Aug 28, 2014 | 7:19Q Alvvays frontwoman Molly Rankin in Studio Q Video
Q Alvvays frontwoman Molly Rankin in Studio Q Aug 28, 2014 | 7:19Canadian indie band Alvvays are making a splash with their sunny melodies and bittersweet lyrics awash in reverb and lo-fi haze. Jian talks to the buzzed-about band, led by frontwoman Molly Rankin, who's related to the influential Celtic music group The Rankin Family. She talks about the how the band came to be, how her famed musical past informs her work and how they feel about named a band-to-watch by tastemakers like NME, BBC and Pitchfork.
Aug 1, 2014 | 5:13Q Bend Sinister - A Q Profile Video
Q Bend Sinister - A Q Profile Aug 1, 2014 | 5:13Bend Sinister were in Studio Q not so long ago to celebrate the release of their latest record "Animals". Lead vocalist & keyboardist Dan Moxon and guitarist Joseph Blood sat down with Jian to reflect on the simple joys of making music for a living.
Jul 31, 2014 | 14:24Q Owen Pallett brings "In Conflict" to Studio Q Video
Q Owen Pallett brings "In Conflict" to Studio Q Jul 31, 2014 | 14:24Toronto musician, Owen Pallett, who is fresh off touring with Arcade Fire and scoring an Oscar-nominated soundtrack for Spike Jonze's Her -- continues on the theme of collaboration with his fourth album. Pallet shares what it was like to work with legendary English musician Brian Eno and, for the first time, a backing band. He also explains how Dan Savage's "it gets better campaign" influenced his new work and why he doesn't want In Conflict to be viewed as a "confessional" record.
Jul 25, 2014 | 4:13Q Justin Rutledge's "Daredevil" - Q Luminato Video
Q Justin Rutledge's "Daredevil" - Q Luminato Jul 25, 2014 | 4:13Alt-country singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge speaks to Jian about his decision to release a cover album, how he's gone about rearranging the Hip's tunes and the kind of reception the collection has received -- including from Tragically Hip frontman himself, Gord Downie.
Jul 18, 2014 | 36:52Q Tom Petty - A Q Exclusive - Part 1 Video
Q Tom Petty - A Q Exclusive - Part 1 Jul 18, 2014 | 36:52In a Canadian exclusive, American singer/songwriter Tom Petty joins Jian to for a candid, wide-ranging conversation about his early days, his big hits and visions of the future. The influential musician reflects on why he's always been attracted to the the road less travelled, how his band's forthcoming album differs from those before it, and why he and the Heartbreakers refuse to rest on their laurels and rely on their hits.
Jul 18, 2014 | 20:21Q Jason Mraz says "Yes!" to Studio Q Video
Q Jason Mraz says "Yes!" to Studio Q Jul 18, 2014 | 20:21Jason Mraz is back with his new record "Yes!" - an acoustic album featuring the folk-rock band Raining Jane as his backup band. Jian talks to Jian about his relationship with the Janes, his unflappable positivity, and how he handles criticism.
Jul 15, 2014 | 33:52Q Tom Petty - A Q Exclusive - Part 2 Video
Q Tom Petty - A Q Exclusive - Part 2 Jul 15, 2014 | 33:52Tom Petty is one of the finest songwriters of our time. Together with his musical collaborators in the Heartbreakers, Tom Petty has authored some of the most recognizable songs of the last four decades (Refugee, American Girl, Mary Jane's Last Dance). He's earned 3 Grammy awards, 17 Grammy nominations and a well-deserved spot in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Admired by critics, his millions of fans, and most importantly his peers, Petty truly is one of the great success stories in rock.
Jul 14, 2014 | 4:24Q Tom Petty on Elvis, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones Video
Q Tom Petty on Elvis, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones Jul 14, 2014 | 4:24In this clip taken from his feature interview with Jian at Woodshed Recording in Malibu, California, Tom Petty recalls how Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones each contributed to inspire him to pursue a career in music. You can see Jian's interview with Tom on The National this Thursday night, and hear it on Thursday morning on Q on CBC Radio 1.
Jul 11, 2014 | 2:37Q Tom Petty on fame Video
Q Tom Petty on fame Jul 11, 2014 | 2:37In this clip from his feature interview with Jian at Woodshed Recording in Malibu, California, Tom Petty muses on the changing face of fame in the modern world. You can see Jian's interview with Tom on The National this Thursday night, and hear it on Thursday morning on Q on CBC Radio 1.
Jul 7, 2014 | 10:54Q Against Me! bring "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" to Studio Q Video
Q Against Me! bring "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" to Studio Q Jul 7, 2014 | 10:54Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace talks to Jian about her coming out as transgender, her excitement to be a part of Toronto's World Pride celebrations, and about her thoughts on whether there has been a cultural shift when it comes to attitudes toward the trans* community.
Jun 24, 2014 | 8:33Q Future Islands bring "Singles" to Studio Q Video
Q Future Islands bring "Singles" to Studio Q Jun 24, 2014 | 8:33The hard-working Baltimore synth-pop band, Future Islands, broke through with an arresting and intense performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and they join Jian at the desk to talk about their latest record, "Singles".
Jun 16, 2014 | 29:50Q Rock photographer Lynn Goldsmith Video
Q Rock photographer Lynn Goldsmith Jun 16, 2014 | 29:50Jian speaks with Lynn Goldsmith, an all-access photographer who has spent decades shooting compelling portraits, high-powered action shots and revealing backstage images of stars like Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson and Patti Smith -- to name only a few. Goldsmith shares lively anecdotes from her new collection, Rock and Roll Stories, explains why she's "not anybody's fan", and notes that she doesn't take pictures -- she makes pictures.
Jun 13, 2014 | 7:02Q Sam Roberts brings "Lo-Fantasy" (and beer) to Studio Q Video
Q Sam Roberts brings "Lo-Fantasy" (and beer) to Studio Q Jun 13, 2014 | 7:02Montreal's Sam Roberts Band, famous for their feel good rock 'n' roll and shout along choruses, are flexing their synthetic muscles on their latest effort "Lo-Fantasy". The record takes what Sam and the boys were already good at -- anthemic songs and instantly memorable hooks -- and add to that a wave of lush soundscapes, psychedelic washes and layered vocals.
Jun 13, 2014 | 19:19Q Kelis brings "Food" to Studio Q Video
Q Kelis brings "Food" to Studio Q Jun 13, 2014 | 19:19...and it's delicious. Jian speaks to Kelis about her decision to leave and then return to the music industry, her second career as a chef, and how she bridges her creative approach to cooking with making music.