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Best of the Strombo Show: Strombo’s Halloween Treat with Fucked Up, The Glorious Sons + More

The Strombo Show brings your soundtrack for our annual Halloween Treat. Carve a pumpkin. Light a candle. Eat some candy this Sunday evening.

Fucked Up will also be bringing their magnificent opus Dose Your Dreams to the living room in a full-blast session for you. Their aspirations have expanded beyond their punk and hardcore realm with all members exploring vocal duties and with our kitchen chandelier swinging out of time, they delivered the goods. With Pink Eye’s children sitting in the front row, Fucked Up tear through new jams, dust off some of their oldest work and cover The Ramones.

The Glorious Sons have emerged from Kingston’s shadows as one of this country’s most celebrated rock radio staples. Before hitting the road for a national tour with The Beaches, they strip down their grit in an acoustic session to perform their biggest songs, explore recent sobriety, the late night conversations that they shared with Gord Downie and testify to their idols (that they shared the stage with) through covering The Rolling Stones.

We’ll also have many guests knocking at the door to share the musical selections and stories, including: Allie X, Art D’Ecco, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Darcys, The Kills, Mac Demarco, Monica Bodirsky and Shad.

Tell all your friends that the Spirit of Radio is ready to rumble.

Happy Halloween, friends.

Best of the Strombo Show: The Strombo Show presents JONI 75

The Strombo Show presented a four-hour special honouring the 75th birthday of Joni Mitchell featuring exclusive covers and conversations.

“To us, the true value of song is in its ability to speak to the deeper voice in our own heads and connect us with others. Very few, if any, have done it the way Joni has. We take a moment ahead of her 75th birthday and gather voices to sing her songs, share their stories as a testament to our painter, poet, artist.” – George

This celebration of Joni Mitchell includes performances and stories from AHI, Alannah Myles, a l l i e, Andy Kim, Anemone, Arkells, Art d’Ecco, Bernice, Bif Naked, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Cockburn, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Charlotte Cardin, Charlotte Cornfield, Chilly Gonzales, Coeur de pirate, Courtney Barnett, Denise Donlon, Dizzy, Evening Hymns, 54-40, Fred Penner, Grand Analog, Haviah Mighty, Hop Along, Jean-Michel Blais, Jeen, Jennifer Castle, Jeremy Dutcher, Jill Barber, Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, Judy Collins, July Talk, Kacy & Clayton, La Force, LIGHTS & Regent Park School of Music, Lissie, Lost Cousins, Mac Demarco, Maestro Fresh Wes, Maiko Watson, Martha Wainwright, Mary Gauthier, Maylee Todd, Milk & Bone, Molly Johnson, Murray McLauchlan, Nazareth, Nilüfer Yanya, Partner, Randy Bachman, Richard Reed Parry, Robert Trujillo, Rufus Wainwright, Safia Nolin, Sarah Gadon, Sarah McLachlan, Shad, Silver Pools, Steve Earle, Sunflower Bean, Sureilla, Taylor Knox, Terra Lightfoot, Tom Morello, The Trews, Vivek Shraya, The Weather Station & more.

Canada Day Special: Indigenous Voices
Sunday night is for the truth.
It’s our way of taking on the night before Canada Day.
We revisit performances and conversations that have been recorded in the House Of Strombo with some of the most important Indigenous voices today, including A Tribe Called Red‘s electric pow-wow; Andrea Warner and Buffy Sainte-Marie‘s in-depth exploration; Elisapie‘s musical upbringing; Ian Campeau‘s journey to preserve language; Iskwé‘s reclaiming of The Tragically HipJeremy Dutcher‘s haunting Joni Mitchell cover; Snotty Nose Rez Kids and DJ Kookum‘s sweaty session and lastly, the mighty Tanya Tagaq.
Tell your friends that the Spirit Of Radio lives on.
Best of the Strombo Show: Beastie Boys + Courtney Barnett + Michael Redhead Champagne

The Strombo Show returns for another season. This season, we’ve extended to four hours.

