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APA has hired Ralph James and Jack Ross to run a new Canada office for the company, Jim Gosnell, president and CEO of APA, and Steve Martin, executive vice president, partner and head of worldwide music, announced Thursday (Aug. 17).
“It’s an honor to be in business with such accomplished and respected industry vets as Ralph and Jack,” a joint statement reads. “We’re very excited to be investing in Canadian artists and the City of Toronto as we continue to expand APA’s global footprint.”
Joining James at APA Canada are his clients Nickelback, 54-40, Big Sugar, Billy Talent, I Mother Earth, Danko Jones, Marianas Trench, Walk off the Earth, The Trews and The Watchmen. Jack Ross’ clients include Bruce Cockburn, Paul Brandt, Sam Roberts Band, Arkells, Lights and Alan Doyle, among others.
Also coming to APA are former UTA music agents Stefanie Purificati and Mike Graham. Purificati’s roster includes Jess Moskaluke, Virginia to Vegas and Prozzak, among many others.
James and Ross created the Toronto office for The Agency Group and built it into one of Canada’s most well-known agencies. In 2015 The Agency Group merged with UTA, and after nearly two years of joint operation, UTA announced it was shuttering the Toronto office. Yesterday, Paradigm announced it had hired former UTA agent Rob Zifarelli along with Adam Countryman and Andre Guerette to run a new Canada office, while Paquin announced it was hiring former UTA agents Adam Kreeft and Rob Thornton along with Sarah Litt.
APA is a full-service agency with offices in London and Atlanta, as well as Beverly Hills, New York and Nashville.
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