His clever, thoughtful songs often draw upon characters he encountered growing up in his 250-person Saskatchewan town, illuminating the lives of people like Mrs. Bell, from its sole South Asian family. His energetic piano-based folk pop is a reminder of the power of a singer/songwriter accompanying himself on the keyboard. Straker has a special storytelling ability and musical playfulness that creates a classic cabaret feel and almost theatrical sense of timing, adding humour and poignancy to his songs and dynamic performances.

Amelie Patterson
This clear-voiced, honest and tenacious troubadour’s music traverses territories from blues to folk and rock.