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Fireworks light up the sky above Lac Leamy during last year’s Sound of Light competition in Gatineau.


One pyrotechnics team will look to end with the biggest bang at the 12th annual Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light competition.

Four of the world’s fireworks masters will dazzle spectators with their fiery displays starting this weekend, July 28, and continuing Aug. 1, 4, 8, 11 at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau.

“Fireworks are nothing new, but even after all these years … people just keep coming back because of the way that the show makes them feel,” said event public affairs director Anny Spooner.

Italy’s Parente Fireworks — last year’s winning competitor — will kick off Saturday with a special effects show, teamed with a musical medley.

The competition continues with Venezuela’s show on Aug. 1, Spain on Aug. 4 and Russia on Aug. 8.

The grand finale on Aug. 11 will feature all the countries’ fireworks in their final shining moments before judges determine which entry takes the 2007 title.

“The different countries are selected … and we select a fireworks firm that works in that country,” event spokeswoman Edith Leclerc said. “They design a specific show related to where they live … and try to tell us a story.”

Before and after displays, Eko, Joanie Michaud and Carol Renaud will be performing July 28. Carlos Avila, VJ’s Soul Group, Mélodia and Franco Lindo perform on other nights.

“We try to make it a wonderful experience from the moment people arrive on site to the moment they leave,” Spooner said.

when it all goes up

  • The fireworks begin at 9 p.m. but gates open at 5 p.m., when visitors can enjoy a family fun zone, concerts, and a buskers competition.