Executive Vice President
With more than 40 years in the entertainment business, and a wealth of experience and dexterity when it comes to artist representation and talent booking, Ralph James has a distinguished and celebrated career that spans hundreds of artists, thousands of live music shows, numerous accolades, and an abundance of admiration from his colleagues and peers around the world.
Ralph began his career as the bass player for CBS Records rock band Harlequin, touring North and South America for over a decade before launching The Agency Group (Canada) in 1996 with Neil Warnock and Jack Ross. Starting with a small roster of established Canadian artists, he signed then unknown acts such as Nickelback and Billy Talent amongst others who have since garnered massive international success.
As CEO and co-founder of The Agency Group (Canada), where he was also a member of TAG’s Senior Global Management Team, Ralph was involved in the development and the success of many artists’ careers and has continually flourished as one of Canada’s most experienced and respected agents.
Honored five times as Booking Agent of the Year by Canadian Music Week, Ralph was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2013. Additionally, he was nominated for the Bobby Brooks North American Agent of the Year Award in both 2007 and 2008 at the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, and in 2011, was recognized with the Industry Builder Award at the West Coast Music Awards. (Harlequin was also inducted into the WCMA Hall of Fame in 2006.)
In 2017, Ralph along with Jack Ross opened the Toronto office of APA Canada where he continues to book live music artists, bringing the biggest and best opportunities to his roster of clients.