Music agent Perry Gilman has joined Paradigm Talent Agency’s Toronto office, the first new agent hired at the Canadian office since its 2017 opening.
Gilman brings experience in the electronic and urban music realms, most recently at Madison House, whose Canadian office he opened three years ago. A Paradigm representative told Pollstar it was unconfirmed which clients Gilman was bringing along.
Gilman said, “I’m honoured to join such a forward-thinking agency. I look forward to collaborating with my new associates at Paradigm on my expanding, talented group of artists and ensuring that they are all appropriately positioned for a global audience.”
Rob Zifarelli, head of Paradigm’s Toronto office, said, “We are excited for where Perry fits into our plan for the future growth of this office. Canadian artists have always punched above their weight on the international stage, and over the past decade, urban and electronic artists have led the way. We plan to find the next stars and deliver them to the rest of the world from here.”
Zifarelli opened the agency’s Paradigm office with fellow agents Adam Countryman and André Guérette. after his previous employer, Zifarelli, who spent time at The Agency Group, was acquired by UTA.
For a previous Pollstar story about Canadian Music Week, Zifarelli was quick to clarify that many of the office’s clients, such as City And Colour, are booked by Paradigm throughout North America or worldwide, but that the agency believes in Canada as a standalone market as well.
“We definitely have had some great success with Canadian artists becoming global stars, but we still need to focus on building it up regionally, domestically, so that they have a business to come back to if for any reason it doesn’t break internationally,” Zifarelli said. “We represent Arkells in the United States. They’re an arena band in Canada and we’re trying to get them to the same level in the rest of the world.”
Other recent Paradigm agent signings include Ali Hedrick and Trey Many, who brought a roster including Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab For Cutie, Neko Case, Beach House, Glen Hansard, Fleet Foxes and Lord Huron.
Joining in April was Phil Egenthal, bringing The Revivalists, George Porter Jr., Dumpstaphunk and Foundation of Funk.