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CBC's Jian Ghomeshi gets a jump on the 2012 JUNO Awards with a special live edition of Q featuring some of Canada's hottest musical acts. The sold-out Q live-in-Ottawa special will be taped Thursday, March 29 at the Bronson Centre Theatre and broadcast the following day, Friday, March 30 on CBC Radio One at 10 a.m. (10:30 NT), on PRI in the U.S. and on Sirius satellite radio.

Guests and live performers include Canada's beloved Blue Rodeo, who are being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 2012 JUNO Awards on Sunday, April 1. From 1987's "Outskirts" album to 2009's "The Things We Left Behind," Blue Rodeo has remained one of Canada's most celebrated bands of the last 25 years, with numerous awards and multi-platinum sales.

Also on the bill is Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Mangan, a quadruple 2012 JUNO Award nominee for his album "Oh Fortune," and Toronto electronic troupe Austra. Since their appearance on Q last year they have seen their debut release "Feel It Break" named the top album of 2011 by New York Magazine and are nominated for the 2012 JUNO Award for Electronic Album of the Year.

This special edition of Q in Ottawa is scheduled to air on April 8, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. (1:30 NT) on CBC Television.

During this year's JUNO Week, Jian will also be hosting the JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards on Saturday, March 31, 2012.
In concert with this show, Q is also running its annual JUNO Pool, with a chance to win a dynamic prize pack. Head to cbc.ca/q/junos, and pick the winners in six JUNO categories. If you predict all six correctly, you'll be entered into a draw for a chance to win. The grand prize winner will receive an Epiphone Les Paul Honey Burst electric guitar, courtesy of Long and McQuade Musical Instruments; a trip for two to Ottawa, furnished by Ottawa Tourism that includes: economy airfare, two nights accommodation at ARC The Hotel, admission for two to the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian War Museum and a Rideau Centre Savings Directory; and a Sirius Satellite Sportster 6 radio with a one year subscription. The contest closes Saturday, March 31st at midnight ET. Jian Ghomeshi will reveal the winner on air Tuesday, April 3rd.

Ottawa is the latest stop for a highly successful series of Q live road shows, following stops in Montreal, New York City, Chicago, Winnipeg, Calgary, Salt Lake City and London, Ontario.

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 95 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.

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