L'International des Feux Loto-Québec

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The Montreal Clock Tower during L'International des Feux Loto-Québec.

L'International des Feux Loto-Québec, also known as the Montreal Fireworks Festival, is the largest and most prestigious fireworks competition in the world. It has been held yearly in La Ronde over the Dolphins lake, since 1985, and is named after its main sponsor, Loto-Québec. It hosts an estimated 3 million spectators each year, with approximately 6,000 fireworks set off during each show. Each summer, eight or nine pyrotechnical companies from different countries present a 30-minute-long pyromusical show, competing for the Gold, Silver and Bronze Jupiters or trophies.

For the 20th anniversary in 2004, eight of the previous top competitors (all of whom had won the Gold Jupiter) were invited to fight for the unique Platinum Jupiter in June and July 2004, which was won in the end by the German company WECO.

The competition takes the form of a series of biweekly fireworks shows usually beginning in late June and ending in late July. The fireworks are synchronized to music which is also broadcast over a provincial radio station (RockDétente in 2005, Rythme FM 2006-onwards). Spectators can purchase tickets to have reserved seats in La Ronde: they can buy them on site, on-line or through the Admission group to obtain an exceptional view of the lower altitude display and the whole perspective. However, tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of people watch the fireworks for free from nearby locations (see Where to watch). In 2009 and 2010, the shows were held on Saturday nights only, from June to August, however in 2011 shows were again held on Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning end of June until end of July.

Jupiter winners[edit]

Year Gold Jupiter Silver Jupiter Bronze Jupiter
1985 France France ** & Japan Japan *** Italy Italy ** & United States United States *** Spain Spain
1986 Spain Spain ** & China China *** France France ** & United States United States *** *
1987 United States United States Germany Germany Spain Spain
1988 Spain Spain Germany Germany United States United States
1989 Germany Germany United States United States Spain Spain & Canada Canada
1990 France France Spain Spain Switzerland Switzerland
1991 United States United States Netherlands Netherlands Switzerland Switzerland
1992 China China United States United States Spain Spain
1993 Spain Spain China China France France
1994 United States United States Australia Australia Japan Japan
1995 Netherlands Netherlands France France Italy Italy
1996 United States United States Spain Spain Germany Germany
1997 Italy Italy Germany Germany Austria Austria
1998 United States United States Italy Italy Spain Spain
1999 United States United States Canada Canada Spain Spain
2000 Germany Germany Spain Spain Australia Australia
2001 Spain Spain Australia Australia Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
2002 France France Portugal Portugal Canada Canada
2003 Canada Canada Australia Australia Hong Kong Hong Kong
2004 Germany Germany * *
2005 Argentina Argentina United States United States Canada Canada
2006 United States United States France France Australia Australia
2007 England England Germany Germany United States United States
2008 United States United States Australia Australia China China
2009  Canada Hong Kong Hong Kong, China United States United States
2010  Canada  Sweden  France
2011  Italy  France  Australia
2012  United States  Portugal  Italy
2013  Italy  Croatia  Spain
2014  Canada  Australia  France
2015  England  France Hong Kong Hong Kong, China
2016  Spain  Sweden Switzerland Switzerland
2017  England  France Portugal Portugal
2018  Philippines  Austria United States United States
2019  Portugal  Australia  United States

* Not awarded.

** 1985 & 1986 Pyromusical Category Winners [1]

*** 1985 & 1986 Traditional Category Winners [2]

Gold Jupiter winning teams[edit]

