Defining Success in Canadian Music: Ralph James Keynote

Saturday, Jan 21, 2012 at 1pm
Ralph James, President, The Agency Group Canada (Billy Talent, Nickelback, Three Days Grace, The Trews, Marianas Trench)
Manitoba Music Resource Centre
376 Donald, Winnipeg, MB





A Winnipeg audience will have a rare opportunity to hear from music industry guru and The Agency Group Canada president, Ralph James. James will be in town on January 21 for an interactive discussion of his storied career, and on the many opportunities and strategies Canadian artists and music companies can use to flourish in the current music environment. The influential and innovative James knows a thing or two about the topic, having risen to the top Canadian music royalty, and taken many artists with him. This keynote address in Manitoba Music’s MusicWorks Series will have him discussing his unique view of finding success in Canadian music.

About Ralph James

Ralph started his career as the bass player for CBS rock band Harlequin, touring North and South America for over a decade. In 2006 Harlequin was inducted into the WCMA’s Hall of Fame.
He helped foster The Agency Group's Toronto office in 1996 with Neil Warnock and Jack Ross. He started with a small roster of established Canadian artists, but also signed then-unknown acts such as Nickelback, Three Days Grace, and Billy Talent, among others, who have since garnered great international success.
In the same nature as the artists he's developed, Ralph's career has continued to flourish as he's won multiple awards including Canadian Music Week's Booking Agent of the Year Award five times.
Additionally in 2007 and 2008 Ralph was nominated for the Bobby Brooks North American Agent of the Year Award at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards and most recently (2011) was awarded the Industry Builder Award at the West Coast Music Awards.

About The Agency Group

One of the world’s leading booking agencies, home to 50 agents with a combined roster of over 1000 artists. The Agency Group represent a wide variety of genres including rock, metal, reggae, folk, R&B, hip-hop, classical, and children’s entertainment, and have literary, speakers, and events departments. They have offices located throughout the world – in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Malmo – allows The Agency Group to easily offer global representation to acts that seek it and book as many markets as possible.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:
Roland Deschambault, Training Coordinator Manitoba Music
P: 204.975.5188


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