Based in the Comox Valley, Élise LeBlanc's original music is inspired by classic country, bluegrass, and western swing. Her lyrics focus on vulnerability, resilience, and the beauty of the simple life. The Ridgeriders - her lively 4-piece band- features Ali Romanow on fiddle/mando, Tereza Tomek on upright bass, and Brodie Dawson on percussion and backup vocals. Élise's second record "The Fiddle & The Fire" was just produced in May 2023, and will be released in early Fall 2023. She was awarded grants from FACTOR Canada to record and promote her debut album Runaway Kites in 2013, and was a finalist in the Great American Song Contest in 2016.