Sound Of Light Fireworks Competition

Sound Of Light Fireworks Competition

Fireworks Competition

The Sound of Light fireworks puts on a repeat performance every August for five evenings (held Wednesdays and Saturdays) over a period of three weeks.  At the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Hull, Quebec, thousands gather to watch pyrotechnic displays that feature some of the very best firework experts from around the world.

Each evening, a featured international competitor will orchestrate a spectacular firework show that is synchronized with a specially selected musical soundtrack. This year, the evenings will take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, starting on August 10th, 2013 with the grand finale scheduled for August 24th, 2013.

If you have never seen a fireworks competition, especially one set to music, you are in for a treat! It’s amazing to see how the firework firms use the night sky as their canvas and time the artistry with music. Some of these firms have taken years to perfect this art.

The 2013 year will see the following competitors:

  • Flash Art Dubai, The Show and Effects from the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES on Saturday August 10
  • Højen & Magic Fireworks from DENMARK on Wednesday August 14
  • Platinum Fireworks of the PHILIPPINES on Saturday August 17
  • Pains Fireworks of the UNITED KINGDOM on Wednesday August 21
  • The Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Grande Finale produced by ROYAL PYROTECHNIE on Saturday August 24

About the Countries and their Soundtracks

flag of United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates

The firm from United Arab Emirates is Flash Art Dubai, The Show and Effects.  They have created a show called “United in Abstract” for this year. The company’s show will be synchronized to the following pieces on Saturday August 10th, 2013:

Last Man Standing – Hybrid
Habibi – Ali Hassan Kuban
Garden – Faithless
Ventilator R-80 – Ojos De Brujo
Under Control – Adam Freeland
White Flag – Gorillaz/ The Lebanese National Orch.
Hernando’s Hideaway – The Johnston Brothers
The Wolf – Fever Ray
Tirol Concerto – Philip Glass et Sebastial Escofet
My Soul – Nitin Sawhney et Paul McCartney
Ziggarats of Cinnamon – A. Dudley et J. Coleman
To The South – Tan Dun
20 Km Al Giorno – Mike Patton
Sail – Awolnation
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
Divas and Dunes – Aaron Zigman
Baba Yetu – Christopher Tin
Shine On You Crazy – Royal Philharmonic Orch.
The Storm – Endi Havasi
Just for Today – Hybrid et Kristy Hawkshaw

flag of Denmark

On Wednesday, August 14th, 2013, Højen & Magic Fireworks will represent Denmark at the Sound of Light competition. This year, the show title is “Celestial Smiles”. Featured musical pieces used in the show are:

Everything – Safri Duo
The Show – Lenka
Halleluja – Alexandra Burke
Journey of Man – Cirque du Soleil
In My Room/ Graduation – John Powell
Le Canari – Kim Sjøgren
I’m a Doun – Vanessa-Mae
Fatinitza – Franz Von Suppé
Love Dance – Cirque du Soleil
The Show – Lenka
A Question of Honour – Sarah Brightman

flag of Philippines

The Philippines are represented in the Sound of Light competition by the firm Platinum Fireworks. Their presentation is titled “Revolution…Peoples Power”. On August 17th, 2013, they will be using the following music:

Navras – Juno Reactor Mix
James Bond Theme – Moby and Vanessa Mix
Requiem for a Dream – Clint Mansell
Mask of Zorro – James Horner
Injection – Hans Zimmer
Seasons of war – Jason Hayes
Preliator – Globus
Avatar O.S.T. – Jeremy Zuckerman
Here Comes the King / Return of the King – X-Ray Dog
Farenheit – Immediate Music
Spirit of Champions – Two Steps From Hell

flag of United Kingdom

Pains Fireworks represents the United Kingdom on August 21st, 2013 with a show entitled “Around the World”. The music they have chosen for their show is as follows:

Europe (Celtic Bolero – Red Hot Chili Pipers / Lord of the Dance – Ronan Hardiman / Non, je ne regrette rien – Édith Piaf / Zorba the Greek – Kostas Papadopoulos)
Africa (Circle of Life – Kenny Williams)
Asia (Dola Re Dola – Kavita Krishnamurthy et Shreya Ghoshal / Dance of Happiness – Central Ensemble of Traditional Chinese Music / Gangnam Style – Psy)
Australia (Afro Didj – Alan Dargin et Michael Atherton)
South America (Bamboleo – Gipsy Kings)
North America (2001: A Space Odyssey & Apollo 13 – R. Strauss / Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynard / Call Me Maybe – C. R. Jepsen / Berceuse – Céline Dion)
Finale (Carnaval de Paris – Dario G)


The Grande Finale will take place on August 24th, 2013. Sure to be a can’t-miss-spectacle, on this night, the four competing teams will pull out all the stops in order to impress the crowd and jury.

Also, The Royal Pyrotechnie will be presenting “Legends of Fire” the same evening, rounding out the presentation of fireworks for the Sound of Light. The music is chosen from film repetoire, including:

Sherlock Holmes – Hans Zimmer
Golden Compass – Alexandre Desplat
King Arthur – Thomas Newman
Wall E – Thomas Newman
Avatar – James Horner
Eragon – Patrick Doyle

animated fireworks clip art

Schedule of Activities

The fun starts every night at 6 p.m. with food and wine concessions.

Shuttle service is available at certain points across Gatineau and Ottawa at the cost of $3.50 per person for round trip, FREE for kids 11 years and under. The shuttles will run from 6:15 p.m. until 11:15 p.m. Pick up and drop-off points are: Les Promenades, Loblaws (Hull area), Parc-o-bus Robert-Guertin, and Wellington St.(Ottawa)

Organized activities including play structures, face painting, carnival games and other fun throughout the area from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Shows (dancers, musicians, etc.) will be taking place on the Tim Horton’s stage every night before the fireworks. The fireworks begin every night at 9:30 p.m. (an introduction to the pyrotechnical show starts before at 9:10 p.m.)

For more detail about scheduled activities, check out their webpage at

Ticket Information for Sound of Light shows

Tickets can be purchased by phone at:
819.771.FEUX (3389), ext 1-1 or 1.888.429.FEUX (3389), ext 1-1

or online at

or on the day of the event after 6 p.m. at Lac Leamy.

General admission: Cost is $12 per person per show and FREE for children 11 and under accompanied by an adult. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket to sit on the beach.

Reserved seating is available with 28 rows of 32 seats. For ticket prices, please see their website.

General Information

  • Shows are held rain or shine
  • Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Avoid disappointment and get yours early!
  • They will not exchange or refund tickets
  • Get there early–they reserve the right to refuse access to the reserved seating area once the fireworks have started
  • No animals, bikes, rollerblades or skateboards
  • No glass containers or alcoholic beverages other than those sold on site
  • They reserve the right to search coolers and bags
  • The reserved section is a non-smoking area


  1. Take the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge
  2. Stay to the right hand side and take the first exit (Fournier / Maisonneuve Exit) to continue on Fournier Blvd.
  3. Continue on Fournier Blvd. until you reach the set of lights before the Lady Aberdeen Bridge
  4. At the set of lights, turn left to enter Leamy Lake Park
  5. Continue on the Leamy Lake Parkway until you reach the Sound of Light Checkpoint / Box Office

Limited parking spaces are available at $7, first come, first served. For further, detailed parking information, please consult their website.

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