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Broadcast on Friday, March 9; plus special listening event with Q fans and Jian

It started with a single Tweet - now CBC's Q with host Jian Ghomeshi is ready to hit the road for London, Ontario!

The road trip is the culmination of a spontaneous, grassroots social media campaign, sparked by a Tweet from a Q fan in London last year. After weeks of tweeting and lobbying online from fans in cities across the province, London was chosen to host a live-on-location edition of Q. The show sold out immediately, with more than 9,000 people attempting to obtain one of the 850 tickets. This live event takes place at The Grand Theatre on Thursday, March 8 (for broadcast across North America on Friday, March 9). 

"I have felt such love from London, Ontario," said host Jian Ghomeshi. "There has been such an outpouring of support from everyone. The Q team is stoked. We can't wait to join our London audience and explore the diverse talent the Forest City has to offer as well as put on a killer show at the Grand."

Special guests include Great Lake Swimmers, performing new music from their upcoming release New Wild Everywhere. Jian also welcomes London violinist Lara St. John, London Mayor Joe Fontana, comedian Elvira Kurt, curator of our 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.

Audience members will have a chance to win great prizes from London's arts & culture community including: tickets to the London Fringe Theatre, Aeolian Hall, London Music Club, Cirque du Soleil at John Labatt Centre and Hair at The Grand Theatre. Ticket holders must arrive by 6:45 p.m. (taping begins at 7 p.m. sharp) - there will be no rush line.

Although the Q taping is sold out, Q fans can listen to the broadcast and meet Jian at a special Q in the Community public event on Friday, March 9, 2012. More details to be announced shortly.

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. 

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