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Spiritualized, Snotty Nose Rez Kids + The Weather Station

Legends and next generations continue to gather in the House Of Strombo.

Spiritualized’s leader Jason Pierce sits down on the back porch of George’s home in Topanga Canyon to discuss what he thought would be their final album, And Nothing Hurt. It was a six-year journey for the king of controlled chaos to create the record, breaking himself down through the sonic exploration. In conversation with Strombo, he details his recording techniques, the value in patience, the life within records, learning one’s limitations and if it is the end for Spiritualized.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids are a force from the Haisla Nation of the Haisla kala speaking people that earned the short list at this year’s Polaris Music Prize for their relevant record, The Average Savage. They are one of Strombo’s favourite voices today. Earlier this season, The Rez Kids joined Jeremy Dutcher and Partner for a Polaris Artists Cauldron. In their return to the House, they go in on their Eminem appreciation, their work with Tiny House Warriors, suicide, their anti-pipeline anthem and they’ll unravel their Offset cover with DJ Kookum.

The Weather Station crafted a statement with her self-titled and self-produced record. One that cements her position amongst the best singer-songwriters in the country. She’s joined us before to cover Neil Young, collaborate with Bernice to cover Joni Mitchell and performed on last year’s A Very Special Strombo Holiday Special alongside Hannah Georgas and Luke LaLonde of Born Ruffians. With her incredible band, Tamara Lindeman returns to the House Of Strombo. This time, with her own songs to tell her own story.

We’ll exclusively premiere new music from Man Meets Bear and Twist. In the spirit of the year-end perspective, we’ll revisit some of the best covers that have been performed in the House Of Strombo, including Charles Bradley‘s powerful Neil Young rendition, Spoon‘s David Bowie reimagination, Jeremy Dutcher‘s delicate approach to Joni Mitchell, Kate Tempest‘s take on Bob Dylan and many more.

Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.

Chilly Gonzales, cleopatrick + Pascal Siakam

Legends and next generations continue to gather in the House Of Strombo

Chilly Gonzales returns to the piano in the House Of Strombo. The former rapper and super villain tickles his own soundtrack to the conversation to celebrate his latest, Solo Piano III. With George standing beside the piano, Chilly talks about the evolution of his music school known as The Gonzervatory, his ever-growing roster of collaborations and more, before delivering a gentle tribute to George Michael.

cleopatrick want you to “fuck whatever you think rock is.” Riding high on the fumes of their year, which included praise from BBC and Spotify tastemakers and a stage shared with one of their favourite bands, the duo from Cobourg tell George their story and testify to the school of Frank Ocean.

We’ll also be joined by Pascal Siakam, the Toronto Raptors‘ frontrunner for Most Improved Player. He’s a man that has been putting numbers on the board and one that isn’t afraid to be honest. Pascal unravels his playlist and talks about the strength of his mother, building a legacy for his late-father, the locker-room, appreciation of Meek Mill and his return home to Cameroon.

George will spin the best songs in the best order, including an O’Pears song premiere and we’ll nod to the life of the great Jaco Pastorius featuring George’s conversation with Jaco-superfan and Metallica bassist, Robert Trujillo.

Behemoth, Chief LaRocca, Grand Analog + Peter Mansbridge

We raise hell in the House Of Strombo this Sunday evening.

Behemoth are monsters of their craft. They are Polish extreme metal lifers. They have weathered death threats, stood trial before Poland’s Supreme court and conquered cancer and released eleven albums. Their leader Nergal sits down with George to endeavour into his headspace of fear, loneliness, acceptance and relentless ambition to self realize before they deliver an apocalyptic storm of sound in the most evil session that we’ve welcomed into the House Of Strombo. An audience arrives in corpse paint and we will reach unprecedented levels of distortion and madness.

Grand Analog are self-described as a raw collective of seasoned record collectors, musicians and self-described beat junkies. Their emcee Odario and George go way back to talking wax outside gas stations and that passion is reignited in Grand Analog’s first visit to the House to cover Joni Mitchell for our JONI75 and to celebrate the release of their Donna Summer EP and Survival EP.

Peter Mansbridge sits down with George to discuss his upcoming project, Peter Mansbridge: In Search Of Human Rights. The former CBC News chief correspondent and friend of the show details his journey to understand the state of human rights and who is defending them. He sought out to answer those questions in his first independent documentary through conversations in Kenya, Guatemala, Greece, China, Germany, Hungary, Turkey and Canada. In conversation with George, Mansbridge talks about the documentary process, life after the news desk, the current political climate at home and the United States and his undeniable appreciation of Drake.

We’ll also be joined by Chief Kelly LaRocca, the Chief of Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, to spin some of her favourite records from Childish Gambino to Elisa Jayne, the jazz that she was force-fed and early days in her punk band, Tit Sweat.

Tell all your friends where the flames rise.

