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Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
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"Rocking in the Port City"

October 17, 2013 - Telegraph Journal


"Rocking in the Port City"

October 17, 2013 - Telegraph Journal


"Test"

Test - Test


"MUSIC REVIEW: GALAXIE RISING STAR WINNER SHAUN LeBLANC"

Mon, Sep 17, 2012.

Congratulations to Moncton's Shaun Leblanc, the winner of this year's Galaxie Rising Star award at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. He won a great prize package, including an opening slot at the Wintersleep show on Saturday night. It's the result of a lot of hard work of late by LeBlanc. He's been playing lots, getting out there to introduce himself around the East Coast. I caught a set at this year's Hullabaloo Festival in Perth-Andover, with Shaun impressing the audience with his strong tunes, and humble and happy personality. It's a major award to take; these Galaxie Rising Star competitions are considered pretty substantial within the music community. Just ask Matt Andersen, who was in the band Flattop when they won the first ever competition at Harvest. It proved to be the springboard to his solo career, a rising star indeed.

LeBlanc didn't have an easy time of it, either. It was one of the strongest fields I've seen in this or other such competitions, which goes to show just how seriously the musicians take it. These weren't rookies, but instead featured several recording artists with existing fans, and lots of performances under their belts. I'm glad I didn't have to judge between these artists: Oh No, Theodore! and Redwood Fields from Fredericton, Saint John's Penny Blacks, St. Andrews' Kendra Gale Band, and LeBlanc and The Motorleague from Moncton.


LeBlanc has one disc under his belt already, a five-track EP that came out late in 2011. It was an introduction, something to set the table for a full album. That's coming up very shortly, sometime in the next month or so. In the meantime, the EP, called Start Something, gives you a good indication of where he's heading. LeBlanc's one of the rare piano-playing singer-songwriters these days, and all the songs here feature it prominently, and couple of them have only LeBlanc and keys. Inevitably, piano players write more melodic tunes than their rock guitar counterparts, and all five here are strong on the tune and the chord structure. He has pleasing tenor, high enough that every once in a while he breaks into a wailed falsetto. It's going to interesting to hear new material from him in a bigger production. Already you can hear how he likes ensemble playing that matches the tunefulness of his piano and melodies. The upbeat track Wonderful, which got him the most attention, actually has no piano at all, with LeBlanc playing guitar along with Mick Cormier's ukulele, the ringing notes tumbling out. There are serious moments as well, I Want It All a big ballad about the pressures we put on ourselves, has a great production, with strings backing up LeBlanc's piano and voice, and nothing else but his vocal power. Oh, and just to get the standard cliches out of the way, he doesn't sound like Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds or Bruce Hornsby. He uses different chords, has a higher voice and his own style. I'm looking forward to the new one from N.B.'s latest offficial Rising Star. - CBC East Coast Music - Bob Mersereau


"MUSIC REVIEW: GALAXIE RISING STAR WINNER SHAUN LeBLANC"

Mon, Sep 17, 2012.

Congratulations to Moncton's Shaun Leblanc, the winner of this year's Galaxie Rising Star award at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. He won a great prize package, including an opening slot at the Wintersleep show on Saturday night. It's the result of a lot of hard work of late by LeBlanc. He's been playing lots, getting out there to introduce himself around the East Coast. I caught a set at this year's Hullabaloo Festival in Perth-Andover, with Shaun impressing the audience with his strong tunes, and humble and happy personality. It's a major award to take; these Galaxie Rising Star competitions are considered pretty substantial within the music community. Just ask Matt Andersen, who was in the band Flattop when they won the first ever competition at Harvest. It proved to be the springboard to his solo career, a rising star indeed.

LeBlanc didn't have an easy time of it, either. It was one of the strongest fields I've seen in this or other such competitions, which goes to show just how seriously the musicians take it. These weren't rookies, but instead featured several recording artists with existing fans, and lots of performances under their belts. I'm glad I didn't have to judge between these artists: Oh No, Theodore! and Redwood Fields from Fredericton, Saint John's Penny Blacks, St. Andrews' Kendra Gale Band, and LeBlanc and The Motorleague from Moncton.


