The Festival international de la chanson de Granby will not only have a new general manager for its 51st edition, it will also have a new music director and a new house band.
This was announced on Wednesday, the DG acting, Erick-Louis, Champagne, during the traditional 5 to 7 to launch the start of the registration to the different parts of the contest.
This is André Papanicolaou, who will replace the great Philippe Brault, who has been the musical director of the Festival for the past eight years.
“Philippe had already announced that he would be with us until the 50th, but as it is very busy, it is preferred to withdraw to the suite,” said Mr. Champagne.
The semi-finalists will remain in good hands with Andrew Papanicolaou (pap) smear, guitarist Vincent Vallières for a number of years, among others. The singer has also worked with several big names of quebec song such as Patrice Michaud, Caroline Savoie and Pascale Picard.
“It is in the process of mounting a band of fire with all that there are more hot in terms of musicians in Quebec “, also mentioned by Mr. Champagne. Simon Blouin, Joss Tellier, Myèlle, Alexis Dumais, and Amélie Mandeville should be of those who will accompany the 24 semi-finalists on stage.
Erick-Louis, Champagne has also unveiled the name of the person who will be in charge of the animation of the semi-finals and the final of the big competition. This is Cédric Landry, a storyteller originally from the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. “You know how much I love discovering new talents to the public… This guy, I’ve known two years ago in a shop window, and I think that you also will have a not worst blow of heart for him. “
The DG acting has not failed to note that the storytellers who pass through Granby ” are generally not so bad “, making reference to a certain Fred Pellerin, who came to animate the song Festival in 2003.
A 51st edition less masterful
The 51st Festival de la chanson de Granby, will also officially be without a spokesman, confirmed Mr. Champagne. Not ambassadors, as two years ago, or even of honorary president as in the past year. “I think that one is made to do things differently. The Festival is ripe for fly of its own wings. “
Without wanting to venture into the programming of 2019, which will be unveiled in June, however, it was left to hear the Voice of The Is that the organization will return to a large-scale event ” more normal “.
“A 50th, it is sure that it highlights it in a unique way, masterful. We want that to mark the imaginary. It is normal that we have to come back to things more simple after. This is not a regression. “
The organization does not repeat so not her “bonus for the 50th” holding hearings in other cities as Granby. “It was really interesting, but question the logistics, it was a little difficult for the small team that we are,” said Mr. Champagne.
Entries for the Big contest, the pane Never too early (14-17 years old), the Small festival (6-13 years), as well as the music Showcases for artists, professionals who want to discover the industry place until the 2 April, 16 h. To participate, simply go to the www.ficg.qc.ca.
Tickets to attend the shows presented at the Palace de Granby are also on sale from now on.