Biography

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 on over 180 NPR/PRI stations across the United States and syndicated on U.S. television. The Washington Post recently named Q as “the most popular new arts and culture radio show in America.”

Mixing insight and opinion with unscripted wit, Jian shifts seamlessly from editorial essays to moderating debates on the air. At the heart of his craft is interviews. 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 Sir Paul McCartney, Barbara Streisand, Salman Rushdie, Neil Young, Jon Stewart, Van Morrison, Woody Allen, Joni Mitchell, Lena Dunham, Jay-Z 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, alt-pop musician, 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 has  named Jian “Best Media Personality” in TV or radio, and in 2013, Maclean’s Magazine named him one of “The 50 Most Important People in Canada,” and Toronto Life listed Jian as one of “The 50 Most Influential Torontonians.”

His first book, 1982, a literary memoir based on a 14-year-old’s desire to be David Bowie, debuted as #1 Canadian bestseller.

 

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MUSIC

Lights-Little-MachinesJian currently manages the Juno Award-winning, alt-synth-pop artist, Lights, through his own production company, Jian Ghomeshi Productions Inc. He has been working with the acclaimed 27-year-old since 2001. Little Machines, her highly anticipated 3rd studio album will be released September 23.

For more on Lights, visit her official website, twitter and youtube channel.

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.

Moxy Früvous

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.