Joel Strauss is a nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Hamilton, Ontario. He performs with his indie-rock band "Anxious Giant" and as an acoustic solo act. With 15 years experience recording, producing, writing and performing, he also teaches guitar, drums, and bass - specializing in Rock, Folk, and Blues styles.  




Vaudeville EP

by Anxious Giant


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CLICK HERE for Joel Strauss's solo discography on iTunes

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“The whole EP [Songs For The Vaudeville Theatre] is fantastic to listen to from beginning to end, but the sort-of-title-track Vaudeville really piqued my curiosity and interest. The drum and bass rhythm gets you to nod your head or tap your toe as soon as the song begins. This rhythm is accentuated by Strauss’ unique voice doing sonic acrobatics over top, climbing up and sliding down like a musical version of snakes and ladders.”
— Geyser Music


"One of the best registers to come out of the great white north." 



“A really solid work by Strauss. There weren’t any songs that felt subpar and I was very pleased when I got to the end of the album.”

- The Equal Ground


“I would drive down the street with it, put it on my iPad – I’m going to play it all day. As of a matter fact, I’m going to sneak it onto my son’s phone.”

- Middle Tennessee Music's live panel review 


“Strauss has a remarkable sonic palette that is evident on his album, 'Don’t Lose That Feeling'...he skillfully weaves together various styles - like pop, rock and folk - into his songs, with intelligent and inspiring lyrics." - IRC