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


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UK: Folklore // Ricky Damiani //

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FR: Faontastic // Clémence Vazard //

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Paper Beat Scissors - LIVE in Brussels

CAFE WINOK Koffiebranderij- Bar - Shop // August 27th, 2023 // 8:30 PM


Under the moniker Paper Beat Scissors Tim Crabtree constructs delicate and intricate tapestries of songs. Their complexity both belies and serves their simple aim: to create a point of emotional connection and communication with the listener; To hold a space to disappear, briefly, inside the spells they cast. Over 10 years, 3 albums, 3 live EPs and 2021's Spanish language EP "la Mitad" Crabtree has drawn praise from the BBC "Startling and beautiful", Rolling Stone "enormously powerful layers of sound" and Exclaim "a unique ability to use classical and electronic elements to blur the lines of folk music and leave you breathless".


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Paper Beat Scissors LIVE in Düsseldorf

GoldMucke Summer Edition 2023 presents Schreng Schreng & LaLa (Acoustic Punk), ft. Paper Beat Scissors & Joshandsteve, at the VierLinden Open-Air in Düsseldorf.



VierLinden Open-Air (Four Linden Open Air) // August 26th, 2023 // 6:30 PM


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Paper Beat Scissors X Susie Asado LIVE in Berlin

Schokoladen // August 24th, 2023 // 7:00 PM

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Paper Beat Scissors and Justin Karas at Mai/Son, Montreal

July 16th, 2023 // 7:00PM - 11:00PM // Location TBD

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Paper Beat Scissors LIVE in Halifax!

HALIFAX! Paper Beat Scissors is coming your way on February 25th, 2023 at The Syrup Factory. Thank you Side Door Access for organizing and The Syrup Factory for hosting!

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Paper Beat Scissors Live with Jake Nicoll at Ursa MTL

Paper Beat Scissors will be performing with Jake Nicoll at Ursa MTL on Friday, November 18th, 2022 @ 8:00 PM/EST.

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Paper Beat Scissors performing LIVE in Montréal

Paper Beat Scissors performing LIVE! Join them at Ursa in Montréal, Canada on November 18th, 2022 at 7:00 PM

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Paper Beat Scissors - Solo European Tour

Presented by Folklore1, join us at Weltempfänger Backpacker Hostel & Café (Cologne, Germany) on August 10th and at Camden's legendary Green Note from August 16th-17th

For both of these shows, Paper Beat Scissors will be playing 2 sets - the first: all new material he’s workshopping for the next album, and the second: your requests!

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Warhol Dervish — Beethoven Mystique avec Paper Beat Scissors

Beethoven Mystique is a series of concerts dedicated to Beethoven’s last five string quartets, five absolute masterpieces that will be presented in their entirety. Echoing each quartet, an artist from pop or contemporary music will join the musicians to perform an original creation.

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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.