Jian Ghomeshi is an award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer. He is the host and co-creator of the national daily talk program, Q, on CBC Radio One and CBC TV. Since its inception in 2007, Q has garnered the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada and has become the highest-rated show in its morning time slot in CBC history. Q is also now broadcast across the United States, on PRI.
Mixing insight and opinion with unscripted wit, Jian shifts seamlessly from editorial essays to moderating debates on the air. He has interviewed an array of prominent international figures from prime ministers to sports stars and cultural icons. His feature interview subjects on Q have included Woody Allen, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Barbara Walters, Tom Waits, William Shatner, Jay-Z, Al Gore, Margaret Atwood and – in a television world-exclusive — Leonard Cohen.
Jian has presented a number of television documentaries, including The End, Screw the Vote, and Philanthropy Inc., and spent three years as the host of the Gemini Award-winning CBC TV program, Play. He has appeared as a contributor or guest on programs ranging from CNN Today and The National, to Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
As a writer and interviewer, Jian has been published in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The National Post, El Mundo and The International Herald Tribune.
As a singer, songwriter, and musician, Jian was a member of multi-platinum selling folk-rock group, Moxy Früvous. He toured internationally during the 1990s and shared stages with a variety of artists including Bob Dylan, Ani Difranco and Elvis Costello. Jian continues to write and produce music through his company, Jian Ghomeshi Productions, and has managed the international career of Juno-winning electrorock performer, LIGHTS since 2001.
He has worked with many arts groups including the National Ballet, the COC and the Radio Starmaker Fund, and he is a former member of the Board of Governors at the Stratford Theatre Festival.
In 2012 Jian was awarded the prestigious New York Festivals international radio broadcasting gold medal for “Best Talk Show Host.” He was previously awarded the gold medal for “Talk Show Interview” of the year for his feature length world-exclusive with Leonard Cohen, in 2010. NOW Magazine named Jian “Best Media Personality” in TV or radio, in the fall of 2009.
In September 2012, Jian released his first book, 1982, a literary memoir based on a 14-year-old’s desire to be David Bowie. The book debuted as a #1 Canadian bestseller and was #1 on the MacLean’s Bestseller list for 5 weeks in a row.
Born in London, England, of Iranian descent, Jian lives in Toronto, where he enjoys supporting a losing hockey team and eating pistachios.
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Jian currently manages the Juno Award-winning, indie synth-pop-rock artist, Lights, through his own production company, Jian Ghomeshi Productions Inc. He has been working with the Toronto-based 25-year-old since 2001. Siberia, the critically-acclaimed sophomore album by Lights, is available now.
Jian has also emerged as an acclaimed producer of artists including Dar Williams and Martina Sorbara. Martina Sorbara’s album ‘The Cure For Bad Deeds’ (produced by Jian) was released on April 9th, 2002 across Canada and on August 27, 2002 in the USA.
Jian first came to attention in Canada and the United States as a singer, instrumentalist and songwriter in the multi-platinum selling folk-rock group, Moxy Früvous. With the group, he has toured internationally and written top-40 songs such as “Stuck in the 90s,” “Sad Girl,” and “I Will Hold on.” He has shared stages with a variety of artists including Bob Dylan, Bryan Adams, The Tragically Hip, Van Morrison, Ani Difranco and Elvis Costello.
For discography and more, visit the official Moxy Früvous website.
Jian’s Solo Work
Jian’s first solo release entitled ‘the first 6 songs…’ is available on MapleMusic.com.