The Stroumboulopouli

The Stroumboulopouli

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, April 28, 2013

Strombo for the week of April 29 - May 3

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week
The variety of talented and interesting guests this week is not to be missed! Even if you have seen some before...

Monday April 29
Film maker Baz Luhrmann

Panel guest comedian Darrin Rose

Tuesday April 30
The legendary actress Shirley Douglas

Author Wm Paul Young

Panel guest comic Jeff McEnery

Wednesday May 1
News anchor Don Lemon

Panel guest comedian Ron James

Thursday May 2
Film maker John Singleton

My favourite panel guest Arthur Simeon

Friday May 3
Friday features the one and only Martin Short

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Strombo Show - Sunday, April 28th, 2013


Teenage Kicks join George on the show  to chat about their upcoming first full length LP.  With two successful EPs and a few years behind them, the band have put together what promises to be a kickass full length debut LP. In case you were wondering - they did name themselves after the classic song by The Undertones.


Eric Alper (yes, That Eric Alper!) is back on the show for 
"Three Degrees of That Eric Alper".  Listen in for the big reveal of what he has come up with this time.

Richie Havens, the American folk / R & B icon will be honoured after his recent passing.  Perhaps best known as being the opening act at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, Mr Havens will be remembered for a musical career spanning almost 45 years. 

Shotgun Willie Nelson's upcoming 80th birthday will be celebrated.

The Magnificent Seven will be featured as always along with Tom Waits.

Lastly, George will tuck you in for The Big Lie Down with  Mississippi Delta Blues Masters

 Charley Patton



Robert Johnson 


Son House.

The Strombo Show is on CBC Radio 2 Sundays from 8 pm  until 11 pm.  See you there. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

George hosts Just for Laughs: 30/30 Hindsight

Are you looking forward to doing something fun tonight? Why not join George as he hosts 30/30 Hindsight tonight at 8pm on CBC.

The two hour special covers thirty years of great comedy with classic footage of Jon Stewart, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Steve Martin, Danny Bhoy, Russell Peters, Aziz Ansari, Bill Maher, Dennis Leary, Wanda Sykes and many more. You can read the Cheat Sheet here.

Please follow @Just_For_Laughs and hashtag #3030hindsight to talk with other fans. Hope to see you there.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Strombo for the week of April 22- April 26

George spent the weekend at Coachella then hurried back to Toronto to tape this weeks shows...
Monday, April 22

Actor Laurence Fishburne talks about his new film The Colony. He shares how his recent experience of living and working in Canada has given him an understanding of Matrix co-star Keanu Reeves.

Murdoch Mysteries star Thomas Craig breaks down the relationship between soccer and love.

Tom Green joins the panel where he gets a surprise from a fellow Canadian hip hop star.

Tuesday, April 23

Legendary musician Steve Earle explains how hard economic and political times in the U.S. influenced his new album and discusses his troubles caring for his autistic child.

Actress and writer Nia Vardalos gives Jann Arden some unsolicited advice about foreplay.

The funny Darcy Michael takes part in the panel.

Wednesday, April 24
Actor Benjamin Bratt takes the red chair to discuss his new movie The Lesser Blessed which is about the life of a First Nations teenager as well as his mother’s work as a Native American activist.

Singing sensation Paul Anka laments about today’s young stars.

 Plus an upcoming performer at the Halifax Comedy Fest, Patrick Haye sits with the panel.

Thursday, April 25

Renowned actor James Cromwell tells an anecdote of nude scenes with his Still Mine co-star Genevieve Bujold, and talks about his recent arrest during an animal rights protest in Wisconsin.

Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean offers a tough career lesson in a segment about defining moments.

Canadian comedy legend Heidi Foss joins the panel.

Friday as always is the Best of The Week

The Strombo Show - Sunday, April 19th, 2013

Tonight on The Strombo Show!

The Highest Order will chat with George about their brand new debut LP, "If It's Real".  Three former members of One Hundred Dollars (Kyle Porter, Paul Mortimer and Simone Schmidt) and Simone TB were touring the west coast when they decided they had such a good thing going, they would stay together.  Stop by and hear what they have put together over the past year.

The Kostanzas ' lead singer, Amanda Macchia, will stop by to discuss Record Store Day. Hopefully you had a chance to stop by your friendly neighbourhood record store yesterday and do your part to revive vinyl.

Rita MacNeil, the Canadian music icon, will be remembered on The Strombo Show this week.  The First Lady of East Coast Music will be sadly missed by generations of Canadians.

Rus was inducted into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame  this week at a gala ceremony which included a performance of their music by the Foo Fighters. Get more on the story tonight.

Along with the Magnificent Seven and the weekly Tom Waits feature, George will tuck you in with more featured British artists - this week the Smiths and Blur.


The Strombo Show is on CBC Radio 2 Sundays from 8 pm  until 11 pm.  See you there.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight - April 15th to 19th, 2013

Monday, April 15

Janeane Garofalo discusses the  portrayal of women in television and her difficulties in being typecast after her roles in The Larry Sanders Show and Reality Bites 

Colin Mochrie  looks at how comedy has changed over the years,

Bobby Mair, comedian, joins the panel, and

Hilary Farr from Love It Or List It also makes an appearance.


Tuesday, April 16 
Kristin Scott Thomas  talks about her new film Dans La Maison (In The House) opening in Québec this week. 

