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2015 Update!

Upcoming performances!

February 21st, 2015 – Brass Monkey



I will be opening for spinshift (Facebook page here) in February.  These guys play some great jams and keep things bouncing on the edge.  I will be doing a acoustic set to get things started.  Hope to see you out!


Brass monkey is located at 250 Greenband Rd. Nepean.










Currently I have the following events booked:

September 20th, 2013 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm @ The Gaia Java Coffee Company in Stittsville, ON

October 2nd, 2013 @ The Mill Street Brew Pub in Ottawa, ON. This is a corporate event but open to the public.
For more information on the Gaia Java Coffee Company please click HERE

For more information on the Mill Street Bew Pub please click HERE

Hope to see you all out on the 20th – these intimate shows are always a treat to play!

As always for bookings please email:


An evening at the Avant-Garde Bar – Thursday June 20th!

Super excited to be playing one of my favourite locations for live music and chill atmosphere.

I will be one of three acts for the evening.  The show kicks off around 9pm.  The Avant-Garde Bar is located at  135 1/2 Besserer St. in downtown Ottawa.
For more information on the Avant-Garde Bar please click HERE

For more information on Sean Coleman please click HERE

For more information on Timotheos click HERE
Hope to see you all out on Thursday – this is going to be a great show!
As always for bookings please email:


Gaia Java Coffee Company – Friday June 14th!

This Friday – June 14th! jkstraw & Matty Dougan are back at the Gaia Java Coffee Company!

Hope to see you there!

Busfusion This Weekend….and other updates!!

That’s right get your VW Bus fix this weekend in Almonte, Mississippi Mills, ON.  I am super excited to see all of the drool worthy buses and to meet some great folks!  This promises to be an awesome time!

Hope to see you there!
In Other news…

I will be playing a solo set at the Mill Street Brewery this evening as part of charity event called “Halopalooza”.  Looking further out I have the following confirmed:

Friday June 14th @ 7:00 pm – jkstraw & Friends with Matty Dougan at the Gaia Java Coffee Company located in Stittsville

Monday July 1st @ 4:00pm – A short solo set at the Stittsville Canada Day celebration on the back stage.

More details to follow!



Preparing for 2013 Busfusion!

busfusion2013I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to join the folks at Busfusion this year and play some good old Grateful Dead around the grounds as a way of promoting different events throughout the day! This will be my first year visiting this great gathering of VW camper folks and I couldn’t be more excited! I am working on a poster and some great acoustic tunes.

Want more information on Busfusion 2013?

Click here!

As always for bookings please email:


May 4th Rainbow show with Scarlet Jam!

20130504_groupI am currently playing with another band called Scarlet Jam. This project is a full on jam band complete with B3 organ, two guitar players, bass and drums! We recently played our first gig at Ottawa’s Rainbow Bistro in the Byward Market. Thanks to all who made it out! We are scheduled to play again in July and hope to have some new tunes polished up for you!

As always for bookings please email:


Great time at the Gaia Java!

It was a fantastic night of music last night.  Our thanks to an incredible crowd and our generous hosts at the Gaia Java Coffee Company!

We hit the ground running and played a single monster set – 25 songs – 2 hours and 15 minutes non-stop!  While we were exhausted by the end – the feedback from the audience was worth every drop of sweat!

Due to some technical glitches I was only able to get 18 minutes of the night recorded but I was able to make a short video to give you a taste of what you missed :-)


Below is a image of the press coverage from the gig! Thanks to writer John Curry for taking the time to come and hear us play and writing such a detailed review!


As always for bookings please email:


West End Gig Confirmed

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jkstraw and Matty Dougan will hit the strings around 7:00 pm March 22nd, 2013.

Located in Stittsville, ON, the Gaia Java Coffee Company hosts Friday music nights. This intimate venue is fantastic for checking out local musicians and serves up a great cup of java and tasty treats too!

Hope to see you there!


Live Clips of new Duo now available!

Matty dropped by my home studio on the evening of February 20th, 2013 and we flipped the recording equipment on and kept on pickin’ and grinnin’ for a great live jam session. It captures the acoustic side of our live performance.

Head on over to the Video page (or click here) to see a larger version of our session.

To contact us for a booking please email:



West End Gig

jkstraw and Matty Dougan have secured a gig tentatively booked for March 22nd, 2013. An intimate venue located in village of Stittsvile – just west of Ottawa.

The Gaia Java Coffee Company hosts a Friday night music night and will be welcoming us for an evening of acoustic music.  We are really looking forward to a fun evening of acoustic jamming to some great old time, folk and traditional americana.  Come on out grab a great cup of joe and and join us!

Show times to be confirmed shortly.



jkstraw booking gigs as acoustic duo!

Early February and Matty Dougan and jkstraw have decided to take their material on the road for audiences in the Ottawa area.

Getting the press kit ready and reaching out to promoters and some venue owners to get some gigs lined up for the spring.

In the mean time – check out a full session take!  Click here!

For more information and bookings please email