Week in Review – March 16
New Host Named for CBC’s Q
After conducting a lengthy search of over 200 applicants, Juno Award winning rapper MC Shad has been named the new host of CBC Q. The cultural affairs program had been looking to hire a permanent replacement following the dismissal of former host Jian Ghomeshi. Though the name of the show will remain the same, Q intends to promote a more conversational tone, as well as feature more musical performances.
TED Returns to Vancouver
In Vancouver for the second year in a row, TED Talks will be in town from March 16-20. Featuring art exhibits, tech demos, and of course intense conversations and lectures, this year’s TED is being described as the most provocative, invigorating, and mind-shifting experience to date. Aptly named Truth & Dare, this years guests include Marina Abramović, Bill Gates, and Monica Lewinsky among many other accomplished speakers.
CBC to Host National Talent Contest
CBC Music and Radio One have teamed up to launch Searchlight 2015, a talent contest searching for Canada’s best music artist. Musicians of any genre are permitted to enter the nation-wide competition, with their talent subjected to the votes of viewers and opinions of judges Dan Boeckner, Saukrates, and Jenn Grant. The winner of Searchlight 2015 will receive $20,000 in Yamaha Canada Music equipment and a gig at the CBC Music Festival in Toronto.
Architects Design No-Shadow Towers
International architecture firm NBBJ has presented a solution to the darkened streets of todays cities – ‘no-shadow towers’. Designed to diffuse light onto the streets instead of casting shadows, the blueprints were created using a year-long algorithm that tracked the angles at which sun-rays hit the earth. Developers hope to use this design to help improve the quality of urban living.
Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock Take Over The Chan
Piano icons Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock stopped in Vancouver for a sold out show Sunday, March 15 at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. Proving their Jazz mastery to the full crowd, the music legends – both in their 70’s – received a standing ovation and glowing reviews.