Arriving in his signiture leather jacket and T-shirt, Jian Ghomeshi is calm and collected, despite being stuck in traffic for two hours. The trip from Toronto to Hamilton was snarled by traffic.
Ghomeshi, CBC Radio's Q host, is on cross-Canada book tour for his new, best-selling title, 1982. The tour brought him to Hamilton Friday night. He wasn't the only late one — fans on their way to the show were sending tweets asking him not to start before they got there.
Ghomeshi's first book, 1982, is a collection of 10 stories based on his experiences being a 14-year-old David Bowie-wannabe, Canadian-Iranian living in the GTA in 1982. It's his story, with a bit of creative embellishment, Ghomeshi said, and infused with the likes of '80s rock stars like Bowie, the Talking Heads and the Clash.
He was the outsider, Ghomeshi said.
Being stuck in traffic allowed him a few hours to reflect on what might happen that night. As fate had it, he said, his tour brought him to the Lincoln Alexander Centre on the day Alexander died at the age of 90.
CBC Hamilton interviewed Ghomeshi right before he went on stage Friday night. Watch the video to hear Ghomeshi talk about how his book on the "quintiessential immigrant experience" is being recieved, what's next for him and a memory of Lincoln Alexander.