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Cory Marks: Homecoming



Captiol Centre Presents

Cory Marks can sometimes feel like an outsider, a North Bay, Ontario native, former hockey player (and lifelong fan) who dreamed of one day flying his own plane, before sitting behind a drum kit like his idol, fellow Canadian Rush’s Neil Peart. Marks is taking up his territory, equally divided between arena-rock and roots country. It’s a blend that’s proven to be a crowd-pleaser for Marks, joining together diverse metal/Americana audiences on tours with Toby Keith, Five Finger Death Punch, ZZ Top, Travis Tritt and Brantley Gilbert, while joining Nickelback on the main stage at the annual Boots and Hearts festival outside Toronto last summer.

Over the last two years, his breakthrough country-rock fusion has paved the way for the success of Morgen Wallen, Zach Bryan, Hardy, and Bailey Zimmerman. Marks’ successful debut, Who I Am, included “Outlaws & Outsiders,” which went Top 10 at U.S. rock radio and was the first Canadian country in history to hit #3 in Germany, eventually reaching certified platinum in Canada and Gold in the US with over 160 million global streams on the debut single, featuring Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody, Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars and country star Travis Tritt. That was followed by three EPs, including the latest, 2022’s six-song I Rise, which included “Burn It Up,” featured on Better Noise’s The Retaliators Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (where Marks also had an onscreen cameo). His most recent single heard often on Country 90.5 CFCH was also a Top 10 hit on Sirius XM Canadian country radio earlier this year. 

To date, Cory’s songs have garnered a total of more than 250 million global streams, and performance slots at over 35 major music festivals in Canada and the U.S. In early 2024 Cory crossed his native land for the 7th time since 2014 on the “Liquored Up” tour starring Canadian country icon Aaron Pritchett and rising star Matt Lang with 32 stops coast to coast. 

“I love rock and I love country. I tried to sequence the new album as if it were a live show, interspersing the slower, acoustic songs in the middle, then build toward the climax, making them fit front to back.” With new music coming out this summer starting in June Cory will be releasing a brand-new album in October with more special guests and features!

Marks will also be hosting a contest for a local artist to be the opening act for his Sept. 20 concert. Stay tuned for details/ Follow Cory Marks on social media for more details.

Cory Marks: Homecoming