Idiosyncratic Franco-Acadian road warrior Lisa LeBlanc’s 2014 English album Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted broadens her audience beyond her popular Quebec following. She’s a dynamo who rips into no-frills songs with gusto, humour and joy. Powerful vocals and whirlwind banjo and guitar playing create a sound she dubs folk- trash; tender and tough music that encapsulates reflective, bluesy folk, Spaghetti Western twang and breakneck cowpunk. 
Winnipeg singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon sings real and imagined stories with melancholy melodies and lush harmonies as her currency.