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Best of the Strombo Show: 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.

Best of the Strombo Show: Billy Talent, Couer de pirate + Robert Plant

Arena anthems. Defiant decibels. Monstrous riffs. Billy Talent bring the power to the House Of Strombo with a set of their biggest songs featuring the return of original drummer Aaron Solowoniuk and an exclusive Rage Against The Machine cover.

Coeur de pirate has been Beatrice Martin’s alias of heartache and transformation for the past decade. She recently delivered to us a fully Francophone album, ‘En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé’ and in her return to the House Of Strombo, she performs a few cuts and an exclusive cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”

Robert Plant is the eternal Golden God. He continues to forge a path as an itinerant troubadour, staggering forth after realizing that at 32-years-old, Led Zeppelin was over. On his latest album, ‘Carry Fire’ he digs into “new worlds” as he described, “I rejoice in my previous work but must continue the journey to new worlds, after all there are so many songs that are yet to be written.” In a conversation at the House Of Strombo, they run the gamut of his storied life and career from the impact that traveling to Morocco had at 22-years-old to the spark Radiohead shifted in his musical approach to turning down a role in Game Of Thrones and beyond.

We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including premieres of new music from FRONTPERSON and Thomas Stajcer.

Bob Mackowycz Jr.

We’re supposed to be in summer repeats, but once again George has found the keys to the studio and hijacked his own program. To join him in the rebellion is our longtime friend and good guy, Bob Mackowycz, Jr.

Best of The Strombo Show: 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.

Best of The Strombo Show: 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.

Best of The Strombo Show: John Prine + Power Trip

John Prine is one of the most celebrated singer-songwriters of his generation. He’s known as a master storyteller, using heartfelt words and witty remarks to take on his Midwestern roots. He visits George in Topanga with guitar slung to share stories, wisdom, and song to celebrate “The Tree Of Forgiveness,” his first collection of original material in 13 years!

Power Trip are masters of channeling raw energy from every reference they pull from. Celebrating 10 years as a band, they released “Opening Fire: 2008-2014,” a complete collection of Power Trip’s earliest non-LP output, which they continue to tour. They hone in on their trash metal roots with perfect song structure, rich tones, fierce riffs, a killer attitude, and overall intense musical proficiency. They blast all their biggest songs to a head-banging crowd in the House Of Strombo

We’ll deliver 3-hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers by music lovers, including song requests from Margo Price and The Charlatans

Best of The Strombo Show: JUNOs After-Party Special

With mammoth hits and melodies that put you in a stranglehold, Barenaked Ladies are the Canadian institution that are truly the first indie success story in this country. Since that famous “Yellow Tape”, they’ve sold over 15-million albums worldwide, wrote the theme song for the biggest American comedy show, continue to give back with initiatives such as Plus1, MusiCounts and they continue that legacy with the recent release of their fifteenth album, “Fake Nudes.” In an incredibly intimate session, the BNL jam their biggest songs to an audience of fans and Canadian musicians from throughout their career and reflected on their 30-years with George. They’re joined by friends Fred Penner, Maestro Fresh Wes and Sloan’s Chris Murphy on a few of the classics.

Denise Donlon, this year’s recipient of the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, joins George for a one-on-one exploration. She is only the second woman to earn the award, following radio trailblazer Rosalie Tremblay in 1984. Donlon and George discuss the ongoing gender-parity movement, the current state of the Canadian music scene and her badass career as one of the most fascinating people in the industry, from hosting a campus radio station, tour-managing Headpins on the road with Whitesnake to her innovative contributions as VP/GM at MuchMusic, becoming the first female president at Sony Music Canada, her time as the executive-director and general manager of CBC English Radio and her ongoing work alongside initiatives, which include War Child Canada and Swim Drink Fish Canada.

In an incredibly rare performance session, Do Make Say Think celebrate their JUNO-nominated album, “Stubborn Persistent Illusions.” The post-rock collective formed twenty years ago in Toronto and have consistently approached their music with a fiercely independent self-production with the core remaining: Ohad Benchetrit, David Mitchell, James Payment, Justin Small and Charles Spearin. We welcome the songs of their first album in eight years, their zen approach and they serve up an unexpected cover of an instrumental classic.

We’ll revisit some recent House Of Strombo performances and conversations with this year’s JUNO nominees including The Beaches, Clairmont The Second, Iskwe, Jessie Reyez, Kid Koala, Land Of Talk, Leif Vollebekk, The Weather Station and WEAVES.

Some JUNO nominated friends of the show call-in to request songs from fellow-JUNO nominees, such as A Tribe Called Red, Anciients, Battle Of Santiago, Blue Hawaii, Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, DJ Shub, The Jerry Cans, Lou Phelps, METZ, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Rebecca Kohler and Rose Cousins.


Strombo takes over his own show and enters extra innings while on “summer break” to bring you the best records in the best order, including premieres of new music from Lou Canon and we revisit some of the greatest House Of Strombo sessions.

Best of The Strombo Show: International Women’s Day Special

This week’s episode of The Strombo Show is our annual celebration of International Women’s Day.

We ring in the fifteenth anniversary of their mega album “Fallen” and their recent collection (“Synthesis“) with an intimate Evanesence session. As one of the architects of this last decade of pop-rock, Amy Lee is a powerhouse. She brings her bravado, stories and song to the House Of Strombo and talks all things motherhood, anxiety and shares memories behind that undeniably influential album.

Land Of Talk returned from seven years of mental and geographic scramble with “Life After Youth” and its lead single “This Time” ranked high on this year’s Strombo Hundo. She delivers those goods through her new songs, a Safia Nolin cover and an exploration of modern feminism, the importance of redefinitions and when you recognize mortality.

Maylee Todd’s most recent art piece “Acts Of Love” proposed the question: “What is your act of love and how does it bring you therapeutic value?” In conversation with George, the inimitable artist digs into that tale of one woman’s metamorphosis, the relationship between music and human nature, the meaning of happiness and more. All while performing new music and offering an exclusive cover of beat smith, Mndsgn.

We’ll share a moment with CHVRCHES ahead of next week’s thorough conversation about their recently announced album, “Love Is Dead.”

Some of the most badass House Of Strombo performances from this season are revisited, including The Beaches covering Linda Ronstadt, Belle Game covering Joan Baez, Black Mountain, Ellevator covering Kate Bush, Jessie Reyez, Weyes Blood covering Kate Bush and Zaki Ibrahim covering Mary J. Blige.

Song requests from some friends of the show including Buffy SainteMarie, Cassie Dasilva, Charlotte Day Wilson, LIGHTS, Margo Price, Milk And Bone, The Weather Station and George premieres new music from Skye Wallace.