Shad Named New Host of CBC’s Q

The popular CBC national arts magazine show hasn’t had a host since last October. After he was ousted,  an array of local guest hosts have been keeping the air-chair warm till they found a new leader. Guest hosts from Wab Knew, Tom Power to Kevin Smith and Talla Schlanger, took over the reigns, but it was one fill-in that got the suits at the Broadcast Corporations’ attention. That’d be local rapper, Shad.

A Graduate from Wilfred Laurier University and a master’s in liberal studies from Simon Fraser University, Shadrach Kabango hails from London, Ontario. His first album, When This is Over,  dropped in 2005, but his break out came with his follow-up, The Old Prince, which got a nod from Polaris Prize. He just released Flying Colours, last year.

“Joining the Q team is an honour,” Shad said late Tuesday to CBC. “My mission in music has always been to make a unique and positive contribution to culture and to people’s lives. This is an exciting opportunity to pursue that same mission in a new way, alongside a brilliant, passionate team.”

Cindy Witten, executive director of CBC Radio Talk promises the new show will be less structured with more conversational tone to allow more live spontaneous moments and musical performances.

During one of Shad’s fill-in stints,  he interviewed Norm MacDonald, where Norm chose who the next Q host should be.



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