Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Riddell Centre - RC 170 University Theatre
Acclaimed Saskatchewan singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker will present two solo concerts during Congress 2018. Straker's music has been described as 'dramatic and melodic', blending folk, pop, and roots influences. Known for his engaging storytelling style at the piano, Straker's live shows are at once personal and a whole lot of fun!
Jeffery Straker performs over 100 shows per year across Canada and abroad. He has recorded for CBC radio’s ‘Canada Live,’ had a music video chart in the top 10 nationwide and has toured internationally playing pianos in places as far away as Mexico, Chile and Peru. His folk-pop hooks and rootsy story-telling have been featured in film, TV, and theatrical productions while he maintains a touring schedule in venues ranging from house concerts to theatres and festivals, as well as shows with symphony orchestras. Jeffery was the winner of the Vina Del Mar International Song Competition in Chile in 2014 representing Canada where he earned a Latin American fan following performing each night to a live audience of 20,000 and a TV audience of 150,000,000 viewers around the Spanish speaking world. Originally from small town Saskatchewan, the classically trained pianist was raised by a church organist mother and an auctioneer father. He swears he was born under the piano on the family farm. Jeffery’s latest album Dirt Road Confessional (May 2017) launched at #5 on the iTunes Canada singer songwriter charts, & has been played on CBC radio and college radio across the country. Straker regularly draws comparisons to Harry Chapin, Kris Kristofferson, Jackson Browne and a young Billy Joel (source: https://www.jeffstraker.com/).
Speaker: Jeffery Straker, Singer-songwriter and pianist