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2018 sees the skies light up over Montreal as the 34th edition of the L’International des Feux Loto Quebec, the largest and most prestigious firework competition in Canada gets underway.

The event was established in 1985 and continues to thrill audiences from across the region with events on Wednesdays and Saturdays (selected dates, please check with their site for more information) throughout the Summer.

The site of the event is a full amusement park and is one of the largest in Quebec. All firework competition tickets will allow full access to La Ronde Park, so you can enjoy all the fun of the fair with full-on thrill seeker rides and some for the less adventurous (or young) as well as a wide range of food concessions.

In the earlier years of the competition they had traditional firework displays, but now everyone in the competition gets creative as possible to bring the best display to the viewer by combining the fireworks with music to make supersized pyro musical displays.

The show will start with a special tribute to Abba, followed by the greatest pyrotechnic companies from all over the world competing in the 8-day competition. The competitors represent all corners of the world, Austria, China, Canada, the United States, Australia and for the 1st time the Philippines are joining in the race looking to bring something new and exciting into the competition. With the closing ceremony, you will be shaken but not stirred as the last evening is all James Bond themed.

Here is the full schedule for the event

Saturday 7th July – Opening the show is Royal Pyrotechnie with a Tribute to ABBA.

Wednesday 11th July – SteyrFire from Austria the theme of Lets Dance

Saturday 14th July – Dancing Fireworks Group from China with the theme of The Butterfly Lovers

Wednesday 18th July – Apogee from Canada with the theme Immortals

Saturday 21st July – Dragon Fireworks from the Philippines with the theme Of Games and Thrones

Saturday 28th July – Pyrotechnico from the United States with the theme of Rock Loves… Redux

Wednesday 1st August – Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics from Australia with the theme of Shapeshifter

Wednesday 8th August – Closing the event with a fantastic finale is Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks-Panzera with the tribute to James Bond Movies: For Your Eyes Only.

As you can see from this year’s line-up there is a variation of not only a tribute to music with the fireworks but dance, movies, video games, mythology and folklore something for everyone to enjoy young and old.

The competitors are from the best of the best around the World and hold a huge number of awards and accolades amongst them.  Howard and Son’s have just finished the Commonwealth Games opening and closing displays and 5th generation pyrotechnicians Rozzis Famous Fireworks have just lifted the silver in the 2018 Malta International Fireworks Festival.

The 2017 competition was won by the UK’s own Jubilee Fireworks who picked up the Gold Jupiter award with a show including a brilliant choice of music and some great colour/effect mixes.

Winning the silver Jupiter prize was Fairyland from France and the Bronze Jupiter went to Macedos Pirotecnia from Portugal.


L’International des Feux Loto-Québec 2015


This is the biggest event in the fireworks calendar for Canada and teams have been competing against one another since the inaugural event in 1985 as this year sees the teams compete in the 31st edition of the Montreal International Fireworks Competition.

The displays take place on a number of Wednesday’s and Saturday’s throughout the month of July and the finale from non competing team will see it closed on 1st August 2015.

The teams will display for 30 minutes and will show the best of their abilities to the judges who will determine, after seeing all the teams displays, which of them best captured their imaginations and took them on a journey into the night sky.

Each of the teams have already submitted their theme, musical selections for authorisation and the jury, on display day, will be looking at the following aspects of their efforts:

Quality of displayThe overall look of the display, checking for dark sky moments amongst misfires etc and the impact they have.

Variety of StyleThis is simply ensuring that the quality of the products used are rich and varied with lots of style and colour.

SynchronicityThe judges check to ensure that the pyro and music are in harmony with one another – it would be a little pointless to have super loud titanium bursts to a lullaby! (although, I would imagine some would disagree).

Pyromusical conceptThis checks on the originality and artistry of the display in conjunction with the music selection. The judges always give additional marks for innovative new concepts and ideas which draw their attention.

OverallPoints are awarded as a whole from concept to music and effects and their complete impact on the showcase.

