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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

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Here is what we heard...
Canadian folk-duo Whitehorse slated to perform at this year’s gala. 
The 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize will be broadcast on CBC Television at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. 
CBC is thrilled to announce the roster of esteemed presenters who will participate in the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize 20th Anniversary on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The five finalists — Dennis Bock, Lynn Coady, Craig Davidson, Lisa Moore and Dan Vyleta — will be introduced by the following special presenters: actress, producer and director Jennifer Podemski; actress and producer Wendy Crewson; screenwriter, producer and director Paul Haggis; CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos; and Juno Award-winning hip-hop artist Shad (Shadrach Kabango). Adding to the evening’s excitement will be Canadian folk-duo Whitehorse, who will perform a rendition of their song Devil’s Got a Gun.

The SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE gala will be hosted by Jian Ghomeshi (of CBC Radio One and TV's cultural affairs program Q), and be broadcast at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television from the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Toronto. It will also be live-streamed on CBC Books with a concurrent live chat, enabling Canadians across the country to be part of the Giller experience. With a winner being crowned and awarded the prize that night, the presenters will join the authors onstage to celebrate the year’s biggest achievements in Canadian arts and letters. An appearance on Q the following morning will be the first national broadcast feature interview for this year’s winner.

“The CBC has outdone itself this year,” said Jack Rabinovitch, founder of the Scotiabank Giller Prize. “It’s a very special one for us as it’s the Giller’s 20th anniversary. They have done an exceptional job of finding presenters who are uniquely qualified to speak to the five wonderful books on this year’s shortlist.”

The five presenters will introduce:
Jennifer Podemski will present Going Home Again by Dennis Bock
Wendy Crewson will present Hellgoing by Lynn Coady
Paul Haggis will present Cataract City by Craig Davidson
George Stroumboulopoulos will present Caught by Lisa Moore
Shad will present The Crooked Maid by Dan Vyleta

The five authors on this year’s shortlist were selected by a distinguished jury made up of some of the finest writers in North America: poet, novelist, literary critic and essayist Margaret Atwood; novelist and former Giller winner Esi Edugyan; and American novelist, essayist and short story writer Jonathan Lethem.

Monday, October 28, 2013

This week in Strombo Oct 28 - Nov 1

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week
Have a fantastic Hallo-week!

Monday Oct 28
Keanu Reeves is now directing stuntman/actor Tiger Chen in the film Man of Tai Chi

Jackie Chan tells his Best Story Ever

On the panel there is the very funny Sean Cullen, Suresh John and Leslie Seiler

Tuesdays Oct 29
Commander Chris Hadfield

On the panel comedian Ali Hassan, with married band members Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak of The Dears

Wednesday Oct 30
Special Sochi Olympic episode
Olympic athletes Kaya Turski and Greg Westlake


Halloween Oct 31 
Author of Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

William Shatner has a best Halloween Story Ever
Ryan McMahon has a Scariest Story Ever

The panel ghouls include Patrick Bristow, Kathryn Greenwood and Ali Hassan

Friday Nov 01
Starbuck's Chairman and CEO Howard Schulz

Evangelist Jefferson Bethke

And from the vaults Brian Mulroney 

Monday, October 21, 2013

This week in Strombo Oct 21 - 25

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week.

Monday Oct 21
Reality TV star Vanilla Ice

On the panel CBC Radio 3's Grant Lawrence plus comedians Arthur Simeon and Rebecca Kohler

Tuesday Oct 22
Michael Bolton 

Panel guests Steve Patterson, Scott Montgomery and Jennifer Goodhue.

Also on the show Ralph Nader.

Wednesday Oct 23
Fashion artist Isaac Mizrahi

Leading the panel Albert Howell

 Thursday Oct 24
William Shanter

On today's panel Ryan Belleville, Evan Carter and Tara Spenser-Nair

Friday Oct 25
From SNL, Colin Quinn

Revisited interview with Lebron James 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Strombo Show - October 20th, 2013

This blood
Is not as strange as all the buzz
It's sympathy from up above
Soakin' us in blood
And we learn the hard way

(This Blood by The Dears)

Tonight on the Strombo Show .. This band has been described by some as a cross between Serge Gainsbourg and The Smiths. Their frontman has been described as a cross between Morrissey (in fact, he has often been referred to as "The Black Morissey") and Damon Albarn of Blur.  The band?  The Dears.  The man?  Murray Lightburn, their lead vocalist and principal songwriter.  George will be chatting with Lightburn on tonight's Strombo Show.

