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Paper Beat Scissors’ first album was released in 2012 and praised as “ a genuine work of effortless art.”(Pop Matters), “Absolutely stunning… wonderful… startling and beautiful” (‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2), and  “potent enough for an otherworld experience.”  (CBC).

To mark the 5th anniversary of the release, Tim Crabtree wrote some words and dug out some pictures of the recording process which you can read and peruse here. We’re offering a PWYW (pay what you want) download until the end of April – go have a listen while you read – and have dropped the prices for LPs and CDs as well. Order now.

After a brief winter break, Montreal’s Paper Beat Scissors returned to the stage earlier this month at Montreal’s Sala Rossa for a rare chamber ensemble-accompanied performance that brought together musicians from Montreal, Ottawa and Halifax. These included Erla Axelsdottir (Björk, Foxtrott) on French horn, Pemi Paull (Richard Reed Parry, President of the National Viola Society) on viola, Hilda Cowie (NAC Orchestra) on double bass, Devin Wesley (Rich Aucoin, PEI Symphony Orchestra) on bassoon, Louise Campbell (In Extensio) on clarinet and Camille Delean (Michael Feuerstack) providing vocal accompaniment.

“These arrangements are really taking the songs to different places. This particular concert is a synthesis of pieces I worked on with a symphony orchestra out in Nova Scotia and a chamber ensemble performance I did during a festival in Saskatoon in 2015,” said Crabtree. “I’m learning so much every time I work through these different iterations, and how these pieces are developing this time is feeling really special.”

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One of Canada’s most thought-provoking songwriters announces the upcoming release of her fourth and most ambitious album to date.
Moving Parts is an arresting collection of moody temperament and songs about human troubles.

The full-length effort from Gianna Lauren reunites the beloved band from the critically acclaimed On Personhood for a compelling performance and sinister tales of death, wounded souls, broken bridges, and burnt out feelings.

Gianna will be hitting the road with Ottawa’s Pony Girl in a few weeks across Quebec and Atlantic Canada. More release dates to come, including dates in Ontario, shortly.

April 21 – Edmundston NB: Le Deck
April 22 – Fredericton NB: Flourish Festival // info/tickets
April 25 – Halifax NS: Timber Lounge
April 26 – Sackville NB: Thunder & Lightning
April 27 – Quebec City QC: Le Knockout
April 28 – Montreal QC: Casa Del Popolo  w/ Camille Delean // tickets
April 29 – Wakefield QC: The Black Sheep Inn // tickets