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Vishtèn Connexions embodies the spirit of late Vishtèn founder Pastelle LeBlanc

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Pastelle LeBlanc, left, died of breast cancer in 2022 at the age of 42. The two remaining band members formed Vishtèn Connexions to continue making music with her in spirit. Photo by Jacinta Bernard Photography.

Multiple award-winning Acadian roots duo (formerly trio) Vishtèn has joined forces with some of the finest East Coast and Francophone talent in Canada for its brand new album, Expansion, which is out tomorrow.

After the passing of Vishtèn member Pastelle LeBlanc at the impossibly young age of 42, the remaining members of the group, — Pastelle’s twin sister, Emmanuelle LeBlanc, and Pastelle’s life partner, Pascal Miousse — created Vishtèn Connexions, working with other artists as a solution for moving forward with Pastelle in spirit.

Pastelle’s enduring presence looms large throughout the album.

“Gaillard” is Emmanuelle’s expansion of “La Gaillardise,” a tune that Pastelle lilted into her phone in 2022, already brimming with excitement and infused with Acadian and Quebecois swing.

Pastelle wrote the initial lyrics of “Sauvage,” which was completed by the remaining band members and by Juno winning singer-songwriter, Catherine MacLellan, who’s currently studying French.

“More Love” is a project of 6 Hearts, an ensemble borne from the passing of both Pastelle LeBlanc and Koady Chaisson of the East Pointers and comprised of the remaining members of the two bands.

And “Réflexions” sees Pastelle’s original accordion part elevated by the magic of Vishtèn’s collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Cédric Dind-Lavoie.

The ensemble launched the album on May 10 at the City Cinema in Charlottetown with a captivating film presentation, including visuals, music videos, and exclusive content.

Videos for a number of the songs can be found at the website as well.

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