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Charlotte Cornfield + Marc Ribot
Sunday night is for music lovers.

Charlotte Cornfield writes songs that bring Degrassi tears, according to Kevin Drew. She is one of the best songwriters we got, armed with her new collection of songs that she honed in on over the last few years by collaborating with Grammy-winning engineer Shawn Everett, Leif Vollebekk and Broken Social Scene’s Charles Spearin and Drew. Her name might feel familiar, as she has graciously visited the House to perform notable covers for both our HIP30 and JONI75 Celebration episodes. Through the acoustic reveal of several songs from her latest The Shape Of Your Name, Cornfield navigates her life in conversation with Strombo.

Marc Ribot has some of the most sought after hands, his guitar work has been the backbone of musicians that include Allen Ginsburg, Allen Toussaint, Diana Krall, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithful, Robert Plant, Solomon Burke, Steve Earle and perhaps most frequently, Tom Waits. Aside from his collaborations, Ribot has over 25-album to his own name that ranges the gamut from sounds of pioneering jazz with Albert Ayler to fusion alongside the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodriguez to his avant post-rock trio, Ceramic Dog. St. Vincent praises him as her favourite guitarist, noting that he can “make a guitar sound like it is being strangled or really make it sing, sometimes both in the same breath.” His most recent project voices outrage as a response to the current times through Songs Of Resistance 1942-2018 and in an incredibly rare solo acoustic session, Ribot brings his stories to dissect song, fight and his world.

And if that weren’t enough, Strombo premieres new sounds from Saxsyndrum amidst the four hours of commercial free, algorithm free musical experience.

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Jill Barber, Tanya Tagaq + Teenage Fan Club
Sunday night is for coming together.
Jill Barber‘s reinvention through genre definitions, collaborating with her brother Matthew Barber on an album has all lead her to her latest offering, Metaphora. Earlier this season, she generously delivered a cover of her Joni Mitchell song “Blue” as part of our JONI 75 Celebration and now, she brings her vulnerability and melodies into the House. The legendary Kris Kristofferson said it himself, “Jill Barber is a real songwriter, a damn good songwriter.”

Tanya Tagaq 
is a masterful mind known for her avant-garde compositions, performances and storytelling, as revealed via her debut novel, Split Tooth. The list of accolades on her mantle have solidified her space as one of the most celebrated: JUNO Award, Member of the Order of Canada, Polaris Music Prize, multiple honorary doctorates and now the bestseller’s list for the aforementioned novel. Her collaborations continue to grow, from Björk and Buffy Sainte-Marie to Fucked Up and Weaves to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She’s a true original. It’s been a long-time hope and we’re excited to finally welcome Tanya into the House Of Strombo. She joins George for a proper conversation about her body of contemporary work, environmental and human rights, her latest musical project Toothsayer and beyond.

Kurt Cobain described them as “the best band in the world.” Liam Gallagher of labelmates Oasis called the them “the second best band in the world.” Gene Simmons of KISSthreatened to sue them. Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie recently covered their classic album Bandwagonesque in its entirety. Teenage Fanclub earned a reputation as pop craftsmen for three decades since emerging from Glasgow. With the departure of original member Gerard Love this year, they’ve begun to etch out the next chapter, which they discuss with George as they weave through a career-spanning session that features an exclusive Neil Young cover for you.

And if that weren’t enough, we will be visited by the emerging sibling trio, DOOMSQUAD for one fleeting moment.

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Haviah Mighty, Lowest Of The Low + Soon-Yin Lee
Sunday night is for untangling anxieties.

You should know Haviah Mighty. Maestro Fresh Wes was admitted that her stage presence made him nervous. Michie Mee invited her collective The Sorority to perform at her birthday. She has earned stages with artists like Desiigner, Nelly, Sheck Wes, Snoop Dogg and performed on our JONI75 celebration. All of these notable stamps of approval and her debut album is still in the wings. To celebrate her next, Haviah Mighty drops freestyle verses and brings her truth with Strombo.

Lowest Of The Low’s Ron Hawkins has new sounds to share with you. The Toronto institution have finished their eight album, their first on a major label, and Ron visits the House Of Strombo with several cuts and an armful of stories. The Low have always been a voice of Toronto, the community and the political climate, which dates back to their early attempt to establish a musicians’ union to counter unscrupulous promoters. It’s a voice and a message that he found at his first show on The Clash’s London Calling tour and has taken shape through nearly 20-albums to his name. 

Sook-Yin Lee and Strombo share two decades of friendship and musical exploration, from their curational connection on MuchMusic to the CBC airwaves. She has a new hybrid-documentary performance, UNSAFE: An Investigation into the Censorship of Art and the Art of Censorship in Canada, currently ongoing at Canadian Stage. In their in-depth conversation, Sook-Yin and Strombo reclaim bad words, reminisce about those days at the corner of Queen & John, unpack her life story and of course, spin the tunes that you need.

Our friend Joel Plaskett dials in to reveal some exciting news about Thrush Hermit. Strombo exclusively premieres a load of new music, including Damhnait, Kiwi Jr. and if that weren’t enough, we will be visited by the excellent force that is nêhiyawak.

