2008

 

Q's Top 20 Albums of 2008!

We've been counting down all week and now they are here... Let us know what you think! What was your...

Burger King's New Ad Campaign: Innovative or Exploitive?

Burger King's new documentary-style "Whopper Virgins" campaign features villagers from remote parts of the world who have supposedly never tasted...

Talking Turkey!

Q Food Sleuth Marion Kane's Ultimate Roast Turkey recipe (and gravy!) ... Read it, try it, give us your own...

Jesse Wente's Top 10 Films of 2008

Q's Screenboy Jesse Wente offers his take on the Top Ten Films of 2008. Did he get it right?...

Should teasing die?

There's something truly invigorating about a great tease, that amazing co-mingling of affection and mockery, cutting insight couched in care,...

When Does Artistic Appropriation Become Copyright Infringement?

Earlier this month, iconic UK art star Damien Hirst went after Cartrain, a 16-year-old artist who was selling collages containing...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Blogotheque

Okay...that's a wrap for Download Down-Lo, 2008 styles. Big, big ups to the Down-Lo faithful who have shown us...

Should Westerners and/or Non-Muslims be involved in the redesign of Mecca?

A week ago today, nearly 3 million Muslims flooded into the holy city of Mecca on an annual pilgrimage of...

Jesse Wente on Canada's Top Ten Films of 2008

Q's Screenboy Jesse Wente offers his take on Canada's Top Ten Films of 2008 as determined by the Toronto...

Is Torture in the Virtual World Acceptable?

The latest World of Warcraft expansion pack includes a torture quest. Q guest and video-game pioneer, Richard Bartle contends that...

Hottie or nottie - Can only the cute survive in the world of comedy today?

With Tina Fey busting out all over newsstands, Q asks if the hottie imperative is still alive and well for...

When Is Talking Sex Sensationalist?

We live in a culture steeped in representations of sex. Whole industries are built around selling it, and North Americans...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Curb This and Other Folly

Mash ups or vidding, as it is otherwise known, is an Internet staple allowing people to take footage from...

Is TV enriching the English language?

The Collins dictionary recently announced that they'll be adding a new word to their next edition: meh. As in, 'Oh,...

Jesse Wente's Top Ten DVDs of 2008

Another list - another throwing down of the Top-Ten gauntlet! Q's Screenboy Jesse Wente continues his look back at...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Stop Procrastinating!!

Just to recap: computers begat word processing. Word processing begat lots of writing. Computers also begat the Internet. And...

Jesse Wente's Top Ten Video Games of 2008

Q's Screenboy Jesse Wente begins his look back at the year in home entertainment with his picks for the...

Do musicians owe it to fans to play their hits?

The Smashing Pumpkins latest tour is being held to the heat by critics and fans who say the band is...

Is Gene Simmons right about Canadians?

Gene Simmons told Q listeners today that Canadians still suffer from an inferiority complex. That's why so many talented artists...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Cuddle Parties

Okay...Brandon Walsh and that old guy from Corner Gas (just joking) took a huge bite out of this week's...

Jesse's Top Ten Female Video Game Characters

This week on Q, Screenboy Jesse Wente argued that gaming is increasingly a realm that's attracting female players...and that means...

Should Theatre Be More Conservative?

Given the number of artists involved, the variety of cultural perspectives and the different subject matter, it seems like there's...

Mio on the Down-Lo: About Yesterday's DL Pick

Hey...many of you have successfully downloaded the Hotspot Shield application that I recommended yesterday and are happily enjoying previously...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Hello America!!!

My time with Jian was a little hurried/harried today so first lemme give you the link to the application...

Jesse Wente's Top Ten TV Shows of All Time

Screenboy Jesse Wente takes on another fool's errand. Yes, it's Jesse's Top Ten TV Shows of All Time!! With...

Has Virginity Become a Pop Culture Marketing Tool?

22-year-old Sacramento State college grad Natalie Dylan who has recently chosen to auction off her virginity through the Moonlight Bunny...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Learning to Pronunciate

That Matt Galloway is a really nice guy. He's a good listener. He was very gracious. He made me...

Should Canada Have a National Portrait Gallery?

Last Friday, the Canadian government announced that it had scrapped plans for a National Portrait Gallery. There were more than...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Old People Fashion

I am really tired after last night's Obama-thon so I'm just going to post some links for you to...

