The fifth country participating at the International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS tonight

    The Australians will be setting Lac des Dauphins on fire with music out
    of the "mixer"!

    MONTREAL, July 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Lac des Dauphins will be lit up in a way
rarely seen over the last quarter century that the competition has been held
in Montréal. The Australian firm of Howard & Sons is coming to town with no
less than 30 pontoons that will be used to deploy what they call "close
proximity pyrotechnics." Never has the L'International des Feux Loto-Québec
presented by TELUS slogan of "come and see what you're missing" been more
appropriate than this week.
    The Australian spectacle, entitled Evolution, uses light and sound to
showcase well-known pieces of music that have "evolved" through new covers,
arrangement, remixes, and rerecording. Howard & Sons will be running just
about every kind of music-classical, electronic, pop, and rock-through their
huge mixer. The program includes a symphonic version of the huge Metallica hit
Nothing Else Matters as well as revisited versions of Led Zeppelin's Whole
Lotta Love and Mary J. Blidge's cover of the U2 hit One. The team from "down
under" will also be putting on some of their own with Nicole Kidman
interpreting Sparkling Diamonds à la Moulin Rouge and Crowded House's
planetary smash Don't Dream It's Over, as remixed by Grant Stevens.
    A worldwide pyrotechnical leader, Howard & Sons remains a family
business, as is often the case in this field. Since 1922, the company has been
headed by four generations of the Howard family. In other words, three
generations have produced "pyrotechnical" offspring. And the tradition is
continuing: the fifth generation is already under way and the Howards are
awaiting another "explosive" birth in the hours ahead!
    Of course, Howard & Sons has also produced spectacles seen by audiences
everywhere, such as at the 2006 Commonwealth Games (opening and closing
ceremonies), a competition in Malaysia in 2007 (first-place winners), in
Shanghai in 2005 (second place), and in Montréal the same year. While firm
members recall that their 2005 participation was rain drenched, their main
memories were out about using the site and its characteristics to the utmost.
That is exactly what they plan to do on Saturday to win an award in what
designer Stuart Bensley has stated is the "most prestigious and
well-established pyromusical competitions in the world."
    A few scenes from a video interview with representatives can be viewed on
the Internet at The site also lists
the 13 pieces of music that will be heard at the La Ronde.

    The 24th Edition Features Novelty and Innovation

    This year, personalities from Québec's world of art with be closely
associated with the International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS.
This week honorary host will be the popular singer Marie-Elaine Thibert. Alain
Jean-Mary will be hosting the evening's activities on the air with Rythme FM.

    Technical Details and Ticket Sales

    The shows of the International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS
get underway at 10 p.m., whatever the weather. The Jacques Cartier Bridge will
be closed to vehicles on show evenings from 8 p.m. to the end of the
presentation. Reserved seats can be purchased at La Ronde on the same day (the
ticket includes unlimited access to rides and attractions on the site for the
entire day), on the Internet, and by telephone at
514-790-1245 or toll-free at 1-800-361-4595. Corporate and group packages are
available by calling La Ronde sales at 514-397-7777 or by sending an e-mail to


    The International des Feux Loto-Québec presented by TELUS would like to
extend its sincere appreciation to its valued sponsors and partners for their
immeasurable support in terms of producing and publicizing this event: title
sponsor Loto-Québec; presenter sponsor TELUS; associate sponsors Ministère du
Tourisme and the SAQ; official broadcaster 105.7 Rythme FM; and partners TVA,
Le Journal de Montréal, the Marriott Château Champlain, Belle Gueule, and
Agropur Division Fromages Fins.

    About Six Flags: La Ronde is owned by Six Flags, Inc., the world's
largest regional theme park company with 21 parks across the United States,
Mexico, and Canada. Six Flags Inc. is a publicly traded corporation
(NYSE:   SIX) based in New York.

For further information:

For further information: Martin Roy, Public Relations Manager, La Ronde,
Member of the Six Flags Family, (514) 397-2001, extension 2703,

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