A genuine and gifted performer, Mario Chenart shoots the world with his mischievous play on words and a guitar of all trades. On stage, his unique and impressive guitar technique has made him a revelation in major european events.
Award winning songwriter, Chenart made his mark with «Boucler le siècle» (featuring a memorable duet with Hugh Marsh), an album that granted him with Belgium and ADISQ awards, and sacred him songwriter of the year. He thereafter released J’ai pas dit mon premier mot and signed the stage direction of Faites-moi Clémence (a tribute to living legend Clémence Desrochers). He wrote for other major Québec artists such as Laurence Jalbert and Marie-Denise Pelletier, signed TV series themes and directed numerous Galas throughout the country.
He also traveled the Québec scene with brother in arms guitarist John Mcgale (Offenback), offering an exquisite blend of musicianship.
Chenart’s interest in the social impacts of art and culture has led him to complete a masters program in Research practices and public action at INRS (National institute for scientific research). Along with his B.A. in sociology (University of Ottawa), his experience in the cultural milieu makes him an advised knowledge broker in sociology of culture.
SPACQ songwriting workshops pionneer, he collaborates with collective rights societies in promoting copyright. He acts as teacher and trainer at the École nationale de la chanson as well as in the song festivals network. His work aside emerging artist throughout the country has been underlined by the Fédération culturelle canadienne-française who granted him with the Prix de la Francophonie canadienne in 1999. He also signed – with award winning lyricist Danièle Faubert – a reference book on song structures and prosody (Québec Amérique Publishings).
Mario Chenart has been president of SPACQ from 2007 to 2012 and represents Quebec songwriters in many groupings including the Coalition for cultural diversity. He gave impulse to the creation of CAMI (music right holders on the Internet) and successively represented SPACQ or the Artists Union (UDA) at the CRTC, SODEC commission and legislative committees. He was a center leader in the November 2010 rally of a hundred Quebec artists in Ottawa (against Bill C-32). His involvement embraces a many issues of the artistic community.