Great return of the International des Feux Loto-Québec

It is the return of the International des Feux Loto-Québec this summer after an enforced hiatus of almost three years that has hurt the industry. The opening show – titled I remember – will be presented on Saturday evening.

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Frederik Xavier Duhamel

Frederik Xavier Duhamel
The press

“It’s going to do a lot of good,” believes Paul Csukassy, ​​technical director and fireworks chief at the International des Feux. “I think Montrealers are waiting for it. »

“The pyrotechnic industry has been very tough,” Csukassy says of the past few years and the pandemic. “There was no need to create a crowd and that was mainly the purpose of fireworks in general. »


The technical director and fireworks chief of the International des Feux Loto-Québec, Paul Csukassy

Some businesses have had to close, he said, and many workers in the industry have moved to other sectors. As a result, the remaining players are struggling to find enough demolition workers to meet strong seasonal demand in the context of labor shortages.

Eric Cardinal of GFA Pyro, the team behind Saturday’s opening show, knows that. “It was tough, we lost people […] It was terrible the first year,” he admits. “This year we’re coming back in full force, it feels good. »


Eric Cardinal of GFA Pyro

Saturday’s show was originally scheduled for last September before being canceled by Public Health due to the health situation.

A ballet of 150 drones will precede the GFA fireworks display, which has never been heard of in Montreal, Mr. Csukassy said. “It’s great, they’re going to love it,” says Jeff Clarmo of Northstar Drone Shows, who is hosting this portion of the evening.

The International des Feux Loto-Québec takes place in Montreal until August 6th. Mexico, Canada, Italy, Croatia, England and, for the first time, Hungary will compete this year.

The Jacques Cartier Bridge is pedestrianized for three hours on show nights. Motorists must find a route other than the Jacques Cartier Bridge to enter or exit Montreal Island.

Dates for fireworks in Montreal this year:

  • Saturday June 25: I Remember (Opening)
  • Saturday, July 2nd: Tribute to Prince (special tribute)
  • Saturday, July 9th: Bells and Drums (Mexico)
  • Wednesday, July 13: The Development of Hungarian Music Culture (Hungary)
  • Saturday, July 16: Myths and Legends of Quebec (Canada)
  • Wednesday, July 20: The Heart of Italy (Italy)
  • Wednesday, July 27: The World of Dance (Croatia)
  • Wednesday 3 August: 60 years of outstanding success (England)
  • Saturday 6 August: Tribute to Genesis

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