Parallel Line, the third LP from Paper Beat Scissors, is out in the world today and getting a lot of praise from around the world.

 “Soars with warm folk-pop” – Atwood Magazine
“piercing voice and haunting orchestral chamber folk” – KUTX (Austin, TX)
“cheeky and buoyant” – CBC Music
“deeply infused with emotion, connects with his listener on such a level that he freezes time” –Folk Radio UK
“lush chamber orchestration” – Various Small Flames
“vulnerable and earnest without slipping into sappiness” (8/10) – Exclaim!

Parallel Line explores all the mess and complexity inherent in our day-to-day existence with a quiet, wide-eyed vulnerability. This third full length, mixed by heavyweights Sandro Perri andDean Nelson (Beck), centres Tim Crabtree’s arresting vocal work and reflective lyrical palette to stunning effect. Each song’s movement is threaded by gorgeous string arrangements, weaving an emotional core to the record. At its centre sits a question: how is our sense of self strung within a multitude of people, places, experiences? Parallel Line unfurls as a series of (un)certainties, shot through with a visceral tenderness

Earlier this week, Folk Radio UK premiered the incredible video for the song ‘Shapes.’ Directed by Derek Branscombe, the visionary behind the Lawless video, the visuals in the new work “convey a mass of complex emotions and tensions beneath the surface as well as the fragility of human relationships.” – FRUK

 – watch video // read feature on Folk Radio UK –

 “I wanted to explore that state through bodies, objects and textures,” says the director, “The push, the pull, the convoluted torsion that we go through in order to try to fuse with a loved one – it’s all there.”


Juno-nominated musician, producer, and composer Joshua Van Tassel unveils a new work this week as part of the Museum of the Moon installation at The Bentway in Toronto at 250 Fort York Boulevard.

A 30-minute custom composition, created specifically for this presentation, accompanies the seven-metre touring sculptural work by UK artist Luke Jerram, which fuses lunar imagery to bring the moon’s surface to life.

Joshua also performs as part of Moon Merge, a live Pondercast taping taking place at The Bentway on Saturday, September 14. With a full harvest moon rising over Toronto at the culmination of the Museum of the Moon exhibit, Pondercast host Laurie Brown and Van Tassel will explore how city-dwellers merge with their natural surroundings during the podcast recording that takes visitors on a virtual journey to the moon and back. The event also features performances from Choir! Choir! Choir!, and Bernice, and a special silent disco set by Rich Aucoin

October 25 – Toronto, ON: Moon Merge Pondercast taping // tickets // info