With heartfelt dedication and enduring honesty on her debut full-length CD “Hot Air Balloon”, Stacey Kaniuk is an authentic virtuoso. One almost finds it impossible to believe such powerful, alluring singing could belt out of a tiny, red-headed frame.
Inspired by the inherent heartiness and rugged nature of mid-1960s soul, Motown, and R&B's heyday, “Hot Air Balloon” is reminiscent of a time when the music was sincere, bold and proud.
“This album has been a journey of self-discovery; full of truth-telling. I'm figuring out what I'm about and what I want in life,” Kaniuk reveals about the modus operandi behind these enthralling tunes. Captured by producer Blair Packham (The Jitters, Andy Kim) at Rouge Valley Studio, Hot Air Balloon's pensive sensitivity and forays into self-understanding prove Kaniuk's work to be far more than sensationalized, over-produced and undervalued pop. “Our goal was to make an organic, earthy, though admittedly not low-fi album with the vibe of an Aretha Franklin record from 1965” says Packham.
“At the end of the day, it’s more than just a personal experience. I’ve always wanted to feel like what I am doing is relevant in some way and Hot Air Balloon is a way for me to reach out to people with my own experiences and music. When someone tells me how a song I wrote spoke to them, it shows me that it matters; has a sense of purpose; sincerity.”
Roger Travassos - Drums
Nick Czarnogorski - Bass
Stacey Kaniuk - Keyboards + Vocals
Scott Galloway - Organ and Vocals
Devrim Eldelekli - Guitar
Perry White - Sax
Hot Air Balloon - April 2011
Stacey Kaniuk (EP) - March 2007
CBC radio airplay on the following songs:
Ain't Nobody Fallin' In Love (single from "Hot Air Balloon")
Yellow Broken Line (single from "Stacey Kaniuk EP")
online streaming available on the following sites:
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Inspired by the likes of Aretha Franklin to The Beatles, Stacey Kaniuk delivers an accessible blend ...Inspired by the likes of Aretha Franklin to The Beatles, Stacey Kaniuk delivers an accessible blend of catchy soul-inflected pop centered upon her riveting RnB-tinged vocals while beaming an uplifting singer-songwriter spirit. Fronting a five-piece and engaging the audience with a clap-along to “Lie To Myself”, this proud owner of a gold record (as part of a Canadian Christmas compilation) coupled with a show at the Air Canada Centre (with The Blackboard Blues Band) this talented songstress is well on her way.
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The second annual Aurora Jazz+ Festival was held this past Friday night and Saturday. I didn't have ...The second annual Aurora Jazz+ Festival was held this past Friday night and Saturday. I didn't have a chance to see any of the Friday night performers, but I spent the entire day at the Town Park Saturday listening to the Jazz, Blues, R&B, Pop, Folk, and Rock music line-up the organizers had put together. Along with returning artists like Joel Krivy, Bobby Rice and the Mike Massaro Band, there were a bevy of new performers along for the ride.
The organizers, George and Sher St.Kitts, seem to be dedicated to showcasing as much local talent as possible, and included many amateur, semi-pro, and up and coming York Region performers.
The absolute highlight of the show, for me, was Stacey Kaniuk - a cute-as-a-button local girl with a voice that'll knock your socks off. This girl cannot be far from breaking through into the big time. During a hot enough to set the stage on fire rendition of the James Brown hit It's a Man's Man's Man's World, the performers due up next stood on the alternate stage, arms crossed, watching the rug being pulled out from under them. This is a singer-songwriter on her way to the top, mark my words.
Ain't Nobody Fallin' In Love
What Have I Done
Lie to Myself
Yellow Broken Line
Not Quite Lovers
Love Me or Leave Me
Sink or Swim
Hot Air Balloon
Out Of My Hands
Milk and Honey
Song to Save My Life
It's a Man's World (James Brown Cover)
Use Me (Bill Withers Cover)
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