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History and Recognitions

The team

Since 1996, the team behind the Sound of Light have been producing incredible shows and have become an integral part of the international of pyromusical circuit (fireworks synchronized to a soundtrack) of water, which takes place on the chessboard recreation and tourism Gatineau and the national Capital region.

Made possible thanks to the support of a number of important sponsors, such as the Casino du Lac-Leamy who has been the title sponsor of the event from its inception, and the loyalty of its spectators, the Sound of Light is, without a doubt, the most spectacular event of the summer season.

The Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light is the renewed vision of a solid production team, of its close collaborators, of hundreds of volunteers, of more dozens of sponsors and of a dynamic board of directors, all with close ties to their community.

The Sound of Light is produced by Les grands feux du Lac-Leamy (non-profit organization).

New location

After 18 great years on the banks of Leamy Lake, the event that had reached its maturity and the events’ production team needed to develop a new vision for itself, which led them to consider moving the event to a new site.

Since August 2014, fireworks lovers from near and far will now have the chance to gather in the backyard of the Canadian Museum of History, as the Sound of Light shows are now launch above the Ottawa River. The event is now be presented in a world renowned setting and be able to benefit from the museum’s incredible infrastructures and great location. It’s one of the few rare spots in the downtown core to be served by both the STO and OC Transpo!

Shows and Pyro Crews

Over the years, the Sound of Light has built a reputation in the pyrotechnical industry as being one of the best fireworks event in the world. The best companies from all over the globe are proud to be selected to produce one of their shows in order to be able to claim one of the highest awards in their field, the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light’s Zeus trophy.

This pyrotechnical extravaganza is made of shows from four international firms, who light up the sky over the Ottawa River in the hopes of being recognized as the best. The fireworks artists who create the Sound of Light shows are renowned pyrotechnical designers who have chosen an explosive medium, which includes many different shapes and sound effects, to color the night sky. It is on the last and fifth evening of the event, the Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Grande Finale, that the names of the teams, or sometimes a single team, that have been deemed the best by the jury and by the popular vote are finally revealed.

Since 2012, the production of all these colorful performances has been made possible thanks to the incredible work done by Yannick Roy and Royal Pyrotechnie.

Based out of Saint-Pie, Quebec, this family run business has been operating in the world of pyrotechnics for almost half a century. Their passionate and dedicated team has the experience and skills needed to meet the expectations of the Sound of Light spectators. Their sole mission is to design, prepare and produce fascinating shows that fill the audience with emotion.

The Event

The event beats to the rhythm of cultures, not only with the fireworks presented by the different international teams but also via its multicultural dance performances, up and coming local singing talent and street performers. Family games and activities, as well as great food trucks, are also on-hand for the pleasure of kids of all ages.

Since 1996, the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light has…

  • Welcomed more than 20 countries
  • Welcomed close to 2 million spectators
  • Invested more than 30 million $ in production costs
  • Been a success thanks to the more than 200 000 hours invested by hundreds of volunteers who devote their time to the event each year

Awards

Throughout the years, the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light has seen its efforts recognized by different organizations, such as:

2011

The Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light is voted at the People Choice Award at 12 heures de l’Outaouais by Tourime Outaouais

2009, 2006, 2004, 2003

The American Bus Association (ABA) recognizes the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light as one of the Top 100 Events to visit in North America in 2010.

2006, 2005, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1999

Prix Ovation” – Regional Winner

Les Grands Prix du tourisme québécois in the “Tourism Event of the Year” category (operating budget of $1,000,000 and more)

2001

Bronze Award – National at Les Grands Prix du tourisme québécois in the “Tourism Event of the Year” category (operating budget of $1,000,000 and more)

1999

Normand St-Pierre Award 
Centre de réadaptation La Ressourse

Excelor « Institutionnel – Loisirs »
Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de l’Outaouais

Zeus Trophy

The Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light’s Zeus trophy is awarded each year on the night of the Grande Finale to the team whose workmanship has impressed the Sound of Light’s jury members.

The creation of Quebec artist André Fournelle is made of bronze and steel to symbolize the God of the sky, lightning and thunder as seen in Greek mythology.

Here is the list of the countries that have won top honors each year:

2017ManitobaSpecial edition for the 150th anniversary of Canada

Firm: Archangel Fireworks
Designer: Kelly Guille
Title: « The soul of the nation »

 

 

2016Australia

Firm: Foti International Fireworks
Designer: Robert Foti
Title: « Good times »

2015Belgium

Firm: CBF Pyrotechnics
Designer: Christophe Byl
Title: « In flanders fields »

2014Canada

Firm: Garden City Display Fireworks
Designer: Michael Bohonos
Title: « The four seasons »

2013Philippines

Firm : Platinum Fireworks
Designer: Robert Basihan
Title : « Revolution… Peoples Power »

2012Spain

Firm: Zaragozana
Designer: Miguel Pérez Nivela
Title: « Mediteranean Cruise »

2011Germany

Firm: Steffes-ollig
Designer: Helmut Reuter
Title: « Reflections »

2010Germany

Firm: Steffes-ollig
Designer: Helmut Reuter
Title: « Fantasy in the Sky »

2009Portugal

Firm: Macedos
Designer: Fernando Macedos
Title: « Lightening Dance »

2008Spain

Firm: Pirotecnia Turis S.L.
Designer: Gaspar Guaita Lopez
Title: « Spanish Caprice »

2007Russia

Firm: Centre of Fireworks Khan 
Designer: Vladimir Khan
Title: « Kalinka»

2006Italy

Firm: Parente Fireworks
Designer: Antonio Parente
Title: « Bright Dreams »

2005South Africa

Firm: Pyro Spectacular
Designer: Nick Mitri
Title: « Kilamanjaro »

2004Canada

Firm: Royal Pyrotechnie
Designer: Yanick Roy
Title: « Sky Rythms »

2003Italy

Firm: FAS – Fuochi Artificiali Sardella
Designer: Sardella Giuliano
Title: « The magic of sound and color »

2002Germany

Firm: Ollig
Designer: Helmut Reuter
Title: « From the classsic to modern era »

2001South Africa

Firm: Pyro Spectacular
Designer: Nick Mitri
Title: « Cosmos »

2000South Africa

Firm: Pyro Spectacular
Designer: Nick Mitri
Title: « Night sky over Africa »

1999Italy

Firm: Parente Fireworks
Designer: Nicola Parente

1998United Kingdom

Firm: Pyro 2000
Designer: Graham Wilkinson

1997Spain

Firm: Pirotechnia Caballer
Designer: Pedro Garcia Picazzo

1996China

Firm: Beijing Zhongfa Fireworks Art Company
Designer: Yves Relave

Best Show Award

Since 2010, a second award has been added so that the Sound of Light spectators could also have a say in honoring the team that impressed them the most during the event, through a public’s vote.

Here is the list of countries that have won the Best Show Award each year:

2016Australia

Firm: Foti International Fireworks
Designer: Robert Foti
Title: « Good times »

2015Venezuela

Firm : MR Piromania
Designers: Louis Liu
Title : « Celebration »

2014Portugal

Firm : Grupo Luso Pirotecnia
Designers: Vitor Machado and Pedro Goncalves
Title : «Radio Artifice »

2013Philippines

Firm : Platinum Fireworks
Designer: Robert Basihan
Title : « Revolution… Peoples Power »

2012China

Firm : Dancing Fireworks
Title : « The Story of Butterfly Lovers »

2011Germany

Firm: Steffes-ollig
Designer: Helmut Reuter
Title: « Reflections »

2010China

Firm : Hunan Jing Tai Fireworks Co.
Title : « Red Cliff »