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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Alexisonfire + Danko Jones
Alexisonfire have returned. It’s been nearly a decade since we heard new music with only a fistful of surprises appearances through the time since their hiatus. With their new stoner jam Familiar Drugs unleashed, it only seemed appropriate for the post-hardcore boys of St. Catharines to bring their sound to the House Of Strombo. Since the early days of MuchMusic, documenting the Pulmonary Archery video, there has been an undying appreciation between our landlord Strombo and the only band ever. Come in. Alexisonfire sits down to open up about what brought them together again, what they have planned, George’s firefighter career and beyond before delivering a full-volume, career-spanning set for a sweaty crowd of die-hard fans.
Danko Jones have been punching attitude and raising fists for nearly 25-years. They have shared stages with the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Motörhead, Megadeth and Clutch.  Danko embodies the spirit of rock and roll power chords since he was a 6-year-old member of the Kiss Army, discovering Bad Brains and diving in. In a muzzle-blast wall of distortion, the band crank some new tunes and discuss their new record, A Rock Supreme, Danko’s passion for Dungeons And Dragons and he’ll reveal the plans behind a new project with the mighty Tanya Tagaq.

There’ll also be appearances from friends of the show that include Maggie Rogers and Snotty Nose Rez Kids through a four hours of commercial and algorithm free musical journey.

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Elisapie, Ian MacKaye + London Calling 40th Anniversary
Sunday night is for the only band that matters.
Elisapie was given up for adoption as a baby, on the tarmac of an airport, to be raised in the community of Salluit, Nunavik until she lost her parents before she was twenty, resulting toward her escape to Montreal. Her album The Ballad Of The Runaway Girl is her story as an expatriate Inuk. Home. Adoption. Motherhood. Nomadism. Reestablishing a connection to your community. It is recounted and explored in conversation with Strombo, along with the songs that soundtracked her road.
Strombo ventures to the House Of Dischord for a rare conversation with Ian MacKaye. He has been leading Washington bands for four decades: Fugazi, Minor Threat, Teen Idles, Embrace, The Evens and when he was a teenager, he founded the massively impactful, Dischord Records. He has spent his life invested in a DIY philosophy. Championing accessibility and inclusivity in his work with a fearless approach. He said it himself, “If you see something that scares the shit out of you, go towards it. You’re about to learn something.”
We’ll honour the fortieth anniversary The Clash’s London Calling through demos, memories and conversation. Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon strolled into a garage in Pimilco, known as Vanilla Studios, in May 1979 with no songs prepared for what would become their seminal album. Strombo revisits the time with the photographer behind the classic bass destruction album cover, Pennie Smith and the keyboardist, Mick Gallagher. Voices that were born from the album also call-in to celebrate its value: Billy Bragg, Bry Webb of Constantines, Flogging Molly and Tom Morello.
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Amanda Palmer, Donna Grantis, Ron Dalton + Sharon + Bram
Sunday night is for the Purple One.
Amanda Palmer has said of her latest album and art-book, There Will Be No Intermission: “These songs were exercises in survival, loss and death kept happening in real-time, and these songs became my therapeutic arsenal of tools for making sense of it all.” In a thorough conversation with her old friend Strombo, she unpacks the frameworks of her music, theatre, modern community, The Dresdon Dolls, crowd-funding, her conversation with David Bowie, mental wellness, tough life choices and performs several songs from the ivories in the House Of Strombo.

Ron Dalton is the co-president of Innocence Canada and was once found guilty of a crime that he did not commit. When his wife choked to death on a piece of cereal, he was wrongly convicted of second degree murder, missed her funeral while waiting to appear in court and after eight years in prison, was cleared of his name. He now fights to help others not suffer the same fate, while also aiding musicians along the way. He’ll endeavour into his story and nod toward the musical references, songs from Bob Dylan‘s “Hurricane” to The Tragically Hip‘s “Wheat Kings,” that share the message of the wrongly convicted.
Sharon + Bram are a Canadian institution in the world of family entertainment for over 40-years. Their extensive creation of albums, song-books and television has earned them three JUNO awards, the Order Of Canada and as Goodwill Ambassadors for UNICEF in North and South America, they received the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award. Aside from the mantle, they influenced a generation that includes Damian Abraham of Fucked Up, as his first concert was Sharon, Lois + Bram. He brings his kids and performs a few songs with his alma-mater. There are a handful of additional guests that come together for sing-alongs, including Feltworth, Peter Mansbridge and Zaki Ibrahim. Skinnamarink, indeed.
We’ll honour the third anniversary of Prince’s passing through his songs and conversation with one of his closest collaborators in the last chapter of his life, the mighty Donna Grantis. She was the co-lead guitarist in his 3RDEYEGIRL project, a member of his legendary New Power Generation, which took her from Montreux Jazz Festival to the White House, and she has recently released her debut solo record, DIAMONDS & DYNAMITE. Dialling in from Minneapolis, Grantis remembers the origins of her relationship with Prince, his ping-pong skills, collaborative spirit and beyond.
Strombo will also premiere new music from Def Con Sound System, Dub Trio and Tanika Charles.

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Best Of The House Of Strombo Sessions
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!, Andy Kim, Behemoth, Billy Talent, Blue Rodeo, Death From Above, Dinosaur Jr., The Dirty Nil, Do Make Say Think, Ellevator, Emily Haines, Father John Misty, Flogging Molly, Fucked Up, Hollerado, JJ Shiplett, Kate Tempest, Kevin Drew, The Kills, La Force, Leif Vollebekk, Mac Demarco, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Maggie Rogers, Martha Wainwright, MixMaster Mike, Partner, Rufus Wainwright, Scott Weiland, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Spoon, Steve Earle and Weyes Blood.

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 HipChoir! Choir! Choir!, Harrison & M.I. Blue, Julie Doiron, Rheostatics, Silver Pools, Skydiggers, Stars and Tim Baker of Hey Rosetta!. And from our JONI75, which includes reiminagings of Joni Mitchell songs from Charlotte Cornfield, Jeremy Dutcher, Jim Cuddy, Terra Lightfoot and The Weather Station.

We’ll also hear from some of the wonderful people that make this show possible as they share their favourite musical memories that were set within the House Of Strombo, which will include Arkells, Broken Social Scene, Charles Bradley, The Cult, John Prine, Robert Plant and Sting.

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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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