JIAN GHOMESHI Host of CBC Radio’s Q and of Luminato’s Beirut39 literary event, June 12 at the Glenn Gould Studio
Favourite summer song?
Really? Shit. That's like asking "What's your favourite example of an intra-Persian family untruth masquerading as over-politeness?" It's irresponsible to try to pick one. But if forced, I'd pick Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken, by Camera Obscura. It has a reckless summer driving sound to it. It's utterly joyous even if its message has a dark underbelly. (That's the trick.) It's about abandon. And what could more capture the spirit of summer? Besides, you can dance to it.
Favourite summer snack?
Pistachios. Because I am sponsored by pistachios. Not a company or packager, but the actual nuts. They appreciate my outreach efforts.
Favourite summer activity?
You mean besides eating pistachios and listening to Camera Obscura? Reading on my rooftop in the sun. I know, I'm supposed to say something about getting shit-faced with Kevin Drew at the old Ontario Place or something. But honestly, getting browner and getting book-inspired on a roof is the height of multi-tasking heaven.
Favourite Toronto summer attraction?
I love the open stage and events at Harbourfront. I used to busk down there. Now I go looking for buskers to taunt. There's nothing like hunted buskers who know they're getting some attention. Watch them come alive like Chia Pets. And on that note - support your local buskers. Please.