Q host Shad joins list of Festival performers

CBC Q host and rapper Shad joins a long list of performers for this year's festival at Toronto's Echo Beach.

Festival takes place Saturday, May 23 at Toronto's Echo Beach

New CBC Q host Shad will be the first performance at Festival this May. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

CBC host and rapper Shad joins a long list of performers for this year's festival at Toronto's Echo Beach.

The Juno-Award-winning rapper will kick off the festivities with his performance on Saturday, May 23.

The 100 per cent Canadian line-up includes Patrick Watson, Bahamas, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Coeur de pirate, The Strumbrellas, Lindi Ortega, Jenn Grant, Fred Penner, Tanika Charles and Choir! Choir! Choir!

CBC personalities will make special appearances throughout the day, including Metro Morning host Matt Galloway.

Vinyl Cafe's Stuart McLean will be on hand to take song requests for the show. Kids' CBC co-host Mamma Yamma will help keep young ones entertained.

CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2 will broadcast the festival. It will air on CBC Radio One from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will re-air on Radio 2 from 10 p.m. to midnight.

General admission tickets are on sale and cost $39.50 before service charges. Tickets can be purchased at LiveNation, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 1-855-985-5000.


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