The rumour leaked early after office hours in Toronto yesterday that Feldman Agency President Jeff Craib and VP Tom Kemp have acquired Canada’s top music talent agency from namesake Sam Feldman who started the company in 1971.
There is no official statement at the time of writing and Craib could not be reached for comment; however, Feldman emailed a one-word statement when queried about the sale that simply said “yes.”
The Feldman Agency employs about 50 people in its Vancouver and Toronto offices. It is unclear if the sale includes affiliated firms Macklam Feldman Management and Watchdog Management.
The agency itself books more than 2500 events, concerts, shows and attractions annually and represents a who’s who of Canadian artists that include Alessia Cara, Alvvays, Bryan Adams, Burton Cummings, Corey Hart, Daniel Caesar, David Foster, Michael Bublé, The Beaches, Shad, Sloan, Tim Hicks, Wintersleep, Barenaked Ladies, and, until recently, The Tragically Hip.
Craib, inducted into Canada’s Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2018, joined The Feldman Agency (then called S.L. Feldman & Associates, a.k.a. SLFA) in Toronto in 1993. He was appointed the president of TFA in 2013.
Kemp joined the agency in 1998 and was named Vice President in 2015.