On Thursday June 18th, Lee’s Palace was transformed in celebration of Paper Bag Record’s 100th release, which coincided with NXNE. There were no specific set times, only a promise of good times and good tunes.
Our night started with Mozarts’ Sister sharing the stage with PS I Love You’s Paul Saulnier. Which slowly turned into a PS I Love You set and the fluidity of the sets continued from there. A noticeably thin and impatient crowd milled around waiting to hear the bands they know and love off of the beloved Toronto Label.
There were cover sets galore including Born Ruffians covering Slim Twig and Tokyo Police Club, with Cuff The Duke acting as the house band for the evening.
It was announced that one of the many special guests would be Sam Roberts who joined Cuff the Duke and others on stage to play a short set including his monster hit Brother Down, the audience happily sang along.
It was hard to keep track of the revolving door of musicians as Yamantaka//Sonic Titan waited in the wings to share their special brand of music. Their loud energy amplified an increasingly fatigued audience.
For those in the know waiting until nearly 3 am was worth it. In a full circle of celebrations, Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew joined a schmograsboard of Paper Bag Records current and past roster to play Lover’s Spit and Almost Crimes. The songs off of 2002’s You Forgot It in People originally released by Paper Bag were the perfect closer to a night full of surprises and special guests. Happy 100th Paper Bag, here’s to 100 more.
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PS I Love You
Broken Social Scene