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, Mark Perry is quintessentially Canadian. His music and stories take you on a road trip through his love for rural Canada — the strengths, the struggles, and the impacts of the landscapes and the seasons. From celebrating the triumphs of playing hockey on frozen lakes to the exaltation of the spring thaw when rivers rise, mountain bluebirds return and you’re finally pedaling your bike or paddling your canoe, reconnecting to what matters… to pondering the tougher stories of our past and present — the legacy of Japanese internment camps, the grief of a sinking passenger ferry in the middle of the night, the dilemma of First Nations people who go missing from our communities… He’s a natural storyteller, he invites you into his heart, and he can make a 500-seat theatre feel like his living room.

Fired Up & Touring

Mark Perry’s fans say he’s nailed it with his new album Right Here (March 2018). It opens you up and coaxes you out like a new friend. Before you know it, Mark has taken you with him—to climb mountains to touch the sky, to paddle and fish the mighty Skeena, to drive country backroads waving at strangers and to cheer for a Cubs baseball game on the local reserve. Right Here was recorded right here in Canada’s northwest — in Whitehorse and Smithers with Jordy Walker (Old Cabin, Jordy Walker Music) and a circle of exquisitely-talented musicians including Tobin Frank (Spirit of the West), Rachelle van Zanten (RVZ), Ian Olmstead (Alex Cuba band), Mark Thibeault (Rayco Resophonics), MIP (MIP Power Trio), and others.

This is Mark’s 11th album since he started recording and performing two decades ago. In between working on trains and raising a family in Smithers, BC, Mark has made impressive forays into the performing world — touring with Connie Kaldor, sharing stages with Alex Cuba, and recording with Roy Forbes, Shari Ulrich, Steve Dawson and others. With his new album, Right Here, Mark and bandmates are 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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