The Loto-Québec Fire Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Loto-Québec Fire Festival has been held since 1985 at La Ronde, an amusement park in Montreal. In its first presentation, they had more than five and a half million spectators and since then it has become one of the most important events of the summer in Montreal. At the beginning there were two kinds of presentations of lights without and with music but since 1987 there is only one presentation where the lights are perfectly synchronized with the music. The fires are presented by different countries and they take place with good or bad weather. Apart from La Ronde, where the entrance must be paid; people stay on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge or on both banks of the St. Lawrence River to attend the event free of charge. The fires had Giovanni Panzera like artistic director, from 1987 to 2000, personality very recognized in this kind of events and he is the one who has given more and more notoriety to the lights into world level. This year 2018, it will be the 34th edition of lights that are presented every Saturday and Wednesday. The pyrotechnic firms in competition are represented by several countries that change each year and usually there are just 3 of them that will be on the list of winners.

Tips

If you want to participate with your vote to choose the winner, go on the La Ronde site and have the chance to win the prize they announce each year.

You can buy a round passport for the entire season or just buy the ticket of the chosen evening. Several sections of the park are set up for the event itself.

 

From July, 7th to August, 8th 2018

International Jazz Festival of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The International Jazz Festival of Montreal takes place every year in June. This year, it will be the 39th edition. The first edition was inaugurated in 1980 by the great Ray Charles. In 1986 there took place the first great open and free event. It is at its 10th edition that the festival attracts a million spectators. Since 1990, the festival takes place in the same place, ‘Place des Arts’ and theaters and places nearby. The Festival hosts nearly 30 countries, 3.000 musicians and buskers, 1.000 concert activities and entertainment, including 2/3 free, fifteen indoor stages and ten outdoor and receives over 2 million people among them we found a 25% of tourists, 400 accredited journalists, in short, a great festival where music is at its best.

Tips

There are several concerts at the same time but most of them take place more than once at different times in different scenarios sponsored.
You can buy tickets on line or in person at the ticket office of the festival.
You can also take advantage of travel packages created especially for the event that include overnight stays in hotels and shows.

Edition 2018, June, 28th to July, 7th

Les Jardins Gamelin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Émilie-Gamelin Square is a public square in the Latin Quarter of Montreal, better known as Les Jardins Gamelin; located just opposite an exit of the Berri-UQUAM metro station. The park is one of the busiest in downtown even though its size is small. It is surrounded by Berri St, St-Hubert St, Ste-Catherine St and Boulevard De Maisonneuve. It has a grassy slope, ideal for relaxing; terraces; another part covered with red gravel where you can play petanque and you can also install a stage or play giant chess. The site was inaugurated on the occasion of the 350th anniversary celebrations in Montreal (May 17th , 1992). There is a monument to Émilie Gamelin (1.9 meters high), among the passers-by. There is also another monument 17 meters high by 32 meters wide, 3 towers supporting an inclined plane; from each tower flows a curtain of water which pours into a basin at the base of the towers. There is also a snack bar that offers a varied menu inspired by the diversity of cultures that live together in Montreal.

Tips

The park offers many events, this year they will take place between May, 19th and October, 15th, 2017.

You can subscribe to their newsletter to receive their news or to be part of their facebook page.

Every Saturday and Sunday, you can have lunch on the grass in a picnic box, thanks to the gardens snack bar.

You can also visit the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec, Place Dupuis and all the shops and other institutions in the area.