Debs and Errol

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Debs & Errol
Debs & Errol Perform at Lee's Palace.jpg
Debs & Errol Perform at Lee's Palace
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
Genresparody, singer-songwriter, filk music, geek music
Instrumentspiano, guitar, ukulele
Years active2011–2015
Associated actsNerds with Guitars, Kari Maaren, Copy Red Leader
Websitedebsanderrol.com
MembersDeborah Isaac (guitar, ukulele)
Errol Elumir (piano)

Debs & Errol was a Toronto, Ontario-based comedy, musical duo consisting of Deborah Isaac (on guitar, ukulele) and Errol Elumir (piano). They are known for performing geek music, originals and parodies, including songs about Totoro,[1] Star Wars, Star Trek,[2] Sherlock,[3] and other similar themes.

Their work has been featured on Wired's website[4] and their "Geek Love Song" was featured in a segment of CBC Radio's Here and Now (Toronto), for their Valentine’s Contest, in February 2012.[5]

History[edit]

The band started when a mutual friend asked them separately to be musical acts in a geeky theatre showcase. They decided to pair up and started a website, social media, and T-shirts in one week. They write many songs that are funny and emphasize geeky topics.[6]

Debs & Errol announced their retirement on their website on January 15, 2015.[7]

Public Performances[edit]

They often make appearances at pop culture conventions, including performing at the Ottawa Comiccon,[8] being guests of honor at Orycon 35[9] and the Ohio Valley Filk Festival.[10] They regularly perform at nontraditional music venues such as improv shows and geek theatre showcases.[11][12]

Other Projects[edit]

Daily Webcomic[edit]

Debs & Errol have a daily webcomic (except Sundays). Errol said, "That happened by accident, really. I wanted to put out a CD and I thought, foolishly, we could get it done in a short amount of time. Considering I had created the characters for our logo, I decided to do a daily comic so that people could keep coming back every day until the CD was done." [13]

NaNoWriMo[edit]

Debs & Errol first met through National Novel Writing Month and have been huge supporters of the organization ever since. Since then, they have written a musical about NaNoWriMo, and Errol pens the NaNoToons, the webcomic for NaNoWriMo.

In 2012, Debs & Errol did a Project for Awesome video for NaNoWriMo, helping them win first place.[14][15][16]

Crowdfunding[edit]

In 2012, they successfully crowdfunded their first CD, ‘‘Songs in the Key of Geek.

In 2013, they ran a successful Indiegogo Campaign to raise funds for their EP ‘’CTRL+ALT+DUETS.

Discography[edit]

Albums available on CD[edit]

  • ‘’Songs in the Key of Geek (April 2012)

Online-only releases[edit]

  • ‘’CTRL+ALT+DUETS (October 2013)
  • ‘’NaNoMusical 2012 Soundtrack (EP) (November 2012) - Written by Debs & Errol but not performed

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Top 10 Nerd Songs”, “A Journal Of Musical Things”, August 23, 2012
  2. ^ “Frozen's ‘Let It Go’ as sung by the cast of Star Trek is a delight”, “iO9”, February 6, 2014
  3. ^ “Sherlock song 'Locked' shows Debs & Errol aren't locked into one genre”, “Pop Mythology”, March 19, 2014
  4. ^ "Sci-fi Geek Music Troubadouring with Debs and Errol". Wired.com's Geekdad. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  5. ^ “Clip of ‘Geek Love Song’ Played on CBC Here and Now”, March 5, 2012
  6. ^ “Frozen's 'Let it Go' remade for Star Trek is the best thing of the day”, “thestar.com”, February 7, 2014
  7. ^ "D&E: Farewell Comic", January 15, 2015
  8. ^ ""Ottawa Comiccon", May 2014". Archived from the original on 2014-04-26. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  9. ^ “Orycon 35”, November 2013
  10. ^ “OVFF 30”, October 2014
  11. ^ “My Entertainment World”, April 14, 2012
  12. ^ “Mooney On Theatre”, April 16, 2012
  13. ^ “Music Monday: Nerd Band Debs and Errol”, “Almost Nerdy”, May 20, 2013
  14. ^ “Project 4 Awesome”, December 17, 2012
  15. ^ “NaNoWriMo Facebook”, December 17, 2012
  16. ^ “P4A 2012 Indiegogo Campaign”, December, 2012

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