The Festival of the song must refuse a candidate

Le Festival de la chanson doit refuser un candidat

The Fransaskois Kaya Free not be able to take advantage of his pass for the Festival de la chanson de Granby, obtained by winning the competition musical Chant’West last September. The organization has had to refuse him access because the rapper did not meet all of the eligibility criteria of its competition.

Among these are : “be a canadian citizen or have permanent resident status in Canada “, is it specified in the requirements of the FICG.

However, Kaya Free is waiting for her permanent residence. A native of Burundi, he arrived in Canada on 29 June 2017 with a visa worker, he says to The Voice.

This situation did not pose any problem at the time of her participation in the contest New scene, Saskatchewan, and then Chant’West, who has crowned co-winner with Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds. It should, however, obtain his permanent residence — in which the request was already sent at this moment, he confirms that — prior to February 1, 2019.

This deadline had been determined by the FICG in order not to impede the organization of the first training courses for the Franco-canadians in April, ” explains the acting director general of the Festival, Erick-Louis, Champagne.

All had good hopes that he would get on time, which was unfortunately not the case. His request is still being processed, let him know Kaya Free.

“If we make exceptions, it is not transparent. And as soon as one allows an exception, it opens the door to many other requests for exception. ”


Erick-Louis, Champagne, DG acting FICG

“I’m really disappointed not to be able to get compared to candidates from eastern Canada, and I would have liked to represent the newcomers, has responded to the latter at the end of the wire on Thursday. But the rules are the rules. It is necessary to remain professional in there, responsible and above all positive because by staying positive, you can have beautiful surprises. “

The man, 32-year-old good hope to have obtained permanent residence before the edition 2020 of the Festival de la chanson de Granby, which he intends to participate even if he has to go through the audition process.

The rapper expresses the desire to eventually see an update to the regulations, ” to better adapt to the new realities of immigration “.

No exception

On his side, though he found the situation “a shame, really, because it was a talent of interesting,” Mr. Champagne said that he has never been a question of having an exception deal with this situation. “If we make exceptions, it is not transparent. And as soon as one allows an exception, it opens the door to many other requests for exceptions, ” sets out there.

It also closes the door to an amendment to the regulations, primarily because ” the scholarships during the competition should be used to develop careers here.”

It is ultimately the Alberta Renelle Ray, who will replace Kaya Free in Granby in August to the sides of Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds. She had finished third in Chant’West.

The 51st Festival international de la chanson de Granby, will be held from 14 to 24 August next.

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