2012

 

Q's Top 20: #2 - Sharon Van Etten

The #2 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 comes from Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten. Tramp mines country-tinged...

The return of Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons, the English folk rock quartet brought their full set-up to Studio Q in September to perform from...

Publishing phenom Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed had a banner year in 2012. Wild, her memoir of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail while working through...

This week on Q - Dec 31-Jan 4/13

MONDAY: Best of Q, hosted by Jian. Cheryl Strayed on her bestselling memoir, Wild. English folk rockers Mumford and Sons...

Q's Top 20: #3 - Bahamas

Toronto's Afie Jurvanen - aka Bahamas - enters Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 at #3 for his record Barchords....

Electro-rockers Metric

After more than a decade of edgy electro-rock hitmaking, Canadian-American band Metric stopped by Studio Q this summer to perform...

Questlove's foodie ventures

The musician and Roots drummer spoke to Jian this summer about his foray into food with his Quest Loves Food catering company and food...

Q's Top 20: #4 - Of Monsters And Men

Icelandic folk-pop band Of Monsters and Men's My Head is an Animal is #4 on Q's Top 20 Albums of...

Q's Top 20: #5 - Kathleen Edwards

We're in the final stretch of Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012... and coming in at #5 is Kathleen Edwards,...

Does talking about death need to be morbid?

Caitlin Doughty, host of the popular web-series Ask a Mortician, uses humour, wit and frank language to answer any and...

Syrian filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia

Syrian filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia's detention in August prompted an international outcry, and appeals for his release by Robert De Niro,...

Q's Top 20: #6 - The xx

UK electronic pop band The xx caused a mass critical swoon with their Mercury Prize-winning eponymous debut record in 2009....

Q's Top 20: #7 - Radio Radio

For #7 on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 we go to Clare, Nova Scotia and Moncton, New Brunswick, the...

Comedian Tig Notaro on making cancer funny

Back in August, stand-up comic Tig Notaro made international headlines with her heart-wrenching and hilarious set on the not-so-funny subject of cancer, the death of...

Rick Mercer on anger in politics

Rick Mercer is known as one of Canada's sharpest political satirists. He stopped by studio Q in September to talk to...

Q's Top 20: #8 - Alabama Shakes

The band at #8 on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 sounds like a pure spring bubbling up from the...

Ed Sheeran performs

U.K. singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran stopped by Studio Q to play two songs off his hit debut album +. He also...

Schwarzenegger's story

Arnold Schwarzenegger has reinvented himself numerous times in his 65 years, and it's earned him a resume so distinctive it...

Does single-sex schooling do more harm than good?

For decades, many educators have made arguments in favour of single-sex schooling. One of the most common arguments is that...

Q's Top 20: #9 - Amanda Palmer

From street busker to Dresden Doll to one-half of Evelyn Evelyn... Amanda "F***ing" Palmer's work over the last decade has...

Our Winner!

Taking 31.71 percent of your votes, Q's Culture Maker of the Year is...are...Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot!...

This week on Q - Dec 24-28/12

MONDAY: Best of Q. Are single-sex classrooms progressive or regressive? A Q Debate with education experts Dr. Mary Ladky and...

12 things you didn't hear in 2012

There's a whole lot that goes on behind the scenes at Q that we can't possibly put on the show....

Q's Top 20: #10 - Metric

We're half-way to the finish line of Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012... and coming in at #10 is a...

Fruitcake: delicious or disgusting?

There's perhaps no traditional holiday food more divisive, or more ridiculed, than the fruitcake. That most solid of baked goods,...

What word or phase should be retired before 2013?

Today Elvira Kurt inducted the portmanteau or blended words into the Cultural Hall of Shame. She wants to retire words like: snowpocalypse,...

Quentin Tarantino on violence, movies & Django Unchained

Jian's conversation with filmmaker Quentin Tarantino about his lastest film, Django Unchained, and whether all the violence and n-words are...

Bill O'Reilly on Q

The Fox News host joins us for a feature chat about the state of the nation, the news media, and...

Q's Top 20: #11 - Fiona Apple

The #11 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 is by the ever-poetic, idiosyncratic singer/songwriter and pianist Fiona Apple....

Idle No More: Jian's opening essay

Today, in his opening essay, Jian gives his thoughts on the 'Idle No More' protests by First Nations activists and...

Michael Apted on 56 Up

U.K. filmmaker Michael Apted on his latest film, 56 Up, part of his popular and long-running Up series that follows...

Q's Top 20: #12 - David Byrne & St. Vincent

#12 on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 could easily be the best collaboration of the year. As soon as...

Beck's new album is a book

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter on his unique new project, the sheet-music-only release Song Reader....

Q's Top 20: #13 - Regina Spektor

At #13 on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 is an artist we've had on Q a number of times......

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Q's Top 20: #14 - Grimes

Claire Boucher -- better known as Grimes -- takes the #14 spot on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 for...

Q's Top 20: #15 - Chilly Gonzales

The #15 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 is from a self-described musical genius, a man whose relationship...

Is copying good for creativity?

Copyrights and patents are supposed to encourage people to invent new products and create new movies, books and music. Is...

Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann on Q

Director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann stopped by Studio Q to chat about their upcoming film This is 40....

Is it time for gun control?

Jian's essay on turning grief into action following Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut....

This week on Q - Dec 17-21/12

MONDAY: A look at whether fashion and design knock-offs promote creativity. Writer-director Judd Apatow and actress Leslie Mann on the...

Q's Top 20: #16 - Beth Orton

The #16 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 comes from an artist whose voice is synonymous in many...

Jason Collett, Bahamas, Snowblink and the power of collaboration

Jason Collett's Basement Revue is becoming something of a holiday ritual in Toronto. For the past six years, the Broken...

What's your stance on meggings?

The men's fashion trend is said to be the next big thing, filling some with delight and others with alarm....

Should video games be considered art?

The Museum of Modern Art is set to introduce 14 video-games into it's galleries. Pac-man and Tetris will now join...

Michael C. Hall on Q

The star of "Dexter" and HBO's "Six Feet Under" joins us for a feature interview, ahead of the Dexter season...

Q's Top 20: #17 - Leonard Cohen

The #17 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 is a new gem from an national treasure. His exhaustive...

Miriam Margolyes does Dickens' women

The witty -- and in her own words "slightly naughty" -- British actress best known to North American audiences as Harry...

Riot Grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna

Singer and songwriter Kathleen Hanna looks back on two decades of the riot grrrl movement following the re-release of her...

Q's Top 20: #18 - Stars

The #18 entry on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 is one that's close to our hearts, in part because...

Q Live in Hamilton!

Q is going on the road to Hamilton, Ontario Thursday, January 31 for our first live-audience show of 2013. in...

Q's Top 20: #19 - Neil Young and Crazy Horse

The #19 album on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 comes from a ranch tucked away in California, from a...

Ingrid Betancourt

Ingrid Betancourt, the former Colombian presidential candidate, spent six years as a captive of FARC guerrillas before being rescued in...

Caitlin Moran walks into a Berlin sex club with Lady Gaga

In her new essay collection Moranthology, award-winning British journalist Caitlin Moran wades through her adventures in pop culture with her...

Q's Top 20: #20 - Ariane Moffatt

Kicking off Q's Top 20 Albums of 2012 is a Québécoise artist who has been a force on the Francophone...

This week on Q - Dec 10-14/12

MONDAY: Robert Sitler on the persistent myth that December 21, 2012 could mark the end of the world, despite being a complete...

Should street art be shown without the artist's permission?

Banksy, the notoriously secretive street artist is the subject of one of the most buzzed about shows at the art...

Serena Ryder performs live

Serena Ryder is known for her unique blend of folk and roots rock, but her latest record, Harmony, is quite...

Is social media "bullshit"?

Former marketer turned writer and humorist B.J. Mendelson on his latest book, Social Media Is Bullshit....

Was Tuesday's NY Post cover unethical?

Today, we hosted a Q debate over whether the New York Post should have published Tuesday's horrifying cover image of...

Why ballet needs more black dancers

Jian speaks with Virginia Johnson, a former dancer and current artistic director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, on why...

The problem with positive thinking

After years on the self-help and psychology beat for The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman began to notice a problem with the...

Apocalypse now?

Doomsday Preppers, the hit reality series is back with a new season. Executive producer Matt Sharp reveals some of the...

Robert Ballard on Q

Dr. Robert Ballard is known for his discoveries of famous shipwrecks, including the most famous of all time, the Titanic....

Diamond Rings: from one-man to front man

With his new record Free Dimensional, Toronto's Diamond Rings has a new creative M.O.: go big. He's added a band,...

This week on Q - Dec 3-7/12

MONDAY: South African filmmaker and artist Roger Young has found his "I benefited from apartheid" t-shirts to be a real...

