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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

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Celebrate Canada's Day weekend with George and a month of new episodes

George Stroumboulopoulos viewers will have a lot of exciting programming to look forward to in July.

George is in New York Saturday May 29th day to celebrate Canada's Day International in Central Park for the inaugural free summer festival.

Next, George flies to London, England on Monday 1 July 2013 for Canada's Day London International Celebrations in Trafalgar Square. There will be live television and radio coverage starting at 11:30am from Ottawa and then a live stream of the London concert at 1:30pm on CBC.

George will also have a special edition of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on July 1 with Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir and Ron James.

Virtue and Moir are the 2010 Olympic champions for ice dancing. The London, Ontario native is currently attending University of Windsor where she is completing a Psychology degree while commuting to Michigan where she trains in Canton. Moir is also from London and attended the same school as Virtue. He currently trains with her in Canton. For more information on them, click here.

Ron James is a Canadian stand up comedian from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. James left Acadia University in Halifax where he was studying history and political science with the intentions of being a history teacher and moved to Toronto where he started his comedic career. He's worked and lived in Los Angeles and been in several movie and television programs. One of the most interesting is his voice work for Star Wars: Ewoks and Robocop: The Animated Series. Please join him at 7pm for some laughs.

Then on Wednesday 3 July 2013, David Steinberg appears on the show. Steinberg is best known as a stand up comedian in the 1960's to 1980's and for directing episodes of FriendsSeinfeldMad About YouNewhart, Weeds, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfield, and Designing Women. The 71 year old Winnipeg native is also an Emmy winner for his work on Seinfield, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Mad About You. He has worked with an exhaustive list of people including Elliot Gould and Smother Brothers. He was one of Johnny Carson's most popular guests second only to Bob Hope with 140 appearances.

The next night it gets better with Dan Savage. The Chicago native is an American author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor who is best known for his weekly column Savage Love and working alongside his husband, Terry Miller, on their project they co-founded called It Gets Better. The project helps LGBT youth prevent suicide. Raised Catholic and now atheist, Savage still considers himself "culturally Catholic" and holds a degree in Theatre and History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He founded Seattle's Greek Active Theatre, but chooses to use the name Keenan Hollohan as Theatre Director. The name is a combination of his middle name and his grandmother's maiden name. You can hear his weekly podcast Savage Lovecast on iTunes.

Then the lord sits in the red chair on Monday 8 July 2013. The Right Honourable Lord Black of Crossharbour, Conrad Black, was born in Montreal to George Monteegu Black Jr who was the president of Canadian Breweries Limited. Conrad controlled Hollinger International, which was once the largest English language newspaper empire with The Daily Telegraph (UK), Chicago Sun Times (US), The Jerusalem Post (Israel), National Post (Canada), and Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) among some of its names. Despite maintaining his innocence in the 2004 shareholder initiated prosecution, Black was convicted of three counts of fraud and one count of obstruction of justice in a U.S. court and was sentenced to six years and a half years in prison in 2007. After some more legal troubles, he was released in 4 May 2012.  

Another controversial character steps into the red chair the following night on Thursday 4 July 2013 to promote The Unbelievers. It has been seven years since George was able to talk with his idolRichard Dawkins. Dawkins is an English Ethologist, Evolutionary Biologist, and Author. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya to an agricultural civil servant in the British colonial service in Malawi. His father was called up in the King's African Rifles during World War II and went back to England in 1949 where he inherited a country estate. Both of Richard's parents were interested in natural sciences and answered his questions with a scientific perspective. Raised Anglican, he decided the theory of evolution was a better explanation for the world and became an atheist as a teenager. After graduating  from Oxford and taking up a teaching position there, He received his first critical acclaim in 1976 for his book The Selfish Gene. He has gone on to publish more books such as The Blind Watchmaker and The God Delusion

The doctor is in the next night on Wednesday 10 July 2013.  Ken Jeong is best known for Leslie Chow in Hangover and Ben Chang on Community. The Korean-American actor was born in Detroit and obtained his M.D. in 1995 and is a current licensed physician in the state of California. George talks with Ken about his career as a comedian, actor, doctor and personal life. 

