Annual artistic event created on the edge of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), the OFFTA is a festival dedicated to avant-garde creation in live art. It aims to scout, throughout the year, the local artistic landscape in order to put forward creators whose practice leads new trends in theatre, dance and performance. The OFFTA bases its identity on an artistic direction that encourages strong and singular approaches, emerging practices and experimentation.

Following the disappearance of the Festival international de nouvelle danse (FIND) and the Nouvelle Scène section of the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques1, a large part of the artistic community was left without a platform; the idea of the OFFTA consequently emerged.

It is with vision and determination that five young theatre artists (Jasmine Catudal, Stephanie Capistran-Lalonde, Johanne Haberlin, Emmanuelle Kirouac-Sanche and Jacques Laroche) organized the first edition. From May 23rd to June 7th, 2007, seven plays were presented in five different venues. The various acts of support from the community and the numerous positive reactions proved the importance of an “OFF” in the cultural landscape of Montreal.

The following year and for subsequent editions, the festival’s artistic committee became pluridisciplinary by integrating members from the fields of dance, visual arts and contemporary practices. With the numerous project proposals and undeniable media support, the festival acquired a solid reputation among the public and the artistic community. The OFFTA rapidly became an essential showcase for the national and international exposure of local artists. An impressive number of renowned artists presented their work in the context of the festival, such as Mani Soleymanlou, Félix-Antoine Boutin, Philippe Boutin, Maxime Carbonneau, Sarah Berthiaume, L’eau du bain, Jacob Wren, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Adam Kinner, Mélanie Demers, Étienne Lepage, Frédérick Gravel, Nicolas Cantin, Emmanuel Schwartz, Sylvie Cotton, Production Porte-Parole and Nadège Grebmeier-Forget.

Again and again, the OFFTA aspires to decompartmentalise contemporary art practices along with their respective audiences. In keeping with its vision of disciplinary encounters, the OFFTA produces and presents hybrid events which challenge established live art practices and question modes of representation, as well as facilitate participation, dialogue and cooperation.

The OFFTA is a structuring platform for young Montreal artists that creates, produces and presents their work. The festival offers residencies of research and creation as well as dramaturgic support for several of the selected projects. It gives access to professional means of production and communications to all the artists of the program, and act as a first link between young artists and national and international presenters who are in Montreal at this time of year. With these levers, the OFFTA festival aims to amplify the strong voices of its generation.


Why get a solidarity pass?

By getting a pass, not only will you receive all the necessary infos about the festival, you also commit as a festivalgoer. Because this is risk taking for the artist and public alike, because our communities are actually in precarious financial conditions, we decided to open up the accessibility of the festival by offering a pass at various prices. If your financial means allow it, it is strongly recommended to get a solidarity pass that provides a donation of $20, $40 or $60.

Such donations are crucial to support the mission of the OFFTA. Would you wish to make a more important donation, you could do so here. Note that charitable receipts will be issued for all donations.

How can I attend the events of the programme ?

1. Starting April 8th
→ get your pass at offta.com
In the coming weeks, find out more about the artists and activities of the festival and start making your selection with the program timelines.

2. Two weeks before the festival,
→ you will receive an email allowing you to create an account on our booking and broadcasting platform. Select the performances you wish to attend.

3. During the festival
→ log in to the platform to watch all the performances. You will receive an email reminder 24h before every performance you selected.

Can I attend to outdoor performances?

Much to our regret, the current sanitary measures do not allow us to welcome any public during the outdoor performances. However, they will all be broadcasted live. By logging in at the right time to the booking and watching platform, you can attend the performance online.


Thanks to the support of its partners and patrons, the OFFTA can offer grants to the festival’s standout artists or collectives. These will be awarded to creators who have contributed to the vitality of the Montreal and Quebec live art scene. Recipients will be announced at the end of the festival.

Audacity Grant – Caisse Desjardins de la Culture
Awarded to an individual artist or group for audacious practices fostering new perspectives. Recipient will be selected by the OFFTA’s artistic committee.
Created 25 years ago by and for the cultural sector, Caisse Desjardins de la Culture helps artists, artisans, creators and the self-employed to realize their projects, whether personal or professional.

Hybridity Grant – Mois Multi – Festival international d’arts multidisciplinaires et électroniques Awarded to an individual artist or group who strongly stands out through a practice successfully merging languages, materials, techniques, forms or artistic processes of various kinds. The grant is awarded by a committee of the Recto-Verso team, producer of the Mois Multi festival.

Committee’s special mention from LA SERRE – arts vivants
The artist or group chosen will receive a residency at the Ateliers de LA SERRE – arts vivants in 2020–2021. Recipient will be selected by LA SERRE – arts vivants’ team.


OFFTA is looking for volunteers

Every year, a dedicated team of volunteers contributes to the success of the OFFTA, live art festival. We are currently seeking volunteers for this 13th edition, which will take place from May 28th to June 6th, 2021.

Volunteering at OFFTA is an opportunity to see the shows of the program, discover the festival’s backstage and be actively engaged in the live art community by joining a fantastic team !

If you have any question, contact Camille Bédard, Artistic and General Coordinator, at cbedard@laserre.ca



Public Partners
Gouvernement du Québec Canada Council for the Arts Canadian Heritage Conseil des arts de Montréal Ville de Montréal - Division festivals & événements


International Partners
Office for a Human Theatre (OHT) Take me Somewhere HAUT La Bellone
Associates Partners
Caisse Desjardins de la Culture Georges Laoun Opticien Location Sauvageau Zone Festival