Canada Reads 2013 reveal!

Today on Q, Jian revealed the five panelists and the books they'll champion on Canada Reads:Turf Wars!...

Dolly Parton dreams of dreams

Iconic country singer-songwriter, actress, philanthropist and businesswoman, Dolly Parton talks about her new book, "Dream More" and how her philosophy...

The art of the GIF

Oxford American Dictionary recently named GIF (as a verb) word-of-the-year for 2012, noting everything from the London Olympics to the...

Are playgrounds too safe?

In recent years, there's been a great deal of concern about playground safety. But Harry Harbottle of the German playground...

Of Monsters and Men perform in Studio Q

Icelandic folk-pop buzz band Of Monsters and Men stopped by to play songs from their hit debut record My Head...

Are body image issues among boys taken seriously?

A new study found that boys are concerned with reshaping their bodies and fitting a muscular ideal, even if it means...

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris

Scottish DJ Calvin Harris stopped by Studio Q to chat about his new album 18 Months and his superstar collaborators including...

This week on Q - Nov 26-30/12

MONDAY: Apple's iBookstore rejected a Danish eBook featuring photos of nude hippies. We explore why the Danish culture minister got involved,...

Listen to Q live in Edmonton!

Stream Q's special live audience show from Edmonton's Horowitz Theatre....

Spike Lee on Michael Jackson's Bad

Twenty-five years after the release of the groundbreaking album Bad, Spike Lee offers a portrait of Michael Jackson in 1989:...

Trent Severn's manifesto

Trent Severn (not to be confused with the waterway) is the name of a new Stratford, Ontario-based folk/roots trio comprised...

Is the AGO's unibrow promo in bad taste?

A recent promotion for the Art Gallery of Ontario's exhibition featuring Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo encouraged members...

Should Facebook do more to protect kids?

A group of concerned citizens in British Columbia, including the mother of Amanda Todd, is calling for social media sites...

This week on Q - Nov 19-23/12

MONDAY: Brent Bambury guest hosts! Should Facebook do more to ensure the safety of young users? A Q debate with...

Sex surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene

Portrayed by Helen Hunt in the critically acclaimed film The Sessions, Cheryl Cohen Greene talks about sex surrogacy and the...

Oliver Sacks

The neurologist and best-selling author of books including "Awakenings" and "Musicophilia" talks about his latest, "Hallucinations." Seeing things that aren't...

Jian on Colbert: Who will speak for Windsor?

In today's opening essay, Jian takes umbrage at Stephen Colbert's implication - both in print and on The Colbert Report...

Peter Frampton on Q

Iconic solo-artist Peter Frampton stopped by Studio Q on release week of his new triple live album and DVD FCA!35....

Naomi Wolf on Q

Naomi Wolf, author of the worldwide bestseller The Beauty Myth, discusses her latest book Vagina: A New Biography. It's been...

Sally Field on political roles

Guest host Brent Bambury talks to legendary film actress Sally Field about political roles including her current turn opposite Daniel...

This week on Q - Nov 12-16/12

MONDAY: Best of Q. Q debate on the changing roles of libraries: Should they be book havens, or community hubs? Urban...

Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra on Q

The amazing Amanda Palmer dropped by Studio Q today, together with The Grand Theft Orchestra.  Listen in to their three...

GPSing your kids

Location apps are controversial parenting tools, but millions of parents have downloaded them.   Life360 CEO Chris Hulls says they're...

Camille Paglia on Q

The ever provocative cultural critic Camille Paglia drops by Studio Q to talk about her new book, "Glittering Images." ...

Jian's Essay: A win for Obama, a changing America

Jian shares his thoughts on how the 2012 election shook down, for the US President, the people, and the parties....

The Luyas on Q

The Luyas brought their distinctive art-rock sound to Studio Q this morning.  Listen in to a chat about making their...

Chef Christopher Kimball on the science of cooking

PBS's "America's Test Kitchen" host Christopher Kimball is currently on a book tour for his newest title, "The Science of...

What does the Bible ask of women, really?

Rachel Held Evans, author of A Year of Biblical Womanhood, is a committed evangelical Christian, who also identifies as a...

P.J. O'Rourke on the U.S. Election

P.J. O'Rourke, the conservative political satirist, gives his take on the 2012 campaign. He weighs in on why America remains...

Mortician challenges our views of death

Caitlin Doughty, host of the popular web-series Ask a Mortician, uses humour, wit and frank language to answer any and...

Q's U.S. Election Special

Q dissects the factchecking movement, the media, campaign ads, the "war on women" and more in our U.S. election special....

This Week on Q - Nov 5-9/12

MONDAY: Montreal-born philanthropist Charles Bronfman -- one of the wealthiest people in the world -- on his book, The Art...

Can video games create empathy?

Playstation game Papo & Yo has been winning rave reviews for its innovative story. It's been described as a magic-realist...

Fran Lebowitz for President?

New York's Fran Lebowitz is known for her witty, uncompromising critiques of contemporary culture. On today's show, she shared her...

Giller winner Will Ferguson

Fresh from the Giller Prize ceremony, Calgary writer Will Ferguson drops by Studio Q to talk about his novel 419,...

Rob Delaney on Q

Stand-up comic and Twitter hero Rob Delaney joined Jian to chat about his twitter fame, his Romney terrorizing, his obsession...

Billy Corgan on Q

Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan stopped by for a feature interview in Studio Q....

Edmonton Contest terms and conditions

**Terms and Conditions revised Oct 29th, 2012**Win A Trip To Edmonton ("Contest") From 9 a.m. EDT on October 26, 2012...

John Taylor on Duran Duran

Jian talks to Duran Duran bassist John Taylor about his new memoir In the Pleasure Groove, a behind the scenes...

This Week on Q - Oct 29-Nov 2/12

MONDAY: Do we still need gender-specific literary prizes? Some female writers oppose the idea, but Janice Zawerbny, editorial director at Thomas...

Win an amazing trip to Edmonton!

Note: Terms and Conditions revised Oct 29th, 2012.Win a Trip to Edmonton!   Q is heading to Edmonton for a...

Torquil's rant on peace & culture

Roving Q commentator Torquil Campbell's take on what's been missing in the U.S. election rhetoric....

Jack McBrayer on Q

Jian talks to Jack McBrayer on playing Kenneth in "30 Rock" and his star turn in the new Disney film...

Stella Ehrhart on Q

Today, Jian spoke to 8-year-old Stella Ehrhart of Omaha, Nebraska (and her mom Stephanie Anderson) about why she has been...

Exposing webcam extortionists

The death of Amanda Todd has prompted an outpouring of grief and renewed discussion of bullying. But Patrick McGuire, managing...

Tig Notaro on Q

Comedian Tig Notaro on her heart-wrenching, cancer-diagnosis-revealing standup....

Burton Cummings on Q

Canadian rock icon, and former singer of The Guess Who, Burton Cummings stopped by Studio Q for a chat and...

Junot Diaz gets intimate

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz discusses his haunting, raw, and hilarious short story collection about love, This Is How You...

This Week on Q - Oct 22-26/12

MONDAY: Do we still need gender-specific literary prizes? Some female writers oppose the idea, but Kate Mosse of the UK's...

J.K. Rowling on Q

British author J.K. Rowling, the wildly successful woman behind the Harry Potter book series, talks to Jian about her first...

Wanting on Q

Born and raised in China, Wanting moved to Canada to study business at age 16, but ended up following her...

Ben Folds Five makes a comeback

After 12 years, Ben Folds Five is back together with a new fan-financed studio album, The Sounds of the Life...

Regina Spektor on Q

Singer/songwriter Regina Spektor stopped by Studio Q to play a couple songs from her latest album What We Saw From the...

Shirley Jones on 60 years in showbiz

Jian chats with Shirley Jones, Oscar-winning actor, singer, musical theatre star and 1970s working mom, of Partridge Family fame....

Orwa Nyrabia on Q

Syrian filmmaker Orwa Nyrabia's detention in August prompted an international outcry, and appeals for his release by Robert De Niro,...

Grizzly Bear on Q

Over the past decade, Brooklyn indie rock kings Grizzly Bear have earned critical praise for their signature vocal harmonies and...

Jian's essay: Amanda Todd, and bullying

Jian calls for decisive action against bullying, as well as an understanding of the technological reality faced by young people...

This Week on Q - Oct 15-19/12

MONDAY: Award-winning and M. Butterfly playwright David Henry Hwang on the controversy over the lack of roles for Asian-American actors....

Stacy London on Q

Style maven Stacy London of What Not To Wear talks to guest host Terry O'Reilly about the psychological roots of...

Arnold Schwarzenegger's total recall

Arnold Schwarzenegger has reinvented himself numerous times in his 65 years, and it's earned him a resume so distinctive it...