Rob Stewart, award-winning director and biologist, chats with George about his new book and documentary Revolution, our responsibility to save the planet, as well as his terrifying experience of being lost in the ocean, and 

Trevor Boris, comedian, joins the panel.

Wednesday, April 17


Paul Anka discusses his soon to be released  Duets album and his  My Way: An Autobiography.  

Penn Jillette,  magician, shares his Best Story Ever about one crazy night in Vegas, and 

Mark Watson joins the panel.


Thursday, April 18
Famke Janssen, Bond girl and X-Men star,  discusses her role in the new Netflix thriller series Hemlock Grove, and

Jessica Holmes, Royal Canadian Air Farce alumni,  joins the panel.

As a special bonus, check out George's interview with Christiane Charette on Télé-Québec's brand new talk show 125, Marie-Anne.  Don't worry - the conversation with George is in English.  Christiane speaks with George about a quarter of the way into the show.

Find George Stroumboulopoulos:
@strombo #gTonight 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Strombo Show - Sunday, April 14th, 2013

The year was 1983 when Kelowna's Chris and Tom Hooper, and Kevin Kane got together and formed a band.  A guick glance through a movie guide and "The Grapes of Wrath" was born. They would release four albums together before splitting in 1992 (including a debut album produced by Tom Cochrane).  Fast forward twenty years and The Grapes reunite and release a new album, The High Road.  Listen to what they have to say as they chat with George and perform on tonight's Strombo Show.

The CBC recently launched a program to encourage Canadians to not only eat healthier, but to reconnect with each other and begin eating meals together again as a family.  Lisa Fender of CBC’s Live Right Now will be back with an update on the Bring Healthier Home program.  

Remember this?

It's been 25 years.  Yes, really.  George will be revisiting Public Enemy's classic album,
It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

It wouldn't be Strombo, of course, without the Magnificent Seven and a salute to Tom Waits.

As a special surprise to wrap up the show, George will tuck you in with some of The Beatles' most mellow tunes for The Big Lie Down.

The Strombo Show is on CBC Radio 2 Sundays from 8 pm  until 11 pm.  See you there.


Tuesday, April 09, 2013

George gets traded ... for the summer

Our favourite Habs fan has scored a trade of sorts himself this coming summer.  Instead of taking it easy on GST’s summer hiatus George will be trading in his Canadian digs at CBC (temporarily) for some new ones at CNN.

Canada’s master at the art of meaningful conversation began at CBC in January 2005 with a one hour program aimed at adding depth to the talk show format.  His paradoxical personality of intense, yet laid back, curiosity quickly won him a spot on the mother corp. and eventually a coveted prime time slot and even more viewers. One in five Canadians watches his show according to numbers from the CBCWebsite.

As his interview style suggests George is not about to live life in the shallow end of anything. His work has brought attention to the need for disaster relief in countries like Haiti and Pakistan. He worked towards a cleaner planet with One Million Acts of Green and backs up his words with actions in his own lifestyle choices and sitting on the Board for the David Suzuki Foundation … not to mention his work with The United Nations World Food Programme, he’s an Ambassador, amongst other various charities and foundations that he supports.

Starting early this summer, in Los Angeles, he’ll be bringing his brand to a live audience for a one hour show to air for ten Fridays on CNN.  I, for one, am hoping to see vintage … intense socio-political, life isn’t for skimming the surface, George.  American audiences have had a taste for years now with his You Tube channel having over 60 million views not to mention his website and cross-border viewing of the show itself.  Even some of his celeb interviews, being in typical George style, have led to the stars gushing praises for his style south of our borders.  One of my favourite celeb interviews was … Valerie Bertinelli … and of course there were the more recent speaking engagements with Oprah.

See You In The Fall Canada
It’s obvious that George is ready and capable of doing great things on a global stage; the question is are they ready for George? In a media world where Canadians are often compared to more globally known brands, we here at The Stroumboulopouli think George is incomparable with other similar hosts coming up as Strombo-lite.  Guess we’ll find out how Canada’s Host fairs this coming summer.

Congratulations George on your summer trade … looking forward to seeing you back on CBC this fall for your tenth season!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

This week in Strombo April 9 - 11

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight this week
George will be doing more live shows with Oprah on her Canadian tour and that will take some time away from taping GST a bit but if you get a chance to see him on stage with Oprah enjoy!

Monday, April 8
Actor Kevin Zegers is in the red chair to talk about his new movie The Colony.
Bomb Girls star Jodi Balfour speaks about her South African heritage and Nelson Mandela’s mark on her childhood.

Comedian Evan Carter joins the panel.

Tuesday, April 9
IndyCar winner James Hinchcliffe shares his goals for the coming season, which he achieved by winning the Indy season opener after taping this interview.

CBC Radio journalist Carol Off talks about the As It Happens phenomenon and how the show has become a mainstay, and Second City alum.

Actor Inessa Frantowski sits with the panel.

Wednesday, April 10
Actor John C. McGinley reveals what it’s like to play the real-life character of Red Barber in his new movie 42,  the story of Jackie Robinson.

Game of Thrones star NikolajCoster-Waldau, Bomb Girls actress Meg Tilly and Bollywood star Anil Kapoor choose what movies they’d take to Baffin Island if they were stranded.

Yuk Yuk’s Toronto headliner Dana Alexander is part of the panel. 

Thursday, April 11
Film and TV star Gil Bellows talks about Canadian pride, his new film Mad Ship.

Rapper and music video director A$AP Rocky highlights fashion dos and don’ts.

The hilarious Allyson Smith joins the panel.