Capitalizing on the momentum created by the release of their debut album, about a girl, Montreal’s Winter Gloves will be hitting the road across Canada with Thunderheist as part of Exclaim! Magazine’s 17th Anniversary Tour this April (dates below). The tour will be a great lead-up to the US dates the band plans to stay on the road with in May (full dates coming soon).
The band has also completed their first video for stand-out track “Let Me Drive”, recently premiered on Pitchfork and buzzcatcher clip of the week on Musique Plus. The video was brought to life by acclaimed director Benjamin Weinstein, and features a band performance story told in a series of flip books. It’s not really animation done in post, and it’s not fancy sophisticated special effects super-imposed onto pages of paper, the flip books are actually real, using individual photos of the band in various poses and situations that were taken in a separate shoot. As people continue to try to figure out how the video was created, the video link has received an incredible 10,000 hits in its first five days of posting!
Winter Gloves is Charles F (lead singer/songwriter/Wurlitzer), Pat Sayers (drums), Vincent Chalifour (synths) and Jean-Michel Pigeon (guitar/glockenspiel). With only a handful of live shows behind them at the beginning of 2008, Winter Gloves were already receiving invitations to join bands like Tokyo Police Club on a series of sold-out tour dates. Such well-attended shows helped spread what was becoming the wildfire of the earlier, self-released “Let Me Drive” EP. After the Canadian release of their full-length in the Fall of 2008, the band continued on the same foot as things had started with dates alongside Tokyo Police Club and a slot at Toronto’s Virgin Festival before hitting the road across Canada with Vancouver’s You Say Party! We Say Die! and Quebec’s Beast. Reactions to the album and these shows immediately secured showcase opportunities at International conferences, invitations for further touring and secured spots on “Best of 2008” yearend lists including “Best New Artist” from iTunes Canada.
Paper Bag Records is a Canadian-owned record label based out of Toronto that came out of the gates with a bang by developing and releasing the debut albums from Canadian Indie darlings Broken Social Scene and Stars. Additions to the roster are a true reflection of their interest in supporting a diverse roster of talent, and include The Acorn, Tokyo Police Club, Woodhands, Laura Barrett, You Say Party! We Say Die!, Slim Twig and Winter Gloves. The label has also had the pleasure of working with Scandinavian artists Under Byen and Sally Shapiro on their releases in North America.
Now operating within the Paper Bag umbrella, Paper Bag Digital is focused solely on creating digital releases, building a digital catalogue of artists and establishing a strong online presence for artists on the traditional label roster. Current releases include Woodhands' ‘Dancer' EP, You Say Party! We Say Die!'s 'Remik's Cube',The Acorn’s ‘Heron Act’, and Montreal DJ/Producer CFCF’s 'Panesian Nights'.
Paper Bag Records was voted "Best Toronto Record Label" by NOW Magazine, Best of 2008.
Winter Gloves Tour Dates
18 March 2009, SXSW Paper Bag Records Showcase @ Habana Calle 6 Patio AUSTIN, Texas
21 March 2009, Exclaim.ca presents M for Montreal vs. T for Toronto SXSW Daytime party @ El Sol y La Luna, AUSTIN, Texas
24 March 2009, Howard’s Club H, BOWLING GREEN, Ohio
2 April 2009, E-bar - Exclaim! Tour, GUELPH, Ontario
3 April 2009, The Grad Club - Exclaim! Tour, KINGSTON, Ontario
4 April 2009, Pepper Jack Cafe - Exclaim! Tour, HAMILTON, Ontario
7 April 2009, Call the Office - Exclaim! Tour, LONDON, Ontario
9 April 2009, The Montreal House - Exclaim! Tour, PETERBOROUGH, Ontario
10 April 2009, Babylon - Exclaim! Tour, OTTAWA, Ontario
11 April 2009, Club Soda - Exclaim! Tour, MONTREAL, Quebec
17 April 2009, Pyramid Cabaret - Exclaim! Tour, WINNIPEG, Manitoba
18 April 2009, Amigo’s - Exclaim! Tour, SASKATOON, Saskatchewan
21 April 2009, Starlite Room - Exclaim! Tour, EDMONTON, Alberta
23 April 2009, The Warehouse - Exclaim! Tour, CALGARY, Alberta
25 April 2009, The Biltmore Cabaret - Exclaim! Tour, VANCOUVER, British Columbia