Jian Ghomeshi

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Jian Ghomeshi
Born(1967-06-09) June 9, 1967 (age 46)
London, UK
Years active1990–present
Associated actsMoxy Früvous, Lights
Websitejian.ca
 
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Jian Ghomeshi
Born(1967-06-09) June 9, 1967 (age 46)
London, UK
Years active1990–present
Associated actsMoxy Früvous, Lights
Websitejian.ca

Jian Ghomeshi (/ʒˈɒn ɡɵˈmɛʃi/ zhee-ON go-MESH-ee; born June 9, 1967) is a British- Canadian broadcaster, writer, musician.[1] He was born in London, UK and raised in Thornhill, Ontario.[2] Now based in Toronto, he is the host of the national daily cultural affairs talk program, Q, on CBC Radio One and CBC TV. The show, which he co-created in 2007, now has the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada and has gained the all-time highest audience share for a CBC program in its morning time slot.[3] Q now airs on over 150 stations in the USA including WBEZ in Chicago, WNYC in New York, WCPN in Cleveland, WUFT in Florida, WMAE in Booneville, Mississippi, and WDET in Detroit.

Ghomeshi has interviewed an array of prominent international figures from prime ministers to sports stars and cultural icons. His feature interview subjects have included Woody Allen, MGMT, Van Morrison, Stephen Fry,[4] Salman Rushdie, Christopher Hitchens, Jane Fonda, Abbas Milani, deadmau5, The Killers, Dirty Projectors, Radiohead, Barbara Walters, Los Campesinos!, Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell,[5] Tom Waits, Neil Young, Apache Indian, William Shatner, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, Gretchen Rubin, Phyllis Diller, Leonard Cohen and Drake.

Ghomeshi has hosted a number of television documentaries, including The End, Screw the Vote and the forthcoming Philanthropy Inc. and spent three years as the host of the Gemini Award-winning CBC Television 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 drummer for Moxy Früvous). He is also a writer whose editorials and opinion pieces have been published in The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and The International Herald Tribune. For a period in 2008 he was a weekly columnist for The National Post. Part of his radio interview with Leonard Cohen appeared in The Guardian[6]

As a singer, songwriter and musician, Ghomeshi was a member of the multi-platinum Canadian folk-rock group, Moxy Früvous. The band toured internationally during the 1990s and shared stages with a variety of artists including Bob Dylan, Ani Difranco and Elvis Costello. Moxy Früvous sold over 50,000 copies of their debut independent EP (gold in Canada) in 1992. Their debut album, "Bargainville", went platinum in Canada in 1994 (over 100,000). Over the course of 8 albums they sold over 500,000 albums in Canada and the United States. He continues to write and produce music through his company, Jian Ghomeshi Productions Inc., and has been managing the career of the Juno Award winning musician, Lights since 2001.

Hello! Magazine named Ghomeshi one of the "Most Beautiful Canadians" in 2010 and 2012.[7]

In 2012 Ghomeshi 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.

Ghomeshi's literary debut, 1982, is a creative non-fiction title, about that year of his youth. It was released on September 18, 2012[8] and debuted as a #1 Canadian bestseller. 1982 was #1 on the MacLean's Bestseller list for 5 weeks in a row.

In July 2012, Ghomeshi and Q were featured in The New York Times.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ghomeshi was born in 1967 in London, England. He is of Iranian descent. His family moved to Canada when Ghomeshi was seven years old. They lived in Thornhill, Ontario.[9] Ghomeshi attended York University and was president of the York Federation of Students.

Career[edit]

Radio and television[edit]

In 2002, Ghomeshi was hired as the host of CBC Newsworld's >play, a show about the arts in Canada and abroad. >play ran for three seasons. He also did the weekly entertainment report on the Toronto edition of Canada Now.

In 2006, he finished a documentary series entitled The End, which described technology's effects on television, radio, and print as well as the future of the media. He hosted the radio series 50 Tracks and 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2. From fall 2005 until spring 2006, he hosted a program on Radio One called The National Playlist.

Since April 16, 2007, Ghomeshi has been the host of Q, a program on CBC Radio One. The show airs all across Canada at 10 a.m and 10 p.m. (10:30 in Newfoundland). The show also airs in the United States on a handful of National Public Radio affiliate stations, including WBEZ in Chicago, WNYC in New York, WUFT in Florida, WDET in Detroit, and WBUR in Boston, as well as statewide on Wisconsin Public Radio. Since its inception, 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.

Ghomeshi mixes opinions and interviews with subjects who have included Francis Ford Coppola, Jane Goodall, Bob Geldof, Michael Moore, Radiohead, Jimmy Wales, and former Prime Minister Paul Martin. He also hosted The Great Canadian Music Dream, Idols & Icons and Opening Night.

