September 2, 2017 8:58 pm
Updated: September 4, 2017 12:28 pm

Fireworks festival lights up Saskatoon sky

WATCH ABOVE: The annual PotashCorp Fireworks Festival, along the South Saskatchewan River, draws thousands of spectators each year. Rebekah Lesko reports.

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It lights up the Saskatoon sky year after year. Now in its 10th year, the PotashCorp Fireworks Festival had two “explosive” shows on display for the Labour Day long weekend.

“We see people of all ages, all cultures, all colours, all languages, on this riverbank sharing the space with one another, shoulder to shoulder and enjoying an amazing show,” festival director Shad Ali said.

“You see that explosive energy come out, and all the light that comes out, and the way the light looks. The different layers and levels of light that are there.”

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Yanick Roy flew in from Quebec for the event. He is the artistic director of Saturday’s show.

His company, Royal Pyrotechnie, produces around 350 shows across Canada each year.

“It’s around 10,000 effects that we’ll have tonight, with different angles, different styles, sometimes it’s more softly, sometimes it’s boom, boom, boom, boom,” Roy explained.

The festival is celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary.

The two shows are created by two of the most decorated Canadian companies. Friday featured team Canada West from Calgary, while Saturday showcased a team from eastern Canada.

“The two teams that have won the Canadian championships the most times and between them, they have 33 championships in total. Royal [Pyrotechnie] has fired here before, so Yanick knows this river, he knows this audience, he knows what they like,” Ali said.

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“I hope the people will love it. I’m pretty sure they’ll love it. The soundtrack also will be great — lot of Canadian music I use,” Roy said.

Organizers expect 65,000 people over the two nights.

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