Broadcast areaGreater Toronto Area
Frequency107.1 MHz (FM)
FormatMainstream rock[1]
First air date
May 22, 1977 (47 years ago) (1977-05-22)
Call sign meaning
derived from the word "silk"
Technical information
Licensing authority
ERP40,000 watts
HAAT420.5 meters (1,380 ft)
WebcastListen Live

CILQ-FM (107.1 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, known as Q107. The station broadcasts a mainstream rock format and is owned by Corus Entertainment. CILQ's studios are in the Corus Quay building on Dockside Drive at Toronto's Harbourfront neighbourhood.

CILQ-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 40,000 watts. The transmitter is atop the CN Tower, with backup facilities at First Canadian Place. CILQ is also available through streaming audio, and is simulcast on Bell Satellite TV channel 954,[2] and Shaw Direct channel 864.[3]


CILQ signed on the air at 9 a.m. on May 22, 1977. The first song played on the station was "Hard Rock Town" by Murray McLauchlan, although the station officially signed on with Deodato's "Also Sprach Zarathustra".[4]

CILQ debuted playing album rock, part of the numerous "Superstars" formatted stations developed by programme consultant Lee Abrams, heard in many large U.S. radio markets. The playlist consisted of about 1,000 songs, in a revolving card category system based on media sales data. Platinum albums were category B1 or B2. Older titles were D1 or D2. Canadian content was another category. Most of the music library was locked and not accessible to anyone except the program director, the music director and their assistants. Disc jockeys would pull only approved albums from a shelf in the control room. This contrasted with free form, progressive rock stations of that era, where the DJs chose their own music.

Q107 Classic rock logo

The original lineup of announcers was John Rode in mornings, Murray Smith in late mornings, Program Director Dave Charles in early afternoons, John Donabie in afternoon drive time, Mary-Ann Carpentier in evenings and Scott Marwood at nights. At 2 am, Marwood featured "Odds & Ends," a full album played in its entirety from his personal collection.

CILQ's original owner was CFGM Broadcasting, a division of J. Allan Slaight's Slaight Communications. The station was acquired by Western International Communications in 1985 when Slaight bought Standard Broadcasting, and became part of Corus Entertainment in 2000 when WIC's assets were divided between Corus and Canwest Global.

In the 1990s, CILQ was a mainstream rock station. It switched to a classic rock format on September 1, 2000. On April 7, 2014, the station returned to a mainstream rock sound and adopted a new slogan: "Toronto's Rock Station".[5]


Notable personalities associated with the station have included: Byrd (now with WDRV in Chicago), John Donabie, the duo of Jesse Dylan and Gene Valaitis, Scruff Connors, Kristy Knight, Joey Vendetta, Brother Jake Edwards, Jane Hawtin, Earl McCrae, John Derringer, Bill Carroll, Maureen Holloway, Andy Frost, Bob "Iceman" Segarini, Lee "Beef" Eckley, Rory O'Shea, Jonny "Gonzo" Mark, Joanne Wilder, Howard "The Hungryman" Cogan, Steve Anthony, Dusty Shannon, Alice Cooper, legendary Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell, with Al Joynes and Jennifer Valentyne.

Psychedelic Psunday was a program that aired every Sunday from 9am to 9pm on CILQ-FM from 1985 to 2018.[6] The program consisted entirely of music from the psychedelic era, spanning from 1965 to 1975.[6]

In September 1997, CILQ, along with CHOM-FM in Montreal, became the first Canadian radio stations to air The Howard Stern Show, syndicated from New York City. Stern was heard on Q107 for four years, ending his run in November 2001.

On August 10, 2005, the station sparked controversy when it aired a recording of a Rolling Stones concert from 2002. The Stones were appearing in concert in Toronto the same evening, and many listeners had interpreted advance promotion for the broadcast as implying that CILQ would in fact be airing live from that evening's concert. Although he denied that the station intended to give that impression, station manager JJ Johnston apologized to listeners two days later.[7]

In early 2009, the station introduced Nights with Alice Cooper, airing from 9p.m. to 2a.m. Sunday. Jeff Woods hosts a show called Records and Rockstars to give listeners the background stories to some of their favourite music.

In 2022, CILQ suspended and then "parted ways" with long-time morning host John Derringer over allegations that he had bullied other members of staff for years.[8]


  1. ^ "Radio Brands: Q107". Corus Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 15, 2015. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "Channel Listing" (PDF). Bell Media. February 25, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "List of Shaw Direct Channels – TVCL – TV Channel Lists".
  4. ^ "Q107 Toronto Debuts". Format Change Archive. RadioBB Networks. May 22, 1977. Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  5. ^ "Q107 Goes from Classic Rock to Toronto's Rock Station". Toronto Mike. April 7, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Psychedelic Psunday". Q107 Classic Rock. Archived from the original on September 27, 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  7. ^ "CANOE -- JAM! Music - Artists - Rolling Stones, the : T.O. Radio sorry for Stones 'mistake'". Archived from the original on July 16, 2012. Retrieved May 22, 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ "Radio host John Derringer and Q107 'part ways' amid misconduct investigation". CBC News. August 9, 2022. Retrieved August 9, 2022.

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