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’.”

The Real Thing

Born and raised in Canada’s northwest, singer-songwriter Mark Perry is quintessentially Canadian. His music and stories take you on a compelling road trip through his love for rural Canada — from the triumphs of playing hockey on frozen lakes, the exaltation of the spring thaw when rivers rise, bluebirds return and you’re finally pedaling your bike or paddling your canoe… to the tougher stories of our collective past and 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 B.C. but his emotional storylines apply everywhere, confirming a link between communities from coast to coast. He’s a warm-hearted storyteller and he makes his audience feel like they’re gathered in his living room.

Fired Up & Touring

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, & produced 10 successful albums with Shari Ulrich, Steve Dawson and others, the most recent Right Here released in 2018. Mark Perry is currently touring as a trio and quartet with bandmates Tobin Frank (Spirit of the West), Mark Thibeault (Hungry Hill), and Ian Olmstead (Alex Cuba band). All are featured on his recent album which was recorded in Whitehorse and Smithers with Jordy Walker (Old Cabin, Jordy Walker Music), Rachelle van Zanten (RVZ), MIP (MIP Power Trio) and other exquisitely-talented musicians.

This is Mark’s 11th album release tour. After a few decades working for the Canadian railroad and raising a family in Smithers, BC, Mark Perry and bandmates are fired up and touring again with full force.

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

“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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