Laurie LeBlanc wishes every weekend was a Long Weekend on his latest single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The title track from the bilingual Canadian country singer-songwriter’s new eighth studio album, Long Weekend was written with the help of LeBlanc’s manager and wife Jeannette. “We were having lunch on a terrace during the long weekend of May, and it felt so good to have a long weekend. My wife looked at me and said, ‘I wish every weekend was a long weekend!’ ”
Following the themes of the song, the video for Long Weekend depicts beloved summertime activities like fishing, camping, and boating. There are two versions of the video, so both French and English-speaking audiences could enjoy the track.
Similarly, the eponymous album is a 12-song double EP divided equally between English and French songs. Building on the success of LeBlanc’s first all-English album When It’s Right It’s Right, Long Weekend was a labour of love for LeBlanc. “It was challenging to switch back and forth from French to English in the writing process and even more in the studio recording my vocals,” he says. But eventually, “everything began to fall into place and I’m proud to now be able to show my versatility in both languages.”
LeBlanc has dazzled audiences across the Maritimes and Quebec for over a decade as an award-winning artist. Jumping from one official language to the other was a challenge that has paid dividends and drives LeBlanc to push his art further into uncharted waters.