Peter Elkas

Brief Biography

"He has a wonderfully soulful voice and a great sense of melody that makes me want to write and sing better and try harder." That's how Ron Sexsmith, a giant in the world of songwriting, feels about Peter Elkas. High praise indeed!


Peter Elkas spent 12 years with the Montreal band Local Rabbits. He started making music with them in high school, but after three albums it was time for the group to part ways. Peter's path took him to Party of One and gigs opening for Ron Sexsmith, Joel Plaskett, Feist, and k-os.
His band, jokingly referred to as "The Elkaholics," is Doug Friesen on bass, Gavin Maguire on drums and Jeff Heisholt on keyboards.
Peter describes his record "Wall of Fire" as "soulful and smooth, but with a rough edge" and says listeners can hear his love affair with the 1970s sound on the tracks. Bill Withers, Bruce Springsteen, Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye were his musical heroes during the writing process for Wall of Fire. Their influence served him well.
Look for Peter backing up Joel Plaskett but also on his own throughout the weekend on our workshop stages.