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The Strumbellas

When a crowd is singing along with the last chorus after hearing the song for the first time, and Twitter lights up with those same lyrics in the days following a performance, you know it's a song that connects. With poignant yet sing-along-able lyrics and undeniable rock noir musical undertones, Spirits, the first single from The Strumbellas’ forthcoming album, Hope, embodies the essence of what has been attracting fans from across North America to this Lindsay, Ontario-bred band.

That journey has been a whirlwind since the release of the band’s 2012 debut album My Father And The Hunter. The Strumbellas' sound — haunting lyrics fused with infectious, danceable melodies — won them both fans and critical recognition. A year later, they followed up with We Still Move On Dance Floors, which earned the band six awards, including a JUNO and Sirius XM Indie Award, as well as a spot on the Polaris Music Prize Long List. And of course, there’s been touring. Lots of touring.

In early 2015 when the Strumbellas were off the road and ready to go into the studio again, they set up shop at downtown Toronto’s Lincoln County Social Club to record the new album with LA Producer/Engineer Dave Schiffman (Johnny Cash, Haim, Weezer). During three recording sessions during the first half of 2015, Schiffman and the band harnessed a vivid sound that was itchin’ to get out of them. Bigger. Bolder. Beckoning. Hope will be released in April of 2016.

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Hope (album teaser) on Wikipedia
The Strumbellas
OriginLindsay, Ontario, Canada
GenresIndie rock, alternative country
Years active2008–present
LabelsSix Shooter Records / Glassnote Records / Universal Music Group
MembersSimon Ward, David Ritter, Jon Hembrey, Izzy Ritchie, Darryl James, Jeremy Drury

The Strumbellas is a Juno-award winning, six-piece Canadian band, whose music has been described as alternative country, indie rock, and "folk popgrass".[1]


  • 1 History
  • 2 Discography
    • 2.1 Albums
    • 2.2 EPs
    • 2.3 Singles
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 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.[2]

The band's self-titled EP was released in 2009, garnering positive reviews [3] and mentioned by many different media outlets as a band to watch. Their Southern Souls video by Mitch Fillion received attention from many bloggers[4] 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. [5] It was nominated for a 2013 Juno Award in the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group category.[1]

The band later signed with Six Shooter Records, releasing their second album, We Still Move on Dance Floors, in 2013.[6] 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.[7]

The band's third studio album, Hope, was released on April 22, 2016. The band debuted a single from that album, Spirits, which enjoyed significant alternative radio play and, as of April 2016, is #19 on the Mediabase alternative airplay chart.[8][9] On April 21st, 2016, the band were featured performers, closing out The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with a live performance of Spirits.


  • My Father and the Hunter (2012)
  • We Still Move on Dance Floors (2013)
  • Hope (2016)


  • The Strumbellas (2009)


  • "Spirits" (2015)

See also

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


  1. ^ a b "Strumbellas steer alternative country into fast lane". Vancouver Sun, November 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Strumbellas up for Juno Award". Town Crier, April 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "The Strumbellas review in Now Magazine", August 19, 2010.
  4. ^ "Southern Souls", May 26, 2010.
  5. ^ "The Strumbellas Announce Debut LP 'My Father and the Hunter'". Exclaim!, December 20, 2011.
  6. ^ "The Strumbellas Reveal 'We Still Move on Dance Floors'". Exclaim!, September 12, 2013.
  7. ^ " Capsule Podcast on Live in Limbo, April 21, 2014.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Cantor, Brian. "The Strumbellas' "Spirits" Confirmed As iHeartRadio "On The Verge" Song". Headline Planet. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 

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