Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, February 18, 19 and 20, 7:00 p.m.
What the Critics Say:
“Straker’s CD has traces of some of the best piano-based singer-songwriters of the past 40 years, couched in his inimitable and effervescent style of folk-alt/pop influences” - Calgary Herald
“This great work belongs on the shelf beside the finer recordings of Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, & Elton John”
Mark Rheaume - CBC Radio
In 2012 Straker released his album “Vagabond”. Produced by Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Danny Michel the songs were recorded on Glenn Gould’s grand piano at the CBC in Toronto. The release was met with critical acclaim with the Toronto Star giving it 4 (out of 4) stars calling it “one of the most faultlessly conceived and meticulously executed albums in any genre to come out of Canada in a long time.
“Let’s cut to the chase: Vagabond is one of the most faultlessly conceived and meticulously executed albums in any genre to come out of Canada in a long time... shifting moods and lyrics framed by thrilling chord changes, each one strikingly emphasized in (Danny) Michel's production… There’s rarely a note, chord or word too many or too few”
- Toronto Star: 4 out of 4 stars
"Straker is very much an artist to watch...a fine songwriter with great lyrical sensibilities..."
- Canadian Musician Magazine
“Rufus Wainwright, as well as k.d. lang are among the Canadians making essential and beautiful music. Add the name Jeffery Straker to that list"
- Chicago Free Press
Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada. He has recorded for CBC radio’s ‘Canada Live’, had a music video chart in the top 10 on Much Music and has toured internationally as far as Peru, Chile and Mexico. His tour stops range from intimate house concerts to club & theatre shows, folk & jazz festivals & recent sold-out concerts (capacity 2000) with several Canadian symphony orchestras. The review following his orchestral debut read: “Straker was simply spectacular...clearly one of the province’s best cultural exports”. Canadian Musician Magazine has said, “Very much an artist to watch” while the Chicago Free Press has written, “Rufus Wainwright, as well as k.d. lang are among the Canadians making essential and beautiful music. Add the name Jeffery Straker to that list”. A significant recent career boost came from winning the prestigious Vina del Mar (Chile) song competition in 2014 representing Canada. Performing live to a festival crowd of 20,000 people and to a TV audience of 100,000,000 viewers across the Spanish speaking world he gained a fan following in Latin America.
Jeffery has just launched his latest collection of songs, “Dirt Road Confessional” in May 2017 (Acronym/ Universal Canada). The 12-song album puts a folk-roots stamp on his singer-songwriter-piano sound with dobro, banjo, & steel guitar entering the mix. National tour dates and European dates have been booked to support the new work that debuted at #5 on the iTunes Canada singer-songwriter charts.
Straker launched his previous collection of songs (March 2015) which reached #9 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts and drew comparisons to classic songwriter albums of the likes of Harry Chapin, Billy Joel, Harry Nilsson and a young Elton John. “North Star Falling” was produced by Dean Drouillard (Royal Wood, Justin Rutledge).
Originally from small town Saskatchewan, the classically trained pianist was raised by a church organist mother and auctioneer father. He swears he was born under the piano on the family farm. All this might explain his incredible ability to share songs with audiences. Jeffery is a musical descendant of Beethoven through teacher-student lineage (see his website for the full story). He was a student of the Royal Conservatory of Music and received his licentiate diploma in piano performance from Trinity College, London when he was just 19.
Jeffery has been invited to showcase at major events including Canadian Music Week, NXNE, the Western Canadian Music Awards, & JunoFest as well as countless folk festivals and jazz festivals. He’s licensed songs for TV, film and theatrical use and has appeared on television several times.
Jeffery thanks the Saskatchewan Arts Board, FACTOR, & Creative Saskatchewan for their support of his music.