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The place to get the latest news on what’s coming up on #Gtonight. Find out what Canada’s boyfriend is up to. Share stories, pictures, favourite tv and radio episodes.

CBC TV & Radio shows plus HNIC

His work with Artists for Peace and Justice

UN Ambassadorship for The World Food Programme

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Finishing off 2009 in Strombo style...

Happy Holiday Season to all & may the end of 2009 hold relaxation & mellow reflecting on another year gone by. Easier to attain then you think:

From the Facebook group, The Strombo Show:
"Anyone listening in strange wintery places?
Dare we say, an All-Country Sad Off tonight? Bob is in with his Saddest Country songs.
The Strombo show continues with our last show of 2009.
8pm- Midnight All Across Canada.
Saving Radio 2. (That's a joke)
Commercial Free.
Fife Master's, Parisian hipsters, Twins and Love and... Porn are just some of the things we will be serving up tonight."
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The Hour's shows for Dec 28 - Jan 1

Mon, Dec 28

Michael Moore, Nickelback, Morgan Freeman

Tues, Dec 29

Howie Mandel, Michaelle Jean, Stephen King

Wed, Dec 30

Andre Agassi, Jimmy Carter, Drew Barrymore

Thur, Dec 31

NYE SPECIAL ~ Featuring Al Gore

Fri, Dec 1st ~ Repeat: NYE SPECIAL

Don't forget, if you didn't get a chance to see The Hour's Holiday Music Special you can watch it on their site:
AND.... if there's any tracks from the show that you can't do without, you can download them HERE.

Happy New Year's Everyone!

The Hour will continue the season with brand new shows, starting on Mon, January 4th, 2010.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Monday, December 21

It's the much anticipated Hour Music Special with an amazing roster of talent! Guests appearing include:

Norah Jones


Tuesday, December 22

During the much deserved Holiday Hiatus from taping,
The Hour will bring you some of the best interviews from all of 2009, including...

Comedic Master Carol Burnett
Journalist John Roberts
Snoop Dogg

Wednesday, December 23

Talk Show Legend Larry King
Comedian Martin Short
Canadian Icon Anne Murray

Thursday, December 24th

Because once isn't enough, The Hour's music special is on for a repeat performance. Here's a sneak peek of Michael Buble's performance...

Friday, December 25th

And to keep the festivities going, it's a repeat of the first Music Special from 2007.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and festive holiday. Don't forget that the New Year's Eve Special is just around the corner. Tickets are already available for the in-studio version of The Hour, make sure you check out the ticket availability page for more information.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

It's the week of December 13th!

Are you ready for Christmas or are you already participating in Chanukah festivities? Are your halls decked? Cookies baked? Shopping done...or even started? The two weeks leading up to Christmas always seem to be the busiest weeks of the year. But, in all the holiday hustle and bustle, you must recharge your batteries with a little downtime. Speaking of (ya, crappy segue), this is the last week that The Hour will be taping until January 2010. I just checked and as of now there are still some tickets available for this week.

As always, the week begins with a new edition of The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2. Find your frequency here.

Unfourtunately, we have not yet received a list of the guests scheduled to appear on The Hour this week. Therefore, the following may be subject to change...time will tell.

Monday, December 14th

Head of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP, Paul Kennedy.

Canadian heavy metal band Anvil.

Tuesday, December 15th

Portuguese-born, Toronto raised actor in Stargate Universe, Louis Ferreira.

A few weeks ago, George had mentioned the story of six year old Elena Desserich. Elena, suffering from brain cancer, knew she was dying. In the time she had left, she began leaving hundreds of notes hidden everywhere in her family home. Her parents, Keith & Brooke Desserich have compiled these notes into a book, Notes Left Behind 135 days with Elena. Keith will be on The Hour. I could write more, but instead I would ask that you watch the brief clip below, as it will preview Elena's story far better than I could.

Wednesday, December 16th

Founder of
Samasource and Huffington Post contributor, Leila Chirayath Janah.

Canadian musician, author and activist Matthew Good makes a return visit to The Hour.

Thursday, December 17th

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Actor, writer, animator, director and Monty Python alumni Terry Gilliam.

In case you missed the memo, the world will be coming to Vancouver in February! No one is more aware of this fact than John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Presumably, Mr. Furlong will be providing an update on the Vancouver preparations as the Olymic Torch is currently making its way across Canada. This week "the flame" will be passing through my community. Has it come to your town yet? Let us know!

Friday, December 18th

This "best of show" includes Stephen King, Shawn Ashmore and Anika Noni Rose.

In other news...

Did you happen to catch the holiday special Deck the Halls with Steven and Chris? You can watch it here. George participated in the show and created a rather 'interesting' gingerbread house, now up for auction on Ebay. Proceeds from the sale of George's creation will go to Serve Canada, an organization that "empowers youth to become caring, confident, and contributing members of their community through experience-based learning". Also still up for grabs on Ebay is that infamous Toronto Maple Leafs jersey!

