Roots ruckus

The Strumbellas just got nominated for a Juno and are ready to celebrate.

The Strumbellas have had an action-packed year.
The Strumbellas have had an action-packed year.

It's already been an action-packed year for these roots-rockers, they're mid-tour, half-way through recording a new album and were just nominated for their first Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. They play a show in their hometown Toronto then plan to drive all night to get here. "I heard there's no better way to see the east than at 4am in the dark," deadpans singer Simon Ward. "We played about five months ago at The Carleton and it was awesome. We were kind of blown away by it." It's that stereotypical east coast hospitality, guys, you gotta live up to the ideal

---so warm up your pipes, they like it when you sing along loud. "It's pretty much a ruckus of getting drunk and stomping around on stage for 40 minutes," says Ward for anyone who missed the last show. "And that's basically it. It's a bit of debauchery. It's not a show for children, I'll say that."

Sunday, February 24, The Carleton, 1685 Argyle Street, 8pm, $12.50/$15

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