Canada’s top music interviewer and passionate music fan George Stroumboulopoulos has signed on with Apple Music to bring his House of Strombo concert series to the streaming service, via YouTube. The shows are filmed at his downtown Toronto home in front of a live audience, crammed into his living room.
The 10-part series, co-produced by Anonymous Content and Son House Productions will feature “a combination of international legends with young and upcoming artists across a variety of music genres,” according to the press release, and will include “exclusive video features, band interviews and behind-the-scenes access only on Apple Music.”
Stroumboulopoulos, who is affectionately known in Canada as Strombo, is currently in Los Angeles, where he was interviewed by Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 about the partnership.
“This remarkable and very personal experience that you’ve been building over time with artists bringing them into your world, getting performance, getting conversation, doing what you do best… coming to Apple Music,” said Lowe, Apple Music’s creative director and L.A. anchor of Beats 1.
“The bands set-up right in my living room, with a live audience packing the place,” Stroumboulopoulos explained in a statement. “Lights, smoke machines and amplifiers stacked high — it’s every gig in a small space that you’ve ever loved, with the best bands in the world.”
The first episode features Canadian First Nations DJ group A Tribe Called Red but future guests will be revealed at a later date. Stroumboulopoulos recently had Dinosaur Jr. and Against Me! perform for his House of Strombo show, but no word if they will be part of the Apple Music series.
He currently also does a Sunday night CBC Radio 2 broadcast called The Strombo Show. For almost 10 years, the well-known personality interviewed a who’s who of musicians, actors, athletes, authors, politicians and more on CBC television (until 2014) and added a brief stint on CNN in 2013. He then did two seasons at Hockey Night in Canada for Rogers Media.