Ladybird

Ladybird

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandAmericanaRock

Ladybird is a four-piece roots/rock outfit that has been compared to Little Feat, Fleetwood Mac, Sheryl Crow and Lucinda Williams. Gearing up for their new album release in early March 2010, the band has been busy playing shows in Southern Ontario as well as the Canadian East Coast.

Biography

Well it's been a busy summer for the boys of Ladybird.
Rhythm section Rich Knox and Devin Hornby have spent the summer back home as members of the Buddy Holly Story, that had a successful run at Confederation Centre in Charlottetown PEI.

James and Stella have stayed in Toronto, playing shows, as well as planning their wedding which took take place in August!!

James Quinn has also kept busy as musical director/mentor of Done With Dolls who have been honing their chops, and playing for some fantastic audiences throughout Ontario. Check out their new website for latest updates at www.donewithdolls.com. DWD has been featured on the Family Channel across Canada with their new video "The Story Of My Life". Check it out on Youtube!

The band Ladybird is looking forward to joining forces once again in September.

The story of Ladybird begins with songwriting team, Stella Panacci and James Quinn. Together, they developed a collection of songs over the span of a year: the winter spent in Toronto, the summer at a rented farm on Prince Edward Island (P.E.I). The resulting songs blend roots with rock, encompassing the unique and vivacious spirits of the island and the city.

With a fresh catalogue of songs in hand, Stella and James were ready to expand the sound. Conveniently enough, James soon found their rhythm section while playing with fiddler Stephanie Cadman’s group at a showcase in New York. James invited bass player Devin Hornby and drummer Rich Knox to come to the Toronto studio that he started with Stella to check out their demos. Attracted to the sweet yet strong lyrical sound of Stella and James, Rich and Devin formed a dynamic and sympathetic rhythm section. The ensuing live recordings became a blueprint for a new CD now being recorded and produced by Ladybird.

As it happens, the three men of Ladybird were not only born and raised in different parts of P.E.I., but they had also all began their musical careers on the island inspired by the lively and robust east coast arts scene. In the summer of 2009, Ladybird travelled home to visit family and friends and play a few gigs along the way. The group made a distinct first impression with their east coast audiences.

Working with Toronto-based sound engineer Steven Traub, at the band's recording studio, "Rocket Sound", Ladybird released their debut album in March of 2010. The group hosted a double CD release party, in Charlottetown and in Toronto. The east coast CD release party was also a celebration of the success of Ladybird’s east coast tour which culminated in a showcase at the 2010 East Coast Music Awards in Sydney, Cape Breton.

Ladybird were selected for an excusive interview that was aired on CBC Radio 1, throughout Atlantic Canada twice during the time of the ECMAs.

Stella and James will be heading to the OCFF conference in Ottawa to perform as an acoustic duo on Oct 15th 2010. Hope to see you there!

They are excited to showcase the material from Ladybird Vol 1 as well as unveil new material to their audiences.

Discography

1991-2008- Co Owner of Hoodwink Records which recorded and released the entire Kat Rocket Catalogue, as well as being home to Stella Panacci solo recordings, Mario Panacci, UFA and other releases.
To hear samples of this catalougue go to www.myspace.com/hoodwinkrecordsinc

Stella was also lead singer/songwriter/drummer for the band Kat Rocket, a critically acclaimed indie rock outfit based in Toronto.
Past members include John Calabrese(Danko Jones), Justin Peroff(Broken Social Scene), and Paul Pfisterer(The Beauties).

2003- Stella sang and co/wrote winning song "Tennessee"which claimed Grand Prize for Standard Radio's National Songwriting Competition, as well as the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville, USA.
The Song "Tennesse" Can be Heard in it's newest recorded format at Last FM under the band name
"Calling Wendy"
Over the years, Stella has recorded and performed with many different musicians including Dallas Good(The Sadies), Jordon Zadorozny(Blinker The Star, Sam Roberts),The Burt Neilson Band, Loomer,Igor Khoroshev(Yes), Chris Brown and Kate Fenner (The Burbon Tabernacle Choir), Derek Downham(Trophy, The Beauties), The Band Driveway, Made, Mario Panacci, Darren Donaghey, Rick McCue, as well as many other musical projects.

Stella continues to co- write and work with singer/songwriters and is co owner of Rocket Sound Studios, in East Toronto.

2006 - Stella Panacci - Release Me - selected songs played on City TV's Breakfast Television, Telelatino Network, 102.1 The Edge Toronto, CBC Radio 1, CBC's Mainstreet, and college radio and internet stations 89.5 as well as 88.1 FM in Toronto, and throughout North America.

CD and video samples available at www.myspace.com/stellapanacci

March 2010 - Debut Full Length Ladybird Release

2009 - Ladybird Vol 1
2006- Stella Panacci "Release Me"
2000 - Stella Luna - 6 song EP
1999 - Kat Rocket - "Colours On the Inside"
1998 - Kat Rocket - "Captured By The Dream Co."
1994 - Kat Rocket - "Town Disguised As A City"
1992 - Kat Rocket - 7"Single featuring 2 songs

Songs have been featured on CBC Television Productions, Degrassi The Next Generation, Independent Films, Feature Films, USA Networks" La Femme Nikita", as well as in performances and other shows.

Songs that Stella has written/co-written have been covered by many artists, including Suzie McNeil, Canadian singer who became well known after singing on "Rock Star INXS", then singing the song "Believe" for the winter olympics in Canada.

Set List

Most sets are 45 minutes in duration. For original shows, we play one or two sets, depending on the line-up for the show. For non-original show, we typically perform three sets.

Original Set List
1. The Knight and the Mermaid
2. Almost there
3. Mother Mary
4. Disneyland
5. Devil Lives Down The Road
6. Thinking About Last Night
7. Trying to Keep It Together
8. Laylow
9. Paul McCartney
10. Angry Moon

Sample Non-Original Set List
1. And it Stoned Me - Van Morrison
2. Favourite Mistake - Sheryl Crow
3. I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty
4. Big in Japan - Tom Waits
5. Underneath it All - No Doubt
6. One - U2
7. Ob La Di (Ob La Da) - The Beatles