McGrath (pronounced McGraw) is a Toronto-based composer best known for his television work, including the hit series Degrassi: The Next Generation, CBC's Republic of Doyle and Kids in the Hall, Death Comes to Town. His feature film and documentary work is equally impressive; credits include the action/comedy Foolproof starring Ryan Reynolds, The Last Mogul and Odeon's Treed Murray, which was nominated for five Genie Awards including Best Picture and Outstanding Achievement in Music. The score for Treed Murray also went on to win Gold in the Film Festival in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
McGrath has orchestrated and conducted film scores with the Munich Symphony, the Salt Lake Symphony, the London Philharmonia and the City of Prague Philharmonic. He has also written arrangements for such recording artists as Tom Cochrane (with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), Ian Thornley and Big Wreck (with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra); the Tower of Power horns, Manteca, The Northern Pikes, Chantal Kreviazuk, Justin Hines, Strippers Union (with Bob Baker of the Tragically Hip), Sarah Slean, Madeleine Peyroux, and Steve Page with the Art of Time Ensemble.
Jim premiered a new work late last year. Concertino for Cello was performed by American phenom soloist Cicely Parnas and The Montreal Chanber Orchestra at Bourgie Concert Hall in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. He's currently co-composing with long-time collaborator Tim Welch on the hit Space series Killjoys.