About q


Air Dates

CBC Radio One
Weekdays at 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

Weekdays at 10 a.m., 8:00 p.m. and 2 a.m. (ET)

Sundays at 3:00 p.m., Thursday nights at 1:00 a.m.

What're You At? with Tom Power, a one-hour weekly TV program showcasing community and culture during the COVID-19 crisis, airs Sundays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem.


q is broadcast in select U.S. cities by Public Radio International.
Our American listeners can check their local listings.

Radio 2
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

About Us

Get ready to meet the artists you're talking about, and the ones you'll soon love. Whatever you're into — be it music, TV, film, visual art, theatre or comedy — q is there. Expect deep insight, and big surprises. Because on q, arts and entertainment get personal.

About Tom

"Do we have to do this? I really don't like talking about myself ... "
— Tom Power to his bio writer (2016)

Tom Power is an award-winning musician and broadcaster, rarely seen without an instrument or microphone nearby. He blends a warm curiosity and playful wit to cover the arts, music and entertainment stories you're talking about, and the ones that are too interesting not to share.

Tom started his career in his hometown of St. John's, N.L., studying folklore by day and "gigging" (read: performing music) in pubs at night. He recorded his earliest interviews during those years, travelling around the region with a microphone to collect oral histories from his fellow Newfoundlanders.

He made his radio debut programming bluegrass music for a college radio show, wryly named Do-Si-DON'T.

Tom quickly moved on to become a news announcer for a local radio station and, in 2008, joined CBC Radio as the host of the national folk music program Deep Roots.

Three years later, Tom shifted into the host chair of Radio 2 Morning, CBC Radio's biggest national music show. He also became a trusted guest host on q and As It Happens.

Tom became the host of q in October 2016. Since then, Canadians have come to know Tom for his heartfelt, in-depth interviewing style (speaking to Atlanta rapper Killer Mike about the Ferguson grand jury verdict), his mischievous sense of humour (jokingly chiding actor Catherine O'Hara for her parenting skills in Home Alone), and his genuine enthusiasm and fearlessness (singing a duet with Mavis Staples).

Tom is also the host of What're You At? with Tom Power, a one-hour weekly TV program showcasing community and culture during the COVID-19 crisis. Welcoming audiences into his home for a weekly national catch up in these unprecedented times, host Tom Power shares an uplifting and inspiring mix of interviews, storytelling, musical performances and perspectives as he catches up with Canadians across the country. Each Sunday, Power will check in virtually with Canadians on the front lines and from all walks of life, including artists and storytellers, musicians offering intimate performances from their homes, and everyday heroes helping their families and communities. What're You At? with Tom Power airs Sundays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem

Off the air, Tom fronts the folk-rock band The Dardanelles — known for drawing new audiences around the world to traditional Newfoundland music. He's also a member of the Polaris Music Prize jury, and has hosted and performed at major music festivals in Canada.

"Okay, I guess that's fine. Sorry you had to do this." 
— Tom Power to his bio writer, after reading the final draft (2016)

About The Team

Executive Producer, Ann MacKeigan has worked in culture and entertainment for three decades as producer, executive producer and manager at CBC. She has overseen the development of more than 20 network programs, recorded more than 800 concerts and oversaw several multi-platform projects for CBC. For over a decade, she produced an award-winning radio program, Global Village, that broadcast stories that reflected the relationship of culture and social change in countries around the world. Now, she's thrilled to be working with one of the most creative teams at CBC to put together q.

Senior Producer Austin Webb began his broadcast career as an intern with CBC Montreal, covering Just For Laughs and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He's produced entertaining, innovative and award-winning programs for MuchMoreMusic, CBC Toronto and CBC News Network.

Senior Producer Jean Kim made her way to CBC after realizing the best part of her day was listening to the radio on the way to work. She worked at Metro Morning, Day 6, Spark, White Coat Black Art and The Candy Palmater Show before joining q.

Director/Producer Danielle Grogan loves the adrenaline of daily shows and has worked on a variety of them: Here and Now, The Candy Palmater Show, Metro Morning, Ontario Morning, Ontario Today, Fresh Air and As It Happens. She has directed several radio specials and has produced live debates for Toronto's mayoral and provincial elections. When she's not working, Danielle is likely cycling, planning her next trip, or making up bed time stories.

AP/Technician Saam Hashemi was an engineer for Blue Rodeo's Woodshed studio before joining CBC. Starting off as an assistant in London, England, he has recorded at studios around the world, including Abbey Road and Townhouse Studios in the U.K., and the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis. He has worked with a wide variety of acts such as Sly and Robbie, the Kooks, Michael Kaeshammer, Jarvis Church, Corb Lund and Toronto homegrown acts such as the Skydiggers, the Julian Taylor Band, The Sadies, and Emma Lee. His work has both won and been nominated for Juno Awards. As well as working on studio albums, Saam has mixed live acts for CMT such as Brett Kissel, Ron Sexsmith, Jess Moskaluke and Shawn Mendes, and composed soundtrack music for documentary, reality and award shows.

