IN THE NEWS
CAT'S MUSIC MENTOR DAN HILL INDUCTED INTO CANADIAN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
Photo of Dan Hill - THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Jen Squires
Cat's amazing music mentor Dan Hill was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.
He also has a new album out.
Dan has agreed to be a sponsor/mentor of the Jane LeBlanc Music Award which is awarded annually to two music artists in New Brunswick.
ARTSNB GRANT WILL BRING MUSIC PROJECT TO LIFE
Cat received word today that she has received funding from artsnb for another music project she is working on exploring the themes of memory and absence. Thank you to the jury and artsnb for their support.
CONVERSATIONS DROPS ON DECEMBER 18, 2020
Cat LeBlanc's Conversations drops on December 18, 2020 on all online music platforms. The album is very personal and articulates in music what Cat has a difficult time expressing in conversation.
MUSIC ARTIST RECEIVES CC GRANT
Cat recently received a substantial grant from The Canada Council for the Arts for a big music project she will undertake in 2021. Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for their ongoing support.
BLUE TO BLUE IS ON ALL ONLINE MUSIC PLATFORMS
Cat's Blue to Blue album is now available on Spotify and all online music platforms.
BLUE TO BLUE ALBUM INTERVIEW
Check out my most recent interview with Canadian songwriter Cat Leblanc. You can also see recent interviews with Stephen Fearing, Mike Evin, and Jenn Grant. Makeda Marcia Taylor
CAT LEBLANC'S BLUE TO BLUE IS POETRY IN MOTION
From the opening title track, Cat LeBlanc’s debut album release ‘Blue To Blue’ is poetry in motion. The effortless, breathy words of her songs flow like wind whispering through Summer leaves. Within the entirety of these five new recordings, there are underlying themes of growth, longing, change and hope. Never allowing itself to wander from the cool end of the colour spectrum, this album certainly lives up to it’s name. ‘Blue To Blue’s passionate writings are dreamy and dramatic. Brilliantly, LeBlanc’s band The Samsonites supports the songs in a fashion that doesn’t sabotage the overall lucid mood of her lyrics. With “River Winding Through Your Hands” being the album’s only track to brighten in tempo, it is cleverly played, the whole production resembling a stream gaily racing through ancient polished stones. “Side of the Road”, “Music Man” & the closing track “Your Dark Gaze” give us a sense that Cat has discovered great empowerment throughout the years of her musical journey, leaving the listener to question just where she could be headed to next. This album is a fine collection of art, delicately crafted in every shade of blue. Inevitably, the sky’s the limit for Cat LeBlanc.
- Wynn Curtis, for Gig & Groove Magazine
BLUE TO BLUE ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
Cat recently celebrated her debut music album Blue to Blue at her Release Party on February 23, 2020. Joining Cat were her Samsonites Bryan Mcdaniel, Colin Fowlie, Jeff Patch, Joshua Sangster and Olivier LeBlanc.
Cat's original songs and soaring vocals are ethereal and poetic. Her lyrics are haunting with a sometimes driving beat to their flow. With her debut album, Blue to Blue, Cat LeBlanc has created a song cycle of friendship, aliens, ageism, magic, darkness, and love.
The event featured an opening set of music from standout Fredericton singer-songwriter Blaire Webber.
WHEN: February 23, Sunday, 2pm - 4pm
WHERE: Grimross Brewing Co.
Price: $15 at the door (includes a copy of Cat's CD Blue to Blue)
The launch was to kick off a tour schedule for Cat as a solo artist. She was scheduled to perform in select cities in Italy beginning in April 2020. This is on hold now due to the pandemic.
This album was made possible thanks to a grant from Music·Musique NB (MNB), Province of NB, and generous patrons.
SONGWRITER HIRED TO WORK ON AUSTRALIAN SINGER'S ALBUM
Cat just signed a contract to work as a songwriter for a music artist based in Queensland, Australia, who is currently working on her album to be released next year. For this job Cat will be writing lyrics and vocal melodies to fit the music artist's inspiration-think Finneas.
