Jeff Parry Promotions was started on “wing and a prayer” by Jeff Parry in 1981. In the winter of 1978, Jeff left his hometown of Ottawa, ON to work on the oil rigs in Alberta. His goal was to earn $5000 to start his own record store in Ottawa. After three long and icy months on the oil rigs, he decided to visit Banff to cut loose, and that was almost 40 years ago, and he still hasn’t opened that record store!
Looking for a way to stay in Banff but tired of tending bar, Jeff combined the skills he had made by organizing high school dances, and his savings from the oil rigs, to put on a Murray McLauchlan concert at the Banff Centre.
Jeff then briefly tried his hand at being a booking agent, walking around bars in Calgary with a stereo and tapes of the bands he was representing. Booking bands brought Jeff out to Canadian Music Week in Toronto, where he made connections with the up & coming Maritime music scene. He brought emerging Maritime artists to the west, such as Rita MacNeil and The Rankin Family. And that is where the wild ride for Jeff Parry Promotions began.
Over decades of being in the music business, Jeff Parry Promotions has worked with a wide range of the world’s most legendary acts: Harry Chapin, Tina Turner, Great Big Sea, Burton Cummings, Peter Noon, Edgar Winter, The Crash Test Dummies, Howie Mandel, Jay Leno, Moist, Bjorn Again, Snoop Dogg, Gordon Lightfoot, The Barenaked Ladies, George Fox, Engelbert Humperdinck, Mamma Mia, David Copperfield, Michael Flatley’s Lord of The Dance, Hairspray, Cats and hundreds of other acts.
Jeff Parry Promotions continues to promote music and theatrical acts across North America.