The following night on Thursday 11 July 2013, George sits down with Joy Kogawa. The Canadian poet was born  in Vancouver and was sent to an intermittent camp during World War II with other Japanese Canadians. She has spent a lifetime trying to educate people on intermittent camps and was made a Member of Canada in 1986 and Japan awarded her the Order of the Rising Sun in 2010.

Scott Thompson joins us as well. Thompson was born in North Bay, Ontario, but grew up in Brampton. After York University asked him to leave in his third year for being disruptive, he joined a comedy troupe The Love Cats where he met Mark McKinney. Thompson is most known for his role in The Kids in the Hall and a long career as a stand up comedian. The openly gay actor was diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkins gastric lymphoma, but is now cancer free.

The following week on Tuesday 16 July 2013, George sits down with David Sedaris. The American author was born in Birmingham, New York, but was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He currently lives in West Sussex, England with his partner Hugh Hamrick. 

 The following night on Wednesday 17 July 2013, George welcomes Sridevi. The Tamil Nadu native is a renowned Indian film actress known for her singing and dancing. She is the first female superstar of Hindi cinema and was recently seen in English Vinglish. 

The following week on Tuesday 23 July 2013, George welcomes Eli Roth. The Newtown native is best known for directing Hostel and his role as "The Bear Jew" in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds. Raised Jewish, Roth can also speak French, Italian and Russian. As an actor, animator, director, producer, and screenwriter with several credits under his name, his name is recognizable in the horror genre.

The next day, on Wednesday 24 July 2013, George welcomes Eve Ensler. The New York native is best known for writing The Vagina Monologues. The American playwright, performer, feminist, and activist was brutally raped and beaten by her father as a child and was receiving treatment for uterine cancer in 2010. Majority of her activism is based on educating people about violence against women. 

We hope you tune in for these international and intriguing guests. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

This week in Strombo (CBC) June 24 - 28

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week on CBC.  The times of the show could vary because of the NHL Hockey Playoffs.

Monday June 24
Star of Mr. D. comedic actor Gerry Dee

Panel guest stand up comedian Ron Sparks

Tuesday June 25
Actor Javier Bardem

On the panel Chris Gibbs

Wednesday June 26
Actor director Jason Priestley

From Carol Burnett, comedian Vicki Lawrence

Panel fav Arthur Simeon
here is his best joke ever

Thursday June 27
Actor Eric McCormack

Panel comedian Nathan McIntosh

Friday June 28
Jackass star Steve-O

Comedian Pat Thornton

CNN show post will happen later in the week.

Tonight on The Strombo Show - June 23rd, 2013

Here it is.  The broom closet.  At least it's how I imagine it could be.  Over the past few years, the broom closet has been the site of many an intimate acoustic set.  Tonight, George will revisit some of those sessions live from L.A.  The Arkells, Joel Plaskett, Dan Mangan, The Wooden Sky, Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas are just some of the names that have graced the four walls of the closet.  Listen in tonight for some of the best of these.

The year was 1969.  The Who had already pumped out three albums, but for their fourth, they had much bigger plans.  The four lads from London had put together a masterpiece, a rock opera:  TOMMY.  The double LP set told the story of a deaf, dumb and blind kid (or hearing, visually and speech impaired  youth if you prefer) by the name of Tommy.   Here is a trailer for the film:

Tonight's nod to the gods features a salute to this masterpiece by one of the most successful (and in my opinion, best!) bands of all time.  The album has sold over twenty million copies worldwide, was performed by the Seattle Opera including Bette Midler as The Acid Queen, and of course was turned into a film.  The most successful song from Tommy by far was "Pinball Wizard".  Here are The Who performing Pinball Wizard live at Woodstock.  

The show will also feature unplugged performances from Bjork and Jay-Z with the Roots.

