James Irwin writes songs and stories and lives in Toronto behind the Dufferin Mall. At the moment, he’s working on his fourth and fifth albums, slowly, while he also writes a novel.
He’s performed solo since 2006, releasing Western Transport (2012), Unreal (2014), and Shabbytown (2017). He also played in bands The Moment, My People Sleeping, Paradise, Poor William, The Coal Choir and occasionally also releases albums under pseudonyms like Transparents, Mamatschi, and soon, Joey Payphone.
His latest album, Shabbytown, his third, about living in and leaving Montreal came out on Sainte Cecile in January, 2017. Sean Michaels wrote in the Globe and Mail about the impact James had on the Montreal music scene after his farewell show where more than a dozen musicians played songs from his three albums at Snack and Blues, a dirty bar.