The Montreal International Fireworks Competition, known officially as L’International des Feux Loto-Québec, is upon us again and this year there are new competitors, old favourites and an homage to everybody’s favourite firecracker, Freddy Mercury…
Participating countries in one of the world’s most renowned fireworks displays include Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Portugal, France, Italy, United States and Greece- a new addition to Montreal’s International Fireworks Competition. From June 30 to August 3, the displays will take place on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and each event will be inspired by a particular theme.
Japan kicks off the festival on June 30 and rightfully so, as the Japanese have been constructing fireworks since the 10th century. And, for obvious patriotic reasons, you’ll want to look up on July 14 when Canada’s Sirius Pyrotechnics (the same firm that took care of the fireworks for 2010’s Vancouver Olympic Winter Games) present a show called Éclipse that was inspired by the cycle of life, from darkness to light.
Further highlights include: Greece’s fireworks debut on July 17 called 2012: Rebirth of Humanity (a modern allegory of Mayan mythology), Portugal’s display on July 24, Fire and Soul (which will focus on soul and Fado, a Portuguese genre of music originating in the 1820s) and the United States’ July 31 presentation of Pyro Fantasia, a pyrotechnic symphonic tribute to Disney. There are many more great nights on the program leading up to the finale being held on August 3 where, in collaboration with La Ronde, the firm Panzera S.A.S pays homage to Freddy Mercury and his band Queen, in what is sure to be a truly special spectacle.
The only question left to answer is where to watch this all unfold. Well, look no further than this post on the 10 Best Places to Watch the Fireworks in Montreal!
L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec, June 30-August 3, 2012