2011 Results Press Release

Montréal, Saturday, July 30, 2011 – The pyrotechnicians of Pirotecnica Morsani SRL, representing Italy, carried off the Gold Jupiter this evening at La Ronde in the Finale des Étoiles Loto-Québec. Flying the flag for France, the technicians of Lacroix Ruggieri came away with the Silver Jupiter, and those of Howard & Sons Pyrotechnic, representing Australia, got the Bronze Jupiter. The Jupiter Awards ceremony marked the end of the 27th edition of L’International des Feux Loto Québec presented by TELUS, which was followed by a 30-minute non-competing fireworks display paying tribute to the Beatles and their music. Paul Csukassy, Technical Director of L’International des Feux LotoQuébec presented by TELUS in collaboration with the SAQ, designed the show and made the musical selections. The Italian firm Panzera was the delegate producer for the show’s fireworks component.

In this year’s contest, which kicked off on June 25, 19 judges had to choose from among eight competitors. In addition to gold, silver, and bronze, management at L’International also awarded two special mentions. The first went to Flash Barrandov SFX from Czech Republic for outstanding initiatives in environmental protection and the development of green technology. The second was awarded to Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics from Australia for the best soundtrack. As for the People’s Choice TELUS Contest, a new online feature this year, the nod went to “Angels and Demons” presented by Pirotecnica Morsani SRL.

The Gold Jupiter goes to Italy for “Angels and Demons”

This is the first time that Pirotecnica Morsani SRL, performing in Montreal for the second time, has won a Jupiter prize. With their display titled “Angels and Demons”, the company responsible for pyrotechnic displays at the Vatican wanted to illustrate the eternal duel between good and evil. Divided into four acts, the performance related the epic struggle between angels and demons to preside over the world. Every act featured its own soundtrack and distinctive fireworks displays – some of which were created specifically for “Angels and Demons.” The show was truly an ode to life and happiness. Above all, it is a message of hope and peace for future generations. Pirotecnica Morsani SRL is a century-old, traditionrich family business. It was founded in 1880 by Reginaldo Morsani, grandfather of Telesforo Morsani, the company’s current director. Pirotecnica Morsani SRL is also a leading fireworks manufacturer.

Morsani SRL Display

Morsani SRL Display - credit Roburt Burch

France wins the Silver Jupiter for “Maudits Français”

The incredible story of a Quebecer who, after finding a mysterious object “made in France” on the shores of Dolphins Lake at La Ronde, finds himself catapulted to Paris won Lacroix Ruggieri the Silver Jupiter. Thanks to the magic of pyrotechnics, spectators accompanied the traveller in his journey through the City of Light, from the Moulin Rouge in Montmartre to Versailles to the Eiffel Tower.

This Silver Jupiter adds to the numerous distinctions the firm has already won several times in Montreal. Notably, they won the Gold Jupiter in 1985, 1990 and 2002.

The Bronze Jupiter goes to Australia for “The Colours of Kakadu”

Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics presented Montrealers with a show paying homage to the nature and folklore of Australia. For 30 minutes, spectators gathered at Canada Place were transported to Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Australia’s Northern Territory. Three times during the show, the soundtrack gave way to the group eMDee, who combine a traditional Australian instrument, the didgeridoo, with percussion and played live on a stage on the Dolphins Lake. This is the second Jupiter for the Australian company, who won the Silver Jupiter in 2008

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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