Wide Eyed Tour Guide is the pseudonym of
Toronto-based recording artist Jared Parker.
He got his start playing bass and guitar at his
father’s church at the age of 12. Quickly realizing
he was a heathen, he began playing in various
indie rock/alternative bands primarily as a
bassist. When he was 16, he set out to develop his
skills on the acoustic guitar. The motivation for
this came from discovering the late Elliott Smith
and studying his amazing acoustic songs. It may
also have had something to do with girls. Jared
started singing lead vocals around that time.
Wide Eyed Tour Guide has a dedicated focus on
both Jared’s full-band music and his acoustic
His first full-band EP, Sharp Tongue Pillow Talk,
was an indie-pop adventure focused on being fun
and bouncy. This album included the talents of
Jason Shory on drums and Holly Jamieson on
keyboards and backing vocals. After the EP's
release, the Toronto Star had high-praise for the
band, declaring: "the local "one to watch" list just
gained a new entry."
Jared relies on the talents of Dan Miller for his
newer, electronic inspired music. Dan is
responsible for the drum programming, some of
the keyboard parts and all of the sound effects.
Jared’s producer and mentor Tom Mckay (of 90’s
band Joydrop), works on all of Jared’s music and
has tremendous influence creatively. The music
is very much a collaborative effort.
His newer, electronic inspired music will debut in
late August 2013. The first offering is in the form
of a 3 song demo written about the main
characters of AMC’s Breaking Bad. At the
recommendation of Jared’s mixing artist, Andre
Wahl, he plans to record more Breaking Bad
songs in the near future.
For his acoustic music, the focus is consistency
in mood and fluidity in movement. He experiments
endlessly with rhythm, chord structure and lyrical
content. Much of his acoustic music uses finger
picking. He enjoys the challenge of playing the
bass notes, chord structure and melody all
simultaneously on one guitar. Wide Eyed Tour
Guide will be releasing a 4-song acoustic EP in