It's show time!  q's new fulltime host Shadrach Kabango, better known as  Shad, will take to the stage at Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio on Monday, April 20. In a two-hour special before a sold-out theatre, Shad will kick off the new era of q and unveil several changes we've been working on behind the scenes.  

(The New q kickoff show will be live streamed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET) 

If you're in Toronto, you can try for rush tickets to the sold out Glenn Gould show or come down to the free viewing party at the CBC atrium, starting at 8:45 a.m.

On traditional radio, the show will air on CBC Radio One at 10 a.m. local time (10:30 NT). 

(If you want to catch the show on your own time after it's aired, choose your adventure.)

Monday's line-up features Bahamas, Tanya Tagaq, Marc Maron and more

  • Shad will catch up with singer/songwriter Afie Jurvanen — better known as Bahamas — who recently won two JUNO Awards for his latest record, Bahamas is Afie. He'll talk about an exciting new project he's been working on for q.
  • JUNO Award-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq will perform from her Polaris Prize-winning record Animism. She will be joined by her celebrated producer/collaborator Jesse Zubot and Toronto's Element Choir.
  • Marc Maron will take the stage to discuss his smash hit podcast WTF, and how he gets comedians from Louis CK to Jerry Seinfeld to open up about their life and craft.
  • Canadian pianist and self-proclaimed "musical genius" Chilly Gonzales will return to q to perform from his new album, Chambers. He will be accompanied by the Kaiser Quartett.
  • Spoken word poet, writer and performer Shane Koyczan takes a break from his current tour to perform on the show. Shad will speak to Shane about his spoken word art and delve into the process behind his poetry.
  • q's Sports Panel —Stephen Brunt, Sonali Karnick and Paul Riley — weigh in on the week's biggest sports culture stories. 
  • Elvira Kurt adds a new inductee to her Cultural Hall of Shame  
Shad with the new Q

Shad poses with our fresh new logo. Watch and listen for more changes to come! (Matt Barnes/Westside Studio/CBC)

FAQ: Is it still possible to get into the Glenn Gould show?

The live show is sold out, but there will be a rush line on April 20 for those who didn't get advance tickets. For ticket holders, the lobby doors to the venue open at 8:15 a.m. ET. As this is a live taping, advance ticket holders must be seated by 8:45 a.m. ET to guarantee their seat.

The skinny on Shad 

Shad, 32, is a Juno Award winning hip-hop artist.  He was born in Kenya to Rwandan parents, and raised in London, Ontario.  He has 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.

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