2016 started with a bang for The Strumbellas when their first single, Spirits, rocketed onto the airwaves around the world. The song perched itself at #1 on the radio charts of several countries. It was certified Double Platinum in Canada and Italy and Gold in America, Germany and France. Spirits, which launched their album, Hope (released on Glassnote and Six Shooter (Canada) on April 22nd), was just the tip of the iceberg for the year this band from Lindsay, Ontario was about to have. They left home and went on tour, hitting up all of the biggies, including Lollapalooza, ACL, Rock en Seine, London’s Hyde Park and Festival d’Ete.
They wrapped up the year winning iHeart Radio Awards ‘Best New Alternative Rock Artist of the Year’ and beat out Drake, The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes to nab the JUNO Award for ‘Single of the Year’. The Strumbellas got their start in 2009 with their eponymous EP release, which was peppered with accolades from Toronto weeklies and prompted a proclamation from the CBC that they are a “band to watch.” Since then, the group has been on the road earning their stripes through sold-out residencies at different clubs in Toronto, as well as several cross-country tours and summer festivals.