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CBC Learning has released a five volume DVD set of The Hour for use in the classroom. The set includes "The Hour’s best interviews on key curriculum-relevant subjects, including politics, civics, the environment, business and character education". If you are an educator, you may want to check it out. Also, if you have someone on your gift list who is a fan of CBC programming, be sure to check out the CBC Shop Online.

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And finally...don't forget to cast your vote for The Moose Award.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Maple Leafs Jersey for sale!

New!! Bidding is done!
The jersey earned $635.00

George posted this plea on twitter today Get this complicated jersey out of my life & help raise dough for the Stephen Lewis Foundation (@stephenlewisfdn) #leafs

Why is he posting that tweet? To remind Canada that he has a Strombo Leafs jersey with the autographs of the Battle of the Blades stars, plus his own, for sale on eBay with proceeds going to The Stephen Lewis Foundation A Dare to Remember fundraising campaign.

How did George earn a Maple Leafs jersey?
Only on a dare!
You may want to view episode 28 to see The die hard Habs fan wear the blue and white Maple Leafs jersey while figure skating with Kurt Browning.

At the time of this post the bidding was at $280
Bidding closes December 18th at 11AM EST!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

The Hour Lineup for December 7th-11th

A few things to note...

*This article in NOW asks The Frantics Comedy troupe (love the Frantics!) a few questions.
A couple of the questions are Strombo related.
*There is voting going on over at The Hour's website for the Moose Awards. There are twenty nominees making the news over the past year that will be whittled down to one newsworthy Moosie winner to be declared on New Years Eve. Go check out the details and vote with your heart and your head if you like because you get to vote for more that one Moosie favourite
Did I mention Al Gore will be a featured guest for this New Years Eve Special?
Sunday Dec 06
The Strombo Show
Don't have a radio handy to listen to The Strombo Show? If you have an iPhone, there is an app for that.

The Strombo Shows starts at 8 pm Sunday up until Midnight on CBC Radio 2 (To listen online) . If you aren't near a radio or a computer and you have an iphone, check the CBC Radio App.

The Strombo Show fans, thanks to Mariposaland, have a new chat room friendly listeners are welcome to join. Just register and chat while the radio show rolls...

Strombo wants you to call him... They are still looking for your song requests... 416-205-6226. Long distance charges may apply.
Sorry about it being a Toronto Ontario number a 1-800 is still in the works...

On the show tonight Journalist and Writer Sir Harold Evans

Toronto Raptor' s own Olympic Gold medal winning All Star
Chris Bosh


National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo


Mark Bresslin founder of the Yuk Yuks empire, has produced TV and hosted Radio


Co-Author of Notes Left Behind

Keith Desserich
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Plus Hulkomaniacs favourite wrestling hero Hulk Hogan




Norah Jones is a Grammy award winning American singer-songwriter, pianist, keyboardist, guitarist, and actress. Oh yeah and she has a new album out. The Fall.

Friday DEC 11

Favourite Fridays show will include

The Legendary Canadian Comedian
Eugene Levy,

From Glee Cory Montei

and Norah Jones again.


Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Making a difference at CBC Toronto...

As The Hour goes into the last three weeks of production in 2009 and the Rick Mercer Report goes dark until 2010, CBC Toronto is helping to make a difference in the Greater Toronto Area with a few charitable initiatives...

This Friday, December 4th, the Glen Gould theatre will come alive with the annual Sounds of the Seasons, a full day of live, on air performances from some of Canada's favourite performers. Starting at 5:30 am with Metro Morning, the day's line up includes Matt Dusk, Hawksley Workman, Jully Black and many more according to the schedule.

The Sounds of the Seasons Silent Auction has a wealth of unique items to bid on donated from a variety of CBC shows, including a package to attend a taping of The Hour and dinner at a Prime Restaurant.

Speaking of The Hour, everyone attending live tapings in studio from now until the last 2009 taping on December 17th is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Sounds of the Season initiative. Donation bins are located next to the Sign In desk.

Last year, Sounds of the Season raised over $300 000 and 8500 pounds of food for the Daily Bread Food Bank. This year, Sounds of the Season will help support food banks across the Greater Toronto Region.

In other CBC fundraising news, The Rick Mercer Report teamed up with a group of Sheridan Institute students for the last two tapings of 2010 to raise funds and collect new, unwrapped toys for children who will spend the holidays in McMaster Children's Hospital. At the November 27th taping, it was announced that the initiative had successfully raised over $1000 dollars and collected over 300 toys.

This post focuses on the fundraising initiatives at CBC Toronto, but now we want to hear from YOU about what's going on in your community. Leave us a comment on this post to let us know what's happening in your community to help the less fortunate during the holiday season. Let's give our local charities some national exposure!