What a year 2012 has been inside studio Q with Jian Ghomeshi. Between musicians, actors, novelists, artists and politicians, Jian has sat down with the who's who of our cultural shapers and has had some of the most interesting interviews - and performances - on the airwaves. We asked the Q team to tell us their top guests of 2012, so without further ado, here they are (in no particular order):
The bestselling British author of the Harry Potter series spoke to Jian about her first novel for adults; A Casual Vacancy.
The frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins joined Jian inside studio Q for a feature interview about the band, taking a break, the fans and the latest record.
Filmmaker Spike Lee took the time to stop into studio Q to discuss his new documentary; BAD 25, which takes a critical look at Michael Jackson and his impact on the music world 25 years after the release of BAD.
English singing sensation Ed Sheeran graced the studio with an interview about his life and career and a performance of two of his hit songs.
Dissident artist Ai Weiwei gave his first major North American broadcast interview since being released from a sentence in Beijing and speaks to Jian about the brutal truth of the Chinese judicial system.
The Canadian-American hybrid band Metric brought their electro-rock sound from their new album Synthetica and spoke about their success in the indie genre after a more than a decade making music.
Actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger discussed with Jian his strengths and weaknesses in life, his career and new tell-all memoir; Total Recall: My unbelievably true life story.
Fresh from their hugely successful debut album Sigh No More, folk rock group Mumford and Sons came to studio Q to speak on and perform from their brand new album Babel.
Award winning actress Edie Falco, best known for her roles in Nurse Jackie and The Sopranos, shared with Jian her personal struggle to over come addiction.
Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz stopped into studio Q this year to talk about Love is a Four Letter Word, his most recently released album, and even play the second single off the record.
Director - and former CBC child star - Sarah Polley sat down with Jian and opened up about her most recent (and personal) film Stories We Tell, which explores a dark family secret.
The band fun. gave listeners a treat when they appeared on Q to chat about their new album Some Nights and even perform some new songs for the listening audience.
There you have it. Q's top guests of 2012. We can't wait to listen to who joins Jian in 2013.