Chris Cornell‘s life and music is loudly celebrated through his songs and an unarchived 2009 conversation with George. Alex James of Blur returns to the program to talk about the launch of his Big Feastival Canada and honour the twentieth anniversary of Song #2. Laura Marling discusses feminity in creativity and performs an exclusive Dolly Parton cover. Slowdive’s Neil Halstead opens up about their reunion after 22-years and the rise of shoegaze. George also reveals exclusive song premieres from Couleur Dessin, Vivek Shraya and Sportsfan.
Diana Krall visits to the program to celebrate her return to jazz on Turn Up The Quiet, balancing motherhood on the road, her collaboration with the late Tommy Lipuma and more. Martha And The Muffins reflect on life after and the legacy of Echo Beach and their experience with Parkinson’s. Al Nolan of the Almighty Trigger Happy discusses the evolution within the Toronto punk scene and his own process of performing the theatrical production of Hardcore Logo: Live. Bob Mackowycz Jr. returns to the show to turn up the radio songs. George also reveals exclusive song premieres from Adaline, Ivory Hours, Prairie Cat and Simone Denny.
Montreal duo Les Deuxluxes infiltrated the House of Strombo with their bombastic blues stylings, including an exclusive ABBA cover. Canada’s parliamentary poet laureate George Elliott Clarke returned to the program to spin his favourite poetic musicians on wax. Bob Mackowycz Jr. returned for another edition of The Sad Off. George also reveals exclusive song premieres from Only Yours, Pokey LaFarge, She-Devils and The Velveteins.
Dinosaur Jr. scrape paint off the walls of the House of Strombo with a raucous concert featuring Fucked Up‘s Damien Abraham. Jenn Grant returns to the program to perform songs off Paradise and jams an ethereal Prince cover. Ron Sexsmith celebrates The Last Rider, his first album with his touring band, in an acoustic session that includes a reworking of a song by The Clash. Bob Mackowycz Jr. resurrects the cult favourite segment, Mack N’ Cheese. George also reveals exclusive song premieres from across the nation – Cat Clyde to Fake Shark with Hannah Georgas, The Junction to Not You and Spencer Burton.
Kate Tempest delivers an education through her raw and poetic performance, which includes an exclusive cover of Bob Dylan‘s “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).” We’re joined by the legendary songwriter Murray McLauchlan for an acoustic session and conversation to celebrate his latest album, Love Can’t Tell Time. Two of our nation’s most integral voices – Carole Pope and Rae Spoon – come together to debut new music, cover Neil Young and challenge the conversation around sexual politics. Also, Bob Mackowycz Jr. returns to the program for some musical exploration.
A Tribe Called Red transformed the kitchen into a rave with appearances from Shad, Leonard Sumner, Daniel Lanois and more. The xx explored the making of their latest album, I See You.
Hollerado blast confetti guns, cover Dire Straits and debut new music off their upcoming album, Born Yesterday. Leif Vollebekk offers an intimate piano masterclass through the ivories, performing material off Twin Solitude and renditions from the Tom Waits and Nic Jones songbooks. Ron MacLean sits down with George for some musical exploration before the puck drops for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Future Islands unleashed new sounds from their upcoming album The Far Field in an intimate kitchen party. Canada’s road warriors The Sadies turned up to celebrate their latest Northern Passages. The legendary hockey broadcaster and undeniable music aficionado Dave Hodge returns to the program to share his favourite records. Alex James of BLUR drops by to remember the making of Song #2 on its twentieth anniversary. We also feature song premieres from Art Bergmann and Scott Helman.
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.