LeBlanc has one disc under his belt already, a five-track EP that came out late in 2011. It was an introduction, something to set the table for a full album. That's coming up very shortly, sometime in the next month or so. In the meantime, the EP, called Start Something, gives you a good indication of where he's heading. LeBlanc's one of the rare piano-playing singer-songwriters these days, and all the songs here feature it prominently, and couple of them have only LeBlanc and keys. Inevitably, piano players write more melodic tunes than their rock guitar counterparts, and all five here are strong on the tune and the chord structure. He has pleasing tenor, high enough that every once in a while he breaks into a wailed falsetto. It's going to interesting to hear new material from him in a bigger production. Already you can hear how he likes ensemble playing that matches the tunefulness of his piano and melodies. The upbeat track Wonderful, which got him the most attention, actually has no piano at all, with LeBlanc playing guitar along with Mick Cormier's ukulele, the ringing notes tumbling out. There are serious moments as well, I Want It All a big ballad about the pressures we put on ourselves, has a great production, with strings backing up LeBlanc's piano and voice, and nothing else but his vocal power. Oh, and just to get the standard cliches out of the way, he doesn't sound like Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds or Bruce Hornsby. He uses different chords, has a higher voice and his own style. I'm looking forward to the new one from N.B.'s latest offficial Rising Star. - CBC East Coast Music - Bob Mersereau


"Harvest Announces 2012 Galaxie Rising Star Finalists"

Harvest Announces 2012 Galaxie Rising Star Finalists
AUGUST 31, 2012

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The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival announced today the six finalists who will compete to be Harvest’s 2012 Galaxie Rising Star. Presented by the Festival and Galaxie, the continuous music network, the Rising Star Showcase is one of the region’s most important and highly competitive musical competitions, and a potentially career-launching opportunity for developing New Brunswick performers, offering regional and national exposure for the top six finalists.

This year’s finalists are Oh No, Theodore! and Redwood Fields from Fredericton, Saint John’s Penny Blacks, St. Andrews’ Kendra Gale Band, and Shaun LeBlanc and The Motorleague from Moncton.

These six talented finalists will perform on Friday, September 14th at 3pm in the Galaxie Barracks Tent in downtown Fredericton, where they will be judged on talent, originality and stage presence by a panel of music industry experts. A pre-event online voting campaign will take place and votes will also be taken from members of the audience that afternoon, so participants are encouraged to bring out family and friends for support. The five industry judges will comprise 50% of the final vote tally and the audience and online voting will represent the remaining 50%. In the event of a tie, the choice of the industry judges will prevail.

“Every year, the number, and quality, of submissions to our Galaxie Rising Star Showcase gets higher and higher. I’m pleased to say that this year we have the strongest overall line up of finalists that we’ve had in our 11 years of doing the Rising Star program,” says Brent Staeben, Harvest’s Music Director. “It’s going to be a tight race for the title of Harvest’s 2012 Rising Star.”

Past winners of the prestigious title include Ross Neilsen, Keith Hallett, Andy Brown and Matt Andersen – whose band Flat Top were Harvest’s very first Rising Stars in 2001.

“Galaxie is thrilled to be partnering with the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival again this year to award the Galaxie Rising Star prize to a deserving, emerging Canadian artist,” says Gary Pelletier, VP Marketing at Stingray Digital and Director of the Galaxie Rising Stars Program. “Of the 20 Canadian festivals Galaxie supports every year, this is the one I personally look forward to the most for the hospitality of city of Fredericton and for the outstanding quality of the music. For many including myself, the competition for the Galaxie Rising Star Award has grown over the years to become one of the highlights of the festival,” Pelletier concluded.

All six finalists are some of the best that the New Brunswick music industry has to offer, spanning a diverse range of genres, from blues rock, to folk-pop, to punk. The winner – which will be announced right after the competition on September 16th – will receive $2,000 donated by Galaxie and the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, and will have the opportunity to have their music played on one of the Galaxie TV channels and be featured on galaxie.ca. There will also be a $500 prize for best original song.

The winning band or artist will also kick off the Galaxie Barracks festivities on Saturday, September 17th, opening for Vancouver’s Said the Whale and Halifax alt-rockers Wintersleep.

Fans can vote online for their favourite finalist here: www.galaxie.ca/en_CA/risingStar/futureEvents/Harvest+Jazz+and+Blues+Festival/196

Online voting will end on Thursday, September 15th, the day before the Galaxie Rising Star competition in the Barracks Tent.