Photos from Grant Park

Q correspondent at Grant Park last night, Gianofer Fields, took these shots of the momentous occasion. Enjoy her photo essay,...

Are Public Figures Fair Game for Punking?

Earlier this week Q talked to Masked Avenger Marc-Antoine Audette, the Montreal radio DJ and comedian who managed to convince...

Jesse Wente's Top Ten Bond Movies

Screenboy Jesse Wente's Top Ten Bond Movies - as determined through indisputable scientific formulation devised in Jesse's basement......

Are Jews Cooler Than Ever?

Lisa Alcalay Klug, author of Cool Jew: The Ultimate Guide For Every Member of the Tribe, was on the show...

Cats or dogs?

That's right, it's a Q smackdown in the making. Cats vs dogs. Today on the show we took a look...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Mail Goggles

Jian was a little choked up today on the Down-Lo due to my outfit. I was on my way...

Jesse Wente's Top Ten Canadian Horror Movies

Thrills, chills and Canucks. Q's Screenboy Jesse Wente helps you get your all-Canadian horror on this Halloween. What will...

What does hockey say about us?

In his new book The Meaning of Puck, award-winning sports journalist (and Q guest) Bruce Dowbiggin argues that when viewed...

Where does artistic licence end and copyright begin?

Could trademark law curb artists who criticize the Vancouver Olympics? On today's show we checked in on the tension that's...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Geek Sports

That sad wa-wa-wa sound effect you might have heard when I bemoaned the fact that I wasn't accompanying the...

Is Toronto Canada's cultural leader?

Well, in the news today ... according to Washington, D.C.-based Foreign Policy magazine Toronto ranks as the 4th best city...

Jesse Wente's Top Ten Movies EVER

... Well, here are ten really good ones anyway. Please add your own, and let's get this debate started!...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Web Karaoke

If you like Karaoke - and judging by the numbers, you do - you have to check out online...

Live Toronto Broadcast: Mio's Blog in Hindsight

Jian invited me to the Glenn Gould Studio to take part in the live broadcast featuring Sarah McLachlan. And...

Are the High Arts Still Too White?

Are the high arts in Canada still too white? And is that a valid question or an offensive one? We...

Did arts and culture matter this election?

Arts and culture were on the agenda this election like never before - until the economy stole the spotlight, anyway....

Screenboy Jesse Wente's Top Ten Election Movies

In honour of our national trip to the polls, Q's screenboy Jesse Wente has assembled his picks for......

Mio on the Down-Lo: Open Relationships

Okay...that was a little embarrassing. I was describing my web pick today, NOTYOURMOTHERSPLAYGROUND, as a thoughtful meditation on, and...

Is it time to retire the Lennon Legacy?

In life, he was a huge figure in the world of music and activism. But the parade of Lennon biographies...

Jesse Wente's Top Ten Best TV Shows You've Never Seen

On today's show, Q's Screenboy Jesse Wente discussed critically acclaimed TV shows that just don't connect with audiences when...

Is home-design culture commercializing our personal style in the name of "good taste"?

When it comes to high style in the home, we LOVE to watch. There's something just so satisfying about seeing...

Mio on the Down-Lo: IKEA/WILCO edition

Today was the first early morning installment of the Download Down Lo (maybe we should change the name to...

Is The Catcher in the Rye Outdated?

Or is it an untouchable classic? Check out our debate on the subject here. Do you have another suggestion for...

Jesse Wente's Top Ten Movies to see on Blu-Ray

First there was Beta, then VHS, then DVDs. Now, there's Blu-ray, the latest high-definition video format. Blu-ray has found a...

Is Hollywood philanthropy dead?

This weekend, the world has been mourning the death of Paul Newman, one of its greatest entertainers. The Hollywood icon...

Are the Arts Elitist?

In the words of Prime Minister Harper: "I think when ordinary working people come home, turn on the TV and...

Poor Taste

There's a debate raging -- sparked by a photo spread in the August issue of Vogue India. Picture an elderly...

Arts Cuts and You

Today on the show we're continuing our series about the cuts to arts and culture funding with a panel from...

Your Top Ten Alternative Film List!

Oh you know them. You may have brushed shoulders with one at an indie rental place. You may even BE...

Do Artists Have Anything To Teach Doctors?

Ah, the two solitudes of art and science. Never the twain shall meet. Sure, there are some miraculous cross-overs here...

