Near North Music is based in small-town Smithers in north-central British Columbia and is helmed by Frank Hoorn, who brings to his daily tasks a vast and varied experience in both the arts and business sectors.
A dozen years spent as environment coordinator at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, several seasons of hosting a Vancouver Coop Radio folk show, and recording two albums with the help of top musicians has resulted in an ability to appreciate quality musical performances. Attending the Vancouver School of Art & Montreal’s School of Modern Photography further helped him to develop a keen eye for aiding artists and presenters alike with the creation of effective promotional materials.
In addition, a teaching career of 13 years has provided crucial planning, record-keeping and evaluating skills, while 12+ years of store-front retail ownership has brought valuable experience in customer relations, financial management, purchasing and negotiating – all of which help to keep the needs of both artists and presenters equally in mind!
Since its beginnings in 2004, the agency’s roster composition has evolved naturally and the focus on artists from a cross-section of genres has remained constant. We currently work with five artists from across Canada, operating as a booking agency and in a consulting management role for selected artists.