Writer Emma Godmere joined the q team after spending five years down the hall at CBC Music, producing daily radio and guest-hosting shows like the Top 20 and Drive. She's proudly worked on massive multi-platform projects like The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, the Polaris Music Prize, CBC Music Festival, The Quietest Concert Ever, and Searchlight. Prior to that, she got her start on CBC Radio 3 as a regular guest host and writer. When she isn't writing scripts, she's likely hunting down new music to spin on the show, or cross-stitching CBC logos to hang around the office.

Digital Producer Vivian Rashotte made her way to CBC after a varied career in public relations, digital marketing and media. Before joining q, she worked at the Toronto Star where she coordinated digital content for its flagship website and mobile app. When Vivian's not working, she spends a lot of her spare time on home improvement, travelling and oil painting.

Digital Producer Jennifer Van Evra has been a Vancouver-based CBC producer, reporter and broadcaster for two decades, working on programs including q with Tom Power, The Current with Matt Galloway, Sounds Like Canada with Shelagh Rogers, Bunny Watson with Bill Richardson, Feeling the Heat with Ian Hanomansing and many others, and producing several award-winning radio documentaries, podcasts, series and specials. Jennifer has written for dozens of publications including The Globe and Mail, Harvard Business Review, Condé Nast, Mother Jones, Metropolis, Vancouver, The Vancouver Sun and many others; she is also an award-winning writing instructor at the University of British Columbia.


Before he landed at qTy Callender's adventures in pop culture included a stint at MTV News, six years co-hosting and producing his own indie hip-hop and R&B show on Flow 93.5 FM, and more than 15 years rockin' pretty much every club in Toronto as a DJ (sorry, he doesn't do weddings).

Elaine Chau is originally from Hong Kong, and grew up in Montreal and Vancouver. She came to CBC through the Peter Gzowski internship, and has told stories on The Early Edition, The Current and Tapestry. Elaine is most proud of an award-winning program she hosted and co-produced called Wui Gwai: Hong Kong Homecoming, about the legacy of Hong Kong immigrants in Vancouver (including her own dad!). She is a coffee nerd, a dedicated eater, and makes a killer hand pie and chocolate chip cookie.

Ben Edwards is known around q as "Ben from Cornwall." The one in the U.K., not Ontario. He's been on q for a few years now. Before that, he worked on CBC Radio's As It Happens.

Before working on qDiane Eros was a producer on As It Happens and Tapestry. She is also the co-creator of the summer show Live Through This. Long before that, Diane was a farm girl in Manitoba, where she shoveled the barnyard with her walkman tuned to CBC Radio.

Vanessa Greco has produced stories for a number of CBC Radio programs. Previously, her work has aired on The Current, Day 6, Tapestry and local shows across Canada. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and on CTV News Online. She's also the recipient of a 2016 CBC Doc Project Mentorship, and part of a trio that made the finals in KCRW's fourth annual 24-hour Radio Race.

Cora Nijhawan joins the world of radio after spending the last several years producing on CBC TV shows like Steven and Chris, the Giller Prize, the Canadian Screen Awards and Canada Reads. When she's not sharing her passion for CanCon with the public, Cora likes to spend as much time outdoors and/or listening to '90s music as possible. She is excited and honoured to be working with the fun and talented team at q.

Once a travelling performer himself, Mitch Pollock is happy to find himself firmly planted here at q. As the show's music coordinator there is nary a catchy hook that has not been blasted through his desk headphones at unsafe levels. From the Mars Volta to Tom Cochrane to Taylor Swift, Mitch's love for music runs deep. A q veteran, Mitch's highlights on various iterations of the show include talking wrestling with Billy Corgan, and reporting from the women's Gold Medal curling victory at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

Beza Seife loves telling stories with sound. Since she began with CBC in 2008, she's done everything from reporting on human smugglers in St. Stephen, N.B., to hosting a CBC summer series. Beza has spent most of her career at CBC producing interviews and documentaries for a number of network radio programs for CBC Radio, including Day 6, Intersections and How To Do It: The Guide to Everything Else. She has a weakness for home reno shows and pizza, preferably together.

Catherine Stockhausen comes to radio from a succession of producing gigs on various national TV shows. She most often works with celebrities though there have been some puppets in the mix too. Most recently she booked talent for George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and is happily continuing the tradition at q. On the side she has played in bands, photographed bands and has gone to see a countless number of bands. She proudly represents the East Coast in the q office (along with that other guy, Tom).

Chris Trowbridge got his start in broadcasting as the Program Director of Halifax's community radio station CKDU, and went on to work in TV on MuchMusic's MuchNews, SEXTV, and The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. Chris went on to be one of the creators of CBC Radio programs Day 6 and Out in The Open. Chris won two Gabriel Awards for his work on Day 6.

Jesse Kinos-Goodin is an arts journalist who's been covering music, movies and pop culture for the better part of a decade. He joined q's digital team as a producer after being at CBC Music and the National Post. 

qTV Team:

Senior Producer Jacquie Lee got her start at CBC's Fashion File and carried her love of storytelling on to shows like Dragons' DenBest Recipes Ever and Four Rooms, ultimately taking on the role of Show Producer on Steven & Chris before joining q and CBC Music. A true lover of food, many refer to Jacquie as "The Human Yelp." So, of course her time working on MasterChef Canada was a dream. In addition to producing qTV, Jacquie also produces First Play Live and many of the television specials that come out of CBC Music: CBC Music FestivalThe Quietest Concert Ever, Searchlight, and various projects for the Junos, Polaris and CCMAs.

