In 2001, 4 little songbirds found each other in the downtown bustle of Toronto. Janine Stoll, Lisa Winn, Melissa McClelland and Erin Smith, all singer/songwriters in their own right came together for the next five years to record, tour and sing the most lovely four part harmonies this side of the Skyway Bridge. Eventually each bird went their own way, the fourth bird Erin flying all the way to Maui to live the life of a beach goddess. The friendship was left strong and intact and the three remaining birds have come together once again to launch the Ladybird Animal Sanctuary. Inspired by a deep love for animals and for each other, Melissa, Janine and Lisa have made a life long pact to uphold the Ladybird Animal Sanctuary as a safe haven for dogs and cats in need.
Musician and animal lover, Lisa is a Hamilton resident and established singer, songwriter and backup singer. She is also one fourth of the Ladybird Sideshow. Lisa has been employed in the animal field since the age of fourteen, and working in animal shelters since high school. She has seen first hand the desperate situations animals face everyday, and why there is a need for a place like The Ladybird Animal Sanctuary. She has opened her home to many animals in need over the years and has been a constant advocate and champion of animal welfare. Lisa is also responsible for most of the photos taken of our animals on this website.
Musician and animal lover, Melissa lives in Hamilton, but spends most of her time touring. She has shared the stage with such names as Sarah Mclachlan, Feist, Blue Rodeo, Jesse Cook, and her husband Luke Doucet. Together she and her husband comprise the acclaimed duo Whitehorse. She is also one fourth of the Ladybird Sideshow. Melissa grew up in a household filled with dogs and cats and now wishes to give back to these lovely creatures.
Musician and animal lover, Janine lives in Toronto and works full time as a solo artist and band member of the acclaimed group The DoneFors. She also happens to be an accomplished web designer for local businesses and artists. She has had a hand in every aspect of her own career from management, grant writing to art design. Janine is one fourth of the Ladybird Sideshow and is also the proud caretaker of several rescue cats who give her much love and companionship.