Stage North presents the Jeffery Straker Trio on April 6

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On Saturday April 6th, Stage North hosts a multi-talented musician who is also a world-traveler.

Jeffery Straker grew up taking piano lessons in small-town Saskatchewan and listening to country music; and now he has gone on to perform over 100 shows per year across Canada, Europe and Latin America. A musical vagabond, Straker has toured internationally as far as The Netherlands, England, Mexico and Nunavut.

According to his website, Straker has recorded his music for CBC Radio’s ‘Canada Live’, has seen his songs used in film, TV and theatrical productions and in 2020 and 2021 was awarded “Roots/Folk Artist of the Year” at the Saskatchewan Music Awards. In 2019 he received his first Western Canadian Music Award. The Saskatchewan Country Music Awards have named him ‘Keyboard Player of the Year’ three years running.

In 2014, an international career boost came from winning the prestigious Vina del Mar (Chile) International Song Festival, representing Canada.

Straker has showcased at major events, including Canadian Music Week, NXNE, the Western Canadian Music Awards, & JunoFest. He has come a long way from practicing classical piano on the farm.

Jeffrey has the ability to tell stories that engage his audience. The rootsy-storytelling of his songs has the power to transport a listener – out onto a lake in Canada’s North or to the main street of a prairie town. A clever lyricist with an energetic piano style, his songwriting has drawn critical comparisons to the likes of Harry Chapin, Kris Kristofferson, Murray McLauchlan & Billy Joel.

The Toronto Star writes that Straker’s Vagabond record is “one of the most faultlessly conceived and meticulously executed albums in any genre to come out of Canada…” The album debuted in the top 20 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts and hit the top 10 on several stations. Jeffery has released ten albums to date.

An evening with Jeffery Straker and his accompanying musicians will be filled with stories and laughter, as he astonishes us with his virtuosic keyboard skills and unique vocal style. This all-ages show will be a great night out for families and groups of friends, who want to spend some weekend time together.

Getting off the couch and listening to music is good for mental health. Music is recognized for its unique power over individuals’ physical, mental, and emotional health.

Don’t miss this event! The Legacy Centre doors and the Elks bar open at 6:30 p.m., and the stories begin at 7:30. Tickets are available at The Source/Soulshine Music & Gifts, the Rotary Club of Slave Lake Library, Distractions, or online at www.stagenorth.org.

The cost is $40 in advance ($35 for seniors), or $50 at the door. At no extra cost, groups can reserve table seating by calling Karen at 780-805-0367.

Stage North is now booking the 2024 – 25 season and is accepting Platinum and Gold sponsors to be included in printed promotions, until May 25th. Our new season of artists will be announced at our last show of the spring, on May 4th. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, call Diane Knoot, at 780-805-4613

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