Universal Honey


With seven albums and numerous featured tracks in movies and television under their belt, Universal Honey has been a mainstay in Canada’s music scene.

​Universal Honey was formed by the platinum recording artists Johnny Sinclair and Leslie Stanwyck after playing in the Canadian band The Pursuit of Happiness (“I’m an Adult Now”/Chrysalis Records).  They recorded two albums with TPOH (both produced by Todd Rundgren), Love Junk achieved Platinum and One-Sided Story achieved Gold.

During this time Sinclair and Stanwyck started a song writing partnership that has spanned across three decades, 100+ tracks and hundreds of gigs across North America.  Sinclair and Stanwyck have put out an astonishing 7 albums, all as independent artists.  USA Today music writer, Ken Barnes, said the UH album “Vicious Circles” contains “Straight forward melodic delights that have been in sadly short supply so far this century.”

With more than 10 singles receiving airplay and numerous song placements appearing in film and TV scores, Universal Honey even won a CASBY award as Best New Group.  Professionally, they have shared the stage on major U.S. and European tours with the likes of the Goo Goo Dolls, Duran Duran, The Eurythmics and many more.

In 2003, they recorded and released a Christmas Album with 11 original tunes that still receive holiday airplay in the US, Canada, and Europe. Rock ’n Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector even covered “Best Christmas Ever” for her 2010 holiday record.

Universal Honey’s “relaunch” began unfolding two years ago, with the first digital issuance of their estimable Magic Basement debut. A lush, orchestrated power pop release that reflected all of Sinclair & Stanwyck’s musical influences, with performances by some of Toronto’s finest rock talent. Magic Basement yielded the indie hit “Just Before Mary Goes,” whose popularity resonates even today, thanks to an appearance on the Girls Go Power Pop (2020) compilation on Ace Records UK and airplay on the BBC.

Also, during this time, Universal Honey found themselves creatively recharged, taking advantage of unanticipated downtime from other musical projects to start their own production house and record label, Honeytunes.  Honeytunes released all 7 Universal Honey albums to streaming and digital platforms in sequential order over a 2 year span.

​While celebrating Universal Honey’s past with archival performances streaming on the band’s social media platforms and webpages, Sinclair and Stanwyck were also creating new music.  As a result, they released the single “Just Like U” in October 2021 which charted at #4 on the IMC (Sirius/XM).

At the beginning of 2022 Universal Honey started writing for a new album.  They emersed themselves in the studio for the first quarter of the year and added musician, producer and mixer Dan Marfisi out of L.A. (Poe), who they met at a radio show in Cleveland years prior.  Dan added keyboards, guitar and some other treats and finished mixing the album.  The album contains 12 songs that are upbeat with a fresh modern Universal Honey sound that newcomers and old fans alike will enjoy.

2022 is a special year as Universal Honey celebrates their 30th anniversary!  What better way to celebrate this amazing achievement than releasing a new album?  Universal Honey are set to release a new single from this album on July 22nd with the full album to follow along with a second single at the end of August. They are also looking forward to hitting the road this year as they have shared the stage with so many artists throughout their career and look forward to doing more.

Is This The Real Thing Lyrics & Liner Notes

Is This the Real Thing?

Heathen cast out in the cold
That’s what she has been told
Purpose, destroy what’s begun
Shadowmaker hide from the sun

Is this the Real Thing?
Where there is life, there is pain
Where there’s love, there is faith
Open the door

Darkness is an old friend
Stay cool this isn’t the end
Laughter, don’t let it die
Desire to be someone’s why

Is this the Real Thing?
Where there is life, there is pain
Where there’s love, there is faith
Open the door
You gave me a window
I’m asking for more
You gave me a window
Open the door


Universal Honey – DANDELION

Produced by:  Johnny Sinclair & Leslie Stanwyck with Dan Marfisi

Mixed by: Dan Marfisi at JonesHouse Studio, Los Angeles, California

Recorded by: Johnny Sinclair & Leslie Stanwyck at Honeytunes, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Additional Recording and Programming by: Dan Marfisi at Jones House Studio, Los Angeles, California

Mastered by: Trevor Case at Case Mastering, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Management by: Kevin Kay at K2 Artist Management, Detroit, Michigan

Website:  Universalhoneyband.com

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Leslie Stanwyck – Vocals, Electric Guitar
Johnny Sinclair – Bass Guitar
Warren Medernach – Drums
Dan Marfisi – Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion

Production made possible with the support from Creative Saskatchewan’s Sound Recording Grant Program