One smile
at a time

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In short

The Caravane Philanthrope is a collective of humanitarian artists closely connected to the communities we work with. Our simple goal is to change the world one smile at a time. Our organization, based in Québec, is composed mostly of Québecois artists but also includes members from across Canada and Europe.

Locally, we work with vulnerable children and marginalized communities (homeless persons, hospice residents, First Nations Communities, etc.). Internationally, we travel where we feel we are needed (refugee camps, orphanages, slums, etc.)

We offer many varied projects aimed at supporting  the well-being and fulfillment of individuals and the communities they belong to. We do this through artistic and social endeavors that are mainly composed of social circus and humanitarian clown practices.

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Projects and news

Salvador Project (testimony)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clc3ZyaPAao Salvador February 28, 2020 – Report of our artists Vanessa Kneales and Felix Tessier Imbault   A...

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A little word from our chief clown dictator (Guillaume Vermette)

It was during a therapeutic clown project in Bolivia, in July 2019, that our dear Marie Veillette and...

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Shows and entertainment

Nos spectacles et nos animations sont offerts par notre équipe d’artistes humanitaires, qui ont d’impressionnantes carrières artistiques derrière la cravate! Ils et...

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Projects

Since being founded on October 1st, 2019, we’ve implemented many projects aimed at breaking isolation and spreading happiness among vulnerable children and marginalized populations in Quebec (retirement homes, people experiencing homelessness, etc.) and internationally (refugee camps, orphanages, etc.).

We were able to make several humanitarian trips abroad before the Covid-19 pandemic significantly disrupted our activities and forced us to cancel many of our projects. Currently, we have succeeded in adapting our activities in order to get involved locally, while respecting proper health measures and social distancing.

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Media appearances

Guillaume Vermette: Humanitarian Clown Entertaining his Neighbours

April 3, 2020

..the Caravane Philanthrope, with its many artists, brings some light to those who need it the most...
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The barrier of the mask

May 2, 2020

Jérôme Blanchette, born with a deep deafness, had started to visit long-term care facilities before the pandemic.
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Guillaume Vermette: Trader of Smiles

May 2, 2020

Humanitarian clown Guillaume Vermette has made the choice to continue to be involved in putting smiles back on people.
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Ti-Cass: the Clown with the Heart of a Child

May 20, 2020

Obeying all health precautions, Ti-Cass continues to go out and spread happiness!
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Artists in Service of Confined Residents

May 19, 2020

In recent weeks, the Caravane Philanthrope has been performing in front of CHSLDs to break the isolation.
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The Smiling Acrobats

June 11, 2020

...a collective of artists meandering from residence to residence in Quebec, bringing a little well-being to seniors.
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Shows
and
Speakers

Our shows are completely free if you are booking for a long-term care center, a retirement home or a non-profit organization…and our artists are still paid. This is a great way to have it both ways; to spread joy and support artists at the same time.

We are slowly beginning to provide speakers at conferences and smaller events again, as much as health measures permit. Help us finance our humanitarian projects by inviting our artists to share their stories. They’re sometimes funny, other times overwhelming, but always deeply human. It’s also a marvelous way to help people become more aware of different realities while encouraging them toward community engagement.

Workshops

Ateliers sur les émotions

WITH OUR THERAPEUTICAL CLOWNS

Nos artistes clowns thérapeutiques professionnels font la tournée des écoles primaires, afin d'offrir des ateliers sur les émotions. L'idée est de contribuer au bien-être des enfants et de les outiller à prendre conscience de leurs émotions et les exprimer sainement... dans le plaisir et à travers le clown! C'est toujours un grand succès et on assiste régulièrement à des petits miracles!

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Shows and entertainment

Since the beginning of this pandemic, solitude and emotional distress have been prominent. Our artists have been travelling the province fighting isolation and spreading smiles. Their circus feats and sweet melodies have been appreciated through balconies and windows - a show distanced enough to respect current guidelines, but intimate enough to reach the hearts of our spectators.

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Conférence

How Do You Keep Smiling?

with Guillaume Vermette

Guillaume presents himself as one of the happiest people he’s met in his life - but this hasn’t always been the case. For a long time, he was living with deep sadness. In this presentation, he highlights the many hurdles he had to overcome to fully answer his calling. The conference begins with his childhood and teen years, when school was his biggest challenge.

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15 Years a Humanitarian

with Guillaume Vermette

After about 15 years of humanitarian work travelling to 40 countries, Guillaume has a lot to say! He has met with so many fantastic people and been confronted with countless challenging realities. In this presentation, he will share his stories in his own very dynamic and authentic style. It’s sometimes funny, other times overwhelming, but always deeply human.

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Play is Essential

with John Shibley

Play is a crucial element of human life. In this presentation, John explores how we currently value play and all of its benefits. Spoiler: it’s not enough! We are challenged to re-frame how we perceive play and encouraged to let it into our daily life.

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Our mission

Our mission:

To contribute to the well-being of marginalized populations and strengthen solidarity between communities, through humanitarian and social artistic practices.

Our values:

Right to Dignity – Right to Childhood – Cooperation – Creativity – Inclusiveness

Our goals:

  • Democratize the practices of the humanitarian clown, the therapeutic clown and the social circus.
  • Strengthen the social fabric and solidarity within the community.
  • Break through isolation and combat emotional distress.
  • Offer inclusive and fun spaces.

Allergic to competition, we encourage collaboration with other organizations and initiatives. We are convinced that this is the best way to ensure that our projects bring about real and lasting changes over time.

By taking a partnered approach with other initiatives already mobilized for the cause, and which have developed expertise complementary to ours, we avoid diluting forces and thus maximize resources (financial, human, etc.). We actively work to ensure that our projects have a long-term impact and are continued by people from the communities we work with.

Our values

Right to dignity • Right to childhood • Cooperation • Creativity • Engagement • 
Right to dignity • Right to childhood • Cooperation • Creativity • Engagement • 

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You can also reach us at 514 651-0101