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The Dirty Nil, Maggie Rogers + Reggie Watts

Sunday night is for music lovers.

Maggie Rogers has been an unavoidable force over the past little while, from the coveted Saturday Night Live stage to topping the Billboard charts with her debut album. In her session with George, she discusses the concept of being present, the impact of Gustav Holst’s The Planets, learning about the music industry through transcribing Lizzy Goodman interviews, meditation, rewriting her story following the unexpected viral storm, her appreciation of Jessie Reyez, the social media expectations, the space between pop and punk worlds and she delivers a cover of Whitney Houston‘s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”

The Dirty Nil‘s latest release is the aptly titled ‘Master Volume.’ They continue to gut bust with full-fledged distortion levels, keeping the spirit of rock’n’roll in the conversation. That spirit has earned the JUNO-winning boys stages with proper guitar slingers like Against Me!, Alexisonfire and The Who. Their frontman Luke Bentham watched his hero John Prine strum his songs in the House Of Strombo earlier this season and now, joined by his compadres Kyle Fisher and Ross Miller, they cut the floor open.

Reggie Watts is a self-prescribed “intellectual stoner’s dream.” Known by most as the faithful band-leading Paul Shaffer to James Corden‘s Letterman, he’s a master of comedy and an internationally renowned musical genius in his own right. When he came through town for JFL42, he explored his craft, his mind and process in-depth with George.

We’ll also premiere new music from two voices of the atlantic, Adam Baldwin and B.A. Johnston.

Tell your friends that the spirit of radio lives on.

Donna Strickland + The Trews

We continue to roll on the Spirit Of Radio.

Donna Strickland is a laser jock turned Nobel Laureate. She won the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 for her role in the development of chirped pulse amplification in the mid-1980s. This work led to the most intense laser pulses ever created, which are used to machine glass in your cell phone or slice your cornea in laser eye surgery. Strickland, also the the professor of physics at the University of Waterloo, is believed to be the only person awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for a first paper published and the third woman to win the physics prize in 117 years. She joins the ranks of Marie Curie and Maria Goeppert-Mayer. When she was just back from the Nobel Week festivities in Sweden, she stopped by the house to chat with George about her love of the work, the role of light in helping us understand the climate crisis.



The Trews have been a long-standing staple in the tradition of Canadian mainstream rock radio. However, while they were in the middle of crafting a new album with iconic producer Bob Rock — they burned it all down. New producer. New label. New management. They’re also in a position of elder-statesmanship, producing records by the next generation like The Glorious Sons, collaborating with Max Kerman of Arkells. The Antigonish fellas have previously made their mark on our show by testifying to their old tour mates on our HIP30 and collaborating with their sister for our JONI75. This time, they’re bringing their own songs.

It’s four hours of algorithm free, commercial free musical celebration. Come in.

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.

Broken Social Scene, Chastity + Nikita of Regent Park School Of Music

This Sunday night is for music lovers.

Broken Social Scene, joined by Feist and Jason Collett, celebrate and tease new music and revisit some of their biggest songs in the House Of Strombo. An institution in Canadian music, Social Scene reunited with the album “Hug Of Thunder” in 2017 and have been bringing their show around the world since. We have previously welcomed members’ other projects — including Do Make Say Think, Kandle, La Force and Stars — but this time, they all come together in one of our most triumphant sessions.

Chastity is Brandon Williams from Whitby, Ontario and his album “Death Lust” is one that George declared, “gives me hope.” Brandon is a devout DIY mind, creating art and concert series in his hometown to build a community and through his songs, he challenges the systemic racism that hometown breathes. In an exclusive reveal of his stringed quartet arrangement, Williams unravels haunting renditions of his songs.

Nikita Austin feels music with her body through vibration, whether it is the piano, the steel drum or the flute. As a student of the Regent Park School of Music, a non-profit community school, she has honed her craft to fight against her consistent loss of hearing. She visits the House to bang the drum and chat with George about her absolute passion for music.

We’ll also welcome our friend Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent to reminisce about the legendary Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks and their first American tour, supporting the punk heroes. And you might know her from our HIP30 and JONI75 specials, the wonderful Charlotte Cornfield reveals her new song for you.

Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.

Strombo Hundo 2018

It’s that time of year again.

George shares the best records of the year with you from Alexandra Stéliski to Kali Uchis, Janelle Monae to Ellevator, Courtney Barnett to La Force, The Lonely Parade to Kacey Musgraves, Alessia Cara to Witch Prophet, Fanny Bloom to Jennifer Castle and more.

We’ll also welcome a few friends of the show to share their favourites, including Bahamas, Elisapie, Jennifer Castle and Sarah Harmer.

Join the collective.
Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.

A Very Special Strombo Holiday Special

Throw a log on the fire, drown yourself in some eggnog and turn up that radio dial as our friends come together to perform and share their stories for you.

We’ll welcome Alan Doyle, BadBadNotGood, Choir! Choir! Choir!, cleopatrick, coeur de pirate, The Dears, Dizzy, Hannah Georgas, Jim Cuddy, Joel Plaskett, John Prine, Kevin Hearn, La Force, Leif Vollebekk, Lido Pimienta, Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, Maylee Todd, Mo Kenney, Partner, Queer Songbook Orchestra with Leah Fay of July Talk, Regent Park School Of Music, Rich Aucoin, Sharon And Bram, Stars, Vivek Shraya, The Weather Station, Yukon Blonde and the last surviving member of the band behind the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, Jerry Granelli.

