Montreal Fireworks Festival
The Birth of a Popular Event
Le Concours international d'art pyrotechnique de Montréal, known for the past few years as L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS, was founded in 1985 at La Ronde, which was created for Expo '67, and which ranks as the largest amusement park in Québec. Right from the very first year, the competition was a smashing success. La Ronde was filled to capacity on the evenings when fireworks presentations were scheduled, and the city of Montréal witnessed unprecedented levels of crowd movement. More than 5.7 million people attended the displays during that first season, setting a record in Canada for this type of event. As a result of this extraordinary success, the competition was brought back for the following year, and has been an annual event ever since, attracting crowds of enthusiasts that include citizens from the Greater Montréal Area and large numbers of tourists. Read more...
The Pyromusical Arts at Their Best
At the outset, the competition included two types of shows: traditional, so-called "classical" fireworks displays; and pyromusical displays involving careful synchronization of the fireworks to a musical score. Since 1987, the displays have been exclusively pyromusical. Over the years, the competition has carved out a place at the summit of the pyrotechnical industry. The leading firms in the world set their sights on participating in the Montréal event, striving to attain the highest distinction in their field.
As testimony to its illustriousness, the competition received a laudatory article in the prestigious New York Times published on June 27, 2008 in "Escapes", its Travel Section. Reporter Henry Fountain described the event as "a world-class competition" and wrote that Montreal was "a city known for its festivals" and where the International Fireworks Competition L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS is like " exclamation marks" that punctuate the summer evenings in the city.
Montréal: A City of Connoisseurs
After so many years, one may think that Montréalers would have become somewhat blasé. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Year in and year out, more than 3 million fireworks enthusiasts gather at La Ronde, on the Jacques Cartier Bridge, and on either side of the river to take in the spectacle. In fact, Montréalers are now one of the most informed publics in the world when it comes to fireworks, and they genuinely value the work of the participating pyrotechnicians.
Moreover, the pyrotechnicians, who are accustomed to playing a supporting role during festivities in their native countries, have become the true stars of the evening in Montréal. At La Ronde, they are considered to be artists in their own right, and not just explosives technicians.
Celebrating 25 years with a bang!
In 2009, L’International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS delivered a spectacular 25th anniversary edition. As part of the celebrations, not only was there a heartfelt tribute to Cirque du Soleil, but from the 8 countries who took part in the competition, 5 were previous Gold Jupiter winners at La Ronde. For the first time since the beginning of the competition, all five continents were represented in the same year, proof that the event is now considered the “Olympics” of the pyrotechnical world!
Courtesy of: http://www.internationaldesfeuxloto-quebec.com/