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q: The Podcast

Get ready to meet the artists you're talking about, and the ones you'll soon love. Whatever you're into -- be it music, TV, film, visual art, theatre, or comedy -- q is there. Expect deep insight, and big surprises. Because on q arts and entertainment get personal.

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Why were charges against 35 Mafia associates stayed?

Charges against 35 organized crime suspects in Montreal were dropped recently and the Crown was curiously cryptic about why.

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Tantric sex class

What could possibly go wrong?

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Stuck inside a toy claw machine

Damien Murphy only turned away for a few seconds. Moments later, he found his three-year-old son, Jamie, inside a toy machine.

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Budget 2017

How will the funds announced in the 2017 federal budget affect day-to-day life for Torontonians?

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Laura Jane Grace, the origin story of Where’s Waldo, Amanda Crew 03/27/17

Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace looks back on the music that influenced her life and career over the years. How the Where’s Waldo books got its start at the back of a menswear shop. Actress Amanda Crew discusses her new film, Chokeslam.

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Passenger, the origin story of celebrity chefs, Heidi Saman 03/24/17

Passenger discusses his rise to fame, from busking to performing in stadiums. A look at Philip Harben, the original celebrity TV chef. Filmmaker Heidi Saman talks about her new film, Namour.

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Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, Ali Hassan, Carmen Aguirre, Adam Garnet Jones and Sarah Kolasky 03/23/17

Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire discuss their new musical, Sousatzka. Ali Hassan prepares for this year's Canada Reads. Carmen Aguirre brings her experiences to The Refugee Hotel. Adam Garnet Jones and Sarah Kolasky on new film, Great Great Great.

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Mohsin Hamid, an introductory guide to Outkast, Filth City's Andy King and Pat Thornton 03/22/17

Author Mohsin Hamid discusses his new book, Exit West. Professor Regina Bradley gives us an introductory playlist for hip hop duo, Outkast. New film Filth City uses Rob Ford controversy as its inspiration.

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Blue Man Group's Phil Stanton, Aaron Posner, the Searchlight finalists revealed, Alice Lowe 03/21/17

Blue Man Group co-founder Phil Stanton on the group's longevity. Playwright Aaron Posner re-radicalizes Chekhov's work. Searchlight judge Jarvis Church reveals this year's final four contenders. Alice Lowe defies female tropes in new film Prevenge.

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Nelson George on Chuck Berry's legacy, Little Simz, Stephan James 03/20/17

The Get Down's supervising producer Nelson George looks back on the life and music of Chuck Berry. Rapper Little Simz journeys through fame and wonderland on her new album. Actor Stephan James opens up about his new show, Shots Fired.

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Celebrating 30 years of Degrassi Junior High, Alexis Adler, Moira Walley-Beckett 03/17/17

Degrassi Junior High stars Pat Mastroianni and Stacie Mistysyn reflect on 30 years of the teen show. An old friend of Jean-Michel Basquiat reveals his early works. Moira Walley-Beckett takes on the story of Anne of Green Gables in her new show.

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Bruce McDonald, Measha Brueggergosman, Connor Jessup, Jacques Greene 03/16/17

Director Bruce McDonald discusses his love of using music in film. Measha Brueggergosman defends her Canada Reads book pick. Actor Connor Jessup gives us a gateway into the world of Seijun Suzuki films. Jacques Greene releases his first full-length album.

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Danny Boyle, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff, music producer Ian Brennan 03/15/17

Trainspotting director Danny Boyle discusses the film's long-awaited sequel. Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff reveals the origins of the phrase "stand-up comedian." Music produced Ian Brennan on searching for authenticity in a musically stagnant world.

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Paul Shaffer, Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring, Maria de Los Angeles, Beyries 03/14/17

A musical tour through the life of Paul Shaffer. Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring pays tribute to his hometown of Baltimore. Artist Maria de Los Angeles's art documents the lives of the undocumented. How cancer inspired Beyries to pursue music.

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Irvine Welsh, Naomi Snieckus, Will Tuckett 03/13/17

Irvine Welsh revisits his Trainspotting characters in the film's long-awaited sequel. Naomi Snieckus's new podcast highlights Canadian women in film and TV. Choreographer Will Tuckett transforms the story of Pinocchio into a ballet.

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Paul Feig, celebrating 20 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ann Marie Fleming 03/10/17

Paul Feig discusses Freaks and Geeks, Ghostbusters and Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer impression. We celebrate the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Ann Marie Fleming opens up about her new film, Window Horses.

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Sting, Hamin Rahmanian, Chantal Kreviazuk, Amelia Curran 03/09/17

Sting opens up about his new music, performing small venues and touring with his son. Hamid Rahmanian on using shadow puppetry to challenge perceptions of Iran. Chantal Kreviazuk discusses her Canada Reads book. Amelia Curran performs live.

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Roxane Gay, Agnes Obel, Erin Shields, Thundercat 03/08/17

Writer Roxane Gay encourages women to embrace being difficult. Agnes Obel breaks down her song, 'Familiar.' Playwright Erin Shields explores the misconceptions of millennials in her new play. Thundercat discusses his new album, Drunk.

