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The Strombo Show: Gordon Lightfoot and Braids

Editorial Staff
The Strombo Show, June 28, 2015

Listen to the June 28, 2015, episode of the Strombo Show.


"If you could read my mind love, what a tale my thoughts could tell."

The Strombo Show r​uns​ the gamut this Sunday night, keeping the spirit of radio alive by delivering the best records in the best order. It's a show for music lovers by music lovers, ranging over three hours of commercial-free music to honour both old and new.

George Stroumboulopoulos ​is joined by the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot for a rare, intimate interview and the Polaris-nominated Braids will perform an exclusive acoustic session as part of our annual Canada Day special.

Lightfoot once said about music, "I'm a little nuts. I'm a lot nuts. All I know is that in the midst of the madness of this world, it's my therapy." He’s the singer-songwriter’s singer-songwriter who has been releasing records for more than 50 years. His extensive catalogue includes songs like "If You Could Read My Mind," "Sundown," "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Carefree Highway" that have earned him Grammy nominations, Juno Awards and have been covered and celebrated by Dylan, Cash, Presley and Streisand, among others. He’s also a father, who brings his youngest to taekwondo.

Lightfoot joins George to explore his life, share his thoughts of the current musical world and what's next.

Braids recently released their third studio album, Deep in the Iris, which trips into a more accessible realm of instrumentation, exchanging synths for ivories. Their standout track, "Miniskirt," is a gender equality declaration that challenges themes of pornography and abuse. They'll perform the song and sit down for a feature conversation in the House of Strombo.

To celebrate the birth of our nation, we'll road trip from east to west coast, diving into the musical range of our provinces and territories with a few special guests that include CBC Radio's Tom Power.

​Lock it. Crank it. Join the collective!​

Lighthouse, "Sunny Days"
Crowbar, "Oh What A Feeling"
Maestro Fresh Wes, "Let Your Backbone Slide"
Thrush Hermit, "The Day We Hit The Coast"
Rich Aucoin, "It"
Mo Kenney, "Deja Vu (Ft. Joel Plaskett)"
Classified, "Inner Ninja (Ft. David Myles)"
Stompin' Tom Connors, "Cross Canada"
Hey Rosetta!, "Yer Spring"
Kat McLevey, "Grip"
Arcade Fire, "Sprawl II (Soulwax Remix)"
Wolf Parade, "I'll Believe In Anything"
BRAIDS, "Miniskirt (Strombo Session)"
Sufjan Stevens, "Seven Swans"
BRAIDS, "Warm Like Summer (Strombo Session)"
Tanya Tagaq, "Uja"
Tanya Tagaq, "Umingmak"
A Tribe Called Red, "Burn Your Village To The Ground"
Neil Young & The Band, "Helpless (Live)"
The Weakerthans, "One Great City" 
Propagandhi, "Less Talk, More Rock"
The Guess Who, "Runnin' Back To Saskatoon"
Mocky, "Time Inflation"
Buffy Sainte-Marie, "It's My Way"
Joni Mitchell, "All I Want"
The Hot Nasties, "The Secret Of Immortality"
Viet Cong, "Silhouettes"
Chad Vangaalen, "Willow Tree"
Stephen Kakfwi, "Last Chance Hotel"
The Naysayers, "Hope"
NEEDS, "Rescue Don"
Rascalz, "Northern Touch"
Gordon Lightfoot, "If You Could Read My Mind"
Bob Dylan, "Maggie's Farm (Live at Newport Folk Festival)"
Elvis Presley, "Early Morning Rain"
Gordon Lightfoot, "Sundown"
Gordon Lightfoot, "Restless" 

For further musical exploration with George Stroumboulopoulos, tune in to The Strombo Show every Sunday night on CBC Radio 2 or CBC Music from 8 to 11 p.m. for three hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers.