AFI‘s Davey Havok and Jade Puget dig through the record crate of their minds, sharing the evolution behind their band, Blaqk Audio and the misperceptions of human connection. Sam Patch is the project from Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury and featuring Basia Bulat on backing vocals, they perform cuts off his debut album Yeah, You And I whilst discussing Satan. Vanessa Carlton tickles the ivories in reflection upon her transformative career, covering a Janis Joplin standard. We also premiere new music from Toronto punks Sumo Cyco and indie folksters, The Wooden Sky.
Craig Finn of The Hold Steady slings his acoustic to celebrate his upcoming album, We All Want The Same Things and strum his rendition of The Constantines‘ classic. Amelia Curran returns to the House to discuss her album Watershed and deliver an acoustic Leonard Cohen cover. Clairmont The Second heralds the new Toronto by unveiling thoughtful, slick hip-hop production with his brother Cola of The OBGMs on the boards. We’ll also feature an exclusive announcement about The Big Feastival; song premieres from Del Bel and Little Coyote and an appearance by The Fast Romantics.
Hamilton Leithauser of The Walkmen, Hamilton + Rostam slings his guitar to perform intimate renditions of his own songs, a Leonard Cohen cover and explore his musical mind. Montreal chanteuse BEYRIES shares her story from her obsession with her grandmother’s piano to overcoming life-altering moments and performs several songs off her debut album, Landing. The Franklin Electric go acoustic to celebrate their sophomore release, Blue Ceilings and reveal their rendition of a Gordon Lightfoot classic. We also feature appearances from Heartstreets, Lisa LeBlanc and Vanessa Carlton.
The Strombo Show presents an International Women’s Day Special. We feature performances that include Amelia Curran, Heartstreets covering
Conversations, song requests and appearances with Bjork, Bonnie Raitt, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charlotte Day Wilson, Clara Hughes, Hannah Georgas, Iskwe, Jenn Grant, k.d. lang, Laura Jane Grace, Leah Fay of July Talk, Lights, Lindi Ortega, Lisa Leblanc, Little Scream, Margaret Atwood, Margo Price, Michie Mee, Sangita Patel, Young Galaxy’s Catherine McCandless and more.
Sampha has collaborated with Drake, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Solange and now he is going on his own with his solo debut, Process. Common Deer deliver their brand of orchestral rock and an Against Me! cover. The President of Sunrise Records, Doug Putman, visits to reveal his company’s plans to grow the record industry in Canada.
A.R. Rahman, the Mozart of Madras, explores his musical heritage. Montreal’s college funk heroes Busty And The Bass jam in the living room. Jason Collett lays down an acoustic set to celebrate the return of the Wolfe Island Music Festival and Broken Social Scene.
Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers sits down for an exclusive conversation to unravel their legacy and respond to the American political system. Montreal’s legendary turntablist Kid Koala guides us through a retrospective of his career. The Lemon Twigs cover George Harrison and The Beach Boys in an acoustic session.
Cherry Glazerr strips down their fuzz-pop in the House, covering Leonard Cohen and discussing the American presidency. Jonathan Roy visits to explore the evolution of his career, from his father insisting that the NHL will not welcome him to earning close mentorship from Corey Hart.
We celebrate Gord Downie‘s birthday by sharing an exclusive conversation with The Tragically Hip‘s longtime tech master, Dave “Billy Ray” Koster. The celebration continues as we revisit HIP30 covers by some of Downie’s friends – Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, The Sadies, Sarah Harmer and The Skydiggers.
Maynard James Keenan, the frontman of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, joins George to explore his memoir, A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things. With his acoustic guitar in hand, JJ Shiplett celebrates his debut album Something To Believe In with an intimate session, featuring a Tom Waits cover.