Mark Perry

Mark Perry BIO

Mark Perry is one of Canada’s great bard’s, known and loved for his socially-narrative, good-humoured and thought-provoking songs. He sweeps you up in animated tales of Canadian characters and events, often paying homage to the creative resilience of rural townsfolk — the stuff that shows up when mills, mines and fisheries are shutting down, rivers are rising, and when buying the family car means trading “two cords of wood and 24 beer”. This popular songwriter is set to release his 13th album, ‘Northwest’, in Fall of 2021. He is a storyteller of time & place, connecting us from coast to coast. “New Jersey has Springsteen, New York has Billy Joel, northern BC has Mark Perry.” ~ Frank Peebles.

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Mark Perry is one of Canada’s great bard’s, known and loved for his socially-narrative, good-humoured and thought-provoking songs. He sweeps you up in animated tales of Canadian characters and events, often paying homage to the creative resilience of rural townsfolk — the stuff that shows up when mills, mines and fisheries are shutting down, rivers are rising, and when buying the family car means trading “two cords of wood and 24 beer”. This popular songwriter is set to release his 13th album, ‘Northwest’, in Fall of 2021.

“New Jersey has Springsteen, New York has Billy Joel, northern BC has Mark Perry. These are the storytellers of their times and places.”
salutes music reviewer Frank Peebles.

Perry has been writing, recording and performing since the mid-1990s when he recorded his first album with Roy Forbes and Shari Ulrich, and headed out on to tour with Connie Kaldor as her opening show. These days he sells out his own  theatre shows in western Canada. He is well-loved in his region of the world and, with recent exposure at international music events, his songs are getting a new rush of international airplay in places like New Zealand, the UK, and across North America– from Alabama to New Jersey to Alaska.

Perry is currently touring with a variety of talented accompanists including Mark Thibeault (Hungry Hill), Tobin Frank (Spirit of the West), Ian Olmstead (Alex Cuba) and Mip (Mip Power Trio). With 12 albums recorded and another in the wings, Perry has a huge repertoire of both contemplative and lively songs to draw from; he’ll transfix you with a dirt road ballad one minute, and have you cutting a rug to a river-rising frolic the next.

RECORDING HISTORY

Perry produced his 1st album in the 1990s with his west coast hero Roy Forbes (Bim) and recorded his next 10 with acclaimed producers Steve Dawson, Hugh McMillan, Mike Lent, Bob Hamilton, Joby Baker, and Jordy Walker. In 2019, he created a sampling from his first 10 albums and released “Recollections” plus a new single “Cold Road” which premiered on “Roots Music Canada”. He has more singles planned for release in 2020 as he builds a new album releasing 2020-21.

As a kid growing up in a small northern town during the 70s, Perry got his start when he tuned in to the scratchy, barely audible, 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 playing consecutive 6-nighters with his road band, and started writing and crafting his own popular songs. In between raising a family and working for the Canadian railroad, he recorded and performed to his growing fan base.

These days, Perry runs a small horse farm with his wife Jane in a beautiful mountain valley outside Smithers, British Columbia.

What They Say

“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

“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.” 

~ 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…. 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

“This singer/songwriter from Smithers is one of our  finest. In a world of so much artifice, he’s one of the real things.” 

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

“New Jersey has Springsteen, New York has Billy Joel, northern B.C. has Mark Perry. These are the storytellers of their times and places.”

~ Frank Peebles / Prince George Citizen

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Performances

Theatre Concerts, Community Halls, Festivals

2021 Show Dates

“NORTHWEST” ALBUM RELEASE TOUR

Oct 29, 2021 • 7:30pm
Smithers, BC • Della Herman Theatre POSTPONED

Nov 2, 2021 • 7:30pm
Quesnel, BC • Quesnel LIVE Arts
, The Occidental POSTPONED

Nov 3, 2021 • 7:30pm
Quesnel, BC • Quesnel LIVE Arts, The Occidental POSTPONED

Nov 5, 2021 • 8pm
Vancouver, BC • Rogue Folk Club,
Mel Lehan Hall at St. James

Nov 12, 2021 • 7:30pm
Calgary, AB • Calgary Folk Club,
Dalhousie Community Association

Nov 13, 2021 • TBA
Nanton, AB • Mosquito Creek Music,
Nanton Community Hall

RECENT

August 28, 2021 • BV Exhibition Headliner

March, 2021 • International, Private Livestream Concert

February 4, 2021 • 7:30pm
Prince George, BC • Coldsnap Festival Online Concert

 

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Contact Sandra Smith • sandra@plaidpeoplemusic.com • 250-643-6221

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