Upcoming shows: Songwriter night (Regina), full band concert (North Battleford), a library in Winnipeg, plus Manitoulin & Sudbury Ontario
2016 is starting off in a busy way with lots of shows taking me on the road. This Friday Jan 23 I’m part of a songwriter night at REGINA’s Creative City Centre with Annette Campagne + Cecile Doo Kingue. Jan 29 I’m in NORTH BATTLEFORD SK playing a full band concert in their beautiful Dekker Centre. Feb 9 I play a FREE(!) noon show at the WINNIPEG MB downtown library. Feb 12 is a house concert in SUDBURY ON and Feb 13 is a house concert on MANITOULIN ISLAND ON. From there I head to OTTAWA, MONTREAL, & SASKATOON. Check the CALENDAR on this site for details. (photo: Nov 2015 performance at the Canadian Folk Music Awards-Edmonton)
Just a quick note to say a big ‘thank-you’ to everyone out there for what has been a great year of music making in 2015. The support of people coming to shows, finding my music on-line, buying a CD or even a song on iTunes – all of that has meant a lot to me. Another big thanks goes out to all the fine musicians I’ve been able to perform with – what a treat. Brodie Mohninger in particular has played SO many shows with me these past few years with his stellar guitar playing. I know many of you dig what he does. All the best to all of you for the upcoming 2016 – I hope it’s amazing for you. Let’s cross paths in the new year. js
The amazing podcast series out of Saskatchewan, called SASKSCAPES, has developed a great audience guided along by host-with-the-most Kevin Power. He interviewed me for episode 70 of his series. You can listen to our conversation by CLICKING HERE.
(from the host) “SaskScapes turns 70 and what better way to celebrate than with the man who has provided the theme music for the podcast since episode one. Saskatchewan born singer/songwriter Jeffery Straker has established himself as one of the most successful (and busiest) artists this province has produced, and has gone on to international acclaim. Kevin Power joins Jeffery in a conversation that is more fun than two people ought to have in a podcast! And, it’s another “6 degrees” moment as Jeffery reveals his musical lineage which connects him to Beethoven and Chopin”.
I’m looking forward to a BIG upcoming show on Nov 20 when I’ll once again get to play my music with an orchestra. This special show is with the Regina Symphony Chamber Players and takes place in the beautiful Casino Regina Show Lounge. The musicians of this chamber orchestra are incredible and playing with them is such a treat. 16 of my songs have been arranged for orchestra for this show including songs from my latest album and I can’t wait to share them. This room seats about 700 people and tickets have been moving really fast – it’s on track to sell out. So if you’re interested, be sure to grab a ticket soon. CLICK HERE TO GO TO TICKETING WEBSITE I look forward to seeing you there. AND, if you’re not in Saskatchewan but have a local orchestra you’re connected to in your city, do please tell them about this show. I’d love to perform it in other parts of the country too.
I’m delighted to be part of the line-up of amazing singers interpreting the songs of Simon & Garfunkel Nov 3-4-5 in Toronto. The shows take place at beautiful Koerner Hall on Bloor Street, at the Royal Conservatory of Music. “Uncovered” is produced by the Acting Up Stage company. They invited me for last year’s edition (the songs of Elton John and Billy Joel) and I’m excited to be back this year. Tickets are available at this LINK
I spent 4 days in late September shooting a new music video for my song “I wanna go back there” from my latest album ‘North Star Falling’. The shoot was up in the faaaaaaar north of Saskatchewan on Reindeer Lake. We stayed at Nordic Lodge – well known from the reality TV show of the same name that is shot there. My music video shoot will feature in an episode of Nordic Lodge as well which is pretty cool! Working with directors Chris Triffo & Steve Allen (+ an amazing crew) we got some incredible shots including an EPIC shot of me playing an old upright piano out in the MIDDLE OF A LAKE! It’s attached as a sneak peek – I still can’t believe we managed that. More to come on this, including the release date.
I attended my elementary and high school years at Punnichy High School, in the Horizon School Division in Saskatchewan (Canada). A few weeks ago, in late August, they inducted me into their “Wall of Fame” in the ‘fine arts’ category. It was a real honour to be able to be there in person for the ceremony, and to address the 1000 teachers and staff who were on hand. They also served some great snacks and my hollow leg was happy. I took all of my music lessons from piano teachers outside the school system since small town schools rarely have music programs built-in. But within the school what I did have were some amazing teachers, who were incredibly motivating and somehow led me to believe that I could do whatever it was, that I set my mind to. Maybe they were right, maybe they were wrong. But it’s sure fun trying and I love working full time in the Canadian music industry. Thank-you to all my teachers and thank-you to the Horizon School Division!
I had one heck of a good time taking part in the Regina Folk Festival this past weekend. It was great performing with and meeting so many new musicians, meeting new people around the festival site and getting caught up in the magic of all that music & joy in the air! Just amazing. I have a series of small house concerts over the next few wks and look forward to sharing my songs with new folks. (Thanks to the kind gal who sent me this pic of our mainstage performance on the Sat night of the festival)
We had a great time touring in beautiful British Columbia over the last few wks. The shows
& audiences were great and I got to visit some spots I’ve long wanted to see: TOFINO & GIBSONS LANDING! Coming up we have 2 shows just outside Saskatoon Wed + Thurs this week at Solar Gardens (dinner + show) as well as some private shows around the prairies. I’m playing the Borealis Festival in Prince Albert SK Aug 2 and the Regina Folk Fest Aug 7-8-9. Big thanks goes out to Creative Saskatchewan for supporting these recent tour dates.
After a nice 10 day break to catch my breath, I’m starting back into a run of shows in Canada. July 12 I’m performing a private show in the Athlete’s Village of the PanAm games in Toronto. I head out to the west coast of BC for shows on Vancouver Island in Port Alberni (July 17), Parksville (July 18), & Victoria (July 19). Then off to Vancouver (July 22) & Abbotsford (July 24). We also have 2 nights near Saskatoon SK (July 29 + 30). Early August I’m at the Borealis Festival (Aug 2) and then the Regina Folk Festival (Aug 7-8-9). Come and say hi if you’re able to make it to a show! cheers js