The Strombo Show airs on CBC Radio 2 Sundays from 8 pm until 11 pm.  

See you there.  :) 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

This week in Strombo GST June 17-19

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week
On CBC. We will cover CNN's Friday show in another post.

Monday June 17
Activist Jane Goodall

Guest on the panel Chuck Hughes

Tuesday June 18
Comedian, actor, innkeeper Shaun Majumder

Panel guest the very funny Jamillah Ross

Wednesday June 19
Murdoch Mysteries'Yannick Bisson

On the panel Lauren Hammersley

Thursday June 20
From BNL Ed Robertson

Canadian musical icon k-os

On the 3 things panel Bobby Mair

Friday June 21
Actress Famke Janssen

ActorDonal Longue

Comedy panelist, the hilarious Jessica Holmes

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tonight on the Strombo Show - June 16th, 2013

 Best of Strombo!!  k-os and Eric Alper

Trinidadian Canadian k-os (aka Kevin Brereton)  was born and raised in Toronto and spent his teen years in Whitby, Ontario.  The rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer recently released his fifth studio album, BLack on BLonde.  The long awaited double album features a new slate of original hip hop songs (Black) and rock songs (Blonde).  If you're really lucky, you might get your hands on the edition that comes complete with commentaries, giving us insight into the mind and heart of k-os himself.   Here is a cut from the album that just happens to be my favourite.  


February 3rd, 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa, a small plane goes down taking the life of four people.  The victims just happened to be rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson, and the pilot, Roger Peterson.  The tragedy took three musicians who were flying high in their musical careers and prompted Don McLean to write a song about it - American Pie. That day became known as "The Day The Music Died".  Listen in tonight for more on the story.

Lastly, Eric Alper returns to play "'Three Degrees of That Eric Alper".

The Strombo Show airs on CBC Radio 2 Sundays from 8 pm until 11 pm.  

See you there.  :) 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Stroumboulopoulos June 14 11pm CNN

Stroumboulopoulos on CNN

The three guests for Friday June 14th

Legend...  Henry Winkler
Link here

Friend of the show and TV host Howie Mandel

Walking Dead series creator Robert Kirkman
Clip found here.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight - Week of June 10th to June 14th, 2013

Monday, June 10th

Actor Janeane Garofalo 


and on the panel comedian
 Bobby Mair

Tuesday, June 11th

Entrepreneur and Television Personality Kevin O'Leary 
and on the panel comedian  
Pat Thornton   

Wednesday, June 11th

Mark Burnett,
the man behind the "Survivor" series.

                   and on the panel, 
                               actor Kate Davis                            

Thursday, June 12th

Actor and proud NDGer  
Jay Baruchel  

 Panel guest 
comedian Dave Hemstad

 Friday, June 14th 

Actor Benjamin Bratt

comedian Patrick Haye 
sits with the panel.

Tonight's the CNN Strombo premiere night.

For those who are used to turning to CBC to see Strombo tonight is the summer switch-up.

CNN has every show from 'Eh' to 'Zed' talking to George about his 10 week summer job.  The interview show called Stroumboulopoulos starts Sunday June 09 at 10pm EST 7pm PT, but runs Friday nights.

If you missed this one here George is asked about Canadian candy

His guests for the first show are

Keanu Reeves for a motorcycle ride.

Martin Short because friends like Martin are always supportive.

And rapper singer/songwriter Wiz Khalifa

So to sum it up this Sunday night.
Stroumboulopoulos: Martin Short, Wiz Khalifa ; Keanu Reeves kick off CNN's all-new series.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Coming Up On The Strombo Show - Sunday, June 9th, 2013

The Strombo Show is on Rewind!!  Part Deux of the Strombo Hundo!

The New Year rang in with two weeks of the BEST 100 SONGS OF 2012.  Good luck trying to narrow down a list of the best music of the year, but the crew has done an amazing job featuring their choices for best tunes of 2013.  We're almost halfway through the year already, so what better time to step back and have another listen.   Part one aired last week, and if you missed it, you can stream it  online or download it as a playlist on iTunes.

