Tue, Feb 19, 2013.
Popular Acadian singer Lisa LeBlanc, from Rosaireville, N.B., has been nominated for a Juno Award. The nominations were announced today (Tuesday), for the 2013 awards by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. LeBlanc is nominated for Francophone Album of the Year, for her debut disc, called Lisa LeBlanc.
It's a fitting end to a grand year for the singer. Since the release of her album last spring, she's conquered the francophone music scene. The album went gold, a relatively rare achievement in these days of slumping physical music sales, let alone for one that only sells in francophone areas. Her songs became anthems in the summer of discontent for striking Quebec students, upset at the provincial government plans to raise tuition. Plus, her European shows were huge hits, as she continued to break through in those overseas markets. The banjo-strumming singer is known for her brazen, raucous performances, music she calls Trash Folk, with its fun, sing-along choruses and young, irreverent lyrics.
There's one other Juno connection to New Brunswick, at least a partial nomination. Halifax artist Classified has been nominated for Rap Recording of the Year. It's for his song Inner Ninja, which is officially credited as Classified featuring David Myles, the Fredericton-born singer.
The Juno Awards are happening in Regina this year, with the presentations coming Sunday, April 21st.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).