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Occurs on Wednesday March 13 2024

Approximate running time: 2 hours

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James Cowan Theatre
6450 Deer Lake Ave
Burnaby BC V5G 2J3

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× The Piano Men Tour featuring Royal Wood and Jeffery Straker Royal Wood

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Royal Wood has established himself as atrue musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft - maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound.

Royal has two albums that have debuted in the Top 30, multiple JUNO nominations, a 5-time Canadian Folk Music Award-nominee, and a #1 added song at Hot AC radio. His songs have been heard on high-profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy, and Private Practice.

His career finds him headlining world-class venues like Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and The Winspear Centre in Edmonton. It also finds him supporting artists like Bonnie Raitt and David Gray on their national tours.

Royal Wood released his “Live at Massey Hall” album on Jan 15th, 2021, and headlined live streams with several symphonies including Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Niagara Symphony in St. Catharines.

Now he is wrapping up his busy year by recording his new full studio album remotely in Toronto with Montreal-based producer Marcus Paquin (The National, Arcade Fire). The album features songs co-written with the powerhouse Linda Perry (Adele, Alicia Keys) and UK phenom Jamie Scott (Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber). The new album will be released in Fall 2022 and will coincide with a national headline tour with dates that already include the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Massey Hall in Toronto.

Jeffery Straker

Singer-songwriter pianist Jeffery Straker grew up taking piano lessons in a small Saskatchewan farming town on the Canadian prairies, raised by a church organist mother and an auctioneer father. He’s gone on to perform over 100 shows per year across Canada, Europe and Latin America. Serving up a rootsy-storytelling brand of song with rich narratives, his song writing has the ability to transport a listener - out onto a lake in Canada’s North or to the main street of a prairie town. Across 8 albums to date critical comparisons have been drawn to the likes of Harry Chapin, Kris Kristofferson, & Jackson Browne while performances have seen him live on BBC radio in the UK, in concert with symphony orchestras and on festival and theatre stages.

Jeffery’s songs have been used in TV, film and stage productions and saw him named “Roots-Folk Artist of the Year” in both the 2020 & 2021 Saskatchewan Music Awards. He took home a Western Canadian Music Award in 2019 and has twice been named ‘Keyboard Player of the Year’ at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards. His 2021 ten-song recording “Just Before Sunrise” was voted #2 in the ‘Saskatchewan Best Albums’ rankings by music lovers across the province and earned Jeffery an official showcase at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City that year. Supporting the launch of a new 5-song acoustic EP “Just After Sunset” (2022), he toured 10 dates through the UK including a performance in London at Canada’s High Commission to the United Kingdom. Jeffery and his songs connect with audiences and to that end CBC Radio recently said: “He has a way of drawing us into his world and making us feel like we’re a welcome guest; an old friend he’s ready to catch up with”. www.jeffstraker.com
Doors: 7:00pm Performance: 7:30pm

TICKET FEES
Adults 35.00
Seniors (60yrs +) 30.00
Students (with valid student ID) 30.00
Youth (18yrs & under) 20.00

SUBSCRIPTIONS
Purchase 3 separate regular season shows for the same patron for a special subscription price. Arts Club on tour excluded. Any additional ticket purchased for the season will be under the subscription price.
Adults 30.00
Seniors (60yrs +) 25.00
*Purchase subscriptions by phone or in person at the box office

If you need accessible seating please call the box office at 604.320.3000 to reserve this seating.
No refunds on tickets. 2.00 fee per ticket for exchanges
Contact the box office at 604-205-3000 with any ticketing questions.

Royal Wood
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed “Songwriter of the Year” by iTunes (2010), Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft while maintaining a unique identity. With two albums debuting in the Top 30 and multiple JUNO nominations, Wood is a 5-time Canadian Folk Music Award-nominee whose songs have been heard on high-profile programs such as Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Following a headline performance at Toronto's iconic Massey Hall, Royal Wood released his latest album, What Tomorrow Brings, in November 2022. Crafted alongside world-renowned producers Linda Perry (Adele, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera) and Jamie Scott (Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber), the album draws from deeply personal points in Wood's life, effectively capturing the emotion of these moments. Royal Wood's considerable talents have granted him the opportunity to perform alongside internationally acclaimed artists, including Bonnie Raitt, who personally chose him as the direct support for her recently concluded cross-Canada tour.
Royal Wood continues to expand on the success of What Tomorrow Brings, approaching 300,000 Monthly Listeners on Spotify.


JEFFERY STRAKER
Singer-songwriter pianistJeffery Straker grew up taking piano lessons in small-town Saskatchewan and has gone on to perform over 100 shows per yearacross Canada, Europe and Latin America. 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 approach to the piano, his song writing has drawn critical comparisons to the likes of Harry Chapin, Kris Kristofferson & Billy Joel while maintaining a style distinctly his own. He’s recorded his roots/folk music for CBC radio’s ‘Canada Live’, has seen his songs used in film, TV and theatrical productions and in 2019 won a Western Canadian Music Award. Recently he was awarded “Roots/Folk Artist of the Year” at both the 2020 & 2021 Saskatchewan Music Awards and saw the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards name him “Keyboard Player of the Year” 3 years running.
Jeffery has just emerged from the studio with his latest recording which will release in early 2024 (date TBC). Working with roots/americana producer Steve Dawson (Nashville) the album delivers a roots/country flavour.

A classically trained pianist, Straker swears he was born under the piano on the family grain farm. He was raised by a church-organist mother and auctioneer father which might explain his natural ability to share songs with audiences. He was a student of the Royal Conservatory of Music and received his licentiate diploma in piano performance from Trinity College, London when he was only 19. Straker has showcased at major events including Canadian Music Week, NXNE, Breakout West (Western Canada), & Juno Fest. He was an official showcase artist at Folk Alliance International 2022 in Kansas City.

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