Instruments: drums, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass programming

Roles: primary songwriter, producer and live drummer for The Weird & The Wonderful

Mario LeBlanc’s musical career began in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. His first musical venture was with ECMA award winners, An Acoustic Sin. Not long after parting ways with AAS, he joined forces with Canadian roots rocker, Todd Geldart. This journey would span for almost 10 years. 

In 2008, Mario decided to relocate to Toronto, where he had the pleasure to perform and collaborate with some of the city’s most talented musicians. Here are a few notable ones:

Partnered with former Korean Pop star Ejune Sim, the brainchild of 9vol – a mix of Hard Rock and Pop Rock with vocals reminiscent of Freddy Mercury. Mario was also a proud member of Canadian Progressive Rock geniuses, Conflicted – Power/Progressive Metal with vocals reminiscent of Ian Gillan/Rob Halford. In 2013, Mario performed on Conflicted’s second album, “In The Water”.

Now, back in his native city of Moncton since 2016, his musical aspirations continue as he works on The Weird & The Wonderful’s second effort, “Beyond Escape Velocity“. At the beginning of 2018, Mario also joined forces with the instrumental Jazz-Rock Fusion band, Pony Rouge.  

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Zeta Reticuli thanks:

My amazing wife, Sylvie for the incredible support and patience, and for believing in this whole undertaking; my two lovely daughters, Élodie and Arielle; my amazing extended family for the amazing support; Natalia Katchkan for her patience and support; Alex and Joshua for their time, incredible skills, relentless patience and hard work – this would not have been possible without you two! Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank our dear listeners and supporters: you make this dream of ours a reality, and we genuinely love you for it, you are THE BEST!!!

Mario uses: Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, DW Hardware, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo and Evans drumheads, Roland V-Drums, Shure and Sennheiser microphones, Behringer mixers and RME interfaces.

This page’s profile picture credit: Chris Boshis

This page’s live photo credit: Carrie Duncan

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