by Tiana Feng
Last night, Paper Lions celebrated the release of My Friends. Opening the night was a bunch of great guests.
Newmarket’s Triple Arcade won an opening spot via Paper Lions’ social media pages. With their catchy pop hooks, they fit the bill quite well.
Dwayne Gretzky frontman Tyler Kyte played tunes with quirky lyrics which included subjects such as being a hipster in Toronto and the closer “I Wish Mom Would Talk to Dad”. Backing him was a band he deemed “The Nice Guys” which included Feurd (the curly moustache man) from The Elwins. The former Popular Mechanics For Kids actor sure still knows how to entertain.
I’ve seen the The Elwins soooo many times but they’re always a lot of fun. Plus, they played a new song and promised a new album next spring! Oh, and they covered Beyonce’s “Countdown”. It was awesome.
Paper Lions may be from the small island of PEI, but they play like any big city band. I have actually been listening to My Friends for a couple of months now so I knew of the songs by heart. It didn’t really matter that it was new to much of the audience though. The band is natural at writing sing-a-longable hooks and getting the audience involved. Though much of the set was devoted to performing cuts from My Friends they included favourites from older albums like “Don’t Touch That Dial” and “Sweat It Out”.
In classic Paper Lions style, they encored doing an acoustic version of “Polly Hill” on the floor of the Rivoli. The audience gathered in a circle adding their own harmonies to the tune.
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