The West End Cultural Centre: Jeffery Straker Live in the ACU Hall, May 31
The West End Cultural Centre presents:
Jeffery Straker Live in the ACU Hall
Wednesday, May 31st - Tickets available now
Jeffery Straker performs an intimate house concert in the West End Cultural Centre ACU hall on Wednesday, May 31st. Tickets are $20 in advance.
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 More Music Canada and has toured internationally as far as Peru, Mexico and Ghana. His tour stops range from intimate house concerts to club and theatre shows and include recent sold-out concerts with Canadian symphony orchestras in Saskatoon, Regina and Sudbury. 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". His latest career boost came from winning the prestigious Vina del Mar (Chile) song competition in February 2014 where he represented 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 quickly gained a fan following in Latin America.
Straker's 2012 collection of songs, "Vagabond", was produced by Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Danny Michel & it was a thrill for him to record it on Glenn Gould's grand piano at the CBC studios in Toronto. The release met with critical acclaim with the Toronto Star giving it 4 (out of 4) stars and calling it "one of the most faultlessly conceived and meticulously executed albums in any genre to come out of Canada in a long time". "Vagabond" debuted in the top 20 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts and charted in the top 10 on several college radio stations across Canada. Xtra! (Toronto) said of the album: "like the unexpected yet surprisingly down-to-earth lovechild of Neil Young and Elton John". Straker crossed Canada on a 50 date tour supporting the album.
Following extensive touring, Jeffery launched a new collection of songs: North Star Falling (March 2015). The 12-song album was produced by Dean Drouillard (Royal Wood, Justin Rutledge) and weaves a new sound around Straker's songwriter-piano-pop. Electric guitars, horns, & strings as well as acoustic guitar and banjo help set the stage. The launch of the album (Acronym/Universal Canada) included 2 national tours with performances from coast to coast. The album rose to to the top 10 (#9) on the iTunes Canada singer-songwriter charts within its first weeks.
Listen to Jeffery Straker HERE
With help from our partners and sponsors Assiniboine Credit Union, Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Arts Council, UMFM, The Government of Canada, and The Government of Manitoba.
Jeffery Straker live in the ACU Hall
Wednesday, May 31st 2017 @ The West End Cultural Centre
Doors 7:15 pm | Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $20 advance/$25 door
Tickets available now.