The Paper Kites & Horse Thief @ Starlight Social Club

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Paper Kites‘ performance at Starlight Social Club in Waterloo, ON—the fourth stop on their most recent North American tour. With support from Horse Thief, an Oklahoma-based rock outfit, it was truly a memorable experience.

The Paper Kites Live at Starlight Social Club
Photo by Yazzy Williams

The night began with a stellar performance from Horse Thief, who drew in the crowd with their tight instrumentation and sprawling percussions, accentuating lead singer Cameron Neal’s gentle warble. At times, his swollen yelp felt reminiscent of Tallest Man on Earth, while the guitars drew comparisons to Real Estate and Snowmine. With “Devil,” the band had the crowd lost in a state of euphoria, their heads bobbing and their feet tapping. They played a collection of songs from older releases as well as a bevy of songs from their debut album, Fear In Bliss.

The Paper Kites Live at Starlight Social Club
Photo by Yazzy Williams

After Horse Thief wrapped up their set, Paper Kites ascended to the stage, opening up their performance with the crowd favourite, “Young.” They put on a fantastic show and played many songs from their debut album, States. But it was their performance of “Bloom” that really stole the show. In fact, it was such a special moment that they had to call their friend, Michael, up to the stage.

The Paper Kites Live at Starlight Social Club
Photo by Sarah Stubbs

With all eyes on him, Michael rose to the stage, grinning from ear-to-ear as the crowd stood in silence. Without a script or a note to reference, he professed his love to the most important lady in his life. And there, on that fateful July night, our new friend Michael got down on one knee and popped the big question. It was definitely an incredible moment that it was only enhanced by Paper Kites‘ intimate performance of “Bloom.”

Eoin Anderson

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