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Strombo’s JUNOs After-Party Special + Flogging Molly
Sunday night is the after-party for the JUNO Awards.

We’ll revisit some recent House Of Strombo performances and conversations with this year’s JUNO-nominated artists, including Snotty Nose Rez Kids. Plus, covers of Joni Mitchell and The Tragically Hip by JUNO-nominated artists AHI, Arkells, Coeur de pirate, Dizzy, Donovan Woods, Jeremy Dutcher, Milk & Bone and The Trews. 

Some JUNO-nominated friends of the show call-in to request songs from fellow JUNO-nominees including Boogat, Dave Merheje, Debra DiGiovanni, Dubmatix, Elisapie, Exco Levi, Hubert Lenoir and Loud Luxury.

And let’s not forget it is also St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ll thrilled to welcome the mighty Flogging Molly. The legendary institution bring their sixth collection of songs and eternal message “Life Is Good” to the room. In a very rare acoustic moment, they stomp their feet and strum their hymnals that includes one of George’s all-time favourites and they celebrate their mothers, the mutual love of Joe Strummer and the recent endorsement they received from presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders. 

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Richard Reed Parry, Sting + Witch Prophet
Sunday night is for surprises.
Richard Reed Parry is perhaps the most visible extra-curricular member of Arcade Fire. He has experimented with orchestral undercurrents, produced records by other indie powerhouses and finally delivered a follow-up to his debut with a majestic two-parter. In his return to the House Of Strombo, Parry brought songs from ‘Quiet River Of Dust, Vol. 1’, which was released on the autumn equinox and tells stories of ghosts, English folk, Japanese death poems and he’ll unravel it all with George. As a bonus, he delivers a cover of Mary Margaret O’Hara for the ages. 

Sting has spent the last decade performing emotional archeology upon his town’s shipyard, sitting in the back of the Broadway audience to take notes and tracing his own story through the process. This all resulted in the crafting of his musical, The Last Ship. On its premiere night at Mirvish’s Princess Of Wales Theatre, the standing ovation included his friend Shaggy, with whom Sting recently earned his seventeenth Grammy Award for their collaborative reggae album, 44/876. Needless to say, Sting is in a creative resurgence. In a very rare solo acoustic performance from the House Of Strombo, he brings his songs from The Last Ship, his fantastic hymn “Fragile” and an open heart to discuss the power in community, identity and the complicated relationship between him and his father.

Witch Prophet is a self-managed, queer, Ethiopian/Eritrean, singer-songwriter, the CEO of Heart Lake Records (FKA 88 Days Of Fortune) and member of feminist-based electro dub hop group Above Top Secret. She’s also a mother. You might have found her trademarked soundscapes colouring work with Shad, Fucked Up or Lido Pimienta, but she cemented her own place with her debut full-length The Golden Octave. We’re lucky to share with you the reveal of her ode to ancestry and in conversation with George, she details the choice to say ‘yes’ to the magic of life and spin the records that tell her story.

We’ll also exclusively premiere a load of new music from 13, Ian Daniel Kehoe, Mother Tongues, Orville Peck and Steven Lambke.

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Bernice, Bob Mold + Celebrating John Candy

Sunday night is for Johnny LaRue.

Bernice‘s Robin Dann is the daughter of a symphony harpist and former-TSO principal violinist and a graduate of formality and experimentation herself. She leads a band of celebrated collaborators that includes Thom Gill, Colin Fisher, Daniel Fortin, Philippe Melanson and Felicity Williams. Their work adds colour to projects with some of Canada’s finest: Bahamas, The Barr Brothers, DIANA, John Southworth, Martha Wainwright, Owen Pallett and many others. That is all to say that they conspire to create some mastery as evident on their critically applauded debut album, PUFF. After bringing the heat with their Joni Mitchell cover on our JONI75 special earlier this season, Bernice returns to the House with their own songs.

Bob Mould, the master and architect that you know from Hüsker Dü, has been dropping excellent solo records for about three decades. With his recent relocation to Berlin, shifting from San Francisco, he’s writing songs armed with love, positivity and unveiled that sound with his latest offering, Sunshine Rock. In his visit to the House Of Strombo, he unpacks that process and his infinite vault of stories.

Strombo premieres new music from friends of the show, Hannah Georgas and another from Partner.

We nod to the god: John Candy. We lost the comedic force 25-years-ago this week. So to celebrate the man, voices come together: the legendary Paul Shaffer sings a tribute; the man that discovered him and one of the fathers of The Second City, Andrew Alexander; his school councillor and friend, Ted Schmidt; songwriting legend and fan, Joel Plaskett and we’ll be joined by his SCTV co-hort, Martin Short.

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Def Leppard + George’s Mother

Sunday night is for music lovers.

Def Leppard was the first cassette that George purchased. In a phoner from across the pond, frontperson Joe Elliott reflects on their icon status, struggles with identity, the Bohemian Rhapsody film, stealing techniques from the Human League, Roxy Music and their upcoming Canadian tour.

