Because of the exceptional situation we are all facing, this year, the festival will be taking place exclusively on digital platforms. The FICG is the most prestigious French-language singing competition in North America, and the team behind it had completed its program of activities right before the pandemic hit and had to quickly devise an alternative. Since August 18 and until August 29, shows will be presented for free online on the event’s Facebook page and on the official website. This year, there will be no winners chosen, and the 24 semi-finalists will be performing in intimate settings. Although the artists will miss the usual atmosphere and human contact, the festival has been successful in recreating a feeling of closeness with the audience. The people’s choice award will be presented, and the spectators in attendance of the four semi-finals will be invited to vote for their favourite. This new concept allows spectators to discover the festival again or for the first time, and the participating artists will benefit from the festival’s support.
Let’s hope this initiative will attract a new audience through its one-of-a-kind special edition!