L'International des Feux Loto-Québec

L'International des Feux Loto-Québec, also known as the Montreal Fireworks Festival, is the most prestigious and largest fireworks competition in the world. (It was formerly known as Le Mondial SAQ, and l'International Benson & Hedges.) 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

YearGold JupiterSilver JupiterBronze Jupiter
1985 France ** & Japan *** Italy ** & United States *** Spain
1986 Spain ** & China *** France ** & United States ****
1987 United States Germany Spain
1988 Spain Germany United States
1989 Germany United States Spain & Canada
1990 France Spain Switzerland
1991 United States Netherlands Switzerland
1992 China United States Spain
1993 Spain China France
1994 United States Australia Japan
1995 Netherlands France Italy
1996 United States Spain Germany
1997 Italy Germany Austria
1998 United States Italy Spain
1999 United States Canada Spain
2000 Germany Spain Australia
2001 Spain Australia Chinese Taipei
2002 France Portugal Canada
2003 Canada Australia Hong Kong
2004 Germany* *
2005 Argentina United States Canada
2006 United States France Australia
2007 England Germany United States
2008 United States Australia China
2009 Canada Hong Kong, China 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, China
2016 Spain Sweden Switzerland
2017 England France Portugal
2018 Philippines Austria 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

** Winners of the 1985 & 1986 Pyromusical Category [3]

*** Winners of the 1985 & 1986 Traditional Category [4]

Summer 2019 schedule

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  • Saturday June 29: Opening 2019 - Throwback 1985 - Firm: Hands Fireworks
  • Wednesday July 3: South Korea - Theme: Dreaming in Montreal - Firm: Hanwha Corporation
  • Saturday July 6: Italy - Theme: One step - Moon Dream - Firm: Parente Fireworks Goups
  • Wednesday July 10: Pörtugal - Theme: Stay Tuned - Firm: Luso Pirotecnia
  • Wednesday July 17: United States Theme: Spirit of the Jungle - Firm: Atlas Pyrovision
  • Saturday July 20: Canada Theme: A First Walk On the Moon - Firm: BEM Fireworks
  • Wednesday July 24: 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

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;[6] the Old Port of Montreal; or locations along the side or on a boat on the Saint Lawrence River.

See also

References

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