George’s mother has (unknowingly) made the occasional visit to the program to share her stories, advice for George and wonderful musical musings. Tonight is one of those times. She remembers the time that she serenaded peacocks in Punta Cana with her harmonica, the letter she sent to Donald Trump and her first concert, Neil Diamond. What a gift. Please don’t tell her.

We also welcome our friend Clara Hughes to share her love for the great Nina Simone and George calls on Prime Minister Trudeau to give the Order Of Canada to Plastikman.

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Eva Husson, Kim Mitchell + Sydanie
Sunday night is for our friend, Darryl Weeks.
Eva Husson has been a nomad, earned her Masters and has written and directed several films, including the Palme D’or nominated, Girls In The Sun. At this year’s Cannes premiere of that film, women from the film industry delivered a statement of gender equality. This included Kristen Stewart, Jane Fonda, Cate Blanchett, Ava DuVernay, Patty Jenkins, Marion Cotillard, Agnès Varda — among the 82 women who climbed the steps of the Palais together. That number representing 82 films directed by women that have screened as official selections in Cannes competition, compared to 1,645 films directed by men—a ratio of less than five percent. When she visited the House during TIFF 2018, she unravelled that moment of solidarity, today’s movement within the film industry, France’s tradition of nationalism, the process of creating her war film about sisterhood and survival in Iraqi Kurdistan, learning about differing life perspectives, modern racism, social justice within art, how landing in America five-days before 9/11 shifted her film directing courses at AFI and her desire to remake Jacques Demy’s “Peau d’Âne.”
Kim Mitchell continues to live by his personal mission statement of “Rock N Roll Duty” and for the first time, he sits down with George. They explore the unheard Gord Downie collaboration, his stroke recovery, the art of writing with optimism, life after his long-running Q107 gig, stories behind some of his biggest songs, how he embraced the local music festivals, his dog Webster, what Max Webster song he often strums at home, obsessing over Jimi Hendrix and he exclusively reveals his new reworking of “Diamonds Diamonds” with Barenaked Ladies
Sydanie is what she self-describes as: “supernatural rapper mom.” We found ourselves spinning her 999 mixtape relentlessly. One of our favourite artists in the country. She’s doing a lot with the power of music. Music to help heal. She also founded MOCHA (Mothers Organized in Community Healing Arts) to provide safe creative spaces for racialized, queer and economically challenged mothers. In conversation with George, Sydanie digs into everything from drone therapy to motherhood and identity in art, weaved through with a playlist of songs that tell her story.

We lost our friend and beloved publicist Darryl Weeks. He was a true champion of his family and music. He helped many in the community navigate their way. To celebrate him, we’ll hear from some of the many friends and artists that he worked with: Art D’ecco, Born Ruffians, Louise Burns, Paul Saulnier of PS I Love You, Stephen Ramsay of Young Galaxy and Tim Burgess of The Charlatans. If you feel like you can help his children’s education fund, donate here.

We’ll also premiere new music from Vancouver’s TARIQ and will hear from our friend Jade Bergeron, the woman behind the Flying Hórses.

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Mumford And Sons, Sarah Gadon + Sister Nancy
Sunday night is for music lovers.

Mumford And Sons recently said that they write songs about the four D’s: “death, divorce, drugs and depression.” While a career has built, they’ve found themselves on the bedside of mortality more frequently through the making of their fourth album, Delta. It’s been a decade since they smashed themselves onto the chart with f-bomb dropping, banjo-fuelled hymnals and as they rolled down the road, they’ve earned arenas, music industry hardware, Billboard charts, stage time with Bob Dylan, U2, Barack Obama, their own traveling festival and plenty of imitators have followed them. With their latest release, they’ve earned an onslaught of both support and criticism. In conversation with Strombo, they unravel their appreciation for Metallica, their own identity, how they approach a fourth record as an established band, their relationship with being labeled as “folk”, the collaborative power of producer Paul Epworth, allowing bad ideas to grow, how success challenged their friendship, fan expectations of who they should be, the balance of sustainability and artistic ambitions and how they’ve found themselves with another record already written.

Sarah Gadon is in the midst of a banner year, from the critically acclaimed Margaret Atwood-adapted series Alias Grace to Xavier Dolan‘s English-language debut The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan to the third season of True Detective. No stranger to the House, Gadon returned to unpack these projects, the residue of multiple characters and what tunes fuel those characters from inside of her headphones.
Sister Nancy goes beyond “Bam Bam” in a thorough exploration of life with Strombo. She is known to the world as the first female dancehall DJ and her aforementioned anthem is one of the most sampled reggae tracks of all-time, as recently repurposed on tracks from both Jay Z and Kanye West. She rifles through stories behind her biggest songs, her bullying youth in Jamaica, the discovery of music within her, the loss of her revivalist pastor father, her struggle with motherhood, discovering her popularity after moving to New Jersey, the battle for royalties and more. As she confidently voices in the conversation, “I don’t want to forget pain. Pain makes me a strong woman.”

George also will share new sounds from friends of the show Flying Hórses and Hawskley Workman and the Montreal-born soulful voice of Mélissa Laveaux dials in to share her love for the supergroup, Bermuda Triangle.

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