Here are the competitors, the date of their display, the country they represent and the theme:

Wednesday 1st July 2015 – Non competitive firework display – B E M Feux d artifices – Theme: Salute our troops

Saturday 4th July 2015 – England – Jubilee Fireworks
Theme: Vivre la difference

Saturday 11th July 2015 – Italy – APE Parente Fireworks – Theme: Pyro rock n roll

Wednesday 15th July 2015 – Canada – Archangel Fireworks Inc – Theme: Armageddon

Saturday 18th July 2015 – Hong Kong – China – Vulcan Fireworks – Theme: On the road again

Saturday 25th July 2015 – USA – Rozzis Famous Fireworks – Theme: The seasons of life

Wednesdays 29th July 2015 – France – Artifices J C O – Theme: Dynamite Circus

Saturday 1st August 2015 – Non competitive closing Souza La Ronde display – Theme: Tribute to Madonna

As you can see detailed, representing the UK is the formidable team from Jubilee Fireworks who have won some of the industry’s highest accolades including The British Firework Championships in Plymouth, The World Firework Championships in Blackpool as well as international acclaim in winning the Philippines International Pyrotechnic Competition, Knokke Heist and Monaco to name just a few. However, they are up against some of the best in the World so no easy task but the very best of luck to all involved and we sincerely hope that everything goes to plan.


L’International des Feux Loto-Québec 2014

The event which is locally referred to as L’International des Feux Loto-Québec was established in 1985 and is billed as one of Montreal’s top events for 2014. The event will take place from June to August of 2014 and is completely free if you have access to a balcony or rooftop viewing area.

The displays must be synchronized to music and the teams will compete over a 6-week period on different nights, unlike in previous years where it has been running for almost 10 weeks with bi-weekly shows on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.

Although the displays can be seen readily in the surrounding area, if you do wish to see this event in all its glory, it is being held in La Ronde, the area’s premier theme park. The cost of a full day pass including access to the pyro show is around $43 -$63 (between £23 and £34 sterling) or if you just would like to see the fireworks, again you can have full park access after hours for just $20 (just over £10) for the evening.

The fireworks are scheduled to take place around 10:00pm and the firing order and themes are as follows:

• Saturday 28th June – Opening ceremony with a pyro-musical display from the fabulous Weco Feurerwerk. The opening theme is ‘Dreamcatcher’ which will depict images dreamed about and the conversation between a father and son before retiring for the night.

• Saturday 5th July – First competitors are Italy represented by the very capable Pirotecnica Morsani. The company is one of the original firework masters from Italy established in 1880 by Reginald Morsani and they continue to work all over the world. Their theme is ‘Cosmology – From Darkness to the Big Bang’ taking the audience on a pyromusical journey from the birth of the planets to life on earth.

• Saturday 12th July – second competitors, Pirotecnia Caballer are representing Spain. Again established in 1880 by Vincente Caballer Calatayud and after 130 years in the business they know a thing or two about displays. Still run by the family now in their fourth generation, the President is the grandson of Vincente and they continue to impress the world with the quality and performance of the pieces that they manufacture. Their theme is ‘Once Upon a Time’ and promises to be captivating.

• Wednesday 16th July – Third up are the local team for Canada, represented by Royal Pyrotechnie and Fireworks Spectacular. Their theme is ‘Kutuan – Legends of Fire’ helping to use our imagination to take us on exciting adventures. Sure to be a crowd pleaser.

• Saturday 19th July – Fourth to compete are the fabulous team from Melrose Pyrotechnics. Established in the early 1900’s by Anthony Guarino an immigrant from Italy and it remains within the family to this day. Their theme is ‘Fright Night’ and will take spectators on a spooky journey on a pre Halloween jaunt. They have even made a short video advertisement:

• Wednesday 23rd July – Fifth team to show their firepower are team France represented by the inimitable Brezac Artifices. Brezac Artifices is a family company that was founded by Edmond Brezac in 1964 specializing in creating and staging some of the worlds finest display fireworks. Their theme is ‘Freedom – Tribute to Nelson Mandela and his journey from childhood in Transkei all the way up to his imprisonment and eventual release from the jail on Robben Island.

• Saturday 26th July – The final competing team represent Australia. Foti Fireworks began in the late 1700’s in Sicily and in 1952 the family immigrated to Australia and so the story continues to this day they are the foremost firework specialists in the country. Their theme ‘ Strictly Pyro – The World of Baz Luhrmann bringing to life in fireworks the dance moves in Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet and the Moulin Rouge as well as some brilliant musical pieces from his other films.

• Saturday 2nd August – And onto the FINALE. Offered up for your pleasure is the closing display from Panzera SAS. The company, again from a long line of Italian firework manufacturers, started in 1929 and the company continues to grow thanks to the absolutely beautifully crafted effects within their pyro. The theme for the finale is a ‘Tribute to Pink Floyd’ and will include some of their better known tracks as well as the more ‘off the wall’ psychedelic musical offerings. They are not competing but we can guarantee that you will see some of the more unusual pyro of the competition since they are masters of creativity and style.

Whether you are supporting your local national team or just have a love of fireworks, get yourself along to see some of the world’s greatest and longest established firework companies in the World battling it out for supremacy.

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