Panzera SAS Beatles Tribute Official Press Release

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Finale des Étoiles Loto-Québec” this Saturday at L’International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS

A Spectacular Tribute to the Beatles!

Montreal, Thursday, July 28, 2011 – On Saturday, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will once again be reunited through the magic of pyrotechnics for a tribute to the Beatles produced by La Ronde and Panzera S.A.S. as part of “Finale des Étoiles Loto-Québec,” a grand annual pyromusical out-of-competition show that celebrates the brightest stars and their work. Fans of the Fab Four will be treated to 30 minutes of the band’s greatest hits. The Jupiter Awards ceremony will also be held as part of “Finale des Étoiles Loto-Québec.”

Paul Csukassy, Technical Director of L’International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS in collaboration with the SAQ, designed the show and made the musical selections. The soundtrack is divided into four parts, each dedicated to a band member. It features Octopus Garden and Yellow Submarine sung by Ringo Starr as well as Something and Here Comes the Sun by George Harrison. John Lennon’s voice will resonate through Canada Place as spectators enjoy Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, I am the Walrus and All You Need is Love. The show will end with songs sung by Paul McCartney, including Can’t Buy Me Love, Penny Lane, and Hey Jude. Shortly before the curtain falls on the 27th edition of this event, thousands of fireworks will burst in the sky above Montréal to the sound of A Day in a Life.

In its tribute to the greatest band in the history of rock and roll, L’International turned to one of the world’s most prestigious fireworks companies. The Italian firm, Panzera S.A.S., is a familiar presence at La Ronde – and will be closing the fireworks show for the 23rd time in the event’s history. The Piedmont-based firm designed one of the most renowned fireworks displays: the Roman Candle. Nearly 90% of the pyrotechnical pieces featured in the show were specially created at the manufacturing facilities of Panzera S.A.S. Reputed for its vivid and colourful fireworks, the firm is sure to wow fans in Montréal with its dazzling pyrotechnical effects, ranging from the famed “Blue Panzera” (this shade of blue is a production secret that is closely guarded by the firm’s chief chemist) to orange to lemon yellow to turquoise. On July 14, France’s national holiday, Panzera put on a fireworks show in Marseille that earned rave reviews.

A list of the 32 titles from the show’s soundtrack is available at L’International’s web site at

A popular jury and plenty of stars!
Following a selection process that was open to the public, nineteen fireworks enthusiasts were chosen to form this year’s jury. These individuals are charged with the enviable but important task of attending all of the fireworks presentations at La Ronde, evaluating the performances of each competing firm, and ranking the eight countries that are represented.

For the first time ever, well-known personalities have agreed to join the jury for one evening. Their decision will be featured on video and broadcast on the web at on the day following a fireworks show. This week, the well-known participant is the band Radio Radio.

The choix du public TELUS (The Public’s Choice) returns
This year’s spectators will again have their say, as the world’s most prestigious light and music show invites the public to vote online! Participants, in addition to seeking out the approval of the judges who award Gold, Silver and Bronze Jupiter trophies, will now attempt to win over the public and earn a truly special prize! After each of this year’s performances, spectators can visit and provide their opinion, by giving the show a score between 1 and 10. Site visitors will also be able to view a clip of the show and even share their experience with their Facebook friends.

Technical details and ticket sales

Reserved seating may be purchased at and Programs and schedules (order of appearance of the competitors) will be available on both of these sites. Purchasing tickets can also be done by phoning (514) 790-1245 or toll-free 1 800 361-4595. For information concerning corporate and group rates, contact the La Ronde sales office at 514-397-7777, or Please note that all shows start at 10 PM. sharp.

Sponsors and partners

We offer heartfelt thanks to our valued sponsors and partners: primary sponsor Loto-Québec; presenting sponsor TELUS; collaborative sponsors SAQ; associate partner Québec Ministry of Tourism; official suppliers Agropur Signature, Belle Gueule, le Groupe Thomas Marine and Marriott Château Champlain and WKD Original Vodka Blue.

About the event: The event, which was originally known as Concours international d’art pyrotechnique de Montréal (Montreal International Fireworks Competition), was launched in 1985. Today, it is the most prestigious event of its kind in the world and it has been a member of the Major International Events Network (MIEN) since 2000 as well as Le Collectif de Festivals Montréalais (CFM), that will be launching the 1st edition of Montréal Festimania this year.

About La Ronde and Six Flags : La Ronde is the property of Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest regional theme park company with 2010 revenue of nearly $1.0 billion and 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Six Flags Over Texas, the company’s flagship location, is celebrating its 50th anniversary season in 2011.

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Information :

Catherine Tremblay
Communications Manager
La Ronde – Member of the Six Flags Family
514 397-2001, extension 2703

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