Paper Beat Scissors


Tim Crabtree is a composer, vocalist, instrumentalist and producer based in Montréal, originally from North West England. Working across acoustic, orchestral and electronic approaches he has 6 international releases to his name and over a decade of recording and performing across Europe and Canada in the indie-folk realm under the moniker Paper Beat Scissors. International festival headline slots, BBC Radio sessions and Rolling Stone cover CD placements attest to the critical and public response to the music. He has performed self-arranged orchestrations of his work for chamber ensemble and full symphony orchestra across Canada and the new album Parallel Line features his first arrangements for string quartet with the much-lauded Warhol Dervish String Quartet (credits include Lhasa and Patrick Watson). An avid electronic music producer, his side project under his given name has seen over a million streams on Spotify.

A frequent collaborator, arranger and live and studio session musician, highlights include dozens of performances with “national treasure” (Globe and Mail) Michael Feuerstack, performing with Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry at a live iteration of his “Music for Heart and Breath” at the Banff Centre for the Arts and work with former Halifax poet-laureate Tanya Davis on her viral video “How to Be Alone” (over 8 million views) and her opening poem for the Canada Games in 2011 with the Canadian Prime Minister in attendance. Crabtree is in the process of translating “Parallel Line” into Spanish.

"The orchestration, paired with Crabtree's vocals, creates a feeling of something softer, something meditative and perhaps even hopeful." - Exclaim!

"cheeky and buoyant at once, lyrically questioning outside expectations atop a joyful guitar and a flourishing combination of organ and string quartet" - CBC Music

"a beautiful combination of indietronica, acoustic folk and baroque pop" - Riff Magazine

"Absolutely stunning… wonderful… startling and beautiful." - 'Whispering' Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

"Crabtree’s voice yearns… Soon you’ll be drawn deep inside these enormously powerful layers of sound." - ★★★★ Rolling Stone Magazine Germany



CAN: Forward Music Group //

EU: Ferryhouse Productions //



CAN/USA: Forward Music // Kyle Cunjak //
DE: Queerbeat // Thomas Lechner //
UK: Folklore // Ricky Damiani //
FR: Faontastic // Clémence Vazard //

AT: Arcadia Live // Klaus Plewa //
PT: Cakes & Tapes // Diogo Soares Silva //


Forward Music Group // Kyle Cunjak //

Paper Beat Scissors Announces UK Fall 2021 Tour

Paper Beat Scissors will be going on tour this November in the UK with The Burning Hell! Tickets are on sale now, check out the dates here!

CBC says you need to hear Paper Beat Scissors' latest single

CBC Music selected Paper Beat Scissor's first single from his forthcoming album, Parallel Line, as one of the "songs you need to hear this week" and we agree! Read more and listen to "Don't Mind" here.

Paper Beat Scissors plays a free show in Vancouver

Paper Beat Scissors is set to play a free concert this Saturday with the Vancouver Chamber Ensemble on Saturday June 16th at 8pm at Celebration Hall, Mountain View Cemetary. 5455 Fraser Street. 

Beat Paper Scissors New Single " What Am I Going to Do with Everything I Know"

"What Am I Going to Do with Everything I Know" may sound familiar to keen Canadian folk fans, as it's a cover of the title track from a 2014 EP by the Weather Station. And although Crabtree remains in reverence of the original, he's added his own flourishes to the track." - Sarah Murphy

European Tour Dates 2016 & EU Release

Tim Crabtree is hitting the winter roads overseas from late January to March for an extensive run of solo Paper Beat Scissors shows that will take him into southern Europe for the first time.

This tour will shine light on the quieter, more intimate moments of the new album Go On, labelled by critics as a “haunting” (Rolling Stone Magazine), “splendid” (BBC Radio 6), “nearly magical” (CBC), “stunning” (NOW Toronto) collection that will “leave you breathless” (Exclaim!). Moving through Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal, the tour finishes in the UK to coincide with the release of Go On in that territory on February 17th, 2016.