Four Ladybirds and One Sideshow

Published: 2004-06-25
This summer sees the touring of countless bands, festivals (but sadly not Lollapalooza), and high school kids on road trips. But what about sideshows? It's been quite a while since those things were politically correct, but the ladies of the Ladybird Sideshow are trying to change that.

Four accomplished Canadian artists that go by the names of Erin Smith, Janine Stoll, Melissa McClelland and Lisa Winn started the Ladybird Sideshow in 2001. As a group, the songstresses tour around the country, bringing an eclectic mix of Canadian talent together on one stage.

Tonight sees the first of the Sideshow's summer performances, a three day long stint in Thunder Bay. The Ladybird Sideshow will then go on and make a few more stops around Ontario. According to their site, the girls aren't planning on limiting their Sideshow to Canada, and will head off to Europe and Australia sometime in the near future. For updates on Ladybird performances go to

Not only will Winn, McClelland, Stoll and Smith be playing gigs together, but they also have their own separate shows lined up for the summer.

The Ladybird Sideshow's upcoming dates:

June 25, 26 & 27 Thunder Bay - Thundering Women Festival
July 03 Toronto - Rivoli
July 04 Toronto - Rivoli
July 30 Hamilton - Pepper Jack's

Melissa McClelland solo:

July 10 Toronto - Toronto Street Festival

Lisa Winn solo:

August 15 Hamilton - The Staircase Theatre

Erin Smith Band solo:

July 01 Port Dover - Silver Lake Park
July 09 Toronto - C'est What

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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