The Importance of Music to Girls

Lavinia Greenlaw's memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls was not about why music is important for girls,...

The Athletes and the Artists

Jian blogs: It's the water-cooler chat of the day -- How 'bout them Olympics? Did we lose any more medals...

Guitarnished! or Dude, Where's My Truck?

Blogged by Q guest host Jonathan Torrens: Those of you listening to the show this week will know that The...

The Dumbest Generation? Jesse Wente guest blog

On Friday's show we had a very lively debate between the author of the new book "The Dumbest Generation" and...

Batman's Online Mob

Q guest host Nora Young: Journalists, and especially critics, have long been on the receiving end of irate letters from...

Are Cruel Jokes the Funniest?

Canadians like to think of themselves as funny....AND nice. But can we have it both ways? Does comedy have to...

More Stuff White People Like

In January, Christian Lander, a Canadian expat living in LA, started a satirical blog called Stuff White People Like. Which...

Cultural Solitudes?

Just last month, the Bouchard-Taylor commission released its report on the changing face of Quebec and took English Canadian media...

You Guys Sold Out

In the world of pop music, is there anything more final, devastating or dismissive than being labeled a "sellout"? In...

Blockbuster Boys' Club

Summer blockbuster season is here. And while this weekend marks the world release of one of a rare gender genre...

The "Real Beauty" Myth?

There's been a recent interest, in the mainstream media at least, in the manner in which the "dark side" of...

When Mommy Has Plastic Surgery

Well, Mother's Day is upon us, and an unusual new picture book about life with mother is about to hit...

Chef From Hell

While Canada is blessed with a multi-ethnic culinary fusion, and therefore lots of interesting ingredients with which to work, we...

YouTube Election

For all his oratorical wizardry, the most poignant moment of Barack Obama's campaign for the American presidency came with the...

BITD

Remember how much fun we used to have back in the day? Of course you do. We were happier back...

Is Your Sexuality Misrepresented in Popular Culture?

Author Drew Hayden Taylor visited Q to discuss his new book Me Sexy and popular depictions of Native sexuality. You...

Sartorial Proclamations

This week marked two strong declarations on Q that the clothes truly do make the man ... Or, at least,...

Jian Loves John Cusack

I want to be John Cusack. I mean, I prefer to be the way my parents made me. But I'd...

So Do You Like Dance TV?

Dance couldn't ask for a shinier, happier ambassador than reality-show hits like "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing...

Down with Happy

Jian is sad, but he's happy about it: I have been in something of a melancholy state for the past...

Bateman Blacks Out Orcas

There's a video making the rounds on the Internet this week, showing an artist destroying one of his own painting...

Indie Should Die

Jian makes a plea to lay another buzzword to rest: Saying goodbye is never easy. And I haven't supported the...

Do You Believe in Atheists?

The bible may be by far the biggest best-seller of all time, but God has been getting a rough ride...

Torture Fashion

Fashion mogul John Galliano's most recent men's collection used as its muse ... torture. Models wore loose-fitting black hoods. Their...

Bill C-10

Have you found yourself talking about Bill C-10 these past couple of days? On Thursday the Income Tax Bill -...

Museum of Bad Art

It's a shrine to the worst of the worst. The Museum of Bad Art collects art that's so bad it's...

Six-Word Love Stories for Q!

Please note: The contest is now closed. Thanks so much to all who shared 6 words with us. You're all...

Ornette Coleman Raw

Jazz legend Ornette Coleman. He visited Studio Q but you wanted more! Well, your wish is Q's command. By popular...

If YOU Ran the Junos...

Who would you have nominated? The Juno nominations came out this week. Prominently featured are Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne ......

The Day the Music Died

OK, it's not dead yet. But the quality of the super-compressed music we're listening to these days is going down,...

Nice Day for a White Wedding

Or not... More and more Canadian brides are divorcing themselves from the idea of a traditional white wedding dress, opting...

Character Assassination...

Predators, pedophiles and ... playwrights? Our interview with actor and playwright Keir Cutler has been getting a LOT of feedback....

Is Appropriation Ever Appropriate?

On December 21, we aired a story that really touched a nerve. It centered around appropriation art, the use of...

A Few of Your Favourite Things

Joshua Glenn is a collector of sorts: Fingernail clippings. A pile of dirt. A burned bagel. These are a few...
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