Jeff Patch

2023 Winner

“I was overjoyed upon getting the news that I was selected to receive the 2023 JL Music Composer Award. My thanks to the Jane LeBlanc Legacy Fund, the jury members, and the generous award sponsors Cat LeBlanc, Maureen LeBlanc, and Angela Birdsell. I have been informed that there were many submissions and that the decision was challenging. This makes this news especially rewarding. This award will substantially cover expenses for getting my original compositions ready for release. Thank you so much!” Jeff

Jeff Patch was born in Montreal, Quebec but has lived in New Brunswick for close to 50 years. Although he has been writing and performing original music since he was a teenager, he put music mostly to the side as he pursued a career in natural resource management. In 2014, Jeff became more active in the New Brunswick music scene and formed a band (Free to Grow) to record and perform songs he had written. In 2015, Free to Grow won the prestigious Stingray Rising Star Award at the 25th annual Fredericton Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. Jeff’s songs have received local, national, and international airplay and have charted on radio stations in Canada, USA, UK, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, and Australia. Jeff has also written music that has been included in New Brunswick films such as the late Brian Carty’s “Blowies,” and Brenda Malley’s award-winning “After the War” and “OK Boomer.”  

Photo Credit: Jessey Gagné