New host, new approach: Q relaunched today

April 20, 2015


In a recent interview, Toronto Life pointed out a few things about the new Q host that may be surprising: Shad has no journalistic experience and no radio broadcasting training, yet the multiple JUNO award-winner from Toronto had just what CBC Radio was looking for in a new host.

Guest hosts took turns at the Q mic for months before announcing Shad would step in as the new permanent host. CBC radio says Shad was “curious, humble and deeply interested in the craft and mandate of public broadcasting.”

Studio Q with guest host Shad featuring Alan Doyle

Shad’s first day is a big one, with performances by JUNO award-winning singer/songwriter Tanya Tagaq, pianist Chilly Gonzales, and spoken word poet Shane Koyczan. Afie Jurvanen, best known as Bahamas, will also be there to chat about his newest project.

Listeners can catch the show on CBC Radio One. For more options, click here.

The show is sold out, but anyone lucky to be in the Toronto area is invited to visit the CBC building for a free, live streaming event, complete with snacks, newly redesigned swag, and the chance to see Shad drop-in to say hi.

Check out more new developments with Q on CBC Radio One.

Cue the New on CBC

Shad, full name Shadrach Kabango, is a JUNO award-winning rapper born in Kenya and raised in London, ON. He holds a master’s degree in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University.

Shad’s involvement with the CBC stretches back a few years when in 2012 his pick for the best Canadian book of the year, Something Fierce by Carmen Aguirre, was the winning book for Canada Reads.


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–Leyland Bradley
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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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