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

Contemporary Folk/Roots/Singer-Songwriter • BAND INSTRUMENTS: 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…

His music takes you on a journey through his beloved rural homeland… from playing hockey on frozen lakes, to grieving the sinking of a BC passenger ferry, to trading a car for “two cords of wood and 24 beer”.

New Jersey has Springsteen, New York has Billy Joel, northern BC has Mark Perry. These are the storytellers of their times and places,” salutes a recent review in the Prince George Citizen.

Throughout this singer-songwriter’s prolific career, Perry has always paid tribute to the characters and events in his small town region and, by sharing his own personal introspections, he taps into things that resonate with us all… even if we live in a metropolis like Toronto.

Audiences are transfixed by his dirt road ballads one minute, then cutting a rug to an accordion-infused river-rising frolic the next. With 11 records under his belt, Perry’s got a huge selection of original music to share and a candid stage presence that warms people’s hearts and gets them grinning.  Mark was a highlight for festival goers and had the crowd up on their feet dancing away,” says David McTavish, Artistic Director, Midsummer Music Festival.

Mark is touring as a trio or full band with various musical compadres including Tobin Frank (bass/accordion), Mark Thibeault (pedal steel/electric guitar), Kiri Daust (violin), Ian Olmstead (percussion/vocals/bass/accordion), Rachelle van Zanten (slide/electric guitar/vocals), and Richard Jenne (percussion). He recorded his 1st album in the 1990s with his west coast hero Roy Forbes (Bim) and has produced 10 albums since — the most recent in 2018.

As a kid growing up in the 70s in small town Smithers, BC, Mark got his start when he tuned in to the scratchy, hard to pick up, late night radio waves coming from Vancouver and heard CCR, the Rolling Stones, Eric Burdon and Gordon Lightfoot. He traded an old lawnmower for what he calls an “electric(ish) guitar” and into the neighbour’s basement he went – guitar in hand, trying to play that music. He earned his calluses, learned to survive playing 6-nighters with his road band, and started to write and craft alluring songs. In between raising a family and working for the Canadian railroad, he continued to perform to a growing fan base.

These days, Mark is writing and performing more than ever as well as running a small horse farm with his wife Jane in a beautiful mountain valley outside Smithers BC. With his new album release, Mark and bandmates are fired up and touring, connecting with audiences across Canada.

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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