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Gig Pick: Paper Beat Scissors at Pressed—12.14.18

By Greggory Clark on December 11, 2018

Montreal’s Paper Beat Scissors returns to Pressed on Friday, joined by internationally-acclaimed poet and songwriter Tanya Davis, and Ottawa’s Nathanaël Larochette.

Paper Beat Scissors is the project of UK expat Tim Crabtree, who now calls Canada home—first Halifax, now Montreal, but he’s a bit of an honorary Ottawan too: Paper Beat Scissors played the Apartment613 launch party at Raw Sugar in 2009!

Forward Music Group recently released a new Paper Beat Scissors album, recorded live by an 8-piece ensemble, and then Crabtree spent 2018 touring with a chamber ensemble across Canada. Swing to the other end of the spectrum and Crabtree says he’s just completed a new studio album with Beck engineer Dean Nelson and Sandro Perri.

Tanya Davis is the past poet laureate of Halifax (2011–2012). Currently based in Montreal, Davis has released four albums and two books. She is perhaps best known for her viral cine-poem “How To Be Alone” which has more than eight million views on YouTube.

Admired for his playing in the chamber folk trio Musk Ox, and instrumental prog metal band The Night Watch, local musician Nathanaël Larochette is presenting new work from Earth and Sky, his album of solo classical guitar works and ambient electronic compositions.


Paper Beat Scissors is playing w/sg Tanya Davis and Nathanaël Larochette at Pressed (750 Gladstone Ave) on Friday December 14 at 8pm. Tickets cost $10 online and $15 at the door.