ORIGINAL MUSIC PLACED IN FILMS
Cat's original songs Blue to Blue, Your Dark Gaze and River Winding Through Your Hands were recently spotlighted in two films that were showcased at the annual Silver Wave Film Festival. One of the films, After The War, won for Best NB Short, while the second film, Together We Move was nominated for Excellence in Scriptwriting.
SUMMER PERFORMANCES FOR CAT & THE SAMSONITES
Cat and her band enjoyed recent performances: Fredericton Summer Concerts in the Park, River Jam, Beer on a Bridge, and the Miramichi Folksong Festival
CAT GIVES ARTIST TALK
Cat gave an artist talk about her music journey through life recently. All the artists who spoke were fab. Thank you to everybody who came out. Thank you to ArtsLink NB for organizing this artist pop up session.
MUSIC ARTIST ACCEPTED INTO MUSIC RESIDENCY IN ITALY
Cat has been accepted into a a music residency in Sicily, Italy for one week in late April. Her newest music project
will explore electronic music.
She looks forward to meeting other musicians in the residency and knows she will
be inspired by her mentors, and her beautiful surroundings.
SONG LICENSED FOR USE IN SAILING WEB SERIES
Cat's original song River Winding Through Your Hands was licensed for use in the popular web series Sailing La Vagabonde. The series follows Riley & Elayna, an Australian couple documenting their journey traveling the world by sail despite no previous sailing experience. Since late 2014 they have been filming their adventures on YouTube full-time as they've crossed the Mediterranean, Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific Ocean.
MUSIC PROJECT NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE RECEIVES FUNDING FROM ARTSNB
Bequeathed to Cat when she died almost a decade ago, her sister’s journals have inspired her to create new songs and invite her to reconsider her songwriting process, as well. Now That You’re Gone will draw on Cat's sister Jane’s writings to explore themes of experience, memory, and reflection--all states and actions that are conceptually enmeshed with a common understanding of linear time, but seem to function simultaneously or in parallel. Jane remains so present to Cat in her journals.
MUSIC ARTIST RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP TO GO TO THE BANFF CENTRE
Cat recently received word that she has been accepted into the Banff Centre to do a residency (Musician in Residence) early in January 2018. She received a scholarship from patrons of the Centre to attend.
Special thanks to the Yolande Freeze Artists in Music Fund. Cat will spend three weeks in Banff (Jan 8-26) working on a new body of music. She will have a full recording studio, and will perform and meet with fellow musicians and mentors while there.
MUSIC ARTIST TO PERFORM AT FREDERICTON ARTS ALLIANCE GALA
Cat will be performing new songs that Canadian Iconic music artist Dan Hill has worked with her on to polish them to a fine shine at the upcoming Fredericton Arts Alliance Gala Fundraiser on Thurs, Oct 12, 7pm. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Westminster Books. Also performing: the always superb Dianne Roxborough Brown & the always stellar Don Bosse Quartet with the amazing Mary Milliken. There will be wonderful art up for auction by talented artists in the Fredericton community.
CONNECTING CREATIVELY WITH ICONIC MUSIC MAN DAN HILL
Cat can finally share her amazing news more widely. Award-wining music artist Dan Hill has accepted to mentor Cat in her music craft ongoing. Dan has such insight into songwriting and a true gift for lyrics that stay with you. Under his tutelage; Cat can only grow stronger in her songwriting. Check out Dan Hill by googling him and checking out his music on Youtube.
MUSIC ARTIST RECEIVES GRANT FROM PROVINCE OF NB AND MUSIC NB TO PRODUCE MUSIC ALBUM
Cat recently received a grant to produce her first music album Blue to Blue
MUSIC ARTIST RECEIVES CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANT FROM ARTSNB
Cat has received a professional development grant from artsnb to assist her in her music development studies in songwriting and composing. She will mentor with well known artist Debbie Adshade on a new music project.