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CBC TV & Radio shows plus HNIC

His work with Artists for Peace and Justice

UN Ambassadorship for The World Food Programme

Monday, December 31, 2012

This week in Strombo starts with New Years Eve

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week
The Stroumboulopouli would like to wish you all a Very Healthy and Happy New Year!

Monday Dec 31
New Years Eve's special guest is Michael J Fox
Features of tonight's show
Predictions for the year ahead

Guest panelist comic puppet Ed The Sock

Tuesday Jan 1
Happy 2013!

Wednesday Jan 2
Special guest Author and host of the RMR Rick Mercer
Features of tonight's show
Shining lights of 2012

Guest Panelist from CBC's Wiretap Jonathan Goldstein

Thursday Jan 3
Author and CBC radio host of Vinyl Cafe Stuart McLean
Features of tonight's show
Final farewell to 2012

Guest panelist author Mark Billingham

Friday Jan 4
Childrens entertainer Fred Penner has a message for everyone.

Features of tonight's show
Momentous Moments of 2012

Guest panelist comedian and writer Neal Brennan


Monday, December 24, 2012

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight: Dec 24-28

On behalf of everyone at The Stroumboulopouli, I would like to wish everyone happy holidays. This week's line up on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight features a holiday special and the best of the season. 


Dolly Parton is a country music icon who is most known for her hits I Will Always Love You, Jolene, and 9 to 5. She has also starred in several movies including Steel Magnolias and Straight Talk.  She began composing music when she was four years old. She can also play the autoharp, banjo, drums, dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, flute, pennywhistle and piano. Not only is she one of the bestselling artists of all time and has her own theme park, her work has been adapted for the stage and featured on American Idol. Listen to her talk to George about country music, holidays, life story, charity work, and her new book.

Michael J Fox will be sharing a holiday memory. He is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner who is most famous for his work on Family Ties, Back to the Future, Spin City and guest roles on Boston Legal, The Good Wife, Scrubs, Curb Your Enthusiasm,  and Rescue Me. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1991 and disclosed his condition in 1999. He has received honorary doctorate degrees for his work advocating a cure for Parkinson’s.

The panel will feature Mamma Yamma.

MammaYamma is the host of KIDS CBC and is portrayed by puppeteer Ali Eisner. Mamma is a yam who represents Ontario as the owner of a fruit and vegetable stand in Toronto's Kensington Market. She has mentioned her crush on George in her videos and tweets. She recently posted a sweet picture of George giving her a kiss on her twitter feed.

Also, tune in for a special presentation of Choir!Choir!Choir! singing. The Choir not only features previous and current members of the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight crew, but has a rotating membership of 3000 members. 

CBC will air festive programming tonight, but audiences can take this moment to enjoy George’s radio show that broadcasted on Dec 23.

This Sunday’s broadcast was one of the best of the season. George speaks about his first Christmas without his Baba (grandma), memories of the 24th and holidays, putting Christmas lights in his car and a little tree in his house, his take on Instagram, and hear him sing a Tom Waits song. Some of the songs played during the broadcast include:

Burl Ives – Overture and a Holly Jolly Christmas
The Moonglows – Hey Santa Claus
Stevie Wonder – Someday at Christmas
Dolly Parton – Hard Candy Christmas
Donny Hathaway – This Christmas
Sinead O’Connor – I Believe in You
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (excerpt)
Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis
Daryl Hall and John Oates – Last Christmas
Bob & Doug McKenzie – The Twelve Days of Christmas
The Darkness – Christmas Time
Tom Waits – Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
Kermit The Frog and Tiny Tim – Christmas Scat
The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl – Fairy tale of New York
Harry Belafonte – Mary’s boy child
Tom Jackson – The Huron Carole
The Beatles – All You Need is Love
Bahamas – Christmas Must Be Tonight
Sarah McLachlan – Wintersong
Coldplay – Christmas Lights
John & Yoko Ono & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir – Happy Christmas (War is Over)

You can listen to the broadcast on Strombo's mobile app or his website


Cesar Millan is a Mexican born American who taught himself to train and communicate with dogs. He focuses on rehabilitating aggressive dogs and has written three books that has sold over two million copies and available in 14 languages. He has a monthly magazine and TV series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan. 

Jonny Harris is on the panel tonight. He is a Canadian comedian from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and can be seen on Murdoch Mysteries. He has also appeared on the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Halifax Comedy Festival, The Debaters and The Sketchertons.


Ron MacLean and Don Cherry are on tonight. Ron McLean is a CBC Broadcaster and host of Hockey Night in Canada. He was born in West Germany and has lived in Nova Scotia, Yukon, and Alberta before starting in radio in 1978. He is joined by his co-host of Coach’s Corner, Don Cherry. Don’s rise to fame and life was featured in the tv movies Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story and The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story 2.

Darrin Rose can be seen as Bill on Mr. D. Audiences may also know him from his time on Videos on Trial.


