Mar 12, 2014 | 20:43Q Olivia Chow reflects on her Journey Video
Q Olivia Chow reflects on her Journey Mar 12, 2014 | 20:43Politician Olivia Chow is about to run for mayor of the city of Toronto, against Rob Ford and others. There is speculation that her own past as an immigrant to the city will be part of her attempt to appeal to working-class and suburban communities in the city. Here she talks about her memoir, My Journey, which touches on those aspects of her past.
Mar 12, 2014 | 17:43Q John Carter Cash on his father's legacy Video
Q John Carter Cash on his father's legacy Mar 12, 2014 | 17:43While digging through his late father's old recordings, John Carter Cash stumbled upon an unreleased album from legendary country singer Johnny Cash. Originally ignored by Columbia records during a rough patch in his career, the album has been touched up and is set to be released on March 25th. Cash joins Jian to discuss his amazing discovery. As he explains, the album, titled "Out Among the Stars", bridges the gap between his father's early boisterous days and the melancholy sounds of his late recordings. The son of the influential music icon also reflects on his famous father's legacy and the side of his family he hopes to reveal in his recent book "House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father Johnny Cash".
Mar 11, 2014 | 18:12Q 94-year-old track star Olga Kotelko Video
Q 94-year-old track star Olga Kotelko Mar 11, 2014 | 18:12If you think it's too late to take up track and field, consider the amazing case of Olga Kotelko. The retired Vancouver school teacher attended her first "masters" track and field competition in her late 70s -- and shocked her competitors by taking home the gold. Now, at the age of 94, Kotelko holds 26 world records and is the female nonagenarian still long-jumping and high- jumping competitively. Jian speaks to the athlete as well as Bruce Grierson, an award-winning journalist who's written a book about her journey and the science of aging: What Makes Olga Run?
Mar 7, 2014 | 11:32Q Canada Reads 2014: Wab Kinew and Joseph Boyden on The Orenda Video
Q Canada Reads 2014: Wab Kinew and Joseph Boyden on The Orenda Mar 7, 2014 | 11:32After four days of fierce debating, Wab Kinew has emerged as the champion book defender of Canada Reads 2014. His passionate endorsement of Joseph Boyden's The Orenda helped elevate the book to its new status as the one novel that could change our nation. Now Kinew and Boyden come together in Studio Q to chat with Q and Canada Reads host Jian Ghomeshi about Canada's annual battle of the books, the grassroots support they got from #TeamOrenda, and why they think a work of fiction set in the 17th century may really inspire social change in modern Canada. Throughout the show, Kinew touted the power of the The Orenda with several memorable statements -- "reconciliation must not be a second chance at assimilation" -- questions -- "do we own the land, or does the land own us? -- and a memorable spoken word tribute.
Mar 5, 2014 | 16:03Q "Brave New Girls" star Jenna Talackova in Studio Q Video
Q "Brave New Girls" star Jenna Talackova in Studio Q Mar 5, 2014 | 16:03When Jenna Talackova was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada for being born male, her story made headlines all over the world. But since successfully fighting the rules to re-enter the competition, the 25-year-old has pushed even farther to pursue a career in modelling and acting. Her journey to follow through on her ambitions, without being pigeonholed, has been documented in a new E! series: Brave New Girls. Talackova joins Jian to discuss the media firestorm than surrounded her in 2012, why she doesn't want her transgender identity to be seen as a gimmick, and why she's decided to share her story.
Mar 3, 2014 | 25:50Q "The F Word" star Zoe Kazan Video
Q "The F Word" star Zoe Kazan Mar 3, 2014 | 25:50The F Word has been described as a funny, surprising, and realistic romantic comedy -- one that director Michael Dowse says will not make boyfriends "throw up in their own mouths." It may just be this generation's When Harry Met Sally. Actress and writer Zoe Kazan is the film's animated female lead. Along with co-star Daniel Radcliffe, she immerses herself in a Toronto that isn't pretending to be New York as the two navigate the complexities of chemistry between friends -- specifically, when one is committed to someone else. Kazan joins Jian to discuss the film, which is based on a Canadian play called Toothpaste and Cigars, and the tensions that arise when you put two moral people in a very tempting situation. She also reflects on her own journey as as actress, a career she says includes real heartaches, and as a young woman exiting her twenties.
Feb 27, 2014 | 9:48Q "Once" stage stars Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal Video
Q "Once" stage stars Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal Feb 27, 2014 | 9:48First an Oscar-winning movie, then a Tony-winning musical, Once entranced many with the story of a glum Dublin busker whose chance encounter with a young Czech woman reignites his musical dreams. Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal, the stars of a North American touring production, join Jian to discuss why they were drawn to this piece, how they overcome preconceived expectations created by the film and Broadway musical, and the joys and challenges of performing without an orchestra.
Feb 24, 2014 | 17:06Q Oscar-winning Composer Gustavo Santaolalla Video
Q Oscar-winning Composer Gustavo Santaolalla Feb 24, 2014 | 17:06Argentina's Gustavo Santaolalla is a prolific and highly accomplished musical shape-shifter. He has not only been the frontman for several influential bands -- including his most recent Bajofondo -- but also an accomplished producer and an Oscar-winning film composer. Santaolalla joins Jian to discuss his first foray into musical theatre with the new Mirvish production, Arrabal; his upcoming projects, including a musical adaptation of Pan's Labyrinth; and how he's managed to squeeze so many interests -- including rock and punk music -- into one lifetime. Santaolalla also stresses the value of understanding both our collective and individual identities, and appreciating both our similarities and diversity.
Feb 21, 2014 | 22:16Q Olympic Gold Medal bobsledder Kaillie Humphries Video
Q Olympic Gold Medal bobsledder Kaillie Humphries Feb 21, 2014 | 22:16From the Sochi Winter Olympics, Kaillie Humphries delivered for Canada, earning the country's fifth gold medal of these Olympic Games with her brakeman, Heather Moyse. The Canada-1 bobsleigh pilot speaks with Jian about the pressure of defending gold in Sochi, being an "outcast" whose intensity can turn off others, and how she came up with the name "Thorfin" for her sled.
Feb 21, 2014 | 19:11Q Tongan luger Bruno Banani Video
Q Tongan luger Bruno Banani Feb 21, 2014 | 19:11Bruno Banani is Tonga's first winter Olympian - in the luge event. Bruno Banani is also the name of the German underwear company who has sponsored the Tongan's Olympic event. Bruno sits down with Jian in Sochi after his performance at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Feb 21, 2014 | 5:20Q Yamantaka // Sonic Titan bring UZU to Studio Q Video
Q Yamantaka // Sonic Titan bring UZU to Studio Q Feb 21, 2014 | 5:20Yamantaka // Sonic Titan call themselves an Asian, Indigenous and Diasporic Art Collective, one that foregrounds myth-building and themes of identity in their work. Ruby Kato Attwood and Alaska B join Jian at the desk in Studio Q to talk about their unique approach to music and how they applied it to their latest record.