NXNE 2015: #PAPER100 at Lee’s Palace

Paper Bag Records took over Lee’s Palace on Thursday night (to celebrate 100 records released), and they invited just about every group that’s passed through the label since its inception.

Diana kicked the night off with a couple full-band numbers—that Carmen Elle can really belt out a tune—but most of the remainder of the evening belonged to Cuff The Duke. The Toronto quartet was the #PAPER100 house band, and backed up reduced lineups of The Acorn and Rock Plaza Central, among others.

The Rock Plaza set seemed meaningful to many, if only because they rarely grace a stage with their presence, these days. After jokes about them being the oldest musicians in the building subsided, they hauled out their 2006 hits, “I Am an Excellent Steel Horse” and “My Children, Be Joyful” (sample the latter up above).

We didn’t stick around ’til the very end (so many shows, so little time), and it seems we severely missed out—various Twitters and Instagrams note appearances by Sam Roberts, Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Born Ruffians, Young Galaxy and more (including performances of Broken Social Scene’s “Lover’s Spit” and “Almost Crimes”). Paper Bag was filming the show; we’ll hopefully see that footage appear somewhere soon.

-Scott Bryson

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