringement that was filed against Timbaland, Sony Music Entertainment, and Justin Timberlake. This was done because Timberlake’s song was alleged to be a copyright from “Steel Dream’, a song by Cirque du Soleil.