Lock it. Crank it. Join the collective.
Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.

Dizzy, Jean-Michel Blais + John Prine

Legends and next generations continue to gather in the House Of Strombo.

John Prine is one of the world’s most integral word slingers. He’s king of the songwriter’s songwriters, one that Bob Dylan described as: “pure Proustian existentialism. Midwestern mind trips to the nth degree.” In one of our most warm and intimate sessions, Prine shares his stories while strumming his hymns of yesterday, Merle Haggard and of his Grammy-nominated album, The Tree Of Forgiveness. His inimitable impact was identified through the cavalcade of musical legends that walked in the door to the House Of Strombo, lead by Gordon Lightfoot himself and followed by those that included Basia Bulat, Blue Rodeo, The Dirty Nil, Hollerado, Jim Bryson, Matt Mays, Sam Cash, The Strumbellas, Terra Lightfoot and The Weather Station.

Dizzy are three brothers and a close friend since 9th grade math class, Katie Munshaw, from Oshawa. They make music “to combat the anxieties of this provincial ennui” that we first heard covering The Last Time I Saw Richard on our Joni Mitchell 75 Special earlier this season. With their debut album Baby Teeth unleashed, they meditate on the feeling with George and strip-back their day-dream arrangements at the piano.

Also on the ivories tonight is our friend, Jean-Michel Blais. He was evicted from his Montreal apartment earlier this year, a space that hosted pop-up concerts and was immortalized on the cover of his debut album. He’s documented one final session in that room on his recent Eviction Sessions EP, the follow-up to his Polaris Prize-nominated, dans ma mains. With wit and presence, Blais brings us into his world by transforming George’s piano, discussing the therapeutic power of music for his Tourette symptoms, why he quit the conservatory and his work within South American orphanages.

George brings four hours of commercial-free, algorithm musical exploration to you, including an appearance from our friend Dallas Green and a tip of the hat of the two mighty Kathleen’s – Hanna and Brennan.

Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Spiritualized + The Weather Station

Legends and next generations continue to gather in the House Of Strombo.

Spiritualized’s leader Jason Pierce sits down on the back porch of George’s home in Topanga Canyon to discuss what he thought would be their final album, And Nothing Hurt. It was a six-year journey for the king of controlled chaos to create the record, breaking himself down through the sonic exploration. In conversation with Strombo, he details his recording techniques, the value in patience, the life within records, learning one’s limitations and if it is the end for Spiritualized.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids are a force from the Haisla Nation of the Haisla kala speaking people that earned the short list at this year’s Polaris Music Prize for their relevant record, The Average Savage. They are one of Strombo’s favourite voices today. Earlier this season, The Rez Kids joined Jeremy Dutcher and Partner for a Polaris Artists Cauldron. In their return to the House, they go in on their Eminem appreciation, their work with Tiny House Warriors, suicide, their anti-pipeline anthem and they’ll unravel their Offset cover with DJ Kookum.

The Weather Station crafted a statement with her self-titled and self-produced record. One that cements her position amongst the best singer-songwriters in the country. She’s joined us before to cover Neil Young, collaborate with Bernice to cover Joni Mitchell and performed on last year’s A Very Special Strombo Holiday Special alongside Hannah Georgas and Luke LaLonde of Born Ruffians. With her incredible band, Tamara Lindeman returns to the House Of Strombo. This time, with her own songs to tell her own story.

We’ll exclusively premiere new music from Man Meets Bear and Twist. In the spirit of the year-end perspective, we’ll revisit some of the best covers that have been performed in the House Of Strombo, including Charles Bradley‘s powerful Neil Young rendition, Spoon‘s David Bowie reimagination, Jeremy Dutcher‘s delicate approach to Joni Mitchell, Kate Tempest‘s take on Bob Dylan and many more.

Tell your friends that we are the spirit of radio.

Chilly Gonzales, cleopatrick + Pascal Siakam

Legends and next generations continue to gather in the House Of Strombo

Chilly Gonzales returns to the piano in the House Of Strombo. The former rapper and super villain tickles his own soundtrack to the conversation to celebrate his latest, Solo Piano III. With George standing beside the piano, Chilly talks about the evolution of his music school known as The Gonzervatory, his ever-growing roster of collaborations and more, before delivering a gentle tribute to George Michael.

cleopatrick want you to “fuck whatever you think rock is.” Riding high on the fumes of their year, which included praise from BBC and Spotify tastemakers and a stage shared with one of their favourite bands, the duo from Cobourg tell George their story and testify to the school of Frank Ocean.

We’ll also be joined by Pascal Siakam, the Toronto Raptors‘ frontrunner for Most Improved Player. He’s a man that has been putting numbers on the board and one that isn’t afraid to be honest. Pascal unravels his playlist and talks about the strength of his mother, building a legacy for his late-father, the locker-room, appreciation of Meek Mill and his return home to Cameroon.

George will spin the best songs in the best order, including an O’Pears song premiere and we’ll nod to the life of the great Jaco Pastorius featuring George’s conversation with Jaco-superfan and Metallica bassist, Robert Trujillo.