The world of the song is in mourning at Granby as everywhere else. Mario Chenart, who was involved in both the Festival of the song at the École nationale de la chanson de Granby (ÉNC), died last Saturday, died of cancer at the age of 57 years.
The fervent defender of the French-language song won the FICG, as an author-composer-interpreter in 1990, before putting the hand on a Felix in 1998. “We will remember him not only for his appearance at the Festival international de la chanson de Granby, but also for his involvement and his dedication to Never Too Early. Hundreds of texts have been written under the mentorship of Mario in dozens of schools in Quebec, ” said the organization in a publication on Facebook outlining the death of Mr. Chenart.
Mario Chenart is involved as the Festival of the song at the École nationale de la chanson de Granby
In 2016, the latter had joined the ranks of the teachers of the ÉNC. He has taught writing lyrics for two years. One of his pupils, Nicolas Gémus, expressed his “luck” he has had to have as a trainer, ” a man who has had a significant impact in my professional development […] which has greatly influenced my way of writing and approach to the song, and that gave me the keys to unlock two of the songs from my repertoire that I’m most proud of, is Behind the noise and Bunker of your arms “.
The latter had been chosen Song coup de coeur SOCAN during his time at the Festival, in 2017, then, that he had gone to the final.
Mario Chenart has also long been the artistic director of the Gala de la chanson de Caraquet, where he taught, among others, Jean-François Breau, Annie Blanchard and Lisa LeBlanc, in addition to writing for Marie-Denise Pelletier, Laurence Jalbert and the small screen.
He is also much involved for rights of authors, among others, the Société professionnelle des auteurs et compositeurs du Québec, of which he was president from 2007 to 2012.
— With The Press