Electronic Press Kit

Northern Canadian songwriter has a cool knack for connecting people & place

Contemporary Folk/Roots/Singer-Songwriter • Guitar, Violin, Pedal Steel, Electric Guitar

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“Mark Perry’s performance is a ‘must-see’ and a ‘must-see again’.”

A Mark Perry concert is like a roadtrip through the Canadian heart…

Mark Perry is a seasoned performer who’s just released his 11th album. After 20 years of being fairly BC-bound, he’s finally busting out of his region and touring again with full force, accompanied by Tobin Frank (Spirit of the West), Ian Olmstead (Alex Cuba band), Mark Thibeault (Hungry Hill) and others.

Mark’s music & stories take you on a journey through his love for rural Canada — from the triumphs of playing hockey on frozen lakes, to the excitement of a spring thaw when rivers rise, bluebirds return & you’re finally pedaling your bike again… to the tougher stories of our collective past & present: the legacy of our Japanese internment camps, the tragedy of a sinking passenger ferry in the middle of the night, or the dilemma of First Nations people who go missing from our communities. His songwriting is inspired by Northwest BC where he lives but his emotional storylines apply everywhere, forging a link between communities from coast to coast. He’s got a masterful way of connecting with people & makes every audience feel like they’re in his living room (which, more often than not, turns into a happy dance floor).

Recording & Performing

Mark recorded his 1st album in 1990 with his west coast hero Roy Forbes (Bim), went on to open shows for Canadian folk legend Connie Kaldor on her Western Canada tour, host songwriter workshops, perform festivals and album-release concert tours throughout BC & produce 11 successful albums — the most recent, Right Here, in 2018 recorded in Whitehorse with Jordy Walker (Old Cabin, Jordy Walker Music).

Press

Prince George Citizen

“New Jersey has Springsteen, New York has Billy Joel, northern B.C. has Mark Perry.”

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Interior News

“The Smithers area is rife with great performers, and while some of them like Alex Cuba have gathered an international audience, perhaps the most popular of all among the locals is home town artist Mark Perry.”

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CBC

“‘I’d love to one day be as famous as he is in Smithers,’ says Juno-winning Alex Cuba of hometown music hero.

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Quesnel Cariboo Observer

“Mark Perry doesn’t just live in northwestern B.C. – he sings about it too.”

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Quotes

“This singer/songwriter from Smithers is one of our finest, a guy whose songs are full of the telling little joys, frustrations and messy minutiae of real life. In a world of so much artifice, he’s one of the real things.” 

~ J.P.M., The Province, Vancouver, BC

“Mark writes the kinds of songs other writers wish they had written.”  

~Shari Ulrich, musician & songwriter

“Mark Perry had our audience captivated through the entire show. His heart shines through in his voice and his songs. Mark Perry`s performance is a ‘must-see’ and a ‘must-see again’.”

~ Bruce Champion, Terrace Concert Society

“Offers a real slice of life, sans saccharin. I recommend it.”

~ Rogue Folk Reviews, Vancouver, BC

“New Jersey has Springsteen, New York has Billy Joel, northern B.C. has Mark Perry.”

~ Frank Peebles / Prince George Citizen

“Mark Perry is to the Northwest what Gord Downie was to Canada – he captures our hearts by telling our stories in a way no one else does. His humility and humour join with an artist’s heart as he writes about the way we see ourselves.” 

~ Nathan Cullen, MP Skeena-Bulkley Valley

“The soundtrack for my life is taken from Mark Perry’s music. His song-writing, musical expression and stage presence emanates the very best, most magical qualities of life in a northern town. Perry’s music invites me in to sit by his fire and feel like a cherished neighbour for a while.” 

~ Carolina DeRyk, Host, CBC Radio

“Geography may have shaped Perry’s character, but it hasn’t compromised his music’s universal appeal.” 

~ The Georgia Straight, Vancouver, BC

Past Performances

In addition to BC concert tours, some of Mark’s highlight performances include:

Vancouver Folk Music FestivalMidsummer Music FestivalConnie Kaldor Western Canada Tour • Vancouver Island MusicFestVancouver Rogue Folk Club  Bulkley Valley Fall FairSmithers Centennial Festival • Terrace Riverboat Days • BlueBirdNORTH (Vancouver)

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