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La Ronde is proud to present the 33rd edition of L’International des Feux Loto-Québec (IFLQ), from July 1 to August 5, 2017.  A dazzling blend of past and present, tradition and innovation, this year’s edition will mark the 375th anniversary of Montreal and the 50th anniversary of La Ronde. All shows start at 10 p.m., rain or shine.

July 1: Celebrate Montreal

The opening firework display is a hymn to Montreal. The soundtrack that features music from various styles – cabaret, rock, folk, reggae and even slam, and various eras, from Jacques Normand to Laurence Nerbonne, from Beau Dommage and Charlebois to Gino Vannelli, is an invitation in the heart of the city’s glittering nightlife, from the 40s to today. The soundtrack is a creation of Paul Csukassy, Technical Director of the Montreal competition, and features favourites as voted by Rythme FM’s listeners. It’s a 31st participation for the Italian family business Panzera S.A.S. that returns this time in collaboration with Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks, an American firm which participated six times in the competition. Fireworks out of competition.

July 8: Bellissima Sicilia (Italy)

Vaccalluzzo Events that won a Bronze Jupiter and the Public Choice Award at L’International des Feux Loto-Québec in 2012 returns and invites the Montreal audience to a trip to the island of Sicily. Vaccalluzzo’s pyrotechnicians have creatively recreated the history of Sicily, its art, colours, landscapes, sounds, and architecture. Moreover, this amazing pyromusical journey succeeds at conveying the energy strength, brightness and conviviality that characterize the Sicilian people. This pyromusical display is Vaccalluzzo Events’ own “Sicilia Bedda,” a famous traditional folk song from the Sicilian musical repertoire and still a favourite nowadays. 

July 15: Just Fun (Poland)

SUREX returns to Montreal for a second time since 2010 with a unique and fun creation inspired by the power and energy of pop and rock music. This pyromusical display is an invitation to a great party. The audience won’t resist dancing and singing along. The soundtrack that features hits from numerous musical icons, from the legendary Frank Sinatra and David Bowie to pop stars Katy Perry, Sia, and Beyoncé, from rockers AC/DC and Jon Bon Jovi to DJ Fatboy Slim.

July 19: Pyro Rhapsody (Germany)

It’s a second participation in the Montreal competition for Innovative Pyrotechnik that won Silver in 2007. This time around, the firm has created a pyromusical extravaganza sure to capture the imagination of audiences. This fascinating fireworks display depicts a succession of emotional moments, jolly humour and lovely impressions on a soundtrack featuring classical music from Tchaikovsky, Bizet and Pachelbel as well as contemporary creations from Yiruma and Philipp Glass. 

July 22: Evolution of Music (France)

féérie returns to Montreal following its participations in 2007 and in 2012, the year when the company received a special mention for the quality of its soundtrack. féérie invites us to a journey into the music’s “genealogy” tree. Through the history of music, we travel in time from our distant ancestors that discovered rhythm with the noise of tools striking stones and the sound of their own voices to contemporary musical expressions. Since then, music has been at the heart of our lives to express our emotions and state of mind, and create a wide variety of moods. It’s that evolution that féérie illustrates with its amazing choreography of fireworks and special effects dancing to various music favourites, from Louis Armstrong to AC/DC. 

July 26: The Portuguese Odyssey (Portugal)

Macedos Pirotecnia that participated in the Montreal competition in 2006 and 2010 is back and conveys the audience to a world of discoveries. Its inspiring fireworks and music display recreates the fantastic odyssey of Portuguese explorers that crossed oceans to discover an unknown world. In our era of globalization, their then “new” relationship with the planet takes a brand new sense. Macedos Pirotecnia fireworks flamboyantly communicate this meeting of culture, ideas and innovations. 

July 29: Gunpowder and Greasepaint (England)

After winning gold at L’International des Feux in 2015, Jubilee Fireworks is back with a brand new fireworks display. From London to Broadway and around the world, musical theatre has entertained the masses for generations. Jubilee Fireworks’ new display is a fantastic toe-tapping pageant of pyrotechnic pleasure. This “pyromusical theatre” show features popular classics from the old and new repertoires, including crowd pleasers such as America from West Side Story, Memory from Cats, On My Own from Les Miserables, and the Overture from The Phantom of the Opera. 

August 5: C’est dans le ciel, with Serge Fiori and Harmonium

This year’s closing firework display that features the music of Serge Fiori and Harmonium will certainly be one of the most memorable ever. The wonderful soundtrack is the result of the collaboration between Serge Fiori and Paul Csukassy, Technical Director of the competition. Together, they created a musical montage that will bring us back to the Harmomium years and relive the mythical atmosphere that characterizes the works of Serge Fiori. The marriage of inspiring fireworks, a creation of GFA Pyro, and the music of Serge Fiori and Harmonium is truly magical. Fireworks out of competition.

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