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Kevin Drew on Broken Social Scene's 'summer' release, Gord Downie's Secret Path

Colton Eddy

Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene joined George Stroumboulopoulos for a celebration of 2016 on this week's episode of the Strombo Show.

He revealed plans for BSS's upcoming album, including a planned summer release, opened up about his collaborations with Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip and agreed for an intimate House of Strombo session with his collective.

"I'm looking to get back on stage with my family and connect with the people... We have to finish it, obviously, just a small thing called finishing," said Drew. “I think that we're thinking summer [release]​."

​He also detailed how the Paris attacks from last November encouraged Broken Social Scene to come together: "The whole reason we got back together was after the shootings in Paris. Everyone sort of got on the phone within the small tribe of us and said, I want to play some shows. It is interesting because someone told me that A Tribe Called Quest, that was sort of their story too. I think that just affected a lot of people because it was so close to home. So close to home. "

Drew also spoke about Secret Path, the project he produced and collaborated with Gord Downie on.

"I was very grateful to see Gord's record Secret Path come rolling out after three years of having it in my car, being able to see it go out into the world. … To see it come into fruition, because Gord had been talking about it for so long, to see it come into fruition was a wonderment. ...

"We have a saying — the best place is the right place — and it was very hard and confusing for me to see how he was in his best place and his right place during those shows and I am so proud of him and so proud of everybody that got behind it and got involved. I'm proud of my label that worked so hard to put it out. The packaging alone is absolutely stunning. Everybody just brought their best."

Listen to the full conversation, which also explores the making of the Tragically Hip's Man Machine Poem album and more.

The Strombo Show presents Hip 30, a celebration of the Tragically Hip, Jan. 1 from 8:00 pm - midnight ET on Radio 2.

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