L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS kicks off summer with a dynamic salute to jazz by Spanish fireworks masters Pirotecnia Igual

    MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - This evening at 10 p.m., La Ronde kicks
off Montreal's summer festivities with the opening performance of the 2007
International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS, a pyromusical salute to
jazz by the celebrated Spanish fireworks company Pirotecnia Igual.

    2007 line-up

    The 2007 edition of L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by
TELUS will take place at La Ronde between June 20 and July 28. Over nine
evenings of pure enchantment, fireworks masters from Spain, England, Mexico,
Hong Kong (China), the United States, Canada, France and Germany will
demonstrate their amazing technical skills and unbounded passion for their art
to the thousands upon thousands of appreciative onlookers gathered to admire
their creations in the Montreal sky. The official line-up for the 2007
Concours d'art pyrotechnique de Montréal promises one dazzling production
after another, with Italian firm Panzera S.A.S closing out the series of
performances on July 28 with a unique display marking La Ronde's
40th anniversary in truly grand style.

    World's most prestigious pyromusical competition

    A people's jury made up of 19 members of the general public chosen from
among more than 300 applicants will vote upon the presentations of the
different pyrotechnics specialists. The jury members will have the difficult
job of deciding upon the winners of the gold, silver and bronze Jupiters - the
most coveted awards in international pyrotechnics The performances will be
evaluated using four criteria: quality of the pieces, pyromusical design,
synchronization and overall appreciation.


    This year, the general public is invited to participate in the PEOPLE'S
CHOICE TELUS contest by voting on one of the two following websites:
www.telusmobilite.com/feux or www.telumobilities.com/fireworks. Participants
can also vote using their mobile phone. A draw will be held between the eighth
and ninth fireworks presentations, with the person whose entry is chosen at
random winning, courtesy of Swiss and TELUS, airfare for two to his/her choice
of either Geneva or Zurich, along with a daily personal-expenses allowance and
hotel accommodations.

    Technical details and purchasing tickets

    Each performance in the L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by
TELUS is staged at La Ronde starting at 10 p.m., regardless of the weather.
For only $2 more than the cost of a daily ticket, fireworks enthusiasts can
purchase a reserved seat from which to fully enjoy the whole stirring
experience. Tickets (providing unlimited access to rides throughout the day)
are available from $38.79 plus taxes and handling charges through the
Admission network at www.admission.com or by phone at (514) 790-1245 or
1 800 361-4595, as well as at the La Ronde box office the day of the
fireworks. Special rates for groups of 20 or more and corporate boxes are also
available by calling (514) 397-7777 or by e-mail at ventes@laronde.com. On
evenings when there are fireworks, the Jacques Cartier Bridge is closed to
vehicle traffic between 8 and 11 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 20 at 10 p.m. - Spain presents "Pure Jazz"

    Pirotecnia Igual's pyromusical spectacular will salute the glorious
history of jazz. Under the direction of Isidre Panella, backed by Xavier Galan
and Albert Rovira, the family company has created a show especially for
Montrealers because "the greatest number of fans of this type of music are
found in Montreal," said Xavier Galan, one of the show's three designers.
Exclusively for its Montreal show, Pirotecnia Igual, which uses no fewer than
17 different colours, will dazzle its audience with a special combination of
colours, including orange, lemon yellow, blue, magenta, purple, pink and
    Among the pieces that are the firm's specialties, candles, fountains and
nautical pieces will be put to special use, along with heart-shaped figures
that will add a spiritual touch at a particular moment in the soundtrack. A
dynamic rhythm will be ensured by the rapid-pace effects created by the
various pieces and a double finale will enthral spectators with a sequence of
slow piano notes concluding with a discordant note accompanied by a multitude
of air maroons for an exceptional surprise effect.
    Founded over a century ago and headed by Mario and Patxi Igual,
Pirotecnia Igual stages more than 600 fireworks shows per year. It is also a
leading pyrotechnics manufacturer serving many major companies. With customers
worldwide, the firm is Europe's leading pyrotechnics materials exporter. It
has won many honours, including six Jupiters in Montreal (two gold), and
received the contract for all the pyrotechnics performances at the 1992
Barcelona Olympic Games.

    Special complementary shows at Le Jardin des Etoiles

    Each evening that there is a fireworks presentation, visitors to La Ronde
who want to extend their pleasure can take in a free show at Le Jardin des
Etoiles at 8:45 and 11 p.m. This evening, Cuban group Bamboleo will have you
up and out of your seat throughout their energy-filled performance. Other
artists appearing during the summer will include Annie Villeneuve, Manuel
Tadros, Wunderbar and Pierre Lalonde.

    Simulcast on 105,7 Rythme FM

    Spectators viewing the fireworks from outside the La Ronde site can tune
in 105,7 Rythme FM between 10 and 10:30 p.m. to hear a simulcast of the
pyrotechnics soundtrack and enjoy the total fireworks experience. Starting at
7:45 p.m. the evening of each fireworks presentation, Rythme FM will broadcast
from La Ronde. Many special guests will be on hand during the summer. This
evening, Véronique Cloutier will welcome Véronic DiCaire and Annie Villeneuve.

    Our partners

    L'International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS sincerely thanks
its valued sponsors and partners: principal sponsor Loto-Québec, presenting
sponsor TELUS, associate sponsors Le Ministère du tourisme and the SAQ,
official broadcaster 105,7 Rythme FM, and partners TQS and Le Journal de
Montréal, Swiss International Airlines, Le Marriott Château Champlain, Belle
Gueule and Agropur for their support in the production and publicizing of its
event. For more information, please call (514) 397-2000 or visit our website
at www.internationaldesfeuxloto-quebec.com

    About Six Flags: The world's largest regional amusement park firm and
owner of La Ronde, Six Flags Inc. is a publicly traded company (NYSE:   SIX)
based in New York.

For further information:

For further information: Nadia Goyer, Manager of Public Relations, La
Ronde - Member of the Six Flags Family, Office: (514) 397-2001, ext. 2703,

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