Guess how we celebrated the very first day of school? Going to the circus of course. Yatadadadadadada Circus, Yatadadadadadada Chonilla, Shrine Circus, Chonilla Family…

We had the absolute pleasure to visit the Annual Shrine Circus this year, up close and personal. With 251 years of Zerbini family circus history, we we’re sure to have a great time before the summer ends.

We had the chance to get inside Canada’s largest and most beautiful big  top. Our gracious host Richard Curtis and his wife the lovely Kimberly Zerbini are both Ringmasters (by the way Mrs. Curtis is the only Ringmistress in Canada, go Kim!). Kim was mostly hosting the show in French and did a great job (plus I loved her outfit especially her hat, I want it).

We we’re greeted inside the Marquis Tent with all the food and toy goodies. We had the chance to see the elephants Marie & Shell (I wanted to take Shell home, she was not shy, total Diva. look at her in the pictures above). You can tell they we’re happy because the last time I went to a zoo, Edmonton Zoo that is it, the elephant there was just sad and lonely… (check past episodes to hear the conversation in regards to that). Did you know elephants get six sets of teeth in their lifetime and eat 400 lbs a day, WOW!

I have to admit at first I was a bit worried to visit a circus because I was hesitant on how they treat their animals. But I was informed the Zerbini Family have a massive amount of property where they give each set of animals a turn to stroll their land.

Now do you remember how I mentioned in a previous article I was a deprived child and never been to the circus before in my young life, WELL, this filled another area of my inner child (little me was happy) and it was a total joy to see the kids in awe and amazement visiting the animals up close and Richard who was amazing at explaining the background of the acts, the people behind the scene and the work they put in while touring Canada and providing what I think one of the best family entertainment.

We saw a Human Cannonball with Saturn Garcis which he also is The Dare Devil in the Wheel of Destiny. By the way he nearly made my heart run out of my chest while I was holding my breath during his performance. Incredible!


I must confess, I have never seen a clown up close before (you know the traditional looking clowns) and I’m glad the Videla Clown musical was there for some who may have a fear of them. The Videla Family we’re funny, their monocycle skills was on point. OH! One of the performers his name is Christian Videla who is 13 years old, what a talent, he was phenomena, supposedly he’s been clowning since 2 years old and my son who’s 14 years old was expressing to me how impressed he was by him. It was a reminder to stick to what you love and go for it.

There is so much more but I guess you’ll have to hear the show about our experience with the entire family on mics. Oh! I almost forgot, Clove was also part of the show… more on that as well in the podcast.

What I appreciate the most about this circus is seeing all these families grown together, work together, the partnership and how each contribute to one another,  it’s the best cooperation I have witness, even Richard “Ringmaster” pitched in, so great to see.

The Shrine Circus will definitely become our new yearly Chonilla Family tradition for us to enjoy every single year. It’s fun, it’s really affordable, animal friendly and again a great way to connect with your friends and family.

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