Alex Garland is the mind that wrote and directed the Academy Award-nominated film, “Ex Machina.” His directorial follow-up is “Annihilation,” an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s trippy mystery that follows four female scientists on an expedition into the abandoned Area X. He visits the House to dive into the making of the film and beyond.
One of the finest records of this past year was crafted by Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum. His album “A Crow Looked At Me” is a cathartic expression art documenting how he coped with the tragedy of losing his wife, shortly after giving birth to their daughter. He wrote and recorded songs in her work space, with her tools. In conversation with George, Phil shares his process with guitar in hand to recount a few songs from the record.
Zaki Ibrahim recently dropped one of the most-anticipated Canadian albums of the year, “The Secret Life Of Planets.” As the follow-up to her Polaris Prize-nominated debut stokes the fire, she brings her mysticism to the House Of Strombo to discuss birth, mortality, Stevie Wonder and more while performing her new songs and covering Mary J. Blige.
We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including a premiere of new music from Adrian Sutherland covering Neil Young, produced by John Angus MacDonald of The Trews.
Last week on the show, The Beaches‘ Eliza banged the drums as a special guest to Death From Above. This week, The Beaches bring their own poptimistic rock force to the House in an exclusive stripped down setup. They jam cuts off their debut record “Late Show” and treat all of us to their rendition of a Linda Ronstadt standard.
Ellevator are an experimental-pop band gearing up for their debut EP and a cross-country tour to support Our Lady Peace and Matthew Good. In an exclusive session, they reveal their story and songs, cover Kate Bush and introduce their manifesto.
He’s one of the last hard-core troubadours. Steve Earle returns to the House to celebrate his album, “So You Wanna Be An Outlaw.” He strums his biggest songs, new tunes and covers an Allman Brothers classic as his friend Gordon Lightfoot joins the audience.
We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, featuring some special appearances including the Godfather of Canadian hip-hop, Maestro Fresh Wes.
Death From Above stacked their amps in George’s house and blasted through the ceiling. The House Of Strombo was packed with die hard fans and they were treated to a mega loud barrage of new and classic tunes plus quality conversation. Eliza from The Beaches shows up to bang the drums and DFA explode through an exclusive cover a standard by The Beatles.
Dennis Lyxzen is the voice of the Swedish punk band Refused and he is currently fronting the amalgamation of Umeå hardcore scene, INVSN. In a conversation that George has admitted to be one that he’s been most excited for in his whole career, they’ll get into the political and the existential.
Lemon Bucket Orkestra, the Ukranian gypsy punks, celebrate Gord Downie’s birthday with an exclusive rendition of The Tragically Hip’s “Wheat Kings.”
George will kick off International Development Week by sharing conversations with World Food Programme’s Director for the Gender office Ms. Kawinzi Muiu; Julie Marshall of the World Food Programme and Julia Gillard, the chairwoman of the Global Partnership for Education and a former prime minister of Australia.
We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including a premiere of new music from The Mayhemingways, Sarah Cripps and Sun K.
Danielle Duval has revitalized her melodic indie-rock on her sophomore album LOSE IT and brings those sounds and an exclusive cover of a pop classic made famous by Donna Summer to the House Of Strombo.
Jim Cuddy is known as one-half of Canada’s most famous songwriting duo, fronting the iconic institution known as Blue Rodeo. He returns to the show with his fourth solo effort Constellation, which is a collection of melancholy memories and hopeful hymns. Accompanied by his Blue Rodeo compadres Colin Cripps and Bazil Donovan with keywork by Steve O’Connor and Anne Lindsay on fiddle, Cuddy explore the stories with George and strums a few new songs, a Blue Rodeo classic and delivers an exclusive Jackson Browne cover.
We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including a premiere of new music from Beams and our friend Joshua Jackson checks in to talk about The Affair, his favourite Nirvana track and his upcoming broadway debut.
Lock It. Crank It. Join the collective.
Angel Olsen sings of loss and of transition and her latest collection of b-sides is no slight to leftovers, but rather further growth on Phases. She grew up in St. Louis as the youngest in a family of eight children, some were old enough to be her parents. She’ll revisit the religious upbringing, the happiness pursuit, her brief time in a Gwen Stefani cover band, performs some of her music and treats us to an exclusive cover of The Everly Brothers‘ “Since You Broke My Heart”
Spoon went from underground press darlings to one of the most critically acclaimed acts, all while carving out a niche with a precision punk knife. Their arsenal of hits ranges nearly two decades and they came to the House armed with another album, Hot Thoughts. They perform new classics, old classics and deliver an exclusive cover of their favourite David Bowie deep-cut. All while dipping into the artists’ role during political tribulations and their undeniable legacy.
The Spoons were the original utensil rock collective and were born in Burlington, Ontario. Their early records were produced by Daniel Lanois and Nile Rodgers and they shared stages with The Police, Culture Club and Simple Minds – all while writing timeless tunes, such as “Romantic Traffic” and “Nova Heart.” They’ll perform those and reveal a brand-new song for you in the House.
We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including a premiere of new music from Omhouse and a celebration of the late voice of The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan with thoughts and a cover from our friend, Ria Mae.
In part two of Hundo 2017, George shares the best songs of the year with you from to Gorillaz to Gord Downie, Kamasi Washington to Partner, Jessie Reyez to Sampha. We’ll feature some of the favourite songs chosen by our team and friends of the show, including Kevin Drew and WEAVES’ Jasmyn Burke.
Listen to Part One (100-51) right HERE. And stream the complete Hundo via Apple Music right HERE.
In part one of Hundo 2017, George shares the best songs of the year with you from to Run The Jewels to Emily Haines, Vivek Shraya to Omar Souleyman, Charlotte Gainsbourg to Gord Downie. We’ll feature some of the favourite songs chosen by our team and friends of the show, including Partner and Lou Canon.
Listen to Part Two (50-01) right HERE. And stream the complete Hundo via Apple Music right HERE.
Throw a log on the fire, drown yourself in some eggnog and turn up that radio dial as our friends come together to perform and share their stories for you.
We’ll welcome Alan Doyle, Charlotte Cardin, Ginette Reno, Hannah Georgas, The Jim Cuddy Band, Leif Vollebekk, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Lido Pimienta, Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians, Maylee Todd, Mo Kenney, NEFE, Partner, Serena Ryder, Shad, Shawn Hook, The Tenors, Twist, Uke-Hunt, VIVEK SHRAYA, The Weather Station + more.
Lock it. Crank it. Join the collective.
Alan Doyle has a new album (A Week At The Warehouse), a second book (A Newfoundlander In Canada) and an infinite vault of stories. In conversation with George, he explores his nice guy reputation, working with Bob Rock, his love for metal and holiday traditions. All the while performing several tracks, including a cover of Ron Hynes’ “I’ll Be There Christmas Eve.”
GWAR are thrash metal’s answer to Spinal Tap. They were formed at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond as an experiment in marketing strategy by several musicians, art students, and dancers. Recently unveiling The Blood of the Gods, their fourteenth album and first without founding member Dave Brockie (Oderus Urungus). In the reality of the world’s violence that has become more constant, we get into the challenge of their process to prepare shock levels, misogyny and if they’d run for office.
Serena Ryder enters Utopia with George — celebrating the next, but also the beginnings from the first teacher to the first cassette and the first guitar. Her collaborator Shawn Hook joins for a stripped down performance of her song “Sanctuary” and Serena delivers an exclusive rendition of her favourite Tina Turner anthem.
We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including a premiere of new music from Zaki Ibrahim.