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About The Strumbellas

A Juno award-winning sextet from Toronto who generate a spirited blend of folk, pop, alt-country, and indie rock that they dub "folk popgrass," the Strumbellas found widespread success with albums like 2012's My Father and the Hunter and its Juno Award-winning follow-up, We Still Move on Dance Floors, which arrived a year later. They later landed a number one hit on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with their 2016 single "Spirits."

The Strumbellas were founded in 2008 by head songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Simon Ward, keyboardist/vocalist David Ritter, lead guitarist Jon Hembrey, violinist Isabel Ritchie, bass player Darryl James, and drummer Jeremy Drury. Invoking names like the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons, the group issued their eponymous debut EP in 2009, followed by a series of high-profile shows and festival gigs. Their first full-length outing, 2013's My Father and the Hunter, landed them a Juno nomination in the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year category, and their Six Shooter Records-issued sophomore long player, We Still Move on Dance Floors, earned them a second nomination in the category, as well as their first win. Led by the Billboard Alternative Songs chart-topper "Spirits," their third LP, Hope, arrived in spring of 2016. In terms of national recognition, 2017 proved to be a watershed year for the Strumbellas; they notched three wins at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, two at the Canadian Independent Music Awards, and another Juno. They spent much of that year on tour in Europe, Australia, and in the U.S. where they made an appearance at the Bonnaroo Festival. In November 2018, the Strumbellas returned with the buoyant single "Salvation." ~ James Christopher Monger

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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