James Shaw (musician)

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James Shaw
Jimmy Shaw of Metric.jpg
In Victoria B.C., November 2012
Background information
Also known asJimmy Shaw
GenresIndie rock, alternative rock, new wave, post-punk revival, synthpop, dance-rock[1]
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer, recording engineer
InstrumentsGuitar, synthesizer, theremin
Years active1998–present
LabelsMetric Music International
Last Gang
Arts & Crafts (Mexico only)
Associated actsMetric, Broken Social Scene, Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton

James Shaw (sometimes credited as Jimmy Shaw) is a founder and lead guitarist of Canadian indie rock band Metric. He is also founder of the band Broken Social Scene[2] and an award-winning producer.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Shaw was born in London, England and raised in Bellevue, Ontario, Canada. He spent three years earning a classical music education at the Juilliard Music School in New York. Upon returning to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he met Emily Haines, and the two began dating and making music immediately. This led to the creation of the band Metric. His early efforts to make sure that former high school friends Haines and Kevin Drew remained friends helped the evolution of the band Broken Social Scene.

Shaw produced the debut album of the Montreal band The Lovely Feathers (who toured with Metric in 2005).[4]

He is the owner of Giant Studios in Toronto, formerly with Sebastien Grainger, member of Death From Above 1979.[5]

In 2010, he was nominated along with bandmate Emily Haines for the Juno Award for Songwriter of the Year. In 2013 he won the Juno Award for Producer of the Year for the songs "Youth Without Youth" and "Breathing Underwater" from Metric's album Synthetica.[6][7]

Shaw performed with Broken Social Scene on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert March 30, 2017.[8]


  1. ^ "Metric – Music Biography, Credits and Discography : AllMusic". Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  2. ^ Buckley, Michael (6 June 2013). "Music Box: Indie rock band Metric visits Rams Head Live! in Baltimore". capitalgazette.com. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Accolades for the week of May 21". concordia.ca. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
  4. ^ Garcia, Michelle (28 April 2006), Lovely Feathers Found on Road
  5. ^ Rowland, Jamie (24 June 2009). "Metric : Interview". pennyblackmusic.com. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  6. ^ "James Shaw Juno Summary". junoawards.ca. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Toronto at the Junos". NOW. 25 April 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Broken Social Scene Return With "Halfway Home," First New Song in 7 Years: Listen | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 23 April 2017.

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