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Casino du Lac-Leamy's Sound of Light show returns for 24th year

A photo of Manitoba’s performance in the 2017 edition of Sound of Light, on Aug. 9. (via Sound of Light)

This year’s edition of Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light show starts on Aug. 10, promising five evenings of outstanding pyrotechnic display. It runs every Saturday and Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. until Aug. 18 and is definitely worth checking out.

Sound of Light started in 1996 and has become renowned for being one of the best fireworks events in the world. This year, fireworks professionals (professional firework-ers?) from four countries will battle to make the best show.

Here are the shows, from a press release:

  • Chili (Saturday Aug. 10) Pirotecnia Igual Sa with the show “Dancing for the World”.
  • Italy (Wednesday Aug. 14) Pirotecnicia Giuliani s.r.l. brings “Estate Italiana”.
  • Greece (Saturday Aug. 17) Pavlos Nanos with the show “Up and Down”.
  • France (Wednesday Aug. 21) Pyragric Industrie with the show “Pyrollywood”.
  • The Grand finale (Saturday Aug. 24) with the show “Emojis” performed by Royal Pyrotechnie.

There are three official viewing sites, which require paid admission: * The Canadian Museum of History * Nepean Point (hosted by the Montfort Hospital Foundation) * Ottawa Locks (hosted by the Bytown Museum)

Ticket packages are available on the Sound of Light website.

Here are some suggestions for other viewing points: * Portage Bridge * Macdonald-Cartier Bridge * Behind the Supreme Court of Canada * Behind Centre Block

Any other suggestions? Email us: feedback@ottawastart.com If you’re planning on taking some pictures, here are some tips on how to get the best shots.

Road, bridge and path closures

For safety reasons, several areas will be closed on show evenings.

  • The Ottawa River between the Alexandra and Portage Bridges from 6–10:30 p.m.
  • Alexandra Bridge (all lanes, including pedestrian boardwalk) from 8:30-10:15 p.m.
  • The Ottawa River pathway between Bank Street and the Ottawa locks (behind Parliament Hill); between the Alexandra Bridge and the Ottawa locks (via Pioneer Road, under Major’s Hill Park), from 7-9 p.m.
  • The Voyageurs trail between Victoria Street and the Alexandra Bridge (behind the Canadian Museum of History) from 6-10 p.m.
  • Lady Grey Drive and Pioneer Street from 7-10 p.m.