“Five Minutes With” Toronto Latin/Funk/Reggae band Paper Parachutes

Name: Paper Parachutes
Genre: Latin/Funk/Reggae
Founded: 2015
# of Albums: 2
Latest Release: No Bad Days (2018)

Latest Video: The Door (2018) and Vivid Dreams (2018)

Latest Single: The Door (2018) and Vivid Dreams (2018)


“One nation under a groove” Paper Parachutes hold strong to these famous words penned by the godfather of funk: George Clinton. With roots in Venezuela, Trinidad, Jamaica and Canada, Paper Parachutes brings a textured sound like no other while breathing analog life back into the dance floor.

Favourite Restaurant:

ARA: Arepa Cafe

BB: Jabistro or Taro’s Fish; I debate this in my head weekly.

SC: Anything Vietnamese or Thai.

WS: The Lakeview: that 24 hour burger.

Favourite band as a teenager:

ARA: Incubus

BB: Nirvana

SC: Radiohead

WS: The Police

Favourite band now:

ARA: Foster The People

BB: Beatles

SC: Vulfpeck

WS: Everything Everything

Guilty Pleasure Song:

ARA: Asereje – Las Ketchup

BB: You Spin Me Round – Dead or Alive

SC: Crazy in Love – Beyonce, or Sk8r Boi – Avril Lavigne

WS: Song #41 by the DMB

Live Show Ritual:

ARA: Awkwardly starting conversations with other bands playing that night.

BB: Large can of Red Bull usually shared with SC or an espresso

SC: Fruit smoothie and a can of Red Bull

WS: Practice breathing deep breaths so not to tense up while playing especially during drum fills.

Favourite local artist:

ARA: Monowhales

BB: Fat As F

SC: The Big Sound (Motown tribute)

WS: Neon Bloom

Sneaky Dees nachos, pasta from Terroni or a superfood salad from Fresh?

ARA: Nachos

BB: King’s Crown nachos

SC: Pasta!

WS: Pasta! Need the carbs and never know when he next meal is coming.

Queen or College St?

ARA: College St. SC and I came up with a lot of material on the street. The raccoons where a great audience.

BB: Wherever there’s more dive bars; I think Queen St. has the market on it right now.

SC: College St

WS: Queen St

Paper Parachutes

Trinity Bellwoods or Highpark, Riverdale or Kew Gardens?

ARA: Bellwoods; BB’s studio is named after the park.

BB: Bellwoods

SC: Trinity Bells all the way!

WS: East end! So Riverdale!

EP or LP?




WS: LP – But well thought out!

Early bird or night owl?

ARA: I’m an early bird

BB: Night owl

SC: Night Owl

WS: Nothing good comes after 2 am, but also the best stuff! Night Owl.

Road or studio?

ARA: Road

BB: Studio. Considering I do the production for our band I’m concerned why everyone else picked road. Am I that bad to work with? Haha.

SC: Road

WS: Road!

Swiss Chalet or Roti?

ARA: Roti

BB: Roti

SC: Roti 100%

WS: Dude! Roti!

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