Canada delivers a show to remember at 2017 Honda Celebration of Light (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Aug 6 2017, 3:03 pm

Team Canada’s curtain closer performance last night at the 27th annual Honda Celebration of Light will likely go down as a fireworks show to remember.

The pyrotechnics team that staged the spectacular show, Montreal-based Royal Pyrotechnie, executed their performance with immense artistry, creativity, pageantry, and precision.

Their theme for the night was “Legends of Fire” and apart from using Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69” as their opening tune, fulfilling their competition Canadian song requirement, the soundtrack predominantly used epic, orchestral music, including the themes fromย Avatar by James Horner andย Sherlock Holmes by Hans Zimmer.

Royal Pyrotechnie also took it one step further by recording original narrations for the fireworks festival as part of the show’s concept of telling the story of four legends.

Prior to the fireworks, Mrazek Air Shows and a surprise appearance by two Canadian Air Force CF-18 fighter jets entertained the revellers gathered in the beaches and parks around English Bay.

The winner of this year’s Celebration of Light will be announced on Tuesday morning. Last year’s winner was the Walt Disney Company representing the United States.

There were two other competitors; Team Japan represented by Akariya Fireworks kicked off this year’s festival on Saturday, July 29 while Team United Kingdom represented by Jubilee Fireworks staged the second show on Wednesday, August 2.

This year’s highest attendance

Approximately 400,000 people attended Team Canada’s show on the final night, which traditionally sees the highest attendance because it falls on a long weekend and is the last opportunity to see the fireworks.

This brings the total estimated 2017 attendance across three nights to roughly 850,000 people, with 250,000 attending the first night by Japan and 200,000 for the second night by the United Kingdom. Poor air quality from the wildfire smoke likely affected attendance during the final two shows.

In comparison, perfect weather conditions and the allure of the Disney attracted 600,000 people alone to the 2016 finale.

Apart from liquor pour outs, drug seizures, and one arrest for allegedly groping a woman, there were no major incidents at this year’s final show on Saturday.

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