How Lisa LeBlanc stopped hating bluegrass and learned to blend genres

Polaris Music Prize short list nominee Lisa LeBlanc stops by the q studios to discuss her genre-mashing style, how she came around to loving bluegrass and her direct songwriting style.
Lisa LeBlanc's debut album has sold 140,000 copies, largely in Quebec and Europe. She is on the shortlist for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize. (lisaleblanc.ca)

Lisa LeBlanc doesn't just blend genres, she blends cultures. Acadian and English; bluegrass and rock; folk and metal — that genre-culture mashup is paying off for LeBlanc with that all important combination: critics and audiences. 

She picked up a Juno nomination this past year and is on the short list for the Polaris Music Prize for her latest record, Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen? 

LeBlanc performed a few songs from that album when she came by the q studio recently. She talked about having the freedom to play around with her music, whether it's jamming out on the banjo or having the last word after a breakup through a song. Tune in and hear just why this singer-songwriter is an award-nominated name to keep an eye out for. 

— Produced by Jean Kim