Arctic: A Man Under The Ice with Mario Cyr -Starting April 21, 2022

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  • TCU Place and SaskTel Centre are pleased to be partnering to bring an exciting new experience to Saskatoon.

    TCU Place and SaskTel Centre

    On April 20thARCTIC: A Man Under The Ice will premiere in Saskatoon as the first stop outside of its home province of Quebec, and on the way to an international tour across Canada, the United States, and Europe. The show will run in Saskatoon from April 20th – May 29th, with a possible extension to June 19th, and will be located at Midtown Plaza in Downtown Saskatoon

    ARCTIC: A Man Under The ICE

    The immersive exhibition ARCTIC: A Man Under The Ice, with internationally acclaimed wildlife and underwater cinematographer Mario Cyr, invites the audience on a journey to a mysterious and almost-inaccessible place: the Canadian Arctic. As they travel through images taken from Mario’s expeditions, visitors will be drawn to the breathtaking beauty of the spectacular landscapes. Polar bears, walruses, narwhals, sea angels, and large marine mammals cross his path. Witnessing the magnificence of these endangered landscapes and the creatures that inhabit them, visitors will also become aware of their fragility. Visitors experience the feeling of being on a real expedition to a world that few people will ever visit.

    The experience is officially supported and endorsed by The Ocean Decade, a global UNESCO program that seeks to stimulate ocean science and knowledge generation to reverse the decline of the state of the ocean system and catalyze new opportunities for sustainable development of this massive marine ecosystem.

    This immersive exhibition was designed and produced by Lilli Marcotte and Benoit Landry based on an original idea by Jeannot Painchaud in conjunction with Éloize Expo.

    The Experience


    As you walk into the life-sized BASE CAMP, watch as the explorer meets his invaluable Inuit guides. Then let yourself be transported THROUGH MARIO’S LENS, a mosaic of 300 stunning photos of subjects including northern lights, polar bears, walruses, and starfish taken over the years and his 12,000 dives. Next, discover THE FLOE EDGE, the intersection of ice and sea that teems with life, before entering THE ICEBERG GARDEN, a total immersion into an 

    elaborate dance of larger-than-life images, accompanied by whale song and the music of Jean-Michel Blais. Then THE CAVE features three fascinating documentary videos. The exhibition culminates with a virtual dive with Mario Cyr in a 360-degree projection space—an awe-inspiring experience of the richness of life BELOW THE ARCTIC ICE. Click HERE for a preview of ARCTIC – A MAN UNDER THE ICE.


    About Éloize Expo

    Éloize Expo, the new division of Cirque Éloize, creates and develops interactive exhibitions that allow the public to live a touching and educational immersive experiences, brought to life by the latest digital technology and the creative talent of the team. (Note: It uses similar technology to Imagine Van Gogh, but the experience is more interactive and more family-friendly.)

    Target Market and Accessibility

     The ARCTIC experience is ideal for all ages and is particularly good as a family excursion. Young and old will enjoy the interactive experience, whether on a date night, grandparents' special treat with young ones, student groups, or a special family outing. Centrally located in Midtown Plaza, the exhibit is easy to access by car, walking, or public transit. There is abundant underground and surface-level parking at Midtown Plaza.

     The exhibit will be open from Tuesday – to Sunday, during regular mall operating hours. The exhibit is wheelchair friendly and accessible to all. Attendance is limited to 45 people every 15 minutes to ensure the optimal experience for all.

    Themes and Connections

    • The ARCTIC experience shows firsthand the fragility of the ocean and the decay over many years.
    • The experience is deeply connected to our Innuit / Indigenous relatives, and Mario Cyr is grateful for the generosity of the Inuit People as they shared their land for exploration.



    • Tickets are priced from $27 - $46 including GST. Children under 5 are always FREE.
    • Special rates for students, seniors, and groups.
    • Call the TCU Place Box Office to make special arrangements for school groups/classes. 306-975-7799

    Tickets are available from the TCU Place website: Grab your Ticket Here


    Important Dates / Events

    • Tuesday, March 29th – Public Announcement and Tickets On sale – Press Conference at TCU Place at 10:00 am
    • Wednesday, April 20th – Media & VIP Day – Includes a Media Conference and first viewing of the exhibition for community ambassadors
    • Thursday, April 21st - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    Friday, April 22nd – Earth Day – Details for Special Earth Day programming to come 


    Below the Ice with Mario Cyr dives into the unknown on a trip through a frigid world.

    Its beauty will melt your heart.” ”Nabi-Alexandre Chartier, TÉLÉJOURNAL DE RADIO-CANADA

    “The icy waters of the Arctic, up close and personal. Accompanied by music by Jean-Michel Blais, the experience is exhilarating.” Silvia Galipeau, LA PRESSE

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