Created, performed, written & co-directed by Sylvia Cloutier
Co-directed & designed by Clea Minaker

How were we once the strongest survivors in the world to a people now facing the highest suicide rate among our Inuit youth? – Sylvia Cloutier

January 11th – 15th, @ 7pm

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"Wildside is an opportunity for some of Montreal's most talented and adventurous artists to deepen their exploration and work."
Rose Plotek, Wildside Curator


HUSH is a response to how I feel about the suicide crisis in my hometown Kuujjuaq, Quebec. A suicide rate twelve times higher than the National average made no sense to me until I asked myself: How did we go from once being the strongest survivors in the world with no outside help, to facing the greatest loss of our young people to suicide in the world? This is the question that drove me to create the play HUSH and to explore how a community is impacted by the loss of someone to suicide. – Sylvia Cloutier

Above banner image by Clea Minaker. Photos below by Laurence Plouffe.


Sylvia Cloutier
Creator, performer, writer & co-director
Clea Minaker
Co-director, Designer

Creative Team

Sylvia Cloutier - Co-director, Playwright, Performer
Clea Minaker - Co-director, Designer
Flavia Hevia - Lighting Designer


A hunter scene of an inuk performer plays a hunter who hunts on the sea ice under the moonlight.

About Wildside

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Wildside Festival takes a more hands-on approach by presenting fewer shows, interacting more closely with the artists with two-week residencies of dramaturgy and technical support for each company.

Wildside Residencies @ Centaur

In this new model, the Centaur is supporting these projects through a residency to their encounter with an audience, a vital step in the development of new work.

The Wildside Festival celebrates work which takes risks in a variety of ways that are meant to surprise and provoke the audience. We believe that is an important aspect of the Festival. That said, the content of this year’s line up contains very mature imagery, stage craft and subject matter. If you are concerned that this may be a challenge for you and want more information on the specifics please contact our Box Office and we will be happy to discuss the nature of the work with you.