The Charlatans, Chippewar, Nilüfer Yanya + Wayne Kramer of MC5
The Strombo Show kicks out the jams for you on this Sunday‘s edition.
The Charlatans outlasted both the Madchester and Britpop scenes. On their higher level, twenty-seven years since they first earned a number one album and through the loss of two members, they perform a rare acoustic duo session from the House Of Strombo. Their biggest songs. Their latest cuts. Memories of their origins, their road miles and they’ll be joined by Vancouver’s own FRANKIIE to cover a modern west-coast anthem. It’s truly a special one, hearing The Charlatans without the Hammond.

Wayne Kramer once said, “Who do I see when I look in the mirror? I had to take time and find out that I wasn’t who I always thought I was. If I look back at my track record, I was kind of a prick. A pushy, shovey, driven, self-obsessed, self-seeking young man.” It’s been a long strange trip. George sits down with the guitarist that founded The Motor City Five, the emerging punk force that formed protests and guided a new direction of musical approach. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Kramer revived MC5 with members of Soundgarden, Fugazi, Faith No More and Zen Guerilla. He takes a moment to strum George’s nylon stringed guitar and talk about his work providing instruments to prisons with Jail Guitar Doors project, radical politics, jail jams with Red Rodney, sobriety, the value of free jazz, collaborations with Johnny Thunders, GG Allin, the Black Panther Party, his thoughts on the new guard with Rage Against The Machine, Eminem and beyond.

Nilüfer Yanya grew up with Turkish, Irish and Bajan heritage in West London have undoubtedly informing a sound that has not only earned accolades from BBC and Pitchfork, but footing on stages with her musical idols. All at 22-years-old. She brings her songs into the House Of Strombo, following her stripped-down and honest performance on our JONI75 special.

Jay Soule is from the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (Deshkaan Ziibing Anishinaabeg). He also goes by the name Chippewar to create his art, representing the hostile relationship that Canada’s Indigenous have with the government over their land. He designs and prints some beautifully loud artwork and apparel with a message. He’ll explore his story and spin some of his favourite songs with George.

We’ll also be visited by our friend Kandle and Strombo will premiere new music from former member of The Posterz, Kris The $pirit.

Tell all your friends that the Spirit of Radio is ready to rumble.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Andrea Warner, Jason Reitman + Lost Cousins

The Strombo Show rolls on this Sunday night.

“Every time people ask me, ‘How do we solve this problem, or that problem in your opinion?’ it’s always the same answer: Stay calm and decolonize.” Buffy Sainte-Marie returns to the program with her biographer Andrea Warner, following her appearance on last week’s JONI 75 Celebration of Joni Mitchell episode. Buffy is one of the most important voices of the past 50-years and in a thorough conversation with Strombo, both Buffy and Andrea travel through Buffy’s life of activism, abuse, addiction, education, songwriting and the through-line of overall badassery.

Jason Reitman‘s latest film project is entitled The Front Runner, which tells the story of US Senator Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign and his scandalous affair that derailed it. In light of the US mid-terms, he sits down with George to discuss sketchy politics,, scandal, hip-hop, the value of the female perspective in the Hart story and what he learned from failure. For more — we’d recently welcomed the writers of The Front Runner, Jay Carson and Matt Bai, to the House.

Lost Cousins met at Queens University, performed in jazz ensembles and earned a reputation for their epic house party performances. Since recently relocating to Toronto, they’ve crafted their debut album and in the House Of Strombo, they’ll reveal some of those colours and cover the Cocteau Twins. If you need more from them, listen to their cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Help Me” from last week’s JONI 75.

We’ll also premiere new music from Christine Fellows, Old Man Canyon and TALLIES.

Tell all your friends that the Spirit of Radio is ready to rumble.

The Strombo Show presents JONI 75

The Strombo Show presented a four-hour special honouring the 75th birthday of Joni Mitchell featuring exclusive covers and conversations.

“To us, the true value of song is in its ability to speak to the deeper voice in our own heads and connect us with others. Very few, if any, have done it the way Joni has. We take a moment ahead of her 75th birthday and gather voices to sing her songs, share their stories as a testament to our painter, poet, artist.” – George

This celebration of Joni Mitchell includes performances and stories from AHI, Alannah Myles, a l l i e, Andy Kim, Anemone, Arkells, Art d’Ecco, Bernice, Bif Naked, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Cockburn, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charlotte Cardin, Charlotte Cornfield, Chilly Gonzales, Coeur de pirate, Courtney Barnett, Denise Donlon, Dizzy, Evening Hymns, 54-40, Fred Penner, Grand Analog, Haviah Mighty, Hop Along, Jean-Michel Blais, Jeen, Jennifer Castle, Jeremy Dutcher, Jill Barber, Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, Judy Collins, July Talk, Kacy & Clayton, La Force, LIGHTS & Regent Park School of Music, Lissie, Lost Cousins, Mac Demarco, Maestro Fresh Wes, Maiko Watson, Martha Wainwright, Mary Gauthier, Maylee Todd, Milk & Bone, Molly Johnson, Murray McLauchlan, Nazareth, Nilüfer Yanya, Partner, Randy Bachman, Richard Reed Parry, Robert Trujillo, Rufus Wainwright, Safia Nolin, Sarah Gadon, Sarah McLachlan, Shad, Silver Pools, Steve Earle, Sunflower Bean, Sureilla, Taylor Knox, Terra Lightfoot, Tom Morello, The Trews, Vivek Shraya, The Weather Station & more.

