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The Strumbellas
Strumbellas Lollapalooza.jpgThe Strumbellas at Lollapalooza 2016
Background information
OriginLindsay, Ontario, Canada
  • Indie rock
  • alternative country
  • folk rock[1]
  • folk pop[2]
Years active2008–present
  • Six Shooter
  • Glassnote
  • Universal
MembersSimon Ward
David Ritter
Jon Hembrey
Izzy Ritchie
Darryl James
Jeremy Drury

The Strumbellas are a Canadian rock band, whose music has been described as alternative country, indie rock, and "gothic folk".[3]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Discography
    • 2.1 Albums
    • 2.2 EPs
    • 2.3 Singles
      • 2.3.1 Notes
  • 3 Awards and nominations
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Formed in 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, the band consists of songwriter Simon Ward on vocals and guitar, David Ritter on vocals and keys, Jon Hembrey on lead guitar, Isabel Ritchie on violin, Darryl James on bass guitar, and Jeremy Drury on drums. Hembrey, James, Drury and Ward are all originally from Lindsay, Ontario, while Ritter and Ritchie joined after Ward posted a call for additional musicians to Craigslist.[4]

The band's self-titled EP was released in 2009, garnering positive reviews[5] and mentioned by many different media outlets as a band to watch. Their Southern Souls video by Mitch Fillion received attention from many bloggers[6] and won them an ongoing Monday night residency at Toronto's Cameron House.

2010 was a busy year for the band as they were invited to play landmark venues like Yonge-Dundas Square, the Horseshoe Tavern and the Peterborough Folk Festival. Their full-length debut album, My Father and the Hunter, was released independently in 2012 and was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario. [7] It was nominated for a 2013 Juno Award in the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group category.[8]

The band later signed with Six Shooter Records, releasing their second album, We Still Move on Dance Floors, in 2013.[9] The album was produced by Ryan Hadlock. We Still Move on Dance Floors won a 2014 Juno Award in the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group category. After winning the Juno award, frontman Simon Ward expressed his distress after realizing that the live feed of the bands acceptance speech was cut off due to technical difficulties.[10]

The band's third studio album, Hope, was released on April 22, 2016. The first single from that album, Spirits, topped the Billboard Alternative Songs chart the last two weeks of May 2016,[11][12] and also enjoyed significant mainstream radio play in Canada and a number of European countries.[13][14] On April 21, 2016, the band were featured performers on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, closing out the episode with a live performance of Spirits. They also performed at the NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg during the first intermission on October 23, 2016.

The band began an international tour in the summer of 2016, continuing throughout 2017 in Australia, Europe, and North America including festivals such as Bonnaroo and Governor's Ball.


  • The Strumbellas (2009)


  1. ^ "Spirits" did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 but did peak at number 9 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which is an extension of the Billboard Hot 100.[23]

See also

  • iconMusic of Canada portal
  • Music of Canada
  • Canadian rock
  • List of bands from Canada
  • List of Canadian musicians
  • Category:Canadian musical groups


  1. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (May 11, 2016). "The Strumbellas Earn First Alternative Songs No. 1 With 'Spirits'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ Fiorilli, Lisa (April 23, 2016). "Hope by The Strumbellas". Confront Magazine. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Strumbellas - My Father And The Hunter". Exclaim, February 26, 2012.
  4. ^ "Strumbellas up for Juno Award". Town Crier, April 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "The Strumbellas review in Now Magazine", August 19, 2010.
  6. ^ "Southern Souls", May 26, 2010.
  7. ^ "The Strumbellas Announce Debut LP 'My Father and the Hunter'". Exclaim!, December 20, 2011.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference vancouversun was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ "The Strumbellas Reveal 'We Still Move on Dance Floors'". Exclaim!, September 12, 2013.
  10. ^ " Capsule Podcast on Live in Limbo, April 21, 2014.
  11. ^ "Billboard. May 21, 2016". Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Billboard. May 28, 2016". Retrieved May 17, 2016. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ Cantor, Brian. "The Strumbellas' "Spirits" Confirmed As iHeartRadio "On The Verge" Song". Headline Planet. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c d e "The Strumbellas Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  16. ^ a b "The Strumbellas albums (Flanders)". Ultratop. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  17. ^ a b "The Strumbellas albums (Walloon))". Ultratop. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  18. ^ a b "The Strumbellas Italian Charting". Retrieved 2016-10-18. 
  19. ^ a b "THE STRUMBELLAS IN DER SCHWEIZER HITPARADE". Hit Parade. Retrieved 2016-10-18. 
  21. ^ "The Strumbellas France Charts". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  22. ^ "The Strumbellas German Charts". Retrieved 2016-10-08. 
  23. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 -". 
  24. ^ "Alternative Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on January 27, 2017. 
  25. ^ Reserved., . All Rights (19 February 2013). "Complete list of 2013 Juno Awards nominees". Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  26. ^ "Juno Awards 2014: The full list of winners". National Post. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  27. ^ "2016 MMVA Winners". Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  28. ^ "Here's The Complete List Of #iHeartAwards Winners | iHeartRadio Music Awards | iHeartRadio". iHeartRadio. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  29. ^ "Here Are the 2017 Juno Nominees". Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  30. ^ "2017 CRMA Nominees |2017 Canadian Music Week April 18-22, 2017". Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  31. ^ "Home - Jim Beam INDIES with INDIE88". Jim Beam INDIES with INDIE88. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 

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