More Music. More Community. More Love. More Fight.

Beastie Boys are one of the most important musical collectives, in our eyes. From establishing themselves with “Licensed To Ill” – the first hip-hop album to top the charts – to the genre-bending, sample fiesta “Paul’s Boutique” and the eclectic trajectory that brought together alternative anthems (“Sabotage”) and vocoder disco (“Intergalactic”) via their own label and magazine, Grand Royal. All the while, organizing festivals to raise awareness and dollars for Tibet and other social justice causes.

Both Ad-Rock and Mike D have curated and written the definitive retrospective – The Beastie Boys Book, due at the end of October. It is a collection of memories, rare photographs, comic strips, mixtape playlists, essays from famous friends and even a cookbook from Roy Choi. It is a cultural history of the Beastie Brothers. You can pre-order The Beastie Boys Book HERE.

In a rare hour-long conversation, Ad-Rock and Mike D explore the evolution of their career, early NYC days, realizing that they weren’t proud of the “Licensed To Ill” lyrics, the unreleased pre-“Licensed…” album, creative freedom resulting from “Paul’s Boutique” bricked, Q-Tip‘s rejection, small crowds at disco clubs, label requests to write an MC Hammer diss track, meeting Hammer in a bathroom, Eminem’s surprise album “Kamikaze”, meeting Eminem in a bathroom, writing feminist lyrics, Brockhampton, the modern music industry, discomfort with the idea of being a leader, finding identity post-Beastie Boys, Ad-Rock’s thespian life, unheard Beasties Boys music, Ad-Rock’s work with film scores, Mike D’s production work, Sean Lennon referring to them as the modern Beastles, how MCA stays on their mind, wearing MCA’s pants, the future, loss, the potential of unreleased Beasties songs and a whole lotta more.

If that weren’t enough — Courtney Barnett returns to the House with her guitar to strum a few songs off her latest, “Tell Me How You Really Feel.”

We will dive into some powerful music with award winning community organizer, and member of the Shamattawa Cree Nation, Michael Redhead Champagne. You might recognized Michael from the APTN series, “First Contact” that takes six average Canadians, all with strong opinions about Indigenous People, on a unique 28-day journey into Indigenous Canada. This series is available for streaming right now.

To honour the night before Polaris Music Prize, we collect some short-listers to talk about their favourite tunes by other short-listers, U.S. Girls talk Jeremy DutcherPartner talk Snotty Nose Rez KidsSnotty Nose Rez Kids talk Daniel CaesarWeaves talk AlvvaysHubert Lenoir talks Pierre Kwenders and Pierre Kwenders talks Jean-Michel Blais.

Also, our friends in The Lonely Parade swing through to spin a track off their latest project, “The Pits.”

Tell all your friends that the Spirit of Radio is ready to rumble.

Lock it. Crank it. Join the collective.

Best Of The House Of Strombo Sessions: Part Two

Sunday night is for remembering.

George Stroumboulopoulos, the host and landlord of our little program, revisits some of his favourite sessions that filled his Toronto home with miles of cables, stacks of amps, warm sound and honest conversation.

Four hours is not quite enough time to pack together all of the best moments from the House Of Strombo, but the incredible array of artists in this episode includes: Against Me!, Alexisonfire, Amanda Palmer, Amelia Curran, Arkells, Barr Brothers, Basia Bulat, The Beaches, Belle Game, Black Mountain, Born Ruffians, Broken Social Scene, Carole Pope, Chantal Kreviazuk, Cherry Glazerr, Chilly Gonzales, City And Colour, Common Deer, Dilly Dally, Hamilton Leithauser, Heartstreets, Jennifer Castle, Jessie Reyez, Joel Plaskett, John Prine, K-Os, Kid Koala, Laura Marling, Leif Vollebekk, The Lonely Parade, Lou Canon, Lowell, Marc Ribot, Margo Price, Mary Gauthier, The Melvins, Mo Kenney, Peaches, Rae Spoon, Raine Maida, Stars, Steve Earle and Vanessa Carlton.