George Hamilton on La Cage

Perpetually-tanned Hollywood icon George Hamilton talks about his 50-plus year career in showbiz and playing Georges in a new touring...

Sarah Wayne Callies on Q

Sarah Wayne Callies, one of the stars of the hugely popular AMC series "The Walking Dead", talks to Jian...

This Week on Q - Oct 8-12/12

MONDAY: Thanksgiving - Best of Q show. Memoirist Lily Raff McCallou on her book, about going from squeamish urban eater...

Kenny Rogers on Q

Country legend Kenny Rogers stopped by Studio Q for a feature chat about his new memoir, Luck or Something Like...

Do bike helmet laws discourage cycling?

With urban bike share programs gaining in popularity across North America, the value of bike helmet laws is being questioned. ...

Beth Orton on Q

In the six years since her last release, the U.K. singer-songwriter became a mother, got married, and thought hard about...

Are there more a-holes among us?

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg believes we live in an age of assholism.    Hear him talk to Jian about the rise of...

Gord Downie on Q

In an exclusive 1-hour LIVE chat, Jian talks to Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie about their new album, "Now for...

Bloc Party

UK indie-rockers Bloc Party stopped by Studio Q to chat about their latest album Four and why rumours of their...

PT Anderson on The Master

On today's show, director PT Anderson (Boogie nights, Magnolia, There Will Be Blood) talked about his new 50s-era drama, The...

This Week on Q - Oct 1-5/12

MONDAY: Director Paul Thomas Anderson on this fall's most buzzed-about film, The Master, a drama starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix,...

Stream Q LIVE in Calgary!

Last night, Q was in Calgary for a special sold-out live audience show at the MacEwan Centre, on the occasion...

Paul Henderson on Q

Forty years after scoring the "Goal of the Century" in the Summit Series, Paul Henderson drops by Studio Q with...

Chilly Gonzales Piano Genius

The Grammy-nominated performer and producer returns to form with the new Solo Piano II, a follow-up to his influential 2004 record, Solo...

Is brunch bad for the soul?

Across the continent, getting a spot at the hottest brunch places is practically a competitive sport. But Alexander Nazaryan of...

Spike Lee on Q

The writer and director talks about his new documentary, BAD 25, about Michael Jackson's follow-up to Thriller. Twenty-five years after...

Statement on Margaret Wente and Q's media panel

As those of you in our audience know, Margaret Wente has served as a regular face and voice on our...

Feist on her Polaris Prize win

Last night in Toronto, Feist was crowned winner of the 2012 Polaris Music Prize for her latest record Metals. The...

W. Kamau Bell on Q

Jian talks to comedian W. Kamau Bell about his Chris Rock produced TV show "Totally Biased" and line between comedy...

Sam 'The Record Man' Sniderman remembered

In today's opening essay, Jian remembers the late Sam Sniderman, whose entrepreneurial spirit was a key force in Canadian culture...

Ed Sheeran on Q

U.K. singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran stopped by Studio Q to play two songs off his hit debut album +. He also...

This Week on Q - Sept 24-Sept 28/12

MONDAY: Dan Pallotta, author of Charity Case, explains his mission to have non-profits and philanthropic organizations act more like for-profit...

Lindi Ortega performs live on Q

The alt-country singer-songwriter covers Johnny Cash and previews her forthcoming album, "Cigarettes & Truckstops."...

Barry Avrich on Garth Drabinsky

Director Barry Avrich talks about his new documentary Show Stopper, which explores the theatrical life of fallen theatre impresario Garth...

Xavier Dolan on Q

Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan speaks to Jian about staying true to artistic vision, his celebrity crushes, and his latest film,...

Mumford & Sons on Q

The English folk rock quartet Mumford & Sons brought their full set-up to Studio Q to perform from their new...

Carol Blue on Q

Writer and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Carol Blue, joined Jian to speak about her late husband, author Christopher Hitchens....

Randy Cohen on the ethics of everything

Former New York Times Ethicist columnist Randy Cohen reflects on the principles and discoveries that guided him during his 12-year...

Should spanking be illegal?

Should parents be allowed to use force to discipline their children? Dr John Fletcher, Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Medical Association...

Laetitia Sadier on Q

The Stereolab co-founder performs from her new solo record Silencio. Brent Bambury guest hosts....

Dustin Hoffman on Q

The Oscar-winning actor on his directorial debut with the tender new comedy Quartet, a movie about retired opera singers. ...

Rick Mercer on Q

Rick Mercer is known as one of Canada's sharpest political satirists. He talks to Jian about the role of anger in...

This Week on Q - Sept 17-Sept 21/12

MONDAY: Humourist Rick Mercer on his book, A Nation Worth Ranting About, a collection of his trademark fast-talking, funny and impassioned...

STARS perform from "The North" on Q

Pan-Canadian indie rockers STARS perform songs from their new album "The North" live in Studio Q....

Cheryl Strayed on Q

The bestselling-author stops by Studio Q to talk about her memoir "Wild," and what it means to be a "fearless"...

Javier Bardem raises awareness

Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem joined Jian in Studio Q to talk about Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony, a...

Win a trip to Calgary!

****JUST A FEW HOURS LEFT TO ENTER! CONTEST CLOSES MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 11:59 PM***It's no secret that Calgary is shaking...

Angela Davis on Q

It's been 40 years since Angela Davis, an icon of the black liberation movement, was acquitted on charges of murder,...

Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie on Midnight's Children the movie

The highly anticipated film Midnight's Children comes into the world with the strengths -- and perhaps the burdens -- of...

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Win A Trip To Calgary ("Contest") From 9 a.m. EDT on September 13, 2012 to 11:59 p.m. EDT on September...

David Byrne & St. Vincent on Q

How does a rising star negotiate collaborating with a seminal figure in modern pop music? Jian talks to legendary Talking Heads frontman David Byrne...

Stars Christopher Walken & Catherine Keener

Jian talks to legendary actors Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener about their film A Late Quartet and what the interpersonal drama...

Elvira Kurt shames pole dancing for kids

This season's first installment of the Cultural Hall of Shame. ...

Matt Mays brings "Coyote" to Q

Halifax rocker Matt Mays took four years off before creating his fifth and latest album -- Coyote -- during which...

Divine Fits on Q

Divine Fits may be comprised of members of Spoon, Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and New Bomb Turks, but they're quick...

Rian Johnson on Looper

Rian Johnson stopped by Studio Q just hours before his latest film, Looper, opens the Toronto International Film Festival. It's...

This Week On Q - Sept 10-Sept 14/12

MONDAY: Journalist Masha Gessen on the fake news website that has some Russians confusing realistic fantasy with their stranger-than-fiction reality....

Nelly Furtado acoustic performance and chat

Juno and Grammy award-winning artist Nelly Furtado stopped by Studio Q to preview a few songs from her upcoming album "The Spirit Indestructible."...

Q in Calgary

***UPDATE: Q in Calgary is now sold out***Q is Alberta bound once again. We will be presenting a special live-audience...

Jian on the Montreal shooting

Jian's essay on the intersection of voting and violence in the Quebec election....

Bad bad reviews

A few weeks back, the New York Times Book Review published a scathing review of two novels by Canadian writer...

Is single-sex schooling detrimental?

For decades, many educators have been making arguments in favour of single-sex schooling (one of the most common arguments being...

The myth of the Muslim tide

Globe and Mail journalist and author Doug Saunders takes on the fear of Muslim immigration in a new book, The...

Should we be eating city squirrels?

Chicago food writer Mike Sula on the history, ethics and practical considerations surrounding this abundant source of free range protein....

New season launch!

The new season of Q begins Monday, September 3, and we have some exciting guests lined up in the coming...

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This Week On Q - Sept 3-Sept 7/12

MONDAY:  Food writer Mike Sula, an advocate for the harvesting and eating of urban squirrels. Journalist Doug Saunders on his...

What are Afghanistan's new history textbooks leaving out?

New history textbooks from the Afghanistan government leave out some key episodes in the country's recent history. ...

How much should grammar matter when applying for a job?

CEO Kyle Wiens wrote a controversial piece in the Harvard Review of Business about why he won't hire people who use...

Rob Stewart on Q

Award winning Canadian documentary filmmaker of the movie Sharkwater, Rob Stewart has seen his lifelong goal change from saving the...

Best of Q: Toni Morrison

In this UNCUT interview, African American author and academic Toni Morrison speaks openly about the division between her celebrity and...

Best of Q: Coldplay

Today on Q, we revisit Jian's recent feature interview with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and guitarist Jonny Buckland.  They look...

This Week On Q - Aug 27-Aug 31/12

MONDAY: Author and commentator David Sirota and TV critic Bob Thompson on the new controversial NBC reality TV-series Stars Earn...