More about each finalist (alphabetically):

Kendra Gale Band – St. Andrews, NB
Kendra Gale is a talented singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a signature vocal style and a rock edge. Her self-titled debut album was called “a strong debut from a confident songwriter” by CBC’s Bob Mersereau, and she has since released two more albums, garnering lots of airplay on several radio shows, including East Coast Countdown and the “Hot Rotation” in Calais, Maine, where her song “Wish” Went to #1. Kendra has showcased on the ECMA discovery stage and at Music New Brunswick Week. Recently KGB has been making the festival circuit around the province, playing Paddlefest, Dooryard Arts Festival and Freedom Fest this summer, to name a few. Now they are set to make their Harvest debut.

The Motorleague – Moncton, NB
The Motorleage is a hard-rocking punk band from Moncton, New Brunswick whose music has been described as “Anthems of the Call Centre Generation”. They’ve done two cross country tours, including opening for Gordie Johnson’s Grady, as well as opening for bands such as Alexisonfire, Propaghandi and Rise Against. Their debut album 2009’s “Black Noise” won the band two ECMAs and a MusicNB Award, and they are poised to release their follow up. Motorleague have been gaining buzz for their efforts raising money for - Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival


"FLASHBACK FRIDAY- SHAUN LEBLANC: LOCAL MUSICAL TALENT!"

I have the perfect Flashback for today’s issue. You see, here in Moncton, things are a-buzz this week with the East Coast Music Awards. It has been a while since we’ve hosted this awesome event, so I am quite excited about the free shows, amazing concerts and displays of Atlantic Canadian music invading the city. Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that I am a huge fan of Shaun Leblanc, a local pianist, signer and songwriter. Shaun is a friend from our days in the advertising industry and an up-an coming artist you’ll want to watch for. He is going to be showcasing some of his new material during the E.C.M.A’s, so now is your chance to discover his music. All the details regarding his performances are on his Page.

In the spirit of all the great talent we are blessed to have around all week, here is a look back on two shoots that I did with Shaun before he launched his first E.P. Remember me when you are famous, bud! - Caro Photo


"Unique gifts, crafts found at Botsford Bazaar"

The smell of Christmas was truly in the air this weekend at Botsford Station on Botsford Street in Moncton.

There were chestnuts roasting on an open fire, gingerbread candles and holiday sweets, creating an aroma so tempting, one had to buy something to satisfy a holiday craving. The music of the holidays was also present. Local musician Shaun LeBlanc sung and played soft and light holiday songs on the piano.

The third annual Christmas Bazaar saw hundreds of locals enjoying the atmosphere and looking for that one-of-a-kind gift to place under the Christmas tree.

Between the displays of jewelry, pottery and knitted clothing, Darin Bavis showcased his unusual artwork.

"I pick wild, edible mushrooms and in one of my guides, I came across a picture painted on one," the Grande Digue resident said. "I've always done charcoal drawings so I just transferred them onto mushrooms."

That was 12 years ago. Bavis now boasts a crafty business called Nature's Canvas: custom mushroom art. He dehydrates the fragile mushrooms, of various shapes and sizes, which harden to the texture of cork. You can imagine that people are blown away with the idea.

"You don't notice them walking in the woods, but putting these up pieces up on a shelf or something is quite amazing," he said. "And the forests here are full of them."

Bavis had massive, foot wide pieces, to tiny, slim mushroom, with designs stencilled in black ink, on display during the weekend's bazaar. The artwork varied from trees, to sailships, to landscapes, particularly inspired by the Acadian coastline. Bavis himself owns a schooner and lives by the beach.

He says that the shapes of the mushrooms speak to him and he draws what image fits the shape. He can also do custom designs for any mushroom or craft lover.

"It's funny because mother nature does half the work for me."

Bavis can be found at both the Dieppe and Moncton markets and occasionally travels to craft shows around the Maritimes.

A few tables down from mushroom art, there was Shallan Lutes's Not Your Grandpa's Ties.

The brand new business involves subscreening ties of all different colours with unique prints, like a pocket watch, or a finger pointing sideways.

Lutes is inspired by those around her: and with a tattoo artist for a friend and a photographer husband, it's no wonder.

"The patterns are just things I like and I'm very across the board with them."

Her clients range anywhere from young guys to older men.

"I feel like I can attract that cool, funky guy, confident enough to wear the bright pink tie with the gas mask design,

or, my grandfather, who owns one of the clock ties."

Lutes owned a larger business before entering the world of ties. She wants to keep it low key and simple by getting publicity through word of mouth, or by participating in a small craft fair like the bazaar.

