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Kiesza's top 5 secret Hideaways

25 year-old Kiesza has been busy. The multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter and one-time ballerina taught herself guitar perched at the top of a mast whilst sailing from Canada to Hawaii, turned down the opportunity to be a sniper for the Canadian army in favour of music school, and is currently sitting pretty at the top of the UK charts with single, Hideaway. But where does the shining star go to hideaway when it all gets too much?

Text Kiesza 
Photography Barbara Anastacio

 

  • Libation

    "In New York there’s an underground dance night called Libation. It’s really small but people go there specifically to dance, not to drink or anything else, just to dance. It’s where I picked up a lot of my influences and I always have an amazing night there. Body & Soul in New York is the same."

  • Hozier

    "Right now an artist that I’ve been playing on repeat is Hozier. His songs are haunting, they put me in a mood that is instantly de-stressing. I get lost in his songs." 

  • sail boats

    "Sail boats are a place that I can hideaway in. The Pacific Grace was the boat that I sailed on and it’s absolutely one of my favourites. It’s one of the best experiences I have ever had. You’re very present on a boat, you have to pay attention to what’s going on. But at the same time you can get very centred, and you have time to get reflective and be creative. For me a ship is a place to be introspective, but to be happy." 

  • Café Bene

    "Café Bene in New York is one place that I go to read and get work done. It’s weird that when I’m surrounded by people, I tend to zone in a little more. It’s in the heart of New York, right by Times Square and I often meet my friends here. The drinks here are great, they change every season." 

  • Alvin Ailey Dance

    "Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York is where I train capoeira a few times a week when I’m home. It’s a passion of mine and brings me out of my day to day routine. The dance school is the majority of my social community too. I’ve been going for almost two years so the majority of my friends outside of music are from there."