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Annual fireworks show to move to Museum of History

Starting this summer the Casino du Lac Leamy Sound of Light show will take place at the newly named Canadian Museum of History.

It's part of a bid to attract more people to the fireworks spectacle, which is entering its 19th year.

The shores of Lac Leamy could only fit around 20,000 people, but the shorelines of the Ottawa River in front of the museum can accomodate more than 50,000 every night.

"I think the environment is perfect here," said Sound of Light president Claude Hamelin. "I think it's even more beautiful than it was at Leamy Lake. You can look at the panorama around here. I think it's a perfect site. People are going to be just a little bit closer to it, so I think it's going to make a completely different venue."

He said he's not worried about people gathering on the Ontario side of the river to watch the event for free, because of all of the entertainment they will offer on the Quebec side. They will continue to offer pre-show performances and entertainment along with the SAQ Bistro and SAQ Bistro Express.

They've also reduced admission to just $5. It's free for kids under 11.

Moving the show also means corporate clients will be able to host their guests inside the museum, and there will also be a dinner and show in the museum's Grand Hall.

Casino du Lac Leamy remains the title sponsor of the popular pyromusical competition.

The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the Ottawa River, and the shows will take place at 9:15 p.m.

This year's event will take place on Saturday and Wednesday nights alternately from August 2nd to the 16th. The participating countries will be announced in May.

The museum will extend its hours on the days of the show so that visitors can check out their exhibits before the fireworks.

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