“Five Minutes With” Toronto Alt / Pop Band For Jane

In the spring of 2016, mutual dog lovers Natalie Panacci and Julia Wittmann agreed to start a band (so their dogs could hang out more). With Zachary Stuckey, Bradley Connor, and Candice Ng, they created For Jane: a five piece ‘dog’ rock/pop band based in Toronto. The group blends the catchy with the complex, humour with sincerity, and punchy rhythm with calculated chords. The music may best be characterized by the unique vocals by Panacci and Wittmann. Gentle and flirtatious one moment, soaring high and strikingly full the next. Together, the voices produce a mesmerizing harmony.

For Jane

The versatile musicianship of the supporting members are equally vital to For Jane’s sound. Stuckey and Connor’s rhythm section could keep audiences captivated all on their own; their precision and intention show extreme professionalism. Seen live, their performances are a sweet sight to behold. Wittmann’s guitar and Ng’s keys produce standard pop tones with the sensibility of alt-rock players (seemingly quite educated in the likes of St. Vincent, Mitski, Metric, etcetera).

For Jane’s debut EP Married With Dogs was released in November 2018, and the single “Car” has since been featured on CBC Music and The Edge.

Name: For Jane

Genre: Alt Pop/ Rock

Founded: April 2016

# of Albums: 0 (1 EP)

Latest Release: Married With Dogs EP

Latest Single: Car

Latest Video: Hook

Favourite Restaurant:

Brass Taps, Vegan Extremist in Kensington, Sakai on Dundas West, Kyoto House, In n Out Burger

Favourite band as a teenager:

Green Day, Gorillaz, Billy Talent, Led Zeppelin, Silversun Pickups

Favourite band now:

Radiohead, Hop Along, Lamp, Death Cab for Cutie, We Are the City

Guilty Pleasure Song:

I’m With You – Avril Lavigne

Sugar – Maroon 5

Hey Stephen – Taylor Swift

Baby – Justin Bieber (Really, Zack??)

Butterflies – Kacey Musgraves

Live Show Ritual:

Making several small pees in the bathroom, mingling the nerves away, sitting in the corner and looking upset (someone asked Candice if she was ok at our last show), and the Cinnamon Roll (all band members put their hands together in a circle, roll them together with a hand on top, throw them in the air and yell “CINNNNAMONNNNN ROLLLLL”)!

Favourite local artist:

Deanna Petcoff (HI DEANNA, LETS PLAY A SHOW SOME TIME), Hooded Fang, Daniel Caesar, Valley

Sneaky Dees nachos, pasta from Terroni or a superfood salad from Fresh?

1 vote for Sneak’s nachos, 2 votes for Pasta, 2 votes for Fresh!

Queen or College St?

Queen

Trinity Bellwoods or High Park, Riverdale or Kew Gardens?

Mixed votes. I guess you’ll never find us all tanning in the same park at the same time.

EP or LP?

LP

Early bird or night owl?

The night owls in the band outweigh the early birds.

Road or studio?

Studio. But Brad votes for Road four times over (road road road road). For Jane hasn’t actually hit the road before… but we really, really want to!!

Swiss Chalet or Roti?

*Almost* unanimously roti.

Where can we follow you?

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Bandcamp

Any shows or albums coming up?

And June 6th at the Baby G.

Event Page

 

 

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