There have been generous offerings from many friends of the show, particularly in two special celebratory episodes. We dive into a collection of voices from the HIP30: A Celebration of Canada’s Band, The Tragically HipBarenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Hannah Georgas, Iskwé, Sarah Harmer and Weaves. And from our JONI75, which includes reiminagings of Joni Mitchell songs from Dizzy, Jean-Michel Blais, July Talk, La Force, Lights & Regent Park School Of Music, Lissie, Milk + Bone and Taylor Knox. 

Tell your friends that the Spirit Of Radio lives on.

Ammoye + Patrick Adams

Sunday night is for the night tripper, Dr. John.

Ammoye, you may not have heard of her, but she has worked with so many artists that you respect and has been nominated for a handful of JUNOs. Her roots are founded in the churches of her native Jamaica through her new life in Toronto. Her vibrant voice blends reggae and dancehall with gospel through all of her musical creations. After overcoming some health-related issues, she has guided her soul rebel fans through the power of dub and positive thinking. She shares her personal soundtrack, while unraveling religion, family and the greatness of Grace Jones with Strombo.

Patrick J. Adams from Suits, Clara, NCIS and so much more, sits down for a great conversation and he shares his deep musical appreciation, including Charles Bradley, Drake and Gordon Lightfoot. Through it all, he opens up about his anxieties and how working on Clara with his wife and a young director helped rescue him from depression.

Tell your friends that the Spirit Of Radio lives on.

Kevin Hearn

Sunday night is the night of the vampire, to honour our loss of Roky Erickson.

We endeavour to provide stacks of records to connect you to that thing, that magical thing that is music and your relationship with music.

We welcome one of the greatest artists in Canadian history, Kevin Hearn. The multi-instrumentalist of Barenaked Ladies visits to bring songs from his latest project: The Superhero Suite, which features his friends Ron Sexsmith, Michael Ray of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Carole Pope, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Alan Doyle, The Persuasions and more. He’ll unpack his work on the new documentary, There Are No Fakes, exploring artistic integrity and identity politics around an incredibly massive art fraud scam. In the midst of it all, he opens up about his creative collaborations with The Rheostatics, Gord Downie, Lou Reed and his own health survival stories.

Tell your friends that the Spirit Of Radio lives on.

Bob Mackowycz, Jr.

Sunday night is for Bookie.

“You will never come across another human being that cared more about music in the way that he did. Unwavering in his support. His values epically pure. Dave is the guy that taught us all to stay true. To never forget about the music. He lead by example. He taught me and so many people so much. Not just about how to do the job but how to tap into that thing that is why to do the job. Dave was one of one. This whole thing is not nearly as joyous without Dave Bookman on the radio.”

We’ll also be joined by our good friend and good guy Bob Mackowycz, Jr. for some exploration as part of the four-hour musical experience that’ll bring new sounds from Abakos, Absolutely Free, Badge Époque Ensemble, Doomsquad and Regina Gently.

Tell your friends that the Spirit Of Radio lives on.

 

Ewan Currie + Jessie Reyez

Sunday night is for music lovers.

You know Ewan Currie as the bearded Saskatoon frontman from The Sheepdogs and BROS, but he now has a kicking solo record entitled Out Of My Mind. In an impromptu phone call, Ewan unpacks the process of the record amidst his other projects and shares his undying love for Bonnie Raitt.

House Of Strombo is where some of the wildest concerts come together, which just also happens to be where our host lives. He revisits one of the most iconic moments of the last few years, when Jessie Reyez crowd-surfed through the kitchen to celebrate Kiddo EP, covering Drake ontop of the piano and pouring Jameson shots for the crowd. Strombo also brings new sounds from Operators and SYML and they’ll both dial in to request a few tunes, painting the four-hours of algorithm free musical experience.

Tell your friends that the Spirit Of Radio lives on.