My name is Errol. I have four legs and a tail. I live in an apartment in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood with my brother Angus, and with my human, who is a musician and writer named Eamon McGrath. He always talks about this book he just wrote, called Here Goes Nothing, but I can’t read. I also can’t turn pages: I have paws.
Living with an artist is very hard. They always seem very busy and distracted. Eamon is always working on a song, or a new book, or on the phone talking loudly to clients or agents or managers. At the age of 32 he claims to have written over 500 songs, but that number seems really high to me because whenever I look at the floor in the living room, I only see two bowls of food. Usually he forgets to feed us because he is working so much in his studio, all day, making strange, scary sounds. What’s he doing in there? Why isn’t he outside the room, paying attention to us?
– by Errol the cat
What ‘hood are you in?
I live in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood in the city’s west end.
What do you do?
I am a musician, writer, and record producer with a 10+ year touring history, eight full-length records, two books, and countless production credits.
I was a founding member of July Talk and co-wrote and performed on their self-titled debut album which has since garnered gold status in Canada.
I play over 250 shows a year on three continents, in countries as diverse as Canada, Mexico, the UK, the majority of continental Europe, and Japan.
What are you currently working on?
I just released my second book on ECW Press called Here Goes Nothing, and a single called “Sparkle & Bleed” on Calgary’s Saved By Vinyl record label. I have been writing and recording non-stop all year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and have worked on over 10 new recordings since January. I just finished two production sessions for two Toronto songwriters and am working on the follow-up to Here Goes Nothing as we speak.
Where can we find your work?
Here Goes Nothing is found across Canada anywhere books are sold and can be ordered directly from ECW Press online.
My music and merch is available in CD and LP form for curbside delivery across Toronto, or available to order internationally online from Saved by Vinyl.