- Brunswick News (Times & Transcript)


"Un premier EP pour Shaun LeBlanc"

Shaun LeBlanc est originaire du sud-est de la province et a commencé son parcours musical à l'âge de cinq ans avec des cours de piano. Il a par la suite suivi certaines formations de chant. Une fois son diplôme secondaire en poche, il s'est dirigé vers New York et Montréal afin d'apprivoiser la scène musicale.
Il est par la suite revenu dans son coin de pays afin de suivre des études universitaires et a alors délaissé un peu la musique.

Cependant, la mort de son père, en mai dernier, l'a un peu poussé à se relancer dans la musique. «Mon père est décédé du cancer à 52 ans et c'est quelqu'un qui a passé sa vie à ne pas vraiment faire ce qu'il voulait. Il s'est trouvé un bon emploi lorsqu'il était jeune. Je pense que son plus gros regret c'est de ne pas avoir pu faire ce qu'il voulait dans la vie. Il pensait avoir le temps de le faire à sa retraite, il a sauvé de l'argent, mais sa maladie a été très rapide et il est décédé en mai de cette année.»

Cet événement a réveillé le musicien qui semblait sommeiller en lui. «Je n'ai jamais laissé la musique de côté, mais je me suis concentré sur une carrière plus stable. J'ai réalisé que c'est vraiment la musique qui me rend heureux, c'est pour ça que j'ai décidé de recommencer.»

Sur son EP, il propose cinq chansons qui présentent bien son style. «L'enregistrement a été fait avec des instruments acoustiques, explique-t-il. J'ai surtout de la guitare et du piano. Il y a quelques instruments de percussion. Je n'ai jamais fait partie de groupe, je fais plutôt les choses moi-même. J'essaie de présenter ma musique en premier, avec le style que je l'aurais joué. En spectacle, c'est souvent mon piano et ma voix. Les chansons qui sont dessus sont des chansons récentes. Je pense que j'ai vraiment réussi à monter cinq chansons différentes, mais il y a quand même le style de Shaun dedans.»

Shaun LeBlanc explique que son processus d'écriture débute avec la musique. «Souvent, j'écris la musique en premier, comme les accords et la mélodie. Il y a beaucoup de gens qui commencent par les paroles et qui ensuite composent la musique en conséquence. Pour ma part, c'est en écrivant la mélodie que les paroles me viennent.»

Il sera d'ailleurs beaucoup plus présent sur les scènes du Sud-Est au cours des prochains mois. «Je vais jouer beaucoup plus dans la région qu'ailleurs. J'ai quand même un emploi à temps plein, donc je n'ai pas vraiment le temps de me promener. Mais l'an prochain, après les fêtes, je vais commencer à planifier une tournée où je vais pouvoir visiter les cafés et les bars dans la région et à l'extérieur de la province.»

Un album complet devrait voir le jour durant l'été prochain.

Il sera en spectacle au PlanB le 26 novembre prochain, à la Botsford Station les 3 et 4 décembre, au Café Aberdeen le 16 décembre et au St-James Gates le 18 décembre. Son EP est disponible chez Frank's Music et chez Spin It à Moncton. Des exemplaires sont aussi en vente lors de ses spectacles. - Journal L'Etoile


Discography

Start Something - EP - Launched September 21, 2011
Kaleidoscope - Launching May 9, 2013

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Bio

Short Biography:

Galaxie Rising Star Winner and 2013 Music New Brunswick Award winner Shaun LeBlanc is a singer-songwriter who has begun to turn heads amongst audiences and music industry alike. With a solid piano background from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a voice that blends the smoothness of John Mayer with the versatility of Justin Timberlake, Shaun demonstrates a natural ability for pop songwriting and performing that is decidedly his own.
Shaunleblanc.net

Full Biography:

Galaxie Rising Star Winner Shaun LeBlanc is a singer-songwriter with a solid piano background from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and a voice that blends the smoothness of John Mayer with the versatility of Justin Timberlake, Shaun demonstrates a natural ability for pop songwriting and performing that is decidedly his own.

Shaun collaborated with producer Robin Anne Ettles to create his first full-length album Kaleidoscope, a collection of songs that convey powerful emotion and imagery. His first singles, Out of Nowhere and Paradise, are receiving regular airtime on regional radio stations.

Shaun's first music video Paradise was awarded the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival RBC Foundation 10x10 Emerging Artist Award along with Producer Matthew Ingraham. Along with this recent award Shaun was selected as the Emerging Artist of Year and Solo Recording of the Year award winner at the 2013 Music New Brunswick Awards Gala.

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