Video Producer Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Frank Guidoccio came to Toronto to conquer the Rock and Roll dream and along the way, he discovered his passion for film and television. With more than a decade of experience, he has edited, directed and produced more than 100 music videos for the likes of Serena Ryder and The Sheepdogs, dozens of television shows and several feature documentaries that have screened at Sundance, Full Frame, and SXSW. Away from qTV, Francesco can be found tending to one of his many smokers, creating world-class BBQ and fronting his beloved rock quartet, The Order of Good Cheer.

Video Producer Andrew Alba cut his teeth as a video producer as a scrappy freelancer and member of the AUX family, and couldn't be happier to be a part of the q team. Andrew's looking forward to cultivating a crop of digital video content that features things other than kittens and epic fails.

Where to hear/watch q: 

q is heard twice daily on CBC Radio One (10 a.m. and 10 p.m.), on 103 public radio stations across the United States (check local listings), and three times daily on Sirius XM 169. 

q's weekly television show airs twice weekly on CBC TV (Sundays at 3 p.m., Thursday nights at 1:00 a.m.). 

q offers audio and video podcasts, as well as live and on-demand streaming via cbc.ca/q. q video content is also available on the q YouTube channel. 

q's weekly spin-off show, q the Music, airs Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on CBC Radio Two. 

How to connect with q:

is on YouTubeFacebookTwitter (@cbcradioq),  and Instagram (@cbcq). You can also email us at q@cbc.ca or post a letter to q at Box 500, Stn A, Toronto ON M5W 1E6, Canada

q's audience & reach

q is the leading arts, music and entertainment program in Canada. The program is heard in Canada on the CBC, and across the United States through PRX and Sirius XM. q has a terrestrial audience of 1,250,000 across North America and is heard on over 70 U.S. public radio stations including the top markets of New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tampa, Phoenix and Seattle.

The show has a terrestrial average minute audience in Canada of 275,000 and a growing audience of people aged 35-49 (in the past year this demo has grown 76%). q reaches a weekly Canadian audience through the terrestrial plays on radio and television of 2,371,000. Additionally, we have a weekly podcast that is downloaded more than 250,000 times a week, as well as a highly engaged presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Past guests include: George Clooney, Ridley Scott, Roxane Gay, Bryan Cranston, Zadie Smith, Lena Waithe, Cameron Crowe, Ed Sheeran, Margaret Atwood, Bill Murray, Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, Aaron Sorkin, Veronica Roth, James Franco, Bonnie Raitt, Willem Dafoe, Hans Zimmer, Guillermo del Toro, Denis Villeneuve, Greta Gerwig, Ai Weiwei, Andrew Garfield, Chuck D, Shania Twain, Dan Brown, Jesmyn Ward, Salman Rushdie.


q reaches a passionate and engaged public radio audience across Canada and the United States. We are heard in Canada on the CBC, and across the United States on more than 70 public radio stations via PRI. 

CBC Radio - q is heard twice every weekday on CBC Radio One, reaching 1,250,000 listeners across Canada and the U.S. each week.

Our weekly spin-off show, q the Music, also is heard Tuesday evenings on CBC Radio 2, the public broadcaster's all-music radio channel.

U.S. radio - q is heard daily on over 70 U.S. public radio stations through PRI (including major markets in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tampa, Phoenix and Seattle)

Sirius XM - q is heard three times a day across North America on SiriusXM 169 


qTV - q's weekly television show featuring highlights of the radio program is seen twice weekly on CBC TV and reaches 250,000 viewers weekly for its Sunday episode. 

What're You At? with Tom Power, a one-hour weekly TV program showcasing community and culture during the COVID-19 crisis, airs Sundays at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC and CBC Gem.


q is committed to getting content to listeners how and when they want it with a daily podcast featuring whole episodes and individual segments, a mobile-optimized website streaming the show and exclusive online features. 

Podcast - q's audio podcast averages nearly 250,000 downloads a week.

Website - q's website has nearly 150,000 weekly page views and 114,000 unique visitors per week.

YouTube - q's YouTube channel has more than 135,000 subscribers, averages 1.2 million views monthly, and has more than 100 million views to date. 

Live streaming audio - q is available for streaming live on weekdays starting at 9:06 AM ET. Listeners can select their time zone and listen to Radio One live at their convenience.

Audio/video on demand - Past q episodes and interviews are available for streaming on demand at cbc.ca/q.

Social Media

q connects daily with thousands of listeners and followers from around the world, providing them with many ways to consume our content.

Twitter - @cbcradioq and @tompowercbc have more than 176,000 followers.

Facebook - q's Facebook page has more than 50,000 likes and an active community of engaged fans.

Instagram - q's Instagram page has more than 17,000 followers.