Feb 10, 2014 | 10:36Q Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano on QTV Video
Q Olympic figure skater Brian Boitano on QTV Feb 10, 2014 | 10:36Jian catches up with former Olympic champion Brian Boitano, member of the official U.S. delegation to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Boitano, who took home the gold medal in figure skating at the 1988 Olympics, came out publicly as gay just days after being being named to the delegation. Also joining him is openly-lesbian women's hockey player Caitlin Cahow. U.S. President Barack Obama says the decision to include gay athletes was very much a deliberate one, telling NBC, "There is no doubt we wanted to make it very clear that we do not abide by discrimination in anything, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation." For his part, Boitano hopes to combat Russia's anti-gay laws by starting a conversation, acting as a surrogate for the athletes who are focused on their respective competitions.
Feb 7, 2014 | 15:54Q Flag-bearer Hayley Wickenheiser on QTV Video
Q Flag-bearer Hayley Wickenheiser on QTV Feb 7, 2014 | 15:54As she carries Canada's flag into the official opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, Hayley Wickenheiser will have one key phrase in mind: watch your step. It's a cheeky warning she's doled out to previous flag-bearers, but it isn't bad advice. As Canadians celebrate in the stands and Montreal-made sets surround her, the six-time Olympian says she'll stay focused on the moment and representing our "humble, gentle" country. No social media for this experience, she says. The hockey champ also speaks to Jian about what carrying the flag means for her, what advice she'd give to first-time Olympians, and which teams she sees as forces to be reckoned with on the rink.
Feb 6, 2014 | 16:04Q Jean Labadie on the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on QTV Video
Q Jean Labadie on the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on QTV Feb 6, 2014 | 16:04The countdown to the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremonies are almost over, and a company who played a key role in what you'll see if you tune in is Show Canada, which worked on the sets and stages at the ceremonies. Jean Labadie is the president and CEO of Show Canada. In an interview with Jian in Sochi, Jean expresses some concern about how prepared the Olympic organizers are.
Feb 5, 2014 | 11:40Q GTA 5's Steven "Trevor" Ogg on QTV Video
Q GTA 5's Steven "Trevor" Ogg on QTV Feb 5, 2014 | 11:40Grand Theft Auto is one of the most polarizing -- and popular -- videogame franchises ever. The game's violent and sexually explicit scenes have long been controversial, but its creators have pushed the limits yet again by including a brutal torture scene in GTA 5. Canadian actor Steven Ogg joins Jian to explain why he tried to make his character, Trevor Phillips, more than a "one note psychopath". Ogg also opens up on why he accepted the role, why it wasn't jarring to act out extreme violence for the motion capture software, and how he responds to critics of the game.
Feb 3, 2014 | 35:39Q Robyn Doolittle on Rob Ford and 'Crazy Town' in Studio Q Video
Q Robyn Doolittle on Rob Ford and 'Crazy Town' in Studio Q Feb 3, 2014 | 35:39Jian speaks to Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle, one of the very first journalists to look into allegations that Rob Ford uses crack, and one of the only reporters shown the infamous video evidence. She opens up about what it's meant to immerse herself in the ongoing saga surrounding the Toronto mayor and why she's given her own city the moniker 'Crazy Town'. Doolittle also reflects on the tension between keeping a public figure accountable while minimizing harm against his family, whether she thinks Ford will be re-elected, and what Star staffers do with the "dozens of tips" they get from the public each week.
Jan 29, 2014 | 11:31Q Paralympic Snowboarder Tyler Mosher in Studio Q Video
Q Paralympic Snowboarder Tyler Mosher in Studio Q Jan 29, 2014 | 11:31Tyler Mosher may be great at swerving down the slopes, but the parasnowboader has conquered incredible uphill battles, too. On Dec 30, it will be 13 years since Mosher tumbled down a 10 metre drop while snowboarding, broke his back in 9 places, and became paralyzed below the waist. A decade later, he had not only re-learned how to walk (something doctors told him he would never again do) but had also returned to winter sports as a cross-country skier. Then he defied the odds again by helping convince the Paralympic committee to include adaptive snowboarding on their roster. These days, he's training to represent Canada in the first ever Paralympic parasnowboarding competition. The strong-spirited athlete joins Jian to discuss his determination to overcome adversity and how he's gearing up for Sochi.
Jan 27, 2014 | 12:35Q Clara Hughes and Adam van Koeverden in Studio Q Video
Q Clara Hughes and Adam van Koeverden in Studio Q Jan 27, 2014 | 12:35It's no coincidence that most athletes spout well-worn clichés about their 'A' game and being "in it to win it". On top of their physical training, most get media training -- and as veteran catcher Crash Davis says in the movie Bull Durham, "'course it's boring. That's the point." What are the odds that the Olympic games in Sochi will be any different? Will they comment on the political climate in Russia or off-court personal struggles? Veteran Olympians Clara Hughes & Adam van Koeverden join Jian for a special Olympic panel on the subject.
Jan 27, 2014 | 14:55Q The Doors' drummer John Densmore in Studio Q Video
Q The Doors' drummer John Densmore in Studio Q Jan 27, 2014 | 14:55In an interview he called "good tough", Doors' drummer John Densmore, reveals his reasons for staying true to his view of Jim Morrison's wishes and the integrity of The Doors' music. His recently published memoir, "The Doors: Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial", chronicles Densmore's decision to fight his former band mates in court, all to stop them from selling Break On Through (To the Other Side) to Cadillac.
Jan 24, 2014 | 22:29Q The Pixies' David, Joey and Black in Studio Q Video
Q The Pixies' David, Joey and Black in Studio Q Jan 24, 2014 | 22:29Pixies know they can pack venues with their time-honoured tunes alone. Albums like Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa, and Doolittle made them a mainstay in the mid-1980s, and brought fans back out in droves when they reunited in 2004. But Boston's alternative trailblazers weren't satisfied resting on their laurels. This last year saw the release of their first new music in 20 years, but also the departure of founding bass player Kim Deal. Pixies join Jian to talk about forging ahead without their longtime bandmate, why they don't want to be a so-called nostalgia band, and the dynamism that bridges the decades.