Paper Lions

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Paper Lions
Paper Lions at Hillside 2011.jpg
Paper Lions performing at the 2011 Hillside Festival
Background information
Also known as The Chucky Danger Band (2004-2008)
Origin Belfast, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Thank You Cathy
Members John MacPhee
David Cyrus MacDonald
Colin Buchanan
Rob MacPhee

Paper Lions (formerly the Chucky Danger Band) is a Canadian indie rock band, formed in Belfast, Prince Edward Island in 2004 by singer and guitarist John MacPhee, drummer David Cyrus MacDonald, guitarist Colin Buchanan and bass guitarist Rob MacPhee.


John and Rob MacPhee are brothers, and Buchanan grew up next door to them. They met MacDonald in high school.[1] The band is now based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

Their debut full-length album was Colour, released in 2006.

They won the 2006 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year for their EP 6-pack.

They received three nominations at the 2007 East Coast Music Awards: Group Recording of the Year, Single of the Year ("Marching Machine"), and Rock Recording of the Year.

Their third release, Chucky Danger, was released August 29, 2007.

They were nominated for four awards at the 2008 East Coast Music Awards.[2]

On February 21, 2008, the band announced on their Myspace blog that they were changing their name to Paper Lions.

Since changing their name to Paper Lions, the band has completed several tours including a 7-show tour with the American band, Cake, and have released their new album Trophies, which has garnered a lot of attention from media and the music industry. Their song "Stay Here for a While" made them finalists in the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Competition.[3]

Paper Lions have also been featured on CBC Radio, having their video for their single "Lost the War" nominated for a 2010 CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award.[4]

Their radio interest has paved the way for television interest including performing on September 29, 2010 on MTV Live[5] and having "Lost the War" featured in several episodes of the hit ABC show, Greek.[6]

In 2010 Paper Lions were selected to perform at the 2010 World Expo in China,[7] as well as at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, BC, and at the 2010 Paralympics in Whistler, BC.

Since signing to a label in September 2010 for the official release of their album Trophies, the band has seen none of the proceeds from record sales. In February 2012, the band announced on their website that they have now independently released their album and are giving it away for free via digital download.[8] As yet the band has not divulged the name of the label to which they had signed or whether they were still associated with them.

However, Paper Lions subsequently revealed that the MuseBox has now contacted them and that the band will get any money that they're owed. The confusion reportedly stemmed from staff changeover and the closure of the label's Canadian offices.[9]

Paper Lions have shared the stage with The Golden Dogs, Cake, No Joy, Hot Hot Heat, Electric Six, Collective Soul, CCR, The Watchmen, Pennywise, Coheed and Cambria, Bad Religion, Kim Mitchell, Loverboy, The Rheostatics, Our Lady Peace and many more.

In 2016, they released an a cappella cover of The Tragically Hip's "Bobcaygeon" to their YouTube page.[10]


  • Two Brothers, A Major, and a Minor (2003)
  • 6-pack EP (2004)
  • Colour (2006)
  • Chucky Danger (2007)
  • Trophies (2010)
  • At Long Creek (2012)
  • My Friends (2013)
  • Full Colour (2016)


Independent Music Awards 2013: At Long Creek-EP - Best Pop EP[11]


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