Mother Mother on Q

Vancouver's Mother Mother have wasted no time in between albums, releasing their latest effort The Sticks just over a year...

Best of Q: Wilco

Today on Q, we revisit Jian's conversation with Jeff Tweedy of the pioneering alt-country group Wilco. The whole band was...

Is it time to retire "world music"?

Mali's Amadou & Miriam, Lebanon's Wael Kfoury, Rodrigo y Gabriela of MexicoThis year marks the 25th anniversary of the invention...

The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq on Q

They've been called the "bravest orchestra in the world." The musicians in The National Youth Orchestra of Iraq face immense...

Band of Horses on Q

Band of Horses stopped by Studio Q to premiere two new songs off their latest album Mirage Rock. They're coming...

Teddy bear trouble in Belarus

Last month, people in Minsk were surprised to see hundreds of teddy bears parachuting down on their city, in an...

This Week On Q - Aug 20-Aug 24/12

Q The Summer! Stephen Quinn guest hosts all week.MONDAY: Per Cromwell, CEO of the Swedish ad agency behind last month's...

Jimmy Cliff on Q

Reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff joined guest host Stephen Quinn to talk about his new album Rebirth. With the record, Jimmy Cliff...

Do orcas belong in captivity?

SeaWorld is now allowing trainers back in the water with killer whales, for the first time since the death of...

Jane Fonda on Q

Jane Fonda is into her 70s and still going strong. The Hollywood legend speaks to guest host Stephen Quinn about her return...

Juggalos fight back

Insane Clown Posse, the Detroit-based horrorcore rappers, say they plan to fight the FBI in court for listing their fans, known...

What do you think of Reddit's rape thread?

Today on Q, the pros and cons of people who commit sexual assaults sharing their experiences anonymously online. The discussion...

Best of Q: Lionel Richie

Today on Q, we revisited Jian's May 2012 interview in Studio Q with five time Grammy winning singer-songwriter Lionel Richie. ...

Ryan Holiday on Q

Professional media manipulator Ryan Holiday joined guest host Stephen Quinn to talk about his new book Trust Me I'm Lying:...

Remembering David Rakoff

We revisit our 2010 interview with the great wit David Rakoff, after the sad news that he's died at the...

This Week On Q - Aug 13-Aug 17/12

Q the Summer! Stephen Quinn guest hosts all week. MONDAY: Journalists Andrew Potter and Sean Gordon look back at the...

Noticing more "stoner" ads?

It's no secret that smoking marijuana can lead to "the munchies" and it appears that fast food companies are increasingly...

Changing the face of gymnastics

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Olga Korbut's game-changing performance at the 1972 Munich Games. Writer and gymnastics enthusiast Dvora...

This Week On Q - Aug 6-Aug 10/12

MONDAY: BEST OF Q special, hosted by Jian Ghomeshi. NY Times writer John Tierney describes the phenomenon of "decision fatigue,"...

Marilyn Monroe: feminist icon?

Marilyn Monroe was known for playing dumb blondes, but historian Lois Banner argues she also played a key role in...

Olympic Twitter fail?

British journalist Guy Adams had his Twitter account suspended, after a series of tweets complaining about NBC's coverage of the...

Procrastination is good for you

Frank Partnoy, author of Wait, The Art and Science of Delay, argues that our cultural attitudes toward procrastination are way...

Are sanctions against Iran hitting the right targets?

Listen to Iranian-American Sahar Sabet tell her story of being denied the sale of an iPad at her local Apple store....

Henry Alford on social kissing

It can make us feel warm and fuzzy, nervous and awkward, or just plain confused. Yes, we've all (at some...

Are restaurants too noisy?

A recent report in The New York Times found that many of the city's top restaurants are loud enough to...

Caitlin Moran on How To Be a Woman

Described as "the British Tina Fey" and "a feminist heroine for our times," Caitlin Moran is wickedly funny, refreshingly honest...

This Week On Q - Jul 30-Aug 3/12

MONDAY: Terry O'Reilly guest hosts! This year, the city of Chicago has been mired in an unprecedented level of gun...

John Furlong on Q

Mere hours before the opening of the London Summer Olympic Games, former chair of the Vancouver Olympic Committee, John Furlong,...

The xx perform live on Q

After the whirlwind success of their self-titled debut album, Mercury Prize-winning electronic pop band The xx weren't sure they'd even...

Questlove on his other drumsticks

The Roots drummer spoke to Jian about his various foodie ventures, including Quest Loves Food, a soul food catering company and food truck...

The Brandalism Project

In the lead up to the Olympics, 25 artist/activists embarked on The Brandalism Project, hijacking over 35 billboards across England...

Anne Rice on Q

Anne Rice stopped by Studio Q to talk about the re-release of her Sleeping Beauty Trilogy. She first released these...

Cold Specks live in Studio Q

Today, Toronto-raised, UK-based singer/songwriter Cold Specks dropped by Studio Q to perform songs from her Polaris Prize-nominated debut, I Predict...

Jan Lisiecki on Q

What's it like growing up as a classical piano prodigy in Calgary?  Jan Lisiecki sits down for a feature interview...

This Week On Q - Jul 23-27/12

MONDAY: A look at a new TV talk show in India, hosted by a Bollywood star, which tackles taboo social...

How bionic men & women will change the world

Robotics engineer and best-selling novelist Daniel H. Wilson on the latest in bionic technology....

The return of Mein Kampf

Hitler's book is coming back into print in Germany for the first time in decades.  Berlin writer Paul Hockenos describes...

deadmau5 on Q

He's electronic music's biggest super-star and the cover boy of the latest Rolling Stone Magazine. Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a. deadmau5, dropped...

Whatever happened to big ideas?

Pulitzer-nominated writer Nicholas Carr says small-scale innovation may be thriving (think Instagram), but not big ones (like the lightbulb.) And...

This Week On Q - Jul 16-20/12

MONDAY: Pulitzer-Prize nominated journalist and author Nicholas Carr argues that groundbreaking, high-minded innovation in America has stalled while small-scale, surface-focused...

Jian's opening essay on TD Bank and Iranian-Canadians

In the opening essay today, Jian weighs in on TD Bank's move to shut down the accounts of some of...

Does our culture despise single people?

Author Michael Cobb argues that two may not necessarily be better than one in his new book, "Single."...

Jonathan Krohn on Q

Jonathan Krohn joins Jian to chat about his defection from the GOP after becoming a Republican child star.   ...

Is Sacha Baron Cohen's dictator a relic of the past?

Politics journalist William J. Dobson says the authoritarian despot is a thing of the past. In his recent book, The...

Christopher Plummer talks books

The Oscar-winner on his personal bookshelf, and combing the bible for the "smutty" parts....

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Director Ben Zeitlin on the meteoric rise of his first feature film. It's already being hailed as a modern masterpiece....

Should the KKK be allowed to adopt a highway?

Members of the International Keystone Knights Realm of Georgia [AP Photo/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton]The Ku Klux Klan in Georgia...

Should cities sell ads to fund public services?

Baltimore City Councilor William Welch's proposal to sell ad space on that city's fire trucks was recently approved by the...

Songwriting legend Mike Stoller on Q

Working with partner Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller is one of the celebrated songwriters in the history of popular music. Lieber...

Is Magic Mike good for women?

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Tenacious D on Q: UNCUT

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This Week On Q - Jul 9-13/12

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Why you should support hunting

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Redesigning the American Dream

For our Redesigning America series, we've asked a host of the country's top thinkers and cultural figures to take on...

Bobby Womack on Q

Bobby Womack, the legendary R&B singer and soul singer, talks about his comeback album, Bravest Man in the Universe and...

Are classical concerts too stuffy?

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This Week On Q - Jul 2-6/12

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Amy Winehouse remembered

Mitch Winehouse, the father of late Amy Winehouse, discusses his daughter's tragic death, her struggle with addiction, and the real...

Chaz Bono on Q

Chaz Bono is currently in Toronto to film an upcoming episode of Degrassi, in which he'll play himself. The author,...

Jian on (Canadian) Pride

In the opening essay today, Jian talks about the gains in LGBTQ rights this year, and argues that Toronto's Pride...

Is linking illegal?

Hear Jian talk to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales about his petition to stop the extradition of U.K student Richard O'Dwyer...

Revisiting Nora Ephron on Q

We revisit our 2010 interview with the much loved writer and filmmaker Nora Ephron, who died Tuesday at the age...

Are you getting enough dirt?

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This Week On Q - Jun 25-29/12

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Gloria Vanderbilt on Q

Author, designer, actress, painter Gloria Vanderbilt is perhaps the epitome of the modern day Renaissance woman. Born in 1924 into...

Who's your cool?