Margaret Atwood is a Canadian and literary icon. She is a poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She holds a degree from University of Toronto and Harvard. She’s lived around the world, shaped Canadian identity, influenced politics and feminism, and her work has been translated into 40 languages. She is here to speak about her latest novel.

Arthur Simeon is on the panel tonight. He is a Ugandan Canadian comedian with a degree in Economics from Trent University. He has appeared at Yuk Yuks Comedy Club, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Halifax Comedy Festival, The Debaters and Funny as Hell.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight: December 17-21

George will be speaking to some intriguing people from the world of film and television this week.

Monday 17 December 2012

Judd Apatow and his wife Leslie Mann will be on to discuss their upcoming film This is 40. The writer, director and producer has also worked with his wife in 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Freaks and Geeks. He is also the Executive Producer of Girls and produced other great comedies such as Bridesmaids, Get Him to the Greek, Superbad and Anchorman.

Tonight's panel includes Mark Forward who plays Mr. Leung on CBC's Mr.D.

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Quentin Tarantino is in the red chair tonight to discuss his upcoming film Django: Unchained. Quentin has won an Oscar for Pulp Fiction in 1994 for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen. He's also been nominated for an Academy Award for Inglorious Basterds in 2010. His 77 award nominations include prestigious institutions such as BAFTA, Cannes, Golden Globes, and suprisingly the Grammy's (Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture - Kill Bill Vol 2) and an Emmy (Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - CSI).

Tonight's panel includes Don Ferguson who appears on CBC's Royal Air Farce. 

Wednesday 19 December 2012

Ken Burns is an Oscar nominated director (Brookly Bridge, The Statue of Liberty). You can see his documentary, The Central Park Five, this month at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto and other theatres near you. Ken has also won an Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Non Fiction Series National Parks: America's Best Idea. 

Tonight's panel includes John Wing. John has written for the Halifax Comedy Festival and Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

Thursday 13 December 2012

Corey Hart is our first guest this evening. The Canadian 1980s hearthrob was best known for his songs Sunglasses at Night and Never Surrender, but now he's back with some interesting stories to tell.

David Chase is best known for his work as a Producer for everything from Rockford Files to The Sopranos. Join him as he talks about his new film, Not Fade Away, a love letter to sixties rock and roll.

Tonight's panel has a special connection with another panelist. Matt Baram lived with Naomi Snieckus and Ron Pederson. The three co-founded The National Theatre of the World. He has an upcoming series, Seeds, and has starred in Take This Waltz. 

Friday's episode will feature the best of the week. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This week in Strombo Dec 10 - 14

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week 
After a nice day of running around Christmas shopping kick back and enjoy great interviews and observational comedy.
Monday Dec 10
The Vinyl Cafe's  Stuart McLean

Panel guest comedian known for Royal Canadian Air Farce Alan Park

Tuesday Dec 11
Actress Margot Kidder

Hockey's Theo Fleury

Panel guest Ryan Belleville

Wednesday Dec 12

Panel guest Gilson Lubin

Thursday Dec 13
The beloved children's entertainer Raffi

Panel guest, stand up comedian Jen Grant

Friday Dec 14
Best of the week

Monday, December 03, 2012

George's trip to New York and Whistler Film Festival

George has been quite busy in the last six days. It began with a trip to New York with two senior proudcers of George Stroumboulopoulos TonightDan Hughes and Catherine Stockhausen.

They left Billy Bishop airport to speak with Michael J. Fox and Dolly Parton for the Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve shows. While in New York, George had the opportunity to hang with Michael and his dog, Cooper, as they spoke about Michael's charitable organization Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

You can learn more about the organization and their campaign, "Tell Us Your Story" where people are encouraged to share how Parkinson's has affected them and their loved one on their facebook app. Each like and share will earn a $5 donation to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

To learn more about George's charitable work and his travels, you can also visit his Facebook Page

George then had a brief stop in Toronto to tape Thursday's show before flying out to Vancouver for the Whistler Film Festival and Artists for Peace and Justice. George had a chance to sit down with Daniel Radcliffe to discuss Radcliffe's upcoming three films and return to London's West End Stage next year.

You can learn more about their chat on George's site here
George also had the chance to talk with other activists such as James Cromwell while hosting a reception for Artists for Peace and Justice.
If you are curious to see who else he ran into while in Vancouver, you can always see his pictures here on his Twitter page.
George is now back in Toronto ready to tape more shows before he goes back to Vancouver for the CBC Open House and Food Bank Day on December 7, 2012.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

This week in Strombo Dec 3-7

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week
Coming back from a weekend at the Whistler film festival George embraces the winter?

Monday Dec 3
Best selling author Mitch Albom

Panel guest, GST's very own warm up comic, Fraser Young

Tuesday Dec 4

Actress Kristin Kreuk

Canadian aboriginal singer and icon Buffy Sainte-Marie

Pane guest, from Mr.D, Mark Little

Wednesday Dec 5
Author Margaret Atwood

Panel guest, from Air Farce, Craig Lauzon

Thursday Dec 6
Friend to everyone, singer Rita MacNeil

Panel guest Darcy Michael

Friday Dec 7
Best of the week