Lisa LeBlanc

Homebase:New Brunswick

Genre:Folk rock
It’s true that in Québec, Lisa LeBlanc is already a known quantity, having had laudable success on her self-titled debut French language album produced by Louis-Jean Cormier (Karkwa.) The disc was released in 2012 in Canada (and in 2013 in Europe) and swiftly sold over 140,000 copies, achieving platinum-selling status. She toured in Canada, USA, France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland and received critical acclaim for her work including the exceptional honour of the Prix Felix at the Adisq awards in Québec for being the Discovery of the Year. The Gamiq awards in Québec also named her Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Discovery of the Year. She was awarded prizes in France and Belgium and was nominated for a Juno Award in the Francophone Album of the Year category in Canada. Lisa LeBlanc was also part of 2017’s Polaris prize short-list. Her ability to compose rousing, heart-wrenching narratives from everyday tales of love, friendship and heartbreak has been compared to the sharp wit of Courtney Barnett, the rambling honesty of Bob Dylan and the high-flying sincerity of Dolly Parton.

The majority of Lisa LeBlanc’s first album was written from Rosaireville, her native village in New Brunswick, in Granby during her studies at l’École nationale de la chanson as well as in Montréal, where she now resides.

In 2013, Lisa LeBlanc hit the road and followed the path of the Beat Generation across Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Austin and San Francisco. It was during this trip that she found the inspiration for Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted, a 6 track EP available since November 2014. Recorded at Mountain City Studios and Mixart Studio in Montréal, Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? came together over the spring of 2016. Joseph Donovan took the reigns as producer.

Avec un EP et un long jeu en poche, plus de 500 concerts livrés et plus de 140 000 albums vendus sur deux continents, la chanteuse et musicienne Lisa LeBlanc connaît un brillant début de carrière.

C’est à Rosaireville, son village natal au Nouveau-Brunswick, à Granby, lors de sa formation à l’École nationale de la chanson, ainsi qu’à Montréal, où elle réside maintenant, que Lisa LeBlanc a écrit l’ensemble des chansons qui composent son premier album homonyme réalisé par Louis-Jean Cormier.

L’arrivée de son mini-album Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted le 4 novembre 2014 a confirmé l’étonnante créativité de la jeune artiste. Celui-ci réunit cinq titres originaux et une reprise de la chanson folk traditionnelle américaine Katie Cruel popularisée par Karen Dalton, dont Lisa signe les arrangements. La musique retrouvée sur Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted est inspirée du poignant road trip qu’a fait Lisa aux États-Unis, dans la lignée des voyages de la Beat Generation: Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Austin, San Francisco. Enregistré tout de go à Charlo au Nouveau-Brunswick avec ses musiciens Maxime Gosselin (batterie) et Jean-Philippe Hébert (guitare), cet album est imbibé de l’âme des Maritimes. Brad Barr, Émilie Bernard, Pierre-Guy Blanchard et François-Régis Pagé ont également collaboré à cet opus mixé par Pierre Girard et Joseph Donovan.

À la réalisation, Emmanuel Ethier a su exploiter à merveille les forces de l’Acadienne, tout en l’invitant à transgresser les frontières, sinon à sortir de sa zone de confort.

Performance Lineup:

04/26/2018 10:00 pm LUS Scène Internationale
04/27/2018 7:15 pm Scène TV5 MONDE Lafayette
04/29/2018 2:30 pm KATC / LA Folk Roots Chat Room
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