Today on the show, Jian spoke to University of Rochester researcher Ilan Dar-Nimrod about his study on how we define coolness today....

Hear a brand new song by Alexi Murdoch

Scottish singer-songwriter Alexi Murdoch was our Friday Live guest today, performing throughout the show in Studio Q.  Listen in to...

The great locavore debate

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Farewell CBC's Dispatches

After 11 years of programming, CBC's Dispatches with Rick MacInnis-Rae airs its final episode today. Listen to Jian's opening essay about...

Pam Ann touches down in Studio Q

Today, Jian spoke to celebrity air hostess Pam Ann -- the alter-ego of Australian comedian Caroline Reid. Pam Ann is...

Marc Maron takes on American morality

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The Beach Boys on Q

All the living members of the legendary American pop group have put aside their differences and reunited to celebrate 50...

Fran Lebowitz takes on American manners

The latest in our quest to redesign America -- author, humourist and public speaker Fran Lebowitz on American manners....

Q Contest: Redesign manners

What's your top tip for how to improve American (or even, North American) manners?...

Glen Hansard's 'Rhythm and Repose' in Studio Q

Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has built his storied career with such acts as The Frames and the Oscar-winning duo The...

Remembering Rodney King

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This Week On Q - Jun 18-22/12

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Metric brings 'Synthetica' to Studio Q

After more than a decade of edgy electro-rock hitmaking, Canadian-American band Metric has a vibrant new album called Synthetica... a...

Defending Generation Boomerang

People who live with their parents into their 20s and 30s are often mocked as slackers or losers. But with...

Is America's political rhetoric too extreme?

Does political talk in the U.S. need redesigning? Author and National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg, Slate editor David Plotz, and Cassandra Dahnke...

Dances with swans

Today on the show, Jian spoke with French choreographer Luc Petton about his new performance that puts dancers and live swans together on stage.  Listen...

Push Girl Tiphany Adams

Today, Jian spoke to Tiphany Adams, one of the stars of Sundance Channel's new documentary TV series, Push Girls. The...

Geddy Lee & Alex Lifeson on Clockwork Angels

Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of legendary Canadian rock band Rush talk about their latest studio album "Clockwork Angels". After nearly 38 years,...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Chill...

Hunched shoulders...shallow breathing...pixels pinging your eyeballs...computers are instruments of stress so the people at the oddly named CALM.COM are offering you...

Elvis lives (as a hologram)

Hologram Tupac stole the show at this year's Coachella music festival. Now the company behind the virtual rapper has announced...

Redesigning Uncle Sam

Sure, it may be iconic.  But the traditional image of "Uncle Sam" doesn't exactly reflect the demographics of today's United...

This Week On Q - Jun 11-15/12

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Wagner: Can we separate the music from the man?

Wagner has never been officially played in Israel since its formation in 1948, because of the German composer's anti-Semitic views...

Does the U.S. have an image problem?

Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Senator Pamela Wallin and public diplomacy expert Simon Anholt redesign America's international image....

Philip Glass tells a different kind of story

Prolific and versatile American composer Philip Glass is considered one of the most important and influential forces in modern music....

Should fashion change its models?

Ultra-thin models don't necessarily sell clothes, according to new research by Toronto academic and modelling agent Ben Barry. His PhD thesis...

David Cronenberg on Cosmopolis

David Cronenberg reveals the secret to directing actor Robert Pattinson in his latest film, Cosmopolis and why films don't need...

Artist in hiding speaks to Q

Iranian-born, German-based rapper Shahin Najafi has been in hiding for weeks.  One of his songs, a satire about the Iranian...

Should there be a code of ethics for kids on reality TV?

It  was recently announced that 6-year-old Alana Thompson (AKA Honey Boo Boo of "Toddlers and Tiaras" fame) will be getting...

Ray Romano hits the road

Comedian and actor Ray Romano's observational and self-referential comedic style made him a star on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves...

Ryder Hesjedal dominates at Giro d'Italia

Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria stunned the cycling world (and many Canadians) last week, by winning the Giro d'Italia. Along with...

This Week On Q - Jun 4-8/12

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Hear three Lennon songs reimagined by supergroup Shine On

Shine On is a unique project by some of Canada's most renowned musicians, performing music by John Lennon arranged by...

What's your take on "tomboy" style?

As part of of our fashion series, UNZIPPED, Jian talked to Lizzie Garrett Mettler. She's the author of the popular...

Buddy Guy on Q

At 75 years old, the blues great is telling his story in a new memoir, "When I Left Home."  Listen...

Adam Lambert on Q

Adam Lambert is back in the spotlight once again with his second record Trespassing. This time around, he's drawing back...

This is how

The bestselling memoirist offers some unflinching advice in his latest, This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness,...

Is this the end of libraries as we know them?

A heated debate is raging over a $300 million proposal to renovate the iconic Fifth Avenue branch of the...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Hack Your Body

Until now, the only help I'd ask of a computer geek would be with my...computer. When it comes to wellness, nerds...

Down with Standing Ovations

Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic for the New York Times, says we're in an age of "ovation inflation." Listen to...

Where do you stand on "hopefully"?

When the Associated Press's new 2012 Stylebook comes out tomorrow, the word "hopefully" (as in "it is hoped") will be...

To pee, or not to pee

Sure it's a summer tradition -- the surreptitious pee while lake swimming -- but scientists are beginning to warn that...

This Week On Q - May 28-Jun 1/12

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Montreal Media Panel

A specially convened panel on coverage of the student demonstrations, with National Post contributor Adam Daifallah, La Presse columnist Tele-Quebec...

Q launches Redesigning America series

Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen joined Jian on the show today to launch our new, joint project.  We'll be "Redesigning...

Redesigning America

Coming next month, Q has taken on the daunting task of Redesigning America. It's a special co-production with our friends...

Edie Falco's addiction

Actress Edie Falco has earned critical praise for her bold portrayals of mob wife Carmela Soprano on The Sopranos, and...

Toni Morrison on her two selves

African American author and academic Toni Morrison speaks openly about the division between her celebrity and true self. In...

Terms and Conditions - Redesign America in Six Words Contest

CONTEST RULESRedesign America in Six Words ("Contest")from 9 a.m. EDT on May 24, 2012 to 11:59 p.m. EDT on July...

The dark side of Eurovision

A spotlight is shining on Azerbaijan this week as it hosts Eurovision, the annual European song contest known for its...

Do child actors deserve more credit?

Has child acting grown up into something truly noteworthy? For years the well-earned stereotype of child acting was that it...

Stephen Merchant stands up for himself

Comedian and man of great height Stephen Merchant is well known for collaborating with Ricky Gervais on the hit TV...

Vanilla Ice on "Ice, Ice, Baby" and his new career in TV

On today's show, Jian spoke to Rob Van Winkle AKA Vanilla Ice. He rose to fame as a rapper in...

CONTEST: Redesign America in six words

This contest is now closed.Congratulations to Mark Flynn in Oakville, ON, who won with this slogan:"2nd American Revolution starts...

A response with regard to Mr. Thornton

In press relating to his memoir, Billy Bob Thornton addresses his 2009 interview on Q with Jian Ghomeshi. While Mr....

This Week On Q - May 21-25/12

Monday: Best of Q holiday show. U.K. author and philosopher Alain de Boton on his controversial book, Religion for Atheists....

Ziggy Marley on Bob Marley

Ziggy Marley reflects on his famous father's legacy, and reveals what he learned about Bob Marley from the new documentary...

Is sex-ed getting too sexy?

Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition is an award-winning show aimed at adolescents that went off without controversy in Montreal and...

Del Barber performs live

A lot has changed since Del Barber's last appearance on Q, including two Western Canadian Music Awards and a record deal....

Carrie Underwood on Q

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Norah Jones on Q

Grammy winning singer songwriter Norah Jones was our special "Wednesday Live" musical guest, performing throughout today's show.  Listen in to...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Bandwich

If you paid tribute to your favourite band with a custom sandwich, would it look like Yes' (deep breath here...)...

In Praise of Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen was celebrated last night as the ninth recipient of the Glenn Gould Prize, and in Jian's opening essay on today's...

Adam Cohen on Leonard Cohen

Last night Leonard Cohen became the ninth Glenn Gould Prize laureate, and Adam Cohen was among the performers paying tribute...

Why was al-Jazeera expelled from China?

The Globe & Mail's Beijing Bureau Chief, Mark MacKinnon, weighs in on tensions between the Chinese government and foreign jounalists....

Cold comedy

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This Week On Q - May 14-18/12

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Alan Doyle on going solo

Alan Doyle is widely known as the lead singer of celebrated Canadian folk rock group Great Big Sea. But now,...

War artist destroys his work

Allan Harding MacKay defends his decision to protest policies of the federal government by destroying works he made as part...

