The 35th edition of the Fireworks Competition, the twenty-five years of the Casino de Montréal, and the 50th year since a man set foot on the moon are among the many anniversaries that will be celebrated on this year’s edition of the Fireworks International Competition (L’International des Feux Loto Québec, its official French name). The popular pyrotechnical festival will be held at La Ronde between June 29 and July 27, 2019. “For the past 34 years, Montrealers have been privileged to experience this masterful array of lights and sounds,” said La Ronde Park President, Janine Durette. “La Ronde is proud to be the host of the world’s leading fireworks competition, often referred to the Olympic Games of Fireworks” she added.
Fireworks International Competition 2019 line-up
As usual, the first and the last night of the event are not part of the competition and instead serve to highlight some particular issue, the opening night on Saturday, June 29, will mark the Fireworks Competition’s own anniversary with a pyrotechnic show celebrating the great music of 1985, the year when the event debuted. The Quebec Government will present this show and the firm Hands Fireworks will be in charge of its execution.
Then on Wednesday, July 3, the competition proper starts with the show by the South Korean firm Hanwha Corporation titled “Dreaming in Montreal.” The show is described as “An invitation to dream the dreams of our childhood and beyond, a fantasy with fabulous characters and magical music.”
Italy’s Parente Fireworks Group will present on Saturday, July 6, its show “One Step –Moon Dream” described as “The timeless dream of reaching infinity through the magic of fire and lights enhanced by the music of stellar composers and contemporary creative minds.”
Portugal, represented by Grupo Luso Pirotecnia is in charge of the Wednesday, July 10 show titled “Stay Tuned” which “conveys the audience to a night of entertainment featuring themes from famous TV shows, from yesterday and today.”
On Wednesday, July 17 it will be the turn of the United States: “Jungle Spirit” is the title of the show presented by the firm Atlas Pyro Vision described as “high energy and playful display inspired by legendary stories of mysteries and challenges.”
Canada which this time is represented by the company BEM Feux d’artifice will present its show “A First Walk on the Moon” on Saturday, July 20. “This pyromusical display celebrates July 20, 1969, the night when Man first walked on the Moon, on the rhythms and music that made the 60s so famous.”
Australia’s Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics company will be in charge on Wednesday, July 24 with its show “Shapeshifter” described as “A pyromusical performance inspired by mythology, folklore and fiction dazzles and amazes with a display of shapes, lights and fireworks.”
The closing show on Saturday, July 27, will be a Celebration of Casino de Montréal’s 25th anniversary by reuniting “some of the best French Quebec songs of the past 25 years. With a special performance by Gregory Charles.”
And if you are a fireworks enthusiast, you may apply to be part of this year’s jury, people interested in becoming judges should submit their application online at laronde.com by May 31.
All fireworks shows take place at La Ronde and start at 10 p.m., rain or shine.