Beckie and Bruce continued stoking the fires of Esmerine, exploring a world of melodic percussion and cello, with occasional live performances and special events in their Montreal home town over the past few years often including invitations to guest musicians to collaborate with the group on one show or another. While Esmerine had made deft but sparing use of guest players on previous records, their collaborations and performances over the past two years opened the band up to two new players in particular who were invited to join as full members: harp-player Sarah Page (Lhasa de Sela, The Barr Brothers) and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Barr (Lhasa de Sela, The Slip, Land of Talk, The Barr Brothers). They were all introduced through their dear friend Lhasa de Sela while Lhasa was working on her third and final record in Montreal.
With this expanded four-piece line-up, Esmerine recorded its third album La Lechuza in 2010. The record was predominantly tracked by Patrick Watson at his Montreal loft, and Watson sings on three of the album's songs. Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire, Unicorns) mixed the bulk of the album's tracks. La Lechuza is dedicated to Lhasa de Sela, who died of breast cancer on New Year's Day 2010 at the age of 37. The album closes with a previously unreleased version of the Lhasa song "Fish On Land" that was recorded with Bruce and Beckie in 2008 during the Lhasa sessions. Esmerine is currently touring in Europe with Bruce Cawdron, Beckie Foon, Brian Sanderson, Jamie Thompson.