Mayor Ford, meet President Obama

If President Obama can change his position on gay rights, can Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford shift his approach? Listen to...

E.L. James strikes a nerve with 50 Shades of Grey

E.L. James, the author everybody's reading, joined Jian for a feature chat today about her unlikely rise to fame and...

Q Debate: tweeting in theatres

Should theatres join the social media revolution and allow texting and tweeting while the show goes on? A growing number...

Rebranding the "Mama's Boy"

  From Hitchcock's Psycho and all the way back to Homer's The IIiad, the close mother-son relationship is often viewed with negativity...

What would you tell the class of 2012?

Economics and public policy professor Charles Wheelan says commencement speeches need a reality check. In his new book 10 ½...

Adam Yauch tribute

Jian opened today's show with a tribute to the late Beastie Boy, Adam Yauch...

Q Contest: What's the craziest thing you've done to be healthy?

Immersive journalist extraordinaire A.J. Jacobs was here today to talk about his latest book, Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble...

This Week On Q - May 7-11/12

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The Queen of Versailles: Big home, big problems

In her new documentary The Queen of Versailles, photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (THIN, Kids + Money) looks at the...

Ian Rankin on Scotland's mystery sculptor

Edinburgh, Scotland has been the site of some mysterious goings-on over the past year. A series of intricate paper sculptures...

Hear a brand new song by Loudon Wainwright III

The veteran singer-songwriter (and father of Martha and Rufus Wainwright) returned to Studio Q today, performing from his new album,...

Mark Ruffalo on The Hulk

Actor Mark Ruffalo talks about playing The Hulk in Joss Whedon's mega-blockbuster The Avengers and how he reconciles that with...

The Civil Wars on intimacy and songwriting

The breakout indie-folk duo from this year's Grammy Awards talk about how not being a couple has been the secret...

Is this art?

There is no debating that video games are significant as pop culture, but do they deserve to be considered art? "The Art...

Guillermo del Toro

The director of Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy is also an expert on the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. In May,...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Spell Check

The death of spelling and grammar is finally upon us...and it's my fault......

Dan Savage on Q

Dan Savage has shared his provocative sex and relationship advice for over two decades now with his internationally syndicated column, "Savage Love."  ...

Rodney King remembers the L.A. riots

Twenty years after the riots that shook Los Angeles, Rodney King reflects on the beating he suffered, his search for justice...

Alabama Shakes perform live

Buzz band Alabama Shakes stopped by Studio Q to perform a few soulful, southern rock songs from their acclaimed, debut album...

This Week On Q - Apr 30-May 4/12

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Eight and a Half perform live on Q

Eight and a Half is the new Toronto-based electronic rock band formed by Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene, and...

Is Facebook watching you?

Do you ever get the feeling that your online activity is being watched? Perhaps you just glanced at an article...

Snow Patrol on Q

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Should we ban pro-ana?

In recent months, many social media sites, including Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook have all changed their terms of service...

Kathleen Turner on Q

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Does English need a gender-neutral pronoun?

  Is it about time the English language got its own gender neutral pronoun, to use instead of "him" and...

An Oscar Nod for the Stuntman?

Jian talks to legendary stunt driver Jack Gill about whether stunt co-ordinators deserve Oscar recognition....

Rufus Wainwright on Q

Today,  Rufus Wainwright stopped by studio Q for a feature chat and to perform songs from his latest album "Out...

How creativity works: Jonah Lehrer on Q

Want to be more creative?  Jonah Lehrer says it's possible.  The seriously talented young writer's new book, "Imagine," explores the...

Pink slime: not as scary as you think?

[AP Photo/Nati Harnik] Today on Q, guest host Brent Bambury spoke to historian Maureen Ogle about the myths and facts...

This Week On Q - Apr 23-27/12

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Remembering Levon Helm

Acclaimed Americana musician Levon Helm died Thursday at age 71. Hear Canadian musicians Colin Linden and Garth Hudson (Levon's bandmate...

Q 5th Anniversary: Jay-Z

This week Q marks five years on the air, so we're looking back at some of our most memorable guests...

Mio on the Down-Lo: To Shave Or Not To Shave

Hmmm...on which side of the arm pit do you stand? Hair or no hair, the choice is rightfully yours as...

Q 5th Anniversary: Sarah Polley + Woody Allen

This week Q marks five years on the air, so we're looking back at some of our most memorable guests...

Gordon Lightfoot on Q

A feature chat and rare in-studio performance from the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter.  ...

Is reality TV racist?

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Five Q guests who...

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Measha goes modern

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Q 5th Anniversary: Brian Wilson + Sebastian Horsley

All this week, we're wading into the Q Vault on the occasion of Q's 5th anniversary, to look back...

Q 5th Anniversary: Barbara Walters + Tracy Morgan

All this week, we're wading into the Q Vault on the occasion of Q's 5th anniversary, to look back at...

Bernie Finkelstein on Q

The Canadian music industry legend Bernie Finkelstein dropped by Studio Q today to talk about his new memoir, "True...

Are hip hop bans discrimination?

Today on Q, we looked at why some bars in Montreal are banning hip hop. La Presse journalist Vincent Larouche has...

Q 5th Anniversary: Lynda Barry + Sonny Rollins

Five years ago today that Q ventured onto the airwaves for the very first time. And to celebrate the anniversary, we...

Stream Q LIVE in Moncton!

Today, Q was in Moncton, New Brunswick for a special live-audience show, on the occasion of the East Coast Music...

Robin Givhan on hoodies

[AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith] In the weeks since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the hoodie has become...

Today on Q

Tuesday, April 17 Author Jonathan Haidt on his book 'The Righteous Mind' and political division. Also, label owner and artist manager...

Mary Spencer on Q

Mary Spencer, Canadian boxer and the reigning world champ was on the program today, talking about her quest for Olympic gold,...

Patrick Watson on Q

The Polaris Prize-winning Montreal band Patrick Watson have returned with their fourth studio record, Adventures In Your Own Backyard. The...

Does the modeling industry need to be regulated?

Modeling isn't all about glamour. There's an ugly side to the industry too.   It's this seedier picture that David...

Where are the women in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

This upcoming weekend's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions include one, just one, woman -- singer/songwriter Laura Nyro. Where exactly are the...

Video: Scott Heggart on Q

One of the highlights from our live audience show in Ottawa last month was Jian's conversation with Scott Heggart. When...

This Week On Q Apr 9-13/12

MONDAY Kate Bush TUESDAY Slash WEDNESDAY Patrick Watson  THURSDAY Good, Pinsent & Keelor FRIDAY Q in Moncton (w/ Radio Radio and more)...

Bob Newhart on Q

  With his debut album, "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" a stammering, deadpan accountant from Chicago proved you didn't need slapstick,...

Q in Moncton: Lineup! Tickets!

Q will be live at Moncton's Capitol Theatre next Friday, April 13th, and today we can announce our lineup...

Dr. Ruth on Q

The legendary sex therapist and broadcaster joined Jian for an occasionally feisty feature interview today.  She looks back on thirty...

Jessica Paré on Q

On today's show, Canadian actress Jessica Paré spoke to Jian about her new role as Megan Draper on TV's Mad Men...and...

Should writers give up on getting paid for their writing?

Whether you're an e-book lover or hater, it's clear the books industry is changing. And one of the changes that...

Kathleen Edwards performs in Studio Q

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Is it time to reject TV's bumbling dad stereotype?

On today's show, guest host Brent Bambury talked to blogger and stay-at-home dad Chris Routly about his successful fight to...

This Week On Q Apr 2-6/12

MONDAY Alex Turner (of Arctic Monkeys) TUESDAY Emeli Sandé WEDNESDAY Dr. Ruth THURSDAY Bob Newhart FRIDAY Martin Short View full lineup >...

Q live from Ottawa!

Q came to you live today from the Bronson Centre Theatre in Ottawa on the occasion of the JUNO Awards....

Susie Bright on Q

Today, Jian spoke to sex-positive feminist and best-selling author Susie "sexpert" Bright.  On Monday, Ontario's Court of Appeal struck...

Torquil Campbell's rant against hockey violence

Q's resident ranter and/or raver, Torquil Campbell, dropped by Studio Q today for a rant that's already landed us...

Neil deGrasse Tyson on Q

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson argues that space exploration isn't only a great economic driver and a creator of technological innovation,...

Eric Stonestreet on Q

ABC's Modern Family has emerged as one of the most original and successful TV comedies of the past 3...

Jian's essay on Saskatchewan's film and television industry

Image via mindseyepictures.comIn today's opening essay, Jian reflects on the Saskatchewan government's decision to scrap a key TV and...

"Mad Woman" Jane Maas on Q

After a 17-month-long hiatus, Mad Men is finally back. Today, Jian spoke to ad pioneer Jane Maas, who's been...

