Shad makes his debut as host of Q this morning, as CBC Radio's popular arts and culture show relaunches with a special two-hour broadcast live from Toronto.

​Tickets for the inaugural show sold out quickly, but fans can catch the diverse panel of guests and live performances right here starting at 9 a.m. ET.

The lineup includes:

  • U.S. comedian and WTF podcast host Marc Maron.
  • Juno Award-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq.
  • Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales.
  • Canadian singer/songwriter Afie Jurvanen, better known as Bahamas.

Q's new opening theme music, to be revealed publicly for the first time on today's live show, is a catchy jam created by Bahamas. 

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Canadian singer/songwriter Afie Jurvanen — better known as Bahamas — will also perform an acoustic tune and talk about an exciting new project he's been working on for Q, says CBC.

Listeners across the country can also tune in to the show in its traditional slot on CBC Radio One starting at 10 a.m. (10:30 NT).

New host, new look

Fans of the show will notice a number of changes, as CBC producers attempt to spruce up the popular radio program.

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Shadrach Kabango, the Juno Award-winning hip-hop artist better known as Shad, takes his spot behind the mic on Q today for the first time. (CBC)

For one, instead of the show's upper case "Q," the show's brand now uses a lower case version of the letter.

Other visual changes include a redesigned studio space using a new colour palette. Listeners can also expect to hear new sounds on the broadcast, including new audio signatures.

Shad, 32, was chosen to replace Jian Ghomeshi, who was dismissed in October after managers said they viewed "graphic evidence" that Ghomeshi had physically injured a woman. The former host is currently facing sexual assault charges.

An internal CBC inquiry released Thursday found that management mishandled Ghomeshi and "failed to provide its staff a workplace "free from disrespectful and abusive behaviour," according to Janice Rubin, the employment lawyer who conducted the investigation.

Exhaustive search

Looking for a fresh start, the show's producers conducted an exhaustive search for a new host, looking at more than 200 people.

Cindy Witten, interim executive director of CBC Radio and Audio, said they settled on Shad, because he fulfilled their desire to have an "original thinker" and "a good conversationalist" behind the mic.

Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents, Shad was raised in London, Ont., and went on to earn a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., and a master's degree in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University in B.C.

Q airs weekdays on CBC Radio One at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. (10:30 NT), on SiriusXM at 10 a.m., 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. (ET) each day. 

In the U.S., Q is broadcast in 165 cities through PRI and reaches a weekly audience of over one million people, the broadcaster said.

For more information about the show, or to listen to past episodes, see the shows official website.