Strombo’s Halloween Treat with Fucked Up, The Glorious Sons + More

The Strombo Show brings your soundtrack for our annual Halloween Treat. Carve a pumpkin. Light a candle. Eat some candy this Sunday evening.

Fucked Up will also be bringing their magnificent opus Dose Your Dreams to the living room in a full-blast session for you. Their aspirations have expanded beyond their punk and hardcore realm with all members exploring vocal duties and with our kitchen chandelier swinging out of time, they delivered the goods. With Pink Eye’s children sitting in the front row, Fucked Up tear through new jams, dust off some of their oldest work and cover The Ramones.

The Glorious Sons have emerged from Kingston’s shadows as one of this country’s most celebrated rock radio staples. Before hitting the road for a national tour with The Beaches, they strip down their grit in an acoustic session to perform their biggest songs, explore recent sobriety, the late night conversations that they shared with Gord Downie and testify to their idols (that they shared the stage with) through covering The Rolling Stones.

We’ll also have many guests knocking at the door to share the musical selections and stories, including: Allie X, Art D’Ecco, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Darcys, The Kills, Mac Demarco, Monica Bodirsky and Shad.

Tell all your friends that the Spirit of Radio is ready to rumble.

Happy Halloween, friends.

Neko Case, Arkells, Shad + Jay Carson, Matt Bai

The Strombo Show’s four-hours of algorithm free musical exploration is here for you this Sunday evening. More Music. More Community. More Love. More Fight.

Arkells have declared that they’re playing for keeps. Following their success of “Knocking at the Door” and a banner year, the Hamilton boys Max Kerman and Mike Deangelis make another appearance in the House to explore the making of their fifth studio album, RALLY CRY. From listening to Joe Strummer‘s “Johnny Appleseed” on repeat in London to the Trump administration to depression, they unravel the stories behind the inception of their new anthems.

Neko Case had to build it all again, once her home burned down. The process behind her latest project Hell-On is a well-documented destruction and in conversation with Strombo, she recalls the return to the dust and the perspective that moment brought to her life. She’ll dig into the process of returning, the state of #MeToo in the music industry, her collaborations with case/lang/veirs, The New Pornographers and whole lot more.

Shad cooks up his new sounds from A Short Story About War in our kitchen with DJ TLO. The Old Prince, like the Arkells, has evolved with us throughout the years from the television show to the broom closet to the House and time after time, delivers thought provoking conversation and gripping performance. He’ll dial into his creative intentions, making the second season of the Peabody-winning series Hip Hop Evolution and the transition back to music after his hosting stint on q. And after it all, Shad toasts one of his pillars De La Soul with a rare cover and reworking of their song, “Stakes Is High.”

We’ll also premiere a song from our friend, Mister Nobu, one of the creative minds behind Choir! Choir! Choir! and Jay Carson and Matt Bai, the writers behind Jason Reitman‘s upcoming biopic of U.S. Senator Gary Hart, The Front Runner, visit in the fourth hour.

Matt Bai is a veteran political reporter whose 2014 book All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, The Front Runner was the inspiration for the film, while Jay Carson is the former press secretary for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, has worked with Clinton’s on their Foundation and is the real life inspiration for Gosling’s character in The Ides Of March.

Tell all your friends that the Spirit of Radio is ready to rumble.

Tom Morello, La Force + Kim Coates

The Strombo Show’s four-hours of algorithm free musical exploration is here for you this Sunday evening.

Tom Morello brings the rage for a retrospective exploration of then and now and his latest project, “The Atlas Underground.” With George, he digs into preparing his sonic conspiracy project in quiet, the journey to create a new genre of rock’n’roll, the modern political turmoil, learning to appreciate the Eagles, his EDM crush, curating the project with Marcus Mumford, Vic Mensa, Wu-Tang, K.Flay, the Rage Against The Machine return performance at Coachella, coaching his children’s little league team, the first song he learned to play, creating a live show with Roger Waters’ artistic director, believing that Rage Against The Machine should exist, the legacy of Chris Cornell, reading “The History of America in Ten Strikes”, the dismantling of labour unions, Kavanaugh, the #MeToo movement, his 95-year-old mother’s friendship with Bono and more.

La Force is the musical brainchild of Ariel Engle from Broken Social Scene and AroarA. To commemorate the nocturnal electronic sounds of her self-titled debut, she brings her songs to the House and is joined by her friend Snowblink to cover an Antony and the Johnsons standard. Let us not forget Martha Wainwright‘s delivery of her Snowblink cover on last week’s episode. The circle continues.

Kim Coates has returned with the second season of Bad Blood, so it only seemed fitting that Kim and George went in on the history of the Montreal drug trafficking business that the show was inspired by. In conversation, they explore his career, Sons Of Anarchy, choices, mistakes and the advice he received from Nicolas Cage on his first film.

There’ll also be appearances from our friends in Hippo Campus and Gladys Kyotungire to talk about the upcoming World Food Day and what you can do with the World Food Programme.