Ghomeshi's TV and radio credits include appearances on NBC Nightly News, CBS Sunday Morning, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Showbiz Today, All Things Considered, The National, Monday Report, Morningside, Just For Laughs and the Juno Awards. Ghomeshi hosted the 2009 Dora Mavor Moore Award ceremony.[10]

In 2012 Ghomeshi was awarded the prestigious New York Festival's 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.

Ghomeshi curates a CBC Music online audio stream titled "Jian's New Wave," which features songs from New Wave music artists.[11]

Billy Bob Thornton interview[edit]

On April 8, 2009, Billy Bob Thornton appeared with his band, The Boxmasters, on Q, with Ghomeshi hosting. In introducing Thornton, Ghomeshi mentioned Thornton's acting career and added, "he's always intended to make music, he just got sidetracked." Though he wasn't asked about his film work, Thornton became annoyed, having previously told the show's producers that he didn't want to talk about his film career, and immediately began giving erratic answers to Ghomeshi's questions, such as "I don't know what you're talking about" and "I don't know what you mean by that," when asked how long the band had been together. When queried about his musical tastes and influences as a child, Thornton gave a lengthy, unrelated answer about his favourite childhood magazine, Famous Monsters of Filmland.[12][13]

Thornton then expressed the cause of his anger, and Ghomeshi called for "a truce," after which Thornton began answering questions more directly. He did remain testy, however, complaining that Canadians did not get up and move or throw things at concerts, and referring to them as "mashed potatoes without the gravy."[14] Ghomeshi replied, "Oh, we've got some gravy up here as well." The interview caused an outpouring of criticism from across Canada and around the world for Thornton's behaviour.[15] The following night, Thornton's band opened for Willie Nelson at Toronto's prestigious Massey Hall. A series of boos and catcalls erupted mid-set when Thornton tried to explain he liked Canadians, but not Ghomeshi and many fans chanted "Here comes the gravy!"[16]

Thornton and The Boxmasters subsequently cancelled the rest of their Canadian tour, officially because a band member and several crew members caught the flu.[17] Ghomeshi described the interview as one of the most difficult he has ever conducted and compared the international media exposure he received to being "in the middle of a tsunami."[16]

Music[edit]

He joined Mike Ford, Murray Foster, and Dave Matheson to form Moxy Früvous in 1990, recording seven albums through 2000. He was credited as "Jean," rather than Jian, on the band's first album, but reverted to the original spelling of his name for subsequent albums. Moxy Früvous sold over 50,000 copies of their debut independent EP (gold in Canada) in 1992. Their debut album, "Bargainville", went platinum in Canada in 1994 (over 100,000). Over the course of 8 albums they sold over 500,000 albums in Canada and the United States.

He released his first solo EP, The First 6 Songs, in July 2001.

Ghomeshi has also managed musician Martina Sorbara (now of the band Dragonette) and produced for Dar Williams through his production company, Jian Ghomeshi Productions Inc. He now manages the Juno Award winning artist, Lights.[18]

Literature[edit]

Ghomeshi's literary debut, 1982, is a creative non-fiction title, about that year of his youth. It was released on September 18, 2012[8] and debuted as a #1 Canadian bestseller. 1982 was #1 on the MacLean's Bestseller list for 5 weeks in a row.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Schwartz, John (July 20, 2012). "A Wild Mix of Culture By Way of Canada". The New York Times. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Interview of Barbara Walters by Jian Ghomeshi". CBC. 
  3. ^ Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Q: About Us. cbc.ca. Retrieved on: 2011-07-14.
  4. ^ Jian Ghomeshi interviews Stephen Fry (QTV channel video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4y3s0SxYWU
  5. ^ Jian Ghomeshi interviews Joni Mitchell, June 2013, accessed 13 June 2013.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ a b "Jian Ghomeshi writing memoir about growing up in the 80s". The Globe and Mail. 6 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Ghomeshi, Jian (September 15, 2012). "‘Hey, Blackie!’: Jian Ghomeshi on growing up in 1970s England", The Globe and Mail. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  10. ^ "Toronto's Dora Awards Were Held June 29; Noms Announced in Early June" from Playbill
  11. ^ Jian's New Wave
  12. ^ Thornton obnoxious in CBC interview, UPI, April 9, 2009
  13. ^ Thornton clashes with radio host, April 9, 2009
  14. ^ Billy Bob Thornton 'Blow Up' on Q TV (video), YouTube, April 8, 2009
  15. ^ Billy Bob Thornton does a Joaquin Phoenix on Canadian radio, The Times, April 9, 2009
  16. ^ a b Wallace, K. and Mudhar, R. (April 10, 2009). "Billy Bob not done with the barbs." The Toronto Star. Retrieved on: 2009-04-18.
  17. ^ Ditzian, Eric (2009-04-10). "Billy Bob Thornton Booed Onstage, Cancels Canada Tour – Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  18. ^ Canada (March 25, 2009). "A career clocked at lightning speed, Globe and Mail". Toronto: Theglobeandmail.com. Archived from the original on 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 

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