The Sound of Lights Festival Ottawa’s Annual Pyromusical Spectacular 2018

The Sound of Lights (Beautiful Choreography of Fireworks & Music)

On Saturday, August 4th the Sound of Lights festival debuts its pyrotechnic musical on the shores of the History Museum (Hull).  This year four countries (China, USA, Germany, & Spain) will compete for the Zeus Trophy in an explosive pyromusical competition. Tickets to the seated garden section are $25, general admission is $12 and children under 11 can attend for free (with adult).  Tickets can be purchased online here (link: or by calling 819-776-7000

Sound of Lights Schedule:

Saturday, Aug. 4th Spain 🇪🇸

Wednesday, Aug. 8th USA 🇺🇸

Saturday, Aug. 11th Germany 🇩🇪 

Wednesday, Aug. 15th China 🇨🇳

Saturday, Aug. 18th Grand Finale


Getting to the Festival

If you are planning to drive to the event there is parking at the museum for $12.50, and parking at Notre-Dame-de-l’Île for $10.  Give yourself plenty of time to arrive or park in the market and walk over. If you are coming on a Saturday we recommend parking at the World Exchange Plaza (45 O’Connor) which offers free parking on weekends and is a 30-minute walk via the Byward Market or Portage Bridge.  

Behind the Scenes on the Barge:

Entertainment Ottawa was invited to visit the barge where the Spanish team Zaragozana was preparing for Saturday’s show. We spoke with Sebastian who taught us a little bit about the life of a pyrotechnic expert.  Before blowing things up for a living Sebastian was a firefighter for over 20 years. He was in charge of supervising pyrotechnic shows and was brought into the business through the relationships he made.

The cost of a typical fireworks show will range from 100 to 200 thousand dollars not to mention the months of preparation in writing the story, selecting the music and curating the bombs.  The best part of the job for Sebastian is having such a great a view during the show. He says “…there is nothing like the rush of adrenaline you get when the show starts!”

The biggest reaction from the crowd comes from the magnesium effects.  They are very loud, white in colour and light up the sky as if it were daylight.  For the pyro-team, the best reward is hearing the cheering crowd at the end of a performance.

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