This Week On Q Mar 26-30/12

MONDAY Jane Maas TUESDAY Zeus WEDNESDAY Neil deGrasse Tyson THURSDAY Our Lady Peace FRIDAY Q in Ottawa (w/ Blue Rodeo and more)...

Ai Weiwei on Q

A rare interview with the Chinese dissident artist. He is currently under a form of house arrest in Beijing after he...

Is gourmet pet food a healthy alternative or just over the top?

Gourmet cuisine is a growing trend in the lucrative pet food industry, branded as a healthy alternative to processed kibble....

Danny Bhoy takes Medicine Hat

When Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy was in Studio Q last month, a certain stop on his latest tour caught his...

Q is heading to Moncton, New Brunswick

The rumours are true! Q is heading to Moncton, New Brunswick for East Coast Music Week. We'll be announcing...

Should "gal" replace "girl"?

The word "girl" in reference to an adult woman draws strong, often polarized opinions. Today, Jian spoke with freelance writer Lily...

Michael Kiwanuka on Q

UK singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka -- winner of the BBC's prestigious "Sound of 2012" poll -- makes his Canadian broadcast debut...

Olive Garden reviewer Marilyn Hagerty on Q

Today, Jian spoke to Marilyn Hagerty, a columnist at the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota, who recently wrote a (sincere...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Leafs Beefs

Ohhh...poor, long-suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fans, take cold comfort in the dank garage of beer-swilling Dominique Girouard and Robbie Carruthers...

Win a trip to Ottawa and a Les Paul guitar!

The Q JUNO Pool is back, with a chance to win a dynamic prize pack! All you have to do...

Who should control your "digital estate" after you die?

This week Facebook rolls out its new Timeline profile, which charts your updates and major life events from birth... to...

Jason Mraz in Studio Q Uncut

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Jason Mraz stopped by Studio Q for a chat and to play songs off his soon to be...

Should broadcasters keep political attack ads honest?

On today's show, Jian spoke to Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the director of flackcheck.org, a website that looks at the accuracy...

This Week On Q Mar 19-23/12

MONDAY Jason Mraz TUESDAY Lionel Richie WEDNESDAY Michael Kiwanuka THURSDAY Ai Weiwei FRIDAY Rob Schmitz View full lineup >...

Should child beauty pageants be banned?

On Today's show, guest host Jim Brown spoke to French senator Chantal Jouanno. She's calling for a ban on child beauty...

Q VIDEO: Lara St John with Great Lake Swimmers

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Homeless Hotspots: ingenious or unethical?

   The biggest story of this year's South by Southwest Festival wasn't music or film. It was a marketing campaign called...

Christo on Q

Guest host Jim Brown talks to Christo about his proposed project in Colorado. The world-famous environmental artist hopes to...

Does gender difference in kids really matter?

Are we paying too much attention to gender differences when it comes to raising and educating boys and girls --...

Kony 2012: Is simplification a necessary part of successful advocacy?

Q convened a debate on the Kony 2012 viral sensation. It's said to be the first real successful merging of...

Gail Simmons on Q

On Today's show, guest host Jim Brown spoke to "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons about her new memoir, Talking With My Mouthful:...

George R. R. Martin on Q

Author of the popular fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire George R. R. Martin joined guest host Brent...

Ashley Judd on Q

Today, guest host Brent Bambury spoke to Ashley Judd in Studio Q. The acclaimed actress, dedicated humanitarian and Harvard graduate has...

This Week On Q Macr 12-16/12

MONDAY Ashley Judd TUESDAY Gail Simmons WEDNESDAY Torq Campbell and more THURSDAY Christo FRIDAY Margaret Atwood & Jennifer Baichwal View full lineup...

Q LIVE in London, Ontario

Last night, Q recorded a very special live-audience show at the historic Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. Toronto's Great...

Jian Ghomeshi, Bowie addict

Even casual Q listeners know few people are closer to Jian's heart than David Bowie. He recently took time to...

Taylor Kitsch on Q

With three high-profile films coming out over the next few months, it could soon be tough to find a...

Johnny Reid on Q

Award-winning and multi-platinum Scottish-Canadian singer-songwriter Johnny Reid joined Jian in studio Q today, with his latest release Fire It Up,...

Plants and Animals on Q

Today Montreal-based band Plants and Animals dropped by Studio Q for a chat and two performances from their brand...

Q's heading to Ottawa for the JUNOs!

***Q LIVE in Ottawa is now sold out. Thank you for your interest!***We're heading to the nation's capital for a...

Should secular society steal ideas from religion?

With his new book, Religion for Atheists, writer and thinker Alain de Botton is putting himself in the middle of one...

Q Live in London

Tomorrow night, Q is Live in London, Ontario, with Lara St John, Great Lake Swimmers, Mike Tompkins and Elvira Kurt. We'll be...

Kelly Clarkson on Q

It's hard to believe it's been ten years since Kelly Clarkson exploded onto the music scene after winning the...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Many Unhappy Returns

Get rid of gifts from an ex-lover. Unburden yourself of the gruesome break-up details in a warm and supportive environment....

Is there a sexual counter-revolution in the U.S.?

Sexual rights and freedoms are hotly contested subjects in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election. Sex education, birth control, abortion and...

Lisa Ray on Q

Today, Jian spoke with award-winning actress Lisa Ray. The Etobicoke-born star will host the second season of Top Chef...

This Week On Q Mar 5-9/12

MONDAY Lisa Ray TUESDAY Kelly Clarkson WEDNESDAY Plants & Animals THURSDAY Johnny Reid FRIDAY Q in London, ON (w/ Great Lake Swimmers...

Scenes from Q au Quebec

Last night, Q brought the show to Montreal, for a special live-audience show celebrating the best in Quebec culture...

UPDATE: Q Live In London

We were completely blown away by the response to our March 8 show at The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, featuring Lara...

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Today: Q Live from Montreal!

Today, Q comes to you from Montreal, highlighting the best in contemporary Quebec culture today. This morning, we're broadcasting from...

Tonight: Q on stage at Le National

Q is in Montreal tonight for a live show at the historic Le National theatre (1220 Ste-Catherine Est) at 6 p.m....

Jian's essay on Montreal's student protests

Today, Jian's opening essay looked at Montreal's student movement in Quebec. There have been a series of protests in recent...

Need therapy? There's an app for that!

Today, Jian spoke to New York Times reporter Ben Carey about the rise of therapy apps for smartphones, and how the...

Jian's essay on tap water vs. bottled water

In today's essay, Jian congratulated Greenwood BC for having its tap water named the best tasting water supply in the...

Is it time to end Black History Month?

On today's show, Jian spoke to filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman whose new controversial documentary More Than a Month questions why Black...

Do images of breastfeeding belong on Facebook?

> Jaime Reina / AFP The debate over where, and even whether, it's appropriate for mothers to breastfeed their children...

What was your favourite Oscar moment?

Today, Q's Oscar Panel -- Brian D. Johnson, Johanna Schneller and Katherine Monk -- reconvened to discuss last night's Academy Awards....

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This Week On Q Feb 27-Mar 2/12

MONDAY Q's Oscar Panel TUESDAY Danny Bhoy WEDNESDAY Annie Potts THURSDAY Q in Montreal (w/ The Narcicyst and more) FRIDAY Q in...

Street fundraising: nuisance or necessary?

 > Martin Pope, The Telegraph Jian spoke with Charlie Briggs, the leader of the Burnley Council in Lancashire, England, about his...

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Have TED Talks jumped the shark?

Today, social media theorist Nathan Jurgenson was on the show, making the case that TED Talks have become the "Urban Outfitters...

Gilbert Gottfried on Q

Today, actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried stopped by studio Q for a feature chat. The always controversial star spoke...

Liev Schreiber on Q

Today, Jian spoke to versatile stage and screen actor Liev Schreiber about his career and role in the new cheerfully violent hockey comedy...

Do newspapers have a future?

As CEO of Digital First Media John Paton helms the second-largest newspaper chain in the world. He spoke to Jian...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Yawwwwn

If you're exhausted, craving another jolt of joe but want to avoid nervous nauseousness then enter the CAFFEINE ZONE. It's an...

One "measly" Oscar for documentaries?

Jian spoke with film critic Eric Hynes, who argues it's time for the Academy Awards to recognize documentary films with...

This Week On Q Feb 20-24/12

MONDAY Stephen King TUESDAY David Suzuki WEDNESDAY Liev Schreiber THURSDAY Gilbert Gottfried FRIDAY Philippe Falardeau View full lineup >...

Jian's opening essay on #TellVicEverything

In the opening essay today, Jian talks about how Canadians have responded online to federal bill C-30 -- the...

Twiggy UNZIPPED

Twiggy, the world's first supermodel, joined us from London today as part of our UNZIPPED fashion series, and to...

