Evan Solomon

Evan Solomon

Evan Solomon, 2011
Born (1968-04-20) April 20, 1968
Toronto, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater McGill University
Occupation Writer and radio host

Evan Solomon (born April 20, 1968) is a Canadian columnist, political journalist, and radio host. He is the host of the political talk show Ottawa Now on Ottawa-area talk radio station CFRA,[1] a writer for Maclean's magazine, and the host of CTV's national political news program Question Period.[2]

Life and career

Solomon was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Virginia, an urban planner, and Carl Solomon, a lawyer.[3] He graduated from high school at Crescent School in Toronto, Ontario. He then graduated from McGill University in English literature and religious studies.

In 1992, Solomon co-founded Shift with Andrew Heintzman. Originally an arts and culture magazine, Shift evolved to focus particularly on technology and Internet culture. Solomon left the magazine in 1999 to promote his first novel, Crossing the Distance. Solomon has also worked as a broadcaster, hosting the series The Changemakers, FutureWorld and Hot Type for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2004, Solomon worked as co-editor, with Heintzman, on Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy is Changing Everything. He was the co-anchor with Carole MacNeil of CBC News: Sunday and CBC News: Sunday Night from 2004 to 2009, and joined CBC News Network in the fall.[4]

In 2009, Solomon was chosen to host the political discussion show Power & Politics on CBC News Network[5] and CBC Radio One's weekly political affairs series The House.[6]

On June 9, 2015, Solomon was fired from CBC for allegedly taking secret commissions for brokering art sales of items owned by his friend and art collector Bruce Bailey to people he was connected to through his CBC position.[7]

In August 2015, Sirius XM Canada announced that it had hired Solomon to host a political talk show, Everything Is Political, on its Canada Talks channel. The series initially covered the 2015 election. Solomon is also writing a column for Maclean's magazine for the duration of the election campaign.[8]

Solomon is married to Tammy Quinn. The couple has two children.[9][10] In 2016, Solomon announced that he was joining the Ottawa-area talk radio station CFRA.[11]


  1. "Ottawa Now with Evan Solomon". 580 CFRA News Talk Radio. Bell Media Radio. Retrieved 30 April 2016.
  2. Wong, Tony (June 21, 2016). "Evan Solomon returning to TV as host of CTV's 'Question Period'". thestar.com. Toronto Star. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  3. Bredin, Simon (April 7, 2015). "The Inside Man". Ryerson Review of Journalism. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  4. Dixon, Guy (June 15, 2009). "Major changes ahead at CBC News". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  5. Dixon, Guy (July 16, 2009). "Solomon to host new News". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  6. "CBC Radio One Appoints New Host for 'The House'". Broadcaster. Business Information Group. September 8, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  7. Donovan, Kevin (June 9, 2015). "CBC host Evan Solomon fired after Star investigation finds he took secret cut of art deals". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  8. DeMara, Bruce (August 5, 2015). "Evan Solomon lands new politics program on radio". Toronto Star.
  9. Phillips, Caroline (September 15, 2013). "VIP reception adds to Lumière Gala lustre". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  10. Solomon, Evan (November 8, 2015). "What China's one-child policy meant for my family". Maclean's. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
  11. Bateman, David (5 January 2016). "Rosemary Barton succeeds Evan Solomon as host of CBC's Power & Politics". Toronto Star. Retrieved 30 April 2016. Solomon also announced a recent career change — the former Power and Politics host will be working for local Ottawa radio station CFRA

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