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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

Friday, September 28, 2012

Strombo will be in Calgary this weekend.

The affable host of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight will be meeting and greeting the public at Culture Days in Calgary.

In recognition of Calgary being named a Cultural Capital for 2012, the CBC will host a free concert at Olympic Plaza Saturday, September 29th, hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos. read more

More about this event on 
Be sure to check in on CBC Live  on Saturday for the event. 

For more information about Culture days in Alberta you can join the facebook group. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

This week in Strombo Tonight Sept 24-28

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week
It's week two and so far so good! 
Monday Sept 24
Composer and theatre legend and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber

Panel guest author of 1982 and host of Q Jian Ghomeshi

Tuesday Sept 25
Comedian, actor David Spade

Panel guest the happy Gretchen Rubin

Wednesday Sept 26
Actress Marisa Tomei

panel guest filmmaker Graydon Sheppard

Thursday Sept 27
Hockey legend Paul Henderson

panel guest stand-up comedian Andy Kindler

Friday Sept 28
Best interviews of the week
Speaking of interviews, good friends of George's in LA do a podcast called Me and Jew. This edition features George Stroumboulopoulos and Darby Wheeler of The Strombo Show. 

Episode 11: Our favorite Canadians, the beginning, what to bring on an island and who's the best.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Meli's Take ...

on the new feel for Season 9.

Well folks the first week of the season is all wrapped up for George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and I am wondering what you’re all thinking of the changes so far?

The new set and layout of the studio took me a bit to get used to.  At first I felt it lacked a bit of edge to it with the sleek white backdrop and then found the video display a bit distracting. However, I do love that when the camera is focused on George himself, the back drop is bleu blanc et rouge (Habs reference). Hoping that over time more of “punk G” finds its way back to the set. Please don’t take your “Carlsberg years” too literally ;)

As a viewer I still lament the loss of the “Mile-a-Minute” and now even, “The Debrief” is gone.  I understand the new 7pm time slot follows the news and people are trying to unwind after a long day … but I still think there’s room for a quick, "George’s take on the news of the day" segment. May I formally suggest/request to the powers that be at CBC that it returns at some point, perhaps when you go back to making the show an hour?!

The Panel … Wasn’t a fan of this new segment, the first couple of episodes.  For me, it doesn’t really work.  It is a comedy segment; I get that, but too short and not really giving us any beneficial information, when the show is known for its depth and not just light-hearted humour. It feels like it’s trying too hard at times.  After seeing it taped in-studio, I would personally love to see Fridays go from being “Best ofs” to The Panel episode.  Eventually as funding improves again and GST, hopefully, returns to an hour long format Fridays could be music/comedy nights.  What an excellent way for George and the show to bring us into the weekend!

The Panel

I think the first week of guests had a nice well-rounded appeal with cancon, CBC Personalities, celebs, and of course the amazing Jane Goodall.  Jane, David Suzuki and James Appurathai are my all time fave guests and I am hoping the show keeps this type of guest in the forefront.  I sincerely look forward to some of the conversations that I know are coming up this season.  One thing hasn’t changed … George is still brilliant at the art of conversation.  J

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Live Streaming @Strombo

How have you been watching George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight? 

One option is watching it on TV at 7:00 pm and 11:30 pm on your local CBC channel. Another option is to 'live stream' it on  at the top of the hour for each Canadian time zone. I recommend you go to the website and open live stream a few minutes before 6pm or 7pm or 8pm etc depending on what time you want to watch the half hour show that night. If you were out all night and you want to catch the show the next day it's available on the website for your viewing pleasure at any time you want to click on it. For example Jane Goodall was on yesterday and I watched it this morning online. You can watch it on your computer or your phone or anywhere you can comfortably view a website.
How do you want to watch it?

George is making news with his switch to early prime time TV.
Here is an article about George in the National Post written by Scott Stinson.

I like the article but I want to correct a few errors in it. I don't know what George told Scott Stinson about what happened to George's red chair but that was a wolf bite mark not a tigers claw mark. I have heard George tell that story fresh after it happened and a number of times since then. As for Bono being in the red chair...I know George interviewed Bono in a limo but I don't recall Bono being in the red chair for the show.
Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. Having said that, there had been no shortage of famous fannies in that red chair and this season there will be some of your favourites for sure!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Rick Mercer on "muzzled" politicians

The George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight show kicks off its new season tonight at 7pm prime time!
As the Rick Mercer Report prepares for its 10th season, Rick Mercer talks about what it's like to have a "mutually parasitic relationship" with politicians, and explains why he doesn't have them on his show as much as he used to.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Season 9 Week 1

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
has a new set, a new time and a new look to the website!
The new season starts Monday September 17 and airs at 7pm and repeats at 11:30 pm.

That is just a few of the changes. The show is half an hour long and ends with a comedic panel discussion of  some choice issues.
There are of course great guests and interviews as always. There is more content offered online such as extended interviews and current issues and information of interest to all of us.

The Stroumboulopouli plan to pay close attention to the panel discussions and comment or contribute if occasion warrants right here on this blog.

Sunday September 16
The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2 on your radio. It can also be found on CBC Music. 
Sunday Service is back and school is in session on this premiere episode of The Strombo Show's third season. We make up for those repeats by rifling through some of the best tracks that dropped throughout the summer season. Darby Wheeler nods to the return of the greats in 'Old is the new Young' and Alex 'The Can-Con Don' Narvaez drops in to discuss a few of his favourite hip-hop jams. As always, we offer up the Magnificent Seven to count down the hottest songs of the week that includes Frank Ocean, The XX and Propaghandi. Also, DJ Carisma of Power 106 delivers her LA-kissed sound in the blend. There is no doubt that the spirit of radio is alive and well.

Contributed by 
Colton Eddy of The Strombo Show

Monday September 17
Special guest Rick Mercer of the Rick Mercer Report (begins it's10th season)

Panel guest Colin Mochrie debates with the panel regulars

Tuesday September 18
Special guest actor/singer/director and stuntman Jackie Chan 

Panel guest Ron James

Wednesday September 19
Chimpanzee expert and activist Jane Goodall is back in the red chair.

Panel guest chef Chuck Hughes

Thursday September 20
Actor Joshua Jackson has a new film out  Inescapable

Panel guest Amanda Lang

Friday September 21
Features the best of this week. 

Enjoy the show!

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Strombo for the week of Sept 10-14

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week
Last week of  season 8. Season 9 starts next Monday!

Monday Sept 10
The Muppet Show MC Kermit the Frog

Once played Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe

Tuesday Sept 11
Jake Doyle aka Allan Hawco

CBC host Wab Kinew

Wednesday Sept 12
Singing legend Lionel Richie

Singer/songwriter former NKOTB Jordan Knight

Thursday Sept 13
Canadian actress Sandra Oh

Singer/songwriter also Canadian Sarah McLachlan

Friday Sept 14
Canadian singer/crooner Michael Buble

Son of Frank Sinatra also a singer of note Frank Sinatra Jr

Thursday, September 06, 2012

New Set Revealed | Season 9

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight premieres its 9th season on September 17th, 2012.

With a new prime time slot at 7pm, sleek and shiny set design with signature red chairs was in order. Program will be repeated at 11:30pm.
The designers were very considerate to audience members, who will enjoy an intimate new layout. (Fingers crossed that the CBC had a few bucks in the coffers  for softer chairs!)

Have a look:

Iconic albums were chosen by the Strombo team to bring good luck! 

Here's George sneaking them on to the set. 

Season 9 is going to be dynamite!