The pandemic will not have been because of the Festival international de la chanson de Granby. But this 52nd edition, which begins tomorrow, will be very different from the previous ones since it will be entirely digital. The Newspaper requested the director-general of the FICG, Jean François Lippé, to speak of the four components of the event.
In the month of April, the team of the FICG has considered different scenarios for its 52nd edition. “We didn’t want to cancel, said the director general. Our mission is to provide a showcase for artists in the French-speaking song. ”
Even if the déconfinement of the last days now allows performances in front of 250 people with distancing, the festival will be held all the same entirely on the web.
“The last measures of déconfinement were announced a few days ago and it was difficult for us to return to it quickly,” says the director. We decided that the scene would be a studio tv. ”
The Great Contest
Bermuda, Dominica, Claire Gagnon, his real name, will participate in the Big Contest.
Given the particular context of this year, the Big Contest will crown no winner. Twenty-four semi-finalists would instead take part in four evenings, from 18 to 21 August, at 19: 30, but there will be no final.
“They’re going to be able to go directly to the auditions the next year without re-doing all the process, says Jean François Lippé. They came to Granby a few days ago to save their recordings. Each semi-finalist made three songs. “
Never too early
The project Never too early stresses its 10th anniversary this year. A jury has selected 24 songs written by young people from 14 to 17 years across the country. The texts were set to music by former participants of the Contest (Caroline Savoie, Antoine Lachance, Mehdi Cayenne). A virtual performance, moderated by Andréanne A. Malette, will be released on September 26, the same day as the release of an album on the project.
The music showcases
During four afternoons, from 24 to 27 August, from 13: 30 p.m., 20 artists will each have 25 minutes to capture the interest of different broadcasters and professionals in the country. Among these, there are Miro, Pierre Guitard, The Winston Band and The Gold seekers. The artists will go this week to Granby to pre-record their performance.
Andréanne A. Malette
By the end of this 52nd edition, the festival has asked Andréanne A. Malette to design a show with invited artists, 29 August at 19: 30. The singer-songwriter has created a kind of spectacle-type ” Poulin and his men with only male artists : Patrick Norman, Miro, Alexandre Poulin and Antoine Lachance.
A native of Granby, Andréanne A. Malette is very attached to the festival. She has participated in the grand contest in 2008 and has been the spokesperson a few years later. This year, she has also worked as artistic director and director of project Never too early.
► The 52nd edition of the Festival international de la chanson de Granby, will be held from 18 to 29 August. For details : ficg.qc.ca