Rapper Shadrach Kabango, the new host of CBC Radio's Q program, holds an SFU master of liberal arts degree.

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CBC will "Q” the future with Shad—SFU alumnus and Juno award winner

April 23, 2015
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By Justin Wong

On April 20 SFU alumnus and critically acclaimed rapper Shad—Shadrach Kabango—took over the host’s chair on “Q,” CBC Radio One’s award-winning daily arts, culture and entertainment program.

Shad, 32, holds an SFU master of liberal arts degree and a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

In 2011, he won a Juno award for Rap Recording of the Year. He has been nominated several times for the Polaris Music Prize, MuchMusic Video Awards and the Junos.

“Q” is ranked as one of Canada’s more popular arts, culture and entertainment radio shows, reaching 2.1 million listeners weekly.

The program relaunched with a two-hour live broadcast in front of a sold-out studio audience at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.

Fans of the show will notice some contemporary stylistic changes made by CBC’s producers to help ensure the program’s popularity.

A new colour palette gives the redesigned studio space a new look and feel. Another aesthetic change: rebranding the show with a lowercase “q.”

Shad shares his thoughts as he embarks on a new chapter in his career.

"Joining the q team is an honour. 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."

Shad replaces previous host Jian Ghomeshi, who is awaiting trial on multiple charges of sexual assault.

q airs weekdays on CBC Radio One at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. (10:30 NT), on SiriusXM at 10 a.m., 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. (ET) each day.