This week's show features the TOP 50 SONGS OF THE YEAR.  Treat yourself to such ear candy as Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Jack White, the Japandroids, Band of Skulls, Matt Mays, Alabama Shakes, The Shins and dozens more.

Sunday, June 16th will be back to business as usual with an all new show.  The Strombo Show airs on CBC Radio 2 Sundays from 8 pm until 11 pm.  See you there.  :) 

Friday, June 07, 2013

Catching up with George

George seems to be everywhere lately. He's wrapping an interview this morning on Metro Minute on the CBC and was on Good Morning America three days ago. We here at the Stroumboulopouli are trying to catch up with all the articles, videos and social media following George's summer move to CNN. Some feel uneasy that we are going to loose our beloved talk show host to the Americans, but George has been reassuring everyone that he will return to CBC for a 10th season after his ten episodes with CNN. If you want to join in the conversation about George, here are some selected videos and links.

On May 28, 2013, George swung by The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. You can watch as George turns the tables and begins interviewing Craig on his own show here.

On June 3, 2013, CNN released this promotional video about the show here.

Hopefully, you all caught our post about George on Huffington Post Live on June 5, 2013. If you haven't seen it yet, click here.

June 6, 2013 seemed to be a rather busy day. CNN released two more promotional videos showing George interviewing Martin Short and Wiz Khalifa on his premiere show this Sunday. You can follow the links for Martin here and Wiz here.

Jake Tapper from The Lead on CNN pokes fun at George's name, quizzes him on the meaning of double double, hoser, toque, and other questions. Wolf Blitzer also responds to George's comment about him being the Neil Young of CNN here.

Brooke Baldwin takes a break from Live CNN to talk with George about bringing back "rad", working with a live audience, interviewing Wiz, the infamous lean-in and presentation of questions, and ends with a fun word association. If you want to skip the news on Prince Philip's abdominal surgery, tune in at 0:56 here

Strombo's CNN Facebook page posted a video of Ashleigh Benfield talking to George on June 7, 2013 here. Please visit the page and show your support for George by liking the page too.

Next George will  be representing Canada in New York City, USA and London, England for Canada Day. You can read about June 29's event in Central Park and July 1's event in Trafalgar Square here.

Also, some of us here are a bit curious about a blog post asking who would replace George if he ever decided to move permanently to America. Feel free to share your ideas in our comment section or to read the post here.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Interview with Naomi Snieckus of The 3 Things Panel

Here is an interview that the very funny and talented Todd Van Allen recorded on his podcast CATP with the very talented actress and comedian Naomi Snieckus of Mr. D and GST's the 3 Things Panel among other things. 

Play the May 31st episode for Naomi and enjoy all the episodes anytime.

CATP or Comedy Above The Pub Podcast is now on
Please check out Todd's video on the opening screen of the PodAlmighty website.

If you have not see this Strombo interview just watch.

George gets interviewed by Jacob Soboroff of the HuffPost Live. 
It's a very compelling interview ya can't miss.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

The Week in Strombo June 3 - 7

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week
Yes the season is in repeats, but have you seen every show and interview? If the answer is yes then what was your favourite? If you are like me then you might have missed a few and are happy to get the chance to enjoy them like it was the first time. 

Monday June3
Iconic Canadian singer Gord Downie

On the panel and plays a monkey, comedian and podcaster
Sean Cullen

Tuesday June 4
Dragon and author Jim Treliving

 On the panel, actor Jesse Camacho

Wednesday June 5
A journalist anchorman and gentleman Lloyd Robertson

Guest on the panel Comedian and actor Pat Thornton

Thursday June 6
He never gets older, actor George Hamilton

Comedic writer performer Dan Redican is on the panel

Friday June 7
Best of the week

Don't forget!
Special Premiere of Weekly CNN Talk Show “Stroumboulopoulos” Airs Sunday, June 9th; Series to Air Regularly Fridays at 11pmET Beginning June 14th