Steve Raiken
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Steve Raiken

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1969 | INDIE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1969
Solo Folk Acoustic




"Show Preview"

“A thoughtful songwriter of sometimes poignant and other times delightfully light-hearted songs, Steve Raiken is a highly gifted acoustic guitar player whose fingers, as I’ve previously mentioned, can weave a mesmerizing spell on audiences.” - Gary 17, Publisher, Toronto Moon Magazine, December 1, 2015

"Magazine Article"

"Steve is a very skilled acoustic guitarist. His slide version of 'Amazing Grace' brings the house down every time. The cinematic feel of the instrumental 'Muskoka Morning' highlights his strength as a guitarist." - Deirdre Mallahe, Editor, Musically Yours Magazine, Winter 2014

"Radio Interview and Performance"

"You've got such a clear voice.... I want to listen to it forever." - Deirdre Mallahe, Haze FM, Mississauga, Ontario, September 4, 2011

"Radio Interview and Performance"

"Unbelievable. Folks, you heard that. Steve Raiken: one artist, one acoustic guitar and one microphone." - Kris Kadwell, Canoe FM, Haliburton, Ontario, September 23, 2010


My new CD, Stages, was released in 2010 at Hugh's Room, Toronto. Four songs from Stages can be heard by clicking Audio, above. Stages can be purchased in hard copy or downloaded from CD Baby at It is also available on iTunes.

I recorded my first CD, Waterfall, in 2004. A hard copy can purchased from Indie Pool. Waterfall can also be downloaded from iTunes. See links below.

All songs are copyright by Steve Raiken (SOCAN) and are registered with the Songwriters Association of Canada/Canadian Song Vault.



My music and guitar playing has been influenced by many musicians and styles over the years. I receive great audience response, especially for my songwriting and acoustic guitar playing. My slide guitar version of Amazing Grace has been viewed over 81,000 times and counting on YouTube; see the link on this page. There's also a link to an original slide guitar tune on YouTube.

I began perfoming professionally in the late 1960's with Marc Cashman as part of a folk duo, Cashman & Raiken. Marc and I performed in the Eastern U.S. and Canada as featured performers and as a lead-in for major acts such as Tom Rush, Hall & Oates, George Carlin and Alex Taylor.

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