The President of the Festi Laughing, Brandon Girard, had a memorable experience Thursday night, while he was at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City. The second-year student in business administration attended the gala OSEntreprendre Challenge, where the event organized by students from Cégep de Jonquière was shortlisted for a national award in the category collective College.
Accompanied by Vice President Emilie Gaudreault, one that defined the contours of the project with him, he was the first surprise when it was announced that the Festi Laughter had won first place. This was all the more unexpected as 12 candidates had survived stage of regional selections. “This is an incredible recognition,” said the young man Friday during a telephone interview with the Daily.
The meetings held after the gala allowed him to see what had pleased the jury. The collective dimension of the project, illustrated by the participation of a dozen volunteers, coupled with marketing freshmen, would have constituted a powerful argument for the festival focused on humor. Added to the response of the general public, the fact that 700 people attended the shows held at the end of January.
“The judges also highlighted the participation of amateur comedians alongside professionals. We felt that it had helped, “notes Brandon Girard. The first meeting, which took place at the Hopera microbrewery Jonquière, was devoted to the next generation. The other evening, she had been held at the Salle François-Brassard, where the public could see veterans like Denis Drolet and Pierre Hébert, accompanied by a young comrade.
Besides the $ 3,000 scholarship that accompanied the national award, the artisans of the Festi Laughing bring home lots of contacts made over the evening. They could be used in the coming months, as the second edition of the Festi Laughter will be presented from 2 to 4 February. After meeting with over two galas included in the program, always-François Brassard room.
“We complete the list of participants and our commitment remains the same, or to make this event a must,” says Brandon Girard, who returns to Québec also perked up as the other winners from the region. These artisans project Keepers Coeur d’Or, crowned in the category Secondary 1, and Riverbend Microbrewery, winning within the Business Creation in the Bio-food category.