STELLA PANACCI-RELEASE ME
KAT ROCKET-THE ART OF NEVER WINNING
KAT ROCKET-TOWN DISGUISED AS A CITY
THE ANGRY MOON-SUFFERING PSYCHE
STELLA PANACCI & ALISON MACLEAN
Stella Panacci, a veteran musician of Toronto, got her start in the scene as a 90’s indie pop drummer, writer, and lead singer, for the band Kat Rocket. She, Kat Rocket writing partner Darren Donaghey, and Mario Panacci started their own record label, Hoodwink Records, at the age of 23, and adapted the DIY approach when it came to the music she created. Their mission was to create freely and to help other bands create along the way. Stella had an almost Utopian vision and protected her independence, sometimes to a fault. Her beliefs and philosophy of DIY was hugely popular in the 90,s in Toronto, as well as around the world. She has released 6 albums, starting off on the scene with a 7 inch single entitled, "Coffee Shop Philosophers" by her first band Kat Rocket in 1993. Past members of Kat Rocket include Justin Peroff (Broken Social Scene, John Calabrese (Danko Jones, and Paul Pfisterer(The Beauties), and were lucky enough to record in the studio with Ken Greer (Red Rider) who performs pedal steel on 3 tracks from the "Colours on the Inside" album, produced by Daryn Barry and Alfio Annibalini.Through the support of Factor and the Canada Arts Council, Stella has played throughout Eastern Canada and the US, touring and performing with her own works, as well as supporting other performing musical acts. She has won a Billboard music prize for her song "Take You Away" (Stella Panacci) with James Quinn, and together Stella and James went on to cultivate now international act, "The Beaches", (Toronto, Can), at their recording/performance studio Kat Rocket Sound.
She co-wrote the winning song taking the Grand Prize for the National Songwriting competition for Standard Radio in 2003, for the song "Tennessee", Co-written with Alison Maclean, of the indie rock band "Made". Kat Rocket and Made played frequently together, and toured Eastern Canada, and as 2 drummers in the scene, Alison and Stella quickly became friends and collaborated on a 5 song EP with award winning producer Jordon Zadorozny,who received a gold record for producing the first Sam Roberts EP.
A lifelong friend of Stella's, band Blinker The Star and Kat Rocket date back to the days of X Rays, on Queen St. West in Toronto, the bar owned by Dan Aykroyd, and booked by Yvonne Mattsel, where the 2 would showcase together and meet with legendary indie rock cheerleader Dave Bookman, possibly the biggest supporter of new acts in the whole country of Canada. The Horseshoe Tavern became a musical playground for indie bands, thanks to Dave Bookman's excitement, encouragement, and support of music. To this day, Jordon and Stella continue to record and write and release new material under the moniker "The Angry Moon". Stella continues to write and record songs for her own projects, as well as collaborating with many artists, musicians, and has also branched out to work on voice over work and animation. She recently sang the theme song for Disney's popular cartoon, PJ Mask's "Luna Girl" character, brought into the studio by Gemini award winning producer Tim Foy. Stella's original material has been featured in film and television, on such shows as La Femme Nikita,(USA Network), and in CBC productions, such as Degrassi: The Next Generation. She continues to perform, write, and produce music solo, as well as collaborating with other artists.
Tim Bovaconti is a legendary Canadian musician, multi-instrumentalist and consummate producer, best known for his guitar work supporting Burton Cummings, Ron Sexsmith, and The Satellites, among many other Canadian acts.
Tim Bovaconti, Stella Panacci, and Shelley Hamilton, came together in the winter of 2017 to record songs for the Shella album, released in November 2018 at The Hideout Toronto. Shelley sang on the Shella album, as well she has co-writing credits for the songs, "Settle", and "White Lightnin".The album, Shella, is a well-balanced listening cocktail that's made up from the equal parts of alt country, rock, pop, and psychedelia.
Shortly after completing the debut video for the single "Emily", directed by Justin Carter, and a day before Shella were to have their debut performance on National TV, Shelley decided to pursue her solo career, and performed solo on the show with a song called "Settle" from the Shella album. She is busy hosting, acting, and singing in various projects, here in Toronto as well as Halifax. After Stella, Tim and Shelley completed creating the album Shella, Stella has been busy recording her written works for her second solo full length release due out Spring 2020.
Stella grew up, and resides part time in Omemee Ontario, where she loves to write, and sites Neil Young, Fairport Convention, Lucinda Williams, Jimi Hendrix, Lowell George, Joni Mitchell, Betty Davis, and of course, Tim Bovaconti, as just a few of her many influences.
Stella has recently been interviewed for a book on the indie rock scene in Toronto in the 90s, written by Jonathan Bunce, and published by Coach House, due out next year.
You can catch Tim Bovaconti and Stella Panacci playing live throughout the GTA this summer, when Tim is home, between gigs on tour with Burton Cummings and Ron Sexsmith, and recording artists in his studio "Tim's Garage.
Stay tuned for more shows, songs, and new adventures coming soon.