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June 17, 2011 09:05 ET

CBC Radio One's Q Celebrates Sold-Out Live Broadcast of Canadian Hit Show From the Windy City

Host Jian Ghomeshi Featured SNL's Seth Meyers, Blues Master Lonnie Brooks and More in Special Broadcast Live From Chicago

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Jun 17, 2011) - CBC Radio One's Canadian hit cultural affairs program QWITH JIAN GHOMESHI hit the road again with another special event, broadcasting live in front of a sold-out and energetic audience in Chicago this past Thursday, June 16. American listeners caught this first-ever co-production between the CBC and Chicago Public Media's WBEZ 91.5FM as it streamed live online at WBEZ while Canadian listeners tuned into CBC Radio One today, Friday, June 17, for the full show.

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"Not only is Chicago an official sister city of Toronto, it's a truly inspirational place. I spent a bunch of memorable times there during my career as a musician, and I've interviewed many outstanding artists who call Chicago home," said Ghomeshi. "With our radio listeners steadily growing in the US, I enjoyed broadcasting live in the Windy City to directly interact with this new fan base."

Guests who joined Q at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater were Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers (who recently made headlines with his speech to the 2011 White House Correspondents' Dinner), Chicago blues master Lonnie Brooks, Academy Award©-nominated, Chicago-based documentary film maker Steve James, Scottish-born contemporary author Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and the standup comedian Jeffrey Ross (known for his celebrity roasts).

This is the latest live-on-the-road broadcast for Q. Hot off the heels of a successful live show from New York City, Q has also traveled to Winnipeg, Montreal and Vancouver this year. Additional live shows will be announced in the Fall season.

Q is an energetic, daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes listeners on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. With Ghomeshi's trademark wit and spontaneity, Q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends.

In a partnership with PRI, Q is now broadcast in over a dozen select American cities such as Austin, Tampa, Louisville, Chicago and Salt Lake City. Q can be heard in Chicago on WBEZ 91.5FM Monday - Thursday at 8 p.m. For more information visit

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CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

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