Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival receives almost $4 million in government money

A general view of the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal on July 24, 2012. The Canadian Press Images/Denis Beaumont

Montreal’s iconic Just for Laughs festival is making its post-pandemic return with financial support from both the Quebec and federal governments.

The bilingual comedy fest will see an injection of a combined $3.8 million.

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The government of Quebec is allocating a total of $1.8 million in financial assistance to the JFL festival, which kicks off Thursday and will run through July 31.

The Canadian government, through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will provide another $1.7 million over two years for both the 2021 and 2022 editions.

According to a statement, the funds will support the artistic programming in both official languages.

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“To the delight of everyone taking part, the 39th Just For Laughs will be held in person this summer. This comedy festival holds a special place in the heart of our community. The event is a must-see, and we’re proud to contribute to such a rich lineup.” Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault said.

The financial aid comes after a challenging 16 months for the arts and culture space, which has been struggling due to COVID-19 restrictions since March 2020.

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Just For Laughs organizers say this year’s festivities will be a mix of virtual and in-person events.

Shows will include scaled-back live shows in Montreal, as well as satellite performances in New York City and Los Angeles.

As in previous years, the event will feature bilingual, cosmopolitan and extensive programming both indoors and outdoors.

Activities will take place at Place des Festivals and at several venues in the Quartier des spectacles.

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