The Casino Lac-Leamy sound of light and the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival join to present Illumination.

News releases | Juily 16, 2020

Finding themselves unable to invite spectators to the usual editions of their events during the summer, the Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light and the FMG (Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival) are proud to announce that they will combine their events to create a dazzling surprise for the community.

Saturday August 15th at 9:00 p.m., the organizations will offer spectators a moment of happiness and awe when numerous fireworks will light up the sky, from east to west of the city of Gatineau! The concept of ILLUMINATION was entirely thought out to allow spectators to enjoy the pyrotechnic show in the comfort of their backyard, on their porch or their balcony.

In collaboration with internationally renowned Quebec firm Royal Pyrotechnie, a fifteen-minute pyromusical show will be created under the theme of happiness and hope, incorporating a soundtrack specially created for the occasion. Available in real time on 94.9 Rouge FM, as well as on the web, the musical arrangement will provide a complete experience for residents in every corner of the city. A total of 8 sites will be highlighted by the deployment of ILLUMINATION, in collaboration with the Ville de Gatineau's events office.

"When we realized that our event could not take place in its usual form, I wanted to imagine an out-of-the-ordinary alternative that would make an impression. Thanks to the incredible support of all of our partners, we were able to give birth to a pyrotechnic event of a scale that is quite unique in Quebec and Canada this year! " emphasizes Marc-Antoine Massicotte, President and CEO of the Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light.

Given the current context, this event will allow residents to enjoy this annual tradition while keeping our distances.  From Buckingham to Aylmer, you will only have to gaze into the sky to enjoy the show in complete safety from the comfort of your own home.

"The FMG is proud, as part of its 2020 line up of micro-events, to offer our community one of the signature elements of the Festival, in association with the Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light. Our organizations promise a unique fireworks display that will surely please everyone!” says Sandra Cloutier, Executive Director of the FMG.

In order to promote businesses in the region, Sound of Light and the FMG wish to offer a gastronomic experience to Gatineau residents. In collaboration with Olivia Bistro-Boutique, Festive Boxes consisting of a meal, appetizers and cocktails will be available from July 22nd. For every box sold, 5$ will be donated to Moisson Outaouais. More details will be released in the coming days.

ILLUMINATION will certainly be a highlight of summer 2020 in the Outaouais. With family or friends, Gatineau residents can count on Sound of Light and the FMG to offer a unique experience filled with magic and happiness. Both organizations will respect all the sanitary measures required. No travel or gathering will be encouraged. The numerous launch sites will not be revealed to the public, to ensure the health and safety of all. In case of bad weather, the event will be postponed to a later date.


Michelle O’Neil, director of partnerships
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