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Strombo’s Halloween Treat

It’s that time of year again! Strombo’s Halloween Treat. Carve a pumpkin. Light a candle. Eat some candy. Let us provide the soundtrack.

Emily Haines + The Soft Skeleton‘s voice has been a constant friend throughout her releases with Metric and Broken Social Scene. After ten years with those projects, she opened her next chapter with an intimate collection of solo confessions, stories and an LCD Soundsystem cover from the piano in the House Of Strombo.

Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things and It dials in from Vancouver to discuss his Halloween traditions, the second season of the Netflix juggernaut and what his next direction is with his band, Calpurnia.

Mitch Markowitz, the last surviving member of the Canadian cult classic Hilarious House Of Frightenstein drops in for a few memories, song requests to commemorate the vinyl release of HHOF’s soundtrack. His complete and unedited exploration can be found below.

Also, we’re visited by our friends Partner and Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys shares the story behind their song “Halloween.”

It’s wall-to-wall Hallowe’en vibes, curated by music lovers for music lovers.

HIP30: A Celebration of Canada’s Band, The Tragically Hip

For Gord.

On New Year’s Day, the Strombo Show presented a four-hour special honouring the Tragically Hip’s 30th anniversary, featuring covers and chats with the Hip’s friends, fans and colleagues.

“This past year has been an incredibly emotional one for Canada’s band and their fans. It marked their 30th anniversary and their monumental tour — a tour that captured the minds of our nation,” says George Stroumboulopoulos. “On January 1st, we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in the new year with an unprecedented gathering. The Strombo Show has invited Canada’s best bands into my living room to celebrate and cover their favourite Hip songs and share their memories of the band, the music and of course, Gord Downie. Four hours of incredible music, memories and moments. There has never been a show like this — Canada’s best covering Canada’a band. This is our love letter to the band. Join us, and share it.`

Performances include Arkells, Blue Rodeo, Rheostatics, Sarah Harmer and Stars. Stories and memories are shared with A Tribe Called Red, Adam Van Koeverden, Andy Kim, Atom Egoyan, Daniel Lanois, George Elliott Clarke, Joseph Boyden, Kate Fenner, Lieve Prins (artist behind Fully Completely album art), RUSH, Sam Roberts, Steve Jordan, Tanis Rideout, Teddy Fury and the Hip’s longtime technical director, Dave ‘Billy Ray’ Koster.

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, Blunt Chunks + The Kents

Come inside the House Of Strombo for another evening of musical exploration.

Legendary actor Bill Murray + acclaimed cellist Jan Vogler explore their classical project New Worlds from its inception to its deep-rooted intentions, spirituality and beyond. Their conversation was recorded in Murray’s hometown of Chicago, following his motivational appearance at the Chicago Cubs game.

Hamilton’s best kept secret Blunt Chunks unveils new music in the House and drops a cover of her favourite Wanda Jackson song. The Kents celebrate their sophomore Within Waves EP with an intimate session, including an exclusive My Morning Jacket cover. We also premiere new music from The Brood, Danielle Duval, Jessicka, Lemon Bucket Orchestra and Tough Age.

Crank it. Lock it. Join the collective.

Prophets Of Rage, The Barr Brothers + Tom Petty Celebrated

Ohmy myohhell yes. We celebrate the life and music of the God of Gainesville Tom Petty with an exclusive cover from Mo Kenney and many special guests sharing stories, song requests such as Ron Sexsmith, Sam Cash, Serena Ryder, STARS, Terra Lightfoot and Zane Lowe.

The Barr Brothers return to the House to debut new music from their upcoming album Queens Of The Breakers and snuck a little Bob Dylan cover for you. From George’s House in Topanga, Prophets of Rage (Chuck D of Public Enemy + Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine) bring the noise.

And if that weren’t enough! We tip our hats to the great Kate Bush in our new series that honours the greats through soundscapes of song, archival interviews and exclusive covers. This time we welcome Weyes Blood covering “Wuthering Heights” and Leif Vollebekk covering “This Woman’s Work.”

Crank it. Lock it. Join the collective.



Jessie Reyez, Giant Hand + Terra Lightfoot

We kick the door open to Rocktober with an inclusive evening of sound in the House Of Strombo.

Hamilton’s guitar-slinging darling Terra Lightfoot returns for a performance and conversation where she remembers the time that she recorded in the Rolling Stones‘ mobile studio, covers Townes Van Zandt and debuts songs from her upcoming album, New Mistakes. Our good friend Kirk Ramsay resurrects his moniker as Giant Hand, strips down his Old Cosmos songs and delves into deep honesty, reflecting on his struggles with depression. Toronto’s next Jessie Reyez transforms the House into her playground with her biggest songs, covers of Drake and The Rascalz, parental surprises and crowdsurfing through the kitchen.

Keep it cranked and locked. Join the collective.

Charles Bradley, Cold Specks, Gene Simmons + Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians

Tonight is for the legendary Charles Bradley as we revisit the intimate session that the screaming eagle of soul delivered in the House. Cold Specks transforms the living room into Fool’s Paradise through her steady performance and equally open conversation with George. Gene Simmons returns to open his Vault, shares his immigrant perspective on American politics and discusses the current state of KISS. His complete and un-edited conversation can be found here. Born Ruffians‘ frontman Luke Lalonde celebrates his acting debut in the film Sundowners with a little conversation and an acoustic performance. We also exclusively premiere new music from Little Scream + Royal Canoe‘s collaboration. Join the collective!

DMC, Lady Gaga + Partner

We’re back.

Strombo returns with the best records in the best order, along with many special guests. The King of Rock DMC opens up about his struggle with depression, suicide and second career with Darryl Makes Comics. The Mother of Monsters Lady Gaga celebrates her upcoming documentary ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’ in conversation from TIFF 2017. The future of rock’n’roll Partner deliver their first radio session ever with an electrifying set, including several AC/DC covers and an appearance from Josée’s father.

To commemorate the night before the Polaris Prize is revealed, short listers choose their favourite songs by other contenders: Lido Pimienta on Tanya Tagaq and Lisa LeBlanc on Feist. We also exclusively premiere music from Liam Corcoran, SC Mira and Twist. Phew. Come inside!

Best of the Strombo Show: Hundo 2016 Part One

In part one of Hundo 2016, George shares the best songs of the year with you from to Pussy Riot to Radiohead, Tasha The Amazon to Imarhan, PJ Harvey to Charles Bradley. All songs are available to stream on Apple Music.

Best of the Strombo Show: Blue Rodeo, Regina Spektor + RUSH

Blue Rodeo’s kitchen party brings new tunes and greatest hits. Regina Spektor curates intimacy with her solo performance and explores her Russian upbringing as it relates to the American political climate with George. In an exclusive conversation, RUSH reflect on their final tour, celebrate the 40th anniversary of 2112 before debuting covers from Foo Fighters and Billy Talent.