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q relaunches on CBC Radio with live show, new host, Shad, and new look

Shad kicks off his new role as host of q, CBC Radio One's daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine, with a live show on Monday, April 20.

Guests for April 20 live show include Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq and Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales

Shadrach Kabango, the Juno Award-winning hip-hop artist better known as Shad, takes his spot behind the mic on q, CBC Radio's daily arts and culture show, for the first time with a live show on April 20. Guests include American comedian Marc Maron and Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. (CBC)

Shadrach Kabango, the Juno award winning hip-hop artist better known as Shad, kicks off his role as the new host of CBC Radio's revamped arts and culture program next week with a live show under the program's refreshed banner.

q, is relaunching on April 20 with a special two-hour broadcast in front of a live audience at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, the broadcaster announced Wednesday.

Shad's first day behind the mic will feature a number of live performances and a diverse lineup of guests, including:

  • American comedian and WTF podcast host Marc Maron.
  • Juno Award-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaa.
  • Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales.
  • Canadian singer/songwriter Afie Jurvanen, better known as Bahamas.
Canadian singer/songwriter Afie Jurvanen — better known as Bahamas — will also perform an acoustic tune and talk about an exciting new project he's been working on for q, says CBC.
The show is already sold out, but there will be a rush line for those who didn't get advance tickets.

Fans in Toronto who couldn't get tickets can watch it at a live public screening in CBC's atrium, starting at 8:45 a.m. ET.

Ticketholders must be in their seats by 8:45 a.m. ET, with the doors opening a half-hour before.

Listeners across the country can catch the livestream on CBC.ca/a from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. The broadcast will also air in its traditional slot on CBC Radio One starting at 10 a.m. (10:30 NT). 

New host, new look 

Shad's first day behind the mic on q will feature a number of live performances and a diverse lineup of guests. (CBC)
q fans will notice a number of changes as CBC producers attempt to spruce up the popular radio program. For one, instead of the show's upper case "Q," the show's brand will now use a lower case version of the letter.

Other visual changes to come include a redesigned studio space using a new colour palette. Listeners can also expect to hear new sounds on the broadcast, including new audio signatures and a new opening theme song.

"We can't reveal the artist yet, but suffice it to say we're big fans," says the show's official blog.

Shad, 32, was chosen to replace Jian Ghomeshi who was dismissed in October after managers said they viewed "graphic evidence" that Ghomeshi had physically injured a woman. The former host is currently facing sexual assault charges.

The findings of an internal CBC inquiry released Thursday found that management mishandled Ghomeshi and "failed to provide its staff a workplace "free from disrespectful and abusive behaviour," said Janice Rubin, the employment lawyer who conducted the investigation.

Exhaustive search

Looking for a fresh start, the show's producers conducted an exhaustive search for a new host, looking at more than 200 people.

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

Born in Kenya to Rwandan parents, Shad was raised in London, Ont., and went on to earn 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.

q airs weekdays on CBC Radio One at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. (10:30 NT), on SiriusXM at 10 a.m., 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. (ET) each day. 

In the U.S., q is broadcast in 165 cities through PRI and reaches a weekly audience of over one million people, the broadcaster said.

For more information about the show, or to listen to past episodes, see the shows official website.

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