Fun. brings magic of Some Nights to Studio Q

New York based band Fun. stopped by studio Q for a chat and to debut new songs from their forthcoming record...

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Should unhealthy food be regulated like alcohol and tobacco?

photo by lyzadangerOn today's show, writer, academic and activist Raj Patel joined us to talk about his recent article...

Gotye on Q

On Wednesday, Australian pop phenomenon Wally de Backer - better known as Goyte - stopped by Studio Q. He...

Mike Daisey on The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Update: Since this show originally aired in February 2012, Mike Daisey's reports about abuses he witnessed at Apple factories in...

The great monogamy debate

Q's Modern Love series wrapped up today with a bang. We convened a Q debate on the future of...

Q's Six-Word Modern Love Story Contest!

The goal is simple: tell a full and rich modern love tale in just six words. Funny. Sad. Sexy. Or...

Jian's essay on the Grammys

Today, in his opening essay, Jian talked about the 54th annual Grammy Awards. From tributes to Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse......

This Week On Q Feb 13-17/12

MONDAY The Kills TUESDAY Modern Love Special WEDNESDAY Gotye THURSDAY FUN. FRIDAY Twiggy View full lineup >...

Canada Reads 2012 Winners on Q

Download Flash Player to view this content. After an exciting and sometimes controversial week of debates, Carmen Aguirre's Something...

Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons on Q

Jian had a rare opportunity to speak with music producer Rick Rubin and entrepreneur Russell Simmons, the co-founders of...

Mio on the Down-Lo: I Heard It Through The Gripevine

Got a grievance, a squawk, a grouse...a gripe? Then plant a little customer service-related gripe on the GRIPEVINE and watch it,...

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Clara Hughes on Q

Today, Olympic speedskater and cyclist Clara Hughes was on the show. She's the spokesperson for Let's Talk, in support of mental health programs....

Can yoga kill you?

CP Image/Jim Cooper  Today, guest host Terry O'Reilly spoke with William J. Broad, a senior science writer for the New...

Should Hollywood make more "positive" films?

On today's show, guest host Colm Feore spoke to veteran film producer Lindsay Doran, whose credits include Sense and Sensibility,...

This Week On Q Feb 6-10/12

MONDAY Elizabeth Kaye TUESDAY Adam Gopnik WEDNESDAY Clara Hughes THURSDAY Jill Barber FRIDAY Russell Simmons + Rick Rubin View full...

Q is coming to Montreal!

Q is coming back to Montreal for a live show at the historic Le National theatre (1220 Ste-Catherine Est). Join...

Do we need another sexual revolution?

And what should it tackle? Our Modern Love series continues today with a look into where we are really at...

Q Live in London SOLD OUT!

That was fast! Online tickets to Q's special live audience show in London, Ontario featuring Lara St John and Great...

Colm Feore guest hosts Q

Next week, while Jian hosts Canada Reads, Q welcomes Canadian actor Colm Feore as guest host. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Adam Gopnik...

Arranged marriage versus love marriage

Today Ravi Jain and his mother Asha were on the show to talk about their long-running argument over just...

Jian's essay on Ontario Place

Today, in his opening essay, Jian talked about plans to redevelop Ontario Place, the 1970s era amusement park on Toronto's...

Q: Live In London

We promised to bring Q to an Ontario community outside Toronto, and now we have the details! Thursday, March 8th...

Has style writing lost its substance?

Fashion journalist Sarah Nicole Prickett was on the show today, talking about what she sees as a decline in fashion...

New music from Tennis

Our featured video this week: new music from Denver indie-rockers Tennis. Recorded in front of a live audience at our...

The end of the signature?

Today, Jian spoke with journalist David Wheeler about - what he calls - the "slow death of the signature". David says...

Are independent bookstores worth fighting for?

On today's show Jian talked to Farhad Manjoo of Slate.com who argues that -- loved as they are by some --...

Daniel Radcliffe on Q

Daniel Radcliffe drops by Studio Q to talk about growing up on the set of Harry Potter, and starring in...

This Week on Q

MONDAY Daniel Radcliffe TUESDAY Timothy Caulfield WEDNESDAY Sarah Nicole Prickett THURSDAY Lara Roxx (and Mia Donovan) FRIDAY Sue Johanson (and Josey Vogels)...

John Singleton on Q

With the recent Oscar nominations, Spike Lee's comments at the Sundance Film Festival, and the release of George Lucas's...

Is Livestrong more about Lance than cancer?

Today, Jian talked to journalist Bill Gifford about his article about Lance Armstrong and his cancer charity LiveStrong in the latest...

Los Campesinos! on Q

Cardiff based band Los Campesinos! stopped by studio Q to play songs from their new album Hello Sadness. Lead singer...

Should porn actors be legally forced to wear condoms?

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a new measure that legally requires porn actors to wear condoms during...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Ice Ice Breaker Baby

Couples getting mushy on FB is enough for me to say, "get a chatroom", but for those looking to rekindle...

Who will take home an Oscar?

The nominations for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced early this morning. On today's show, Brian D. Johnson (Maclean's),...

Kathleen Edwards on Q

Canadian singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards stops by Studio Q to perform two songs from her acclaimed new album Voyageur. She also...

Q live in Salt Lake City!

Author Margaret Atwood and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal were just two of our guests live from Salt Lake City and Sundance...

This Week on Q Jan 23-27/12

MONDAY Kathleen Edwards TUESDAY Spencer Wells WEDNESDAY Charles Krause's political art gallery THURSDAY Los Campesinos FRIDAY Atom Egoyan (and Martin Crimp) View...

New music from Tennis: LIVE on Q at Sundance

Denver-based band Tennis were our special musical guests in Salt Lake City for Q live from Sundance.  The husband-and-wife...

Asexual activist David Jay on normalizing the absence of attraction

Our Modern Love series continues today with a look at what is perhaps the least understood sexuality out there --...

Wael Ghonim on Q

In his new memoir Revolution 2.0, former Google executive Wael Ghonim looks back on his role in helping to spark the...

Are you able to 'free' yourself from the internet?

Today on Q, we spoke with Fred Stutzman, the creator of the Freedom app. It's an app that cuts...

Should cigarettes be banned?

Today on Q, Robert Proctor discussed his new book Golden Holocaust, in which he makes the case that the sale and...

Laurie Anderson on Q

Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson is in Calgary right now, as artist-in-residence at the city's High Performance Rodeo, and with a...

Do you need to go on an Information Diet?

Clay A. Johnson argues that if you feel like you're suffering from information overload, the real problem is probably your...

Smart phones aren't smart enough to turn off a symphony

In today's opening essay, Jian says it may take more than just courtesy or kindness or respect to make us...

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This Week on Q Jan 16-20/12

MONDAY Liam Neeson TUESDAY Laurie Anderson WEDNESDAY Torq Campbell and more THURSDAY Wael Ghonim FRIDAY Q in Salt Lake City w/ Atwood...

David Cronenberg on Q UNCUT

Listen to Jian interview with celebrated Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg who discusses his latest film "A Dangerous Method" which...

Jean-Paul Gaultier UNZIPPED

As part of our series UNZIPPED, we're looking back at some of our favourite interviews from the world of fashion....

Can infidelity help save marriages?

Guest host Jim Brown speaks to AshleyMadison.com founder Noel Biderman about his controversial dating site, which caters primarily to married...

Mio on the Down-Lo: Party time to go

Listen up Calgary, yo yo yo Toronto, the DECENTRALIZED DANCE PARTY is coming to you in March and February as part of...

Why do men go to strip clubs?

Q guest host Jim Brown speaks to award-winning blogger and sex industry journalist Susannah Breslin. Her past online projects include Letters...

Gerry Dee on Q

Comedian Gerry Dee stopped by Studio Q to chat about his new CBC sitcom Mr D. He plays a high...

This Week on Q Jan 9-13/12

MONDAY Gerry Dee TUESDAY Mark McKinney WEDNESDAY Mike Holmes THURSDAY David Cronenberg FRIDAY Adam Beach View full lineup >...

Buy tickets for Q live in Salt Lake City

Q is heading to Salt Lake City later this month on the occasion of the Sundance Film Festival! The show...

Whitehorse on Q

Luke Doucet is the Juno-nominated guitar hero who started out in the Vancouver band Veal before releasing a string...

Are TV's portrayals of people with dwarfism as stereotypical as ever?

With shows ranging from the Ricky Gervais comedy Life's Too Short, which recently aired in the UK, to Peter...

This Week on Q Jan 2-6/12

MONDAY Roger Ebert TUESDAY Eve Egoyan WEDNESDAY Paul Simon THURSDAY Kurt Andersen FRIDAY Martyn Burke View full lineup >...
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