Eric Nagler

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Eric Nagler
Born (1942-06-01) June 1, 1942 (age 73)
Brooklyn, New York
Residence Mulmur, Ontario, Canada
Spouse(s) Martha Beers (m. 1966, div. 1977)
Partner(s) Diana Buckley

Eric Nagler (born June 1, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American-born musician and television personality known primarily for his work on Canadian children's television series such as The Elephant Show.


Initially, Nagler was a folk musician in the United States, and in 1966 he marched through Mississippi with Martin Luther King Jr., encouraging people to register to vote.[citation needed] He married fellow musician Martha Beers in 1966 and due to their opposition to the Vietnam War they moved to Toronto in 1968, Nagler as a conscientious objector to the war. In 1972, Nagler returned to the United States to stand trial for draft evasion; he was acquitted.[citation needed] Around 1971, Eric and Martha owned a guitar/folk-music store on Avenue Road in Toronto called the Toronto Folklore Centre. The couple divorced in 1977. Since 1991 Nagler has lived with his partner Diana Buckley in the hills of Mulmur, near Shelburne, an hour north of Toronto, Ontario, and home of the Annual Canadian Championship Fiddling Contest.

In 1991–1996, he had a children's TV show called Eric's World, which aired on the Canadian provincial networks (TVOntario, Knowledge Network, SCN, and Access) and Family Channel

Since 1995 Nagler has been intimately involved with The Human Awareness Institute (HAI), an organization that presents workshops in Love, Intimacy and Sexuality. He is an intern with the organization, a trainer, and since 2009 with Diana Buckley has been the producer of the Ontario Canada region’s workshops.


Nagler plays a variety of instruments, often homemade or improvised, in the skiffle style. In addition to common traditional instruments such as the banjo and fiddle, and singing, he uses simple instruments such as washboard, spoons, jaw harp, and slide whistle (and provides instructions on making them on his record Fiddle Up a Tune), together with more exotic instruments, such as the psaltery. Most unusual is his "Sewerphone", made of 10 feet of ABS plastic and the agitator from a clothes washer, and functions similarly to a tuba, as described in his "My Lovely Sewerphone" (Come On In! 1985).

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 1982: Award for Excellence, American Library Association for the album Fiddle Up a Tune
  • 1986: nomination, Juno Award for Best Children's Album, Come On In
  • 1990: nomination, Juno Award for Best Children's Album, Improvise with Eric Nagler
  • 1994: nomination, Juno Award for Best Children's Album, Can't Sit Down
  • 1995: nomination, Juno Award for Best Children's Album, Eric's World Record


This is a partial listing



  • 1989: Eric Nagler makes music, co-writer Diana Buckley (McGraw-Hill Ryerson) ISBN 0-07-549777-8


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