After a hard fought -- and completely spontaneous -- contest to bring Q to an Ontario city outside Toronto, today Jian announced the winning city:
It was an incredibly difficult choice to make. All the cities had stellar campaigns, and we've been touched by your enthusiasm for Q, for public broadcasting and for arts and culture. (more...)
Stratford You were the first to make it a real race. We had to take notice when actors Cynthia Dale and Colm Feore got on board. We loved the story of your community -- your transformation from a struggling industrial town into a world-class centre for arts, culture and innovation. And who can forget that Stratford is home to Justin Bieber.
Hamilton It's no secret we love your music scene -- Junior Boys, Arkells, Luke Doucet -- and thanks to your campaign, we found out that your mayor plays a mean saxophone. Another strong bid with such heartfelt letters and you got the support of Margaret Atwood on your campaign.
Oshawa The Shwa is "Shwasome". The Stellas wrote a campaign song. And supporters went so far as to turn the big "O" at the Durham College campus into a "Q". You really made the case for culture in Oshawa and we felt a real pull to come to your haunts.
Guelph We loved your "Q spotting" photo project, and we were touched by the many video messages you sent: from Sam Baijal of the Hillside Festival to mayor Karen Farbridge.
Kingston K-Town. We knew we'd be able to put on a great show when Sarah Harmer offered to perform. We were so touched by Kingstonian Tracy Morgan's song "Queue For You", we played it on the show on Wednesday.
In the end, we chose London. We loved the flash mob in Victoria Park. You got the whole community involved in the effort. And we were astounded when the entire city council -- including mayor Joe Fontana -- showed up to work in Q t-shirts. You've had a big media presence and you've gathered everyone from businesses to museums to support your cause.
It's clear that we could put on an amazing show in any one of these Ontario communities. The over which to choose was long ... and at times, it was heated. We don't have the resources to do a tour of all these cities. It takes a bunch of money and staffing and planning to make each remote show happen.
There are a lot of details left to work out. We'll be announcing the date, venue and special guests next month.
From Jian and the whole Q team, thank you so much to everyone who entered.