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CBC'S JIAN GHOMESHI INVITES LONDON, ONTARIO FANS TO A SPECIAL Q&A AT WESTERN UNIVERSITY, FRIDAY, MARCH 9

London-area fans who missed Q's live show at The Grand are invited to gather at Western University to listen to the broadcast as it airs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on CBC Radio One, and across North America on Friday, March 9. A special Q&A with host Jian Ghomeshi follows from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday night's sold-out show at The Grand features the Great Lake Swimmers, performing new music from their upcoming release New Wild Everywhere. Jian also welcomes London-born, New York City-based violinist Lara St. John, Western Brain and Mind Institute neuroscientists Dr. Adrian Owen and Dr. Jessica Grahn, London Mayor Joe Fontana, comedian Elvira Kurt, curator of the Cultural Hall of Shame, and a cappella YouTube sensation Mike Tompkins (70 million views and counting) who has appeared on The Today Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show and worked with producer Timbaland.

Q fans can hear the broadcast at the Western Faculty of Education Auditorium, located in the Althouse Building (Room 1050). Doors open at 9:45 a.m. with Q going to air on CBC Radio One at 10 a.m. Althouse Building is located directly beside Perth Hall at 1137 Western Road. Free parking is also available in the Althouse Lot.  

After the broadcast, Jian will take questions from the audience about Q and his role as host and broadcaster - favourite moments, most surprising guests, outstanding musical performances, you name it. Space is limited and seats are first come, first serve. Doors close at 11:45 am.

For more information visit, www.cbc.ca/q.

Q sends a special thanks to: The Grand Theatre, Windermere Manor and the University of Western Ontario Research Park.

About Q
Qis an energetic, daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes listeners on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. With Ghomeshi's trademark wit and spontaneity, Q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends. Q is broadcast across the USA via Public Radio International (PRI) on more than 50 stations, including major centres like Chicago, Seattle, Austin, San Diego, Tampa, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Nashville. Q is broadcast across North America on Sirius 159. QTV - the televised version of Q - airs weekly on CBC Television and online at YouTube.com/QTV. For more information and to check out the popular Q: The Podcast, visit cbc.ca/q.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada. 

For further information on CBC Radio One and Q, contact:
Melissa Prince, Veritas Communications
P) 416-482-2669
C) 416-704-8733
prince@veritascanada.com

For Western University, contact:
Jeff Renaud, Western University
P) 519-661-2111, ext. 85165
C) 519-520-7281
jrenaud9@uwo.ca

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