'Diehard optimist' Tomson Highway on music and storytelling

Tomson Highway brought his infectious energy (and plenty of hugs!) to Studio Q (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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Playwright and novelist Tomson Highway is one of Canada's most important storytellers. His ground-breaking plays have put Aboriginal stories on the international stage. He's won numerous awards for his multifaceted works. And he was the first Aboriginal writer to be named to the Order of Canada.

Now, at age 62,  Highway has produced a beautiful recording of songs. His album, The (Post) Mistress, showcase songs from the one-woman play of the same name. He joins Jian to discuss his journey thus far, and why he decided it was time for a soundtrack.


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