  • 2021: DID NOT TAKE PLACE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC. However, throughout the summer of 2021, the event returned following its 2020 cancellation in a miniature, competition-free format where pop-up fireworks shows of five minutes in length would take place at parks in different boroughs and suburbs of Montreal.[3] In compliance with public health measures set forth by the Government of Quebec, organizers would only reveal the boroughs in which the shows would happen on the morning of each day that a show was scheduled to take place, and the exact venue as to where the fireworks would be shot was kept top secret from the public. The mini shows were a lead-up to a 30-minute finale on September 4 that festival organizers hoped to have at La Ronde that would honor essential workers throughout the pandemic.[4] However, Quebec public health did not give festival organizers the green light to have the show on that day, citing concerns about gatherings, and the show was canceled.[5] The communities that hosted the mini fireworks shows were as follows:
Date Borough/Community
July 24 Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles
July 31 Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
August 7 Verdun (Île-des-Sœurs)
August 14 Ahuntsic-Cartierville and Saint-Léonard
August 21 Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Pointe-Claire
August 28 Lachine
  • 2020: DID NOT TAKE PLACE DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
  • 2019: Portugal Portugal ( Groupo Luso Pirotecnica.)
  • 2018: Philippines Philippines (Dragon Fireworks Inc.)
  • 2017: England England (Jubilee Fireworks Ltd.)
  • 2016: Spain Spain (Ricasa)
  • 2015: England England (Jubilee Fireworks Ltd.)
  • 2014: Canada Canada (Fireworks Spectaculars and Royal Pyrotechnie Colab )
  • 2013: Italy Italy (PyroEmotions & PyrodigiT Team)
  • 2012: United States United States (Atlas Pyrovision Productions)
  • 2011: Italy Italy (Pirotecnica Morsani SRL)
  • 2010: Canada Canada (Fireworks Spectaculars)
  • 2009: Canada Canada (Royal Pyrotechnie)
  • 2008: United States United States (Pyrotecnico) [1]
  • 2007: England England (Pains Fireworks) [2]
  • 2006: United States United States (Melrose Pyrotechnics)
  • 2005: Argentina Argentina (Fuegos Artificiales Júpiter)
  • 2004: Germany Germany - Platinum Jupiter (WECO)
  • 2003: Canada Canada (Royal Pyrotechnie)
  • 2002: France France (Société Lacroix-Ruggieri)
  • 2001: Spain Spain (Pirotècnia Igual)
  • 2000: Germany Germany (Weco Pyrotechnische Fabrik)
  • 1999: United States United States (Performance Pyrotechnic Associates)
  • 1998: United States United States (Performance Pyrotechnic Associates)
  • 1997: Italy Italy (Ipon s.r.l.)
  • 1996: United States United States (Performance Pyrotechnic Associates)
  • 1995: Netherlands Netherlands (JNS Pyrotechniek)
  • 1994: United States United States (Performance Pyrotechnic Associates)
  • 1993: Spain Spain (Pirotecnia Caballer)
  • 1992: China China (Sunny International)
  • 1991: United States United States (Pyrotechnology Inc.)
  • 1990: France France (Société Étienne Lacroix)
  • 1989: Germany Germany (Lünig Feuerwerk Stuttgart)
  • 1988: Spain Spain (Pirotècnia Igual)
  • 1987: United States United States (Austin Fireworks, Inc.)
  • 1986: Spain Spain (Pirotecnia Caballer)** & China China (Dongguan Fireworks)***
  • 1985: France France (Société Étienne Lacroix)** & Japan Japan (Marutamaya Ogatsu)***

** Winners of the 1985 & 1986 Pyromusical Category [6]

*** Winners of the 1985 & 1986 Traditional Category [7]

Summer 2019 schedule[edit]

[8]

  • Saturday June 29: Opening 2019 - Throwback 1985 - Firm: Hands Fireworks
  • Wednesday July 3: South Korea South Korea - Theme: Dreaming in Montreal - Firm: Hanwha Corporation
  • Saturday July 6: Italy Italy - Theme: One step - Moon Dream - Firm: Parente Fireworks Groups
  • Wednesday July 10: Portugal Pörtugal - Theme: Stay Tuned - Firm: Luso Pirotecnia
  • Wednesday July 17: United States United States Theme: Spirit of the Jungle - Firm: Atlas Pyrovision
  • Saturday July 20: Canada Canada Theme: A First Walk On the Moon - Firm: BEM Fireworks
  • Wednesday July 24: Australia Australia Theme: ShapeShifter - Firm: Howard And Sons
  • Saturday July 27: 25 years of entertaining you in style Casino de Montréal Theme: Finale des Étoiles du Casino de Montréal - Firm: Rozzi's Famous Fireworks - Panzera

Where to watch[edit]

Although the fireworks are fired from La Ronde on Île Sainte-Hélène, they can easily be seen from many points in the Montreal area: elsewhere on Île Sainte-Hélène; Longueuil; on the Jacques Cartier Bridge, which is closed to traffic from around 8 p.m. until the end of the show;[9] the Old Port of Montreal; or locations along the side or on a boat on the Saint Lawrence River.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul's Pyrotechnics Page - Winners".
  2. ^ "Paul's Pyrotechnics Page - Winners".
  3. ^ "Surprise LaRonde mini-Fireworks in various Mtl boroughs". Mtltimes.ca. 2021-07-24. Retrieved 2022-01-03.
  4. ^ Conceicao, Rick Da. "La Ronde is hosting a fireworks festival across Montreal this summer". The Beat 92.5. Retrieved 2022-01-03.
  5. ^ "La Ronde cancels its only fireworks display of the summer". New in 24 English. 2021-08-17. Retrieved 2022-01-03.
  6. ^ "Paul's Pyrotechnics Page - Winners".
  7. ^ "Paul's Pyrotechnics Page - Winners".
  8. ^ "L'International des Feux Loto-Québec in collaboration with Tim Hortons summer 2019 program". Internationaldesfeuxloto-quebec.com. Retrieved 2019-06-29.
  9. ^ "L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS". Internationaldesfeuxloto-quebec.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30.

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