Mass:Light is the name of Lightburn's recently released solo LP.  Two years in the making.  Absolutely secret, kept even from his wife, mother of his two children Neptune and Apollo, and fellow Dear, Natalia Yanchak.  The album finally saw the light of day in August, all instruments on the album played by Lightburn himself, with the exception of contributions by Evan Cranley and Chris Seligman of Stars on horns, and some string parts contributed by his daughter Neptune's music teacher.  Lightburn will be debuting  Mass: Light at Adelaide Hall in Toronto on October 20th, but George has him performing an acoustic set and talking about his new masterpiece tonight in the Broom Closet.

Also on The Strombo Show tonight's Nod To The Gods ... The Police ...

a look back at one of the founding Fathers (or Mothers) of Rock and Roll ... I was lucky enough (and am old enough, but don't tell anyone!) to have seen them live on this tour back in the day ...

Ten O'Clock with Tom Waits ..

The Magnificent 7, the top 7 musical tracks of the week ...

As well as The Big Lie Down, where George tucks us all into a collective state of National Slumber.  Jack, Ziggy and Vermeer know what it's all about.

You can hear The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2 on Sunday nights, from 8 to 11 pm.  See you there.  ;)

Monday, October 14, 2013

This week in Strombo Oct 14 - Oct 18

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week
Happy Thanksgiving! 
May you have enough of what you need.

Monday Oct 14
Brian Henson Muppet master

On the panel actress Georgina Reilly, stand up comedian Fraser Young and Air Farce's Luba Goy

Also on the show Robbie Robertson

Tuesday Oct 15
Activist for the chimpanzee Jane Goodall

Panel guests include music expert Alan Cross, comedian Evan Carter and improvisor Jennifer Goodhue

 And Donal Logue teaches us something.

Wednesday Oct 16
Singing star Michael Bolton

On The Panel we have comedian Steve Patterson, comedy writer Scott Montgomery and Jennifer Goodhue? 

Best Story by Ralph Nader

Thursday Oct 17
Hockey Legend Bobby Orr

Panel guest are actor Nat Faxon, actor comedian Jim Rash and comedian, TV star and podcaster Sean Cullen

Friday Oct 18
Actor Daniel Bruhl
Canadian singer Brett Kissel

And we revisit to an interview with Sinead O'Connor

Monday, October 07, 2013

Remembering Cory Monteith

The entertainment and fan community lost a great talent on 13 July 2013 when Cory Monteith died at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver. His room had two empty bottles of champagne, used hypodermic needle, and a spoon with drug residue. His body was cremated on July 17 following a private viewing for family and fiancé/co-star, Lea Michelle. Glee will air a tribute episode to his character, Finn, on Thursday.
Audiences who wanted to see Monteith after he had passed had a chance to see his final two films, All The Wrong Reasons and McCanick last month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The talented actor was born in Calgary, Alberta to an interior decorator and military man. His parents divorced when he was seven years old and he started experiencing trouble in school and later drugs before dropping out of school at 16. He eventually completed high school and worked various jobs before becoming a professional actor in Vancouver.
In a candid interview from October 18, 2011, Monteith spoke to George about his struggle with drugs, and about how through sharing his experiences, he hoped to help kids who were going through the same things he did when he was a teenager. 
 Fans will continue to mourn and celebrate the life of Monteith. To see the whole episode, please go here.

This Week in Strombo Oct 7-11

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week
The season steams along this week featuring interviews with talented men from all over the world. The Panel features entertaining and funny people with lots to contribute to a good discussion.

Monday Oct 7
Slash is back and has produced a horror film.

On The Panel, popular podcaster Marc Maron, SiriusXM radio host Carla Collins and Toronto comedian Christina Walkinshaw

Tuesday Oct 8
Skater/host/judge Kurt Browning

Sitting at the round table Kid in The Hall comedian/writer Scott Thompson, Stand up comic Dave Merheje and funny woman Eman el-Husseini

Wednesday Oct 9
Super star comedian Eddie Izzard

Humble Howard of Humble and Fred Radio,  TV comedy writer Kurt Smeaton and sketch comic Leslie Seiler

Thursday Oct 10
Best known for Dexter, actor  Michael C. Hall

On The Panel comedian Greg Proops,  from Air Farce Don Ferguson and  local Toronto TV, Radio and podcast host Pay Chen

Friday Oct 11
Actor Ryan Kwanten from True Blood

also Guillermo del Torro Best Story Ever

Sunday, October 06, 2013

The Strombo Show - October 6th, 2013

On tonight's show Shad, who recently co-hosted the Polaris Music Gala with Kathleen Edwards,

Bob Dylan is tonight's Nod To The Gods.

Also featured will be "The Magnificent 7", the top seven tracks of the week, 

"Ten O'Clock With Tom" (Waits), the weekly tribute to the gravel-voiced troubadour, 

and finally winding down with G tucking us all into bed to the soothing sounds of "The Big Lie Down", or The Collective Horizontal.

You can hear The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2 on Sunday nights, from 8 to 11 pm.  See you there.  ;)