Angel Olsen, Spoon + The Spoons

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, 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.

Hundo 2017: Part Two

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 PartnerJessie 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.

Hundo 2017: Part One

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 SouleymanCharlotte 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.

A Very Strombo Special Holiday Special

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.

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Alan Doyle, GWAR, Serena Ryder + Shawn Hook

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.

Charlotte Cardin, Lights + Wire

Tonight’s the night.

Charlotte Cardin left her modelling career and success on Montreal’s La Voix to return to school and become a doctor, traveled before she opened for Sting and reignited her music career. Alongside Jessie Reyez, she earned the inaugural Slate Music Emerging Songwriter Award this year. In conversation with George, she dives into how she finds freedom through her music in front of an impromptu audience at the House Of Strombo.

LIGHTS is the daughter of missionary parents and grew up in many parts of the world – Philippines, Jamaica, Ontario, British Columbia. At 18, changes her name to Lights and while creating her music and balancing motherhood motivates her schedule, she’s also created a comic series entitled Skin And Earth – a story of a girl named En in search of hope in a post-apocalpytic world. Politics. Sexism. Heroes. Villains. End of days. A record and a comic for now. We get into in in the full-conversation online, but for now, Lights stomps through our back door for an evening of anthemic optimism and her LIGHTS army in tow

WIRE’s landmark album Pink Flag turns 40 this year, but they want nothing to do the past and everything to do with the future as they drop their latest record, Silver/Lead. Original members Colin Newman and Graham Lewis talk art education, how society makes people make money, their writing process, artistic concepts behind the band and what keeps them keeping on. As Newman quips, “We’re the most famous band that you’ve never heard of.”

As part of our ongoing series to celebrate the greats, we’ll tip our hats to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin with a soundscape that includes archival interviews, demos and exclusive HoS covers by Charlotte Cardin and The Secret Things.

We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including a celebration of the Horseshoe Tavern’s 70th birthday with stories from Chris Murphy of Sloan, Damian Abraham of Fucked Up + Sarah Harmer. We also premiere new music from Darcys, Jane’s Party and Jonathan Kawchuk.

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Charlamagne Tha God, James Franco + Lucy Rose

Tonight is for the quest of freedom.

Charlamagne Tha God came by while in Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival’s premiere of Bodied. With George, he digs into being a young failed criminal, why he was fired several times from radio, finding his voice, Oscar De La Hoya, how Bodied is a vehicle for racial wars, homophobia, sexism in battle rap, how Donald Trump empowers bigots, the behind the curtain in America revealed, the frequency that the earth is vibrating on, Cardi B, Drake, the legacy of Jay-Z, what makes a great artist, how Kendrick Lamar reignited black consciousness, how his phrase “shoot the club up” originated, the difference between being a pervert and misogynistic, learning to respect through his wife and daughter, Beanie Sigel, lyricism in hip-hop, claiming that Kendrick is the best of this era, how Big Sean is the best of this moment, how he’s suspect of white rappers the way that police officers as suspect of black people, Vanilla Ice, Beastie Boys and more.

James Franco visits the House of Strombo to celebrate his new film The Disaster Artist during Toronto International Film Festival. He discusses his appreciation of The Wire, how he approached “the best worst movie ever made,” telling the universal story about dreamers on the outside, the soul of The Room‘s Tommy Wiseau, choosing to honour other artists, Basquiat, Pollock, the addiction and pitfalls of public persona, relieving ego to find happiness, recognizing workaholic and escapism tendencies to find happiness, what’s on his work-out playlist and putting focus on fewer places.

Lucy Rose recently opened a new chapter with her album Something’s Changing. She visited the House to perform stripped down renditions of her new songs, cover her sister-in-law Rae Morris and talk about on the reckless decision to stay in people’s houses on tour, music as a healing tool, conversations with tour mate and champion Paul Weller, her exploration of Latin America that informed this record, self-realization through the politics and sexism, her previous label wanting her to sound like Lorde, risk taking, choosing to leave the major label system, learning to believe in her creations, the vulnerability of Joni Mitchell‘s Blue and Neil Young‘s records teaching her that an imperfect voice is okay.

We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including appearances from Aron D’Alesio and The Meligrove Band.

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The Belle Game, Mo Kenney, Taggart + Torrens

Tonight is for the architect of riffs, Malcolm Young.

The Belle Game visits the House Of Strombo, performs stripped down renditions of new music from their latest Fear/Nothing. They unravel the changes within the band and recognizing tenacity over adversity.

Mo Kenney returns to the House Of Strombo to strum songs off her recent release The Details and covers Guided By Voices. With George, she talks about finding out what she wanted to say, finding hope through depression, therapy and her decision to perform in Manchester the day after the terrorist attack.

Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens celebrate their debut book launch, Canadianity: True North, Strong And Freezing with an epic House Of Strombo party that includes a jam session and cavalcade of friends and bahds making special appearances throughout, including Annie Murphy of Schitt’s Creek, Maestro Fresh Wes, Nathan Dales of Letterkenny and Steven Page.

As part of our ongoing series to celebrate the greats, we’ll tip our hats to the protest badass – Joan Baez with a soundscape that includes archival interviews, demos and an exclusive HoS cover by The Belle Game.

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Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, Mappe Of + Pierre Kwenders

Tonight is about change. Making choices to forward life.

Arcade Fire’s Win Butler visits the House Of Strombo for an in-depth exploration of their latest album and tour for Everything Now, bad shows, theology, the story behind Wake Up, being the biggest “rock band” in the world, the modern political landscape of America, Tom Petty, the teacher that changed his life, the value of New Orleans, his boarding school upbringing, fatherhood, DJ Windows 98, deconstructing the role of a rock star, his son’s obsession with Michael Jackson, sexism and assault in the entertainment world, violence at concerts and more.

Mappe Of performs an exclusive solo session to celebrate his debut release A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone and covers Radiohead, reveals how he found his sound, digs into his metal appreciation, Protest The Hero, struggles with self-realization, the necessity of limitations and beyond.

Pierre Kwenders is the stage name of Jose Luis Modabi, an overt nod to his grandfather that he never met. He visits the House to celebrate his album MAKANDA with a stripped down performance, including a Lokua Kanza cover. In conversation with George, he talks about his decision to leave accounting for music, joining a Congolese choir, singing in five different languages, why he named himself after his grandfather, how he identifies home, Montreal’s Moonshine Collective and more.

We’ll celebrate the life and music of Uncle Neil Young on his birthday, which includes testimonies from Joel Plaskett, Jann Arden and exclusive HoS covers by Basia Bulat, Lowell + The Weather Station.

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