CMW 2013: Paper Bag Palace @ Global Village Backpackers by Cody McGraw

THURSDAY — CMW always ends up being the place where we find our summer musical love. This usually means about 800 tweets, 40 Facebook posts and whatever else can be considered light to mild stalking. This year Paper Bag Palace fits the bill quite nicely. They're three pretty girls from St. Catharines with voices as angelic as their faces and talents that would make Courtney Love write bitchy things about them and possibly threaten their lives.

Packed in the Global Village Backpackers at King and Spadina, despite the beer deal being Canadian, the band hushed the tight crowd with soft vocals, harmonizing violin and a commanding presence of Rasputina meets Forest City Lovers.

Having paid the extra dollar to drink something decent, the band had me insightful. Not only was I standing in a place where The Rolling Stones (who I love dearly) once hung out, but I was also witnessing the birth of a brand new musical love. Maybe it's my inner lez talking but I really see an amazing future for Paper Bag Palace.


Photos: Carmen Cheung

Cody McGraw is many things but the thing you can actually call him to his face is the Managing Editor of The Little Red Umbrella. See more posts from him here or follow him on Twitter (@cody_mcgraw).


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