Born of a sleepy mountain town in British Columbia and built in equal parts by Scotland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and the Yukon, Pat LePoidevin is a songwriter strongly influenced by community. With an extensive songwriting resume and four albums to his name, LePoidevin has built a sizable fan base on relentless touring and standout performances at some of Canada’s most prestigious music festivals, including the Dawson City Music Festival and SappyFest. On stage, LePoidevin is like a warm light filtering through cold windows to frozen streets. His powerful, melodic vocals bring life to his songs. With friends and fans across the country, LePoidevin is at home wherever he is playing.
LePoidevin’s latest undertaking is focused largely on community and identity. The son of an American-born artist, LePoidevin has held dual citizenship since birth, yet has never felt different from any other Canadian boy, spending his childhood playing hockey and eating hot pockets. American Fiction marks a turn for LePoidevin. In search of his half-American identity, LePoidevin teamed up with his best friend from childhood and fellow Patrick Roy enthusiast Lewis Smith. Together, they wrote about ten small American towns, drawing inspiration from their own experiences in rural Canada. Accompanying the songs is a book of short stories written by Smith.
American Fiction is a heartfelt tribute to family, youth, and recurrence. Crafted over a winter spent along the Nova Scotia coastline, LePoidevin’s latest effort swells with the presence and confidence of a songwriter truly coming into his own.
The album plays out like a series of intercepted love letters, with familiar themes and unknown postmarks. Stories of family, love, and warmth, beat and pulse and grow to dark barrel-chested entities, with full lives in the vast unvisited America. By his own admission, these are untrue stories, but with every breath, LePoidevin creates truth and life from nothing. An American Fiction in name only, this album births a beautiful and real world, with baseball games, jean jackets and above all, full hearts.