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Carolyn Taylor and Paul Thomas, Jamsheed Akrami, Greg Graffin 03/07/17

Baroness Von Sketch Show's Carolyn Taylor and Defiant Thomas Brothers' Paul Thomas on the state of sketch comedy. Jamsheed Akrami on his open letter to Donald Trump. Bad Religion's Greg Graffin goes from punk to country on his new solo album.

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The Shins' James Mercer, the cast of Goon 2, Jody Mitic 03/06/17

The Shins' James Mercer discusses his band's upcoming album. Goon 2's Jay Baruchel, Elisha Cuthbert and Marc-André Grondin on the sequel to the popular hockey movie. Canada Reads panellist Jody Mitic defends his pick, M.G. Vassanji's Nostalgia.

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Jenn Grant, Jon Tattrie, Ry Russo-Young 03/03/2017

Today on q hosted by Tom Power: Jenn Grant on how dreams inspired her new album Paradise, Nova Scotia's secret connection to a Bob Marley classic, director Ry Russo-Young reinvents the 'mean girl' in coming-of-age stories.

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Leif Vollebekk, She Has a Name, Macon Blair 03/02/2017

Today on q hosted by Tom Power: Musician Leif Vollebekk finds the emotion in his old songs, Andrew and Matt Kooman take on human trafficking in their new film 'She Has a Name,' director Macon Blair

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Marlee Matlin, Giles Blunt, Sampha 03/01/2017

Today on q, hosted by Tom Power: Marlee Matlin on why Switched at Birth isn't just for the deaf, author Giles Blunt's musical tribute to North Bay, musician Sampha on confronting pain in his work, and more.

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Mandy Moore, Louis Gossett Jr., Five Faces For Evelyn Frost 02/28/2017

Today on q, hosted by Tom Power: Mandy Moore, Louis Gossett Jr., Five Faces for Evelyn Frost on our dangerous obsession with image, and more.

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Recapping the 2017 Oscars, k.d. lang, Samora Pinderhughes 02/27/2017

Today on q, hosted by Tom Power:Recapping the 2017 Oscars, k.d. lang, Samora Pinderhughes and more

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Raoul Peck, the origin story of the Oscars statue, Black Lives Black Words' Reggie Edmund 02/24/17

Raoul Peck discusses his latest film, I Am Not Your Negro. Author Jim Piazza gives us the origin story of the Oscars statue. Reggie Edmund and artist Motion discuss the new play Black Lives, Black Words.

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Jordan Peele, Ziyian Kwan, Humble the Poet, Art in Ad Places, Justin Hurwitz, Andy Kindler 02/23/17

Jordan Peele on his new film, Get Out. Ziyian Kwan's new dance piece, Kwan Yin. Canada Reads' Humble the Poet. Art in Ad Places project tackles sexism and consumerism in public spaces. Justin Hurwitz's gateway to musicals. Andy Kindler on bad comedy.

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Japandroids, photographer Chris Buck, screenwriter Mike Carey 02/22/17

Japandroids return with a new album and expanded sound. Photographer Chris Buck on making celebrities feel uneasy in front of the camera. Writer Mike Carey combines the zombie genre with a coming-of-age story in The Girl With All the Gifts.

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Hamilton Leithauser, Louis Theroux, the origin story of podcasts, Denham Jolly 02/21/17

Musician Hamilton Leithauser on finding a new friend and collaborator in Rostam. Louis Theroux dives into the world of Scientology in his film. The origin story of podcasting. Denham Jolly on launching Canada's first black-owned radio station.

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Family Day edition: Dan Zanes, Kate Beaton, Lisa Loeb 02/20/17

Dan Zane's journey from garage rock to children's music. Kate Beaton on the joys of writing for kids. Lisa Loeb reveals the nostalgic reason behind her kids' album.

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Bill and Joel Plaskett, Anna Paquin, Pete Holmes 02/17/17

Father-and-son musicians Bill and Joel Plaskett discuss their first collaborative album, Solidarity. Actress Anna Paquin on the new CBC drama, Bellevue. Comedian Pete Holmes explains his path to comedy and his new HBO show, Crashing.

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A tribute to Stuart McLean, Candy Palmater on Canada Reads, Jan Lisiecki, Jovanka Vuckovic 02/16/17

The Vinyl Cafe's music producer Julie Penner and band the Good Lovelies on Stuart McLean. Candy Palmater on her Canada Reads book pick. Jan Lisiecki takes on Schumann on his latest album. Jovanka Vuckovic on her new horror film, XX.

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Author Veronica Roth, comedian Nate Bargatze, DJ Kid Koala 02/15/17

Author Veronica Roth follows up her successful Divergent series with Carve the Mark. Nate Bargatze on why we should stop labelling comedians clean or dirty. Kid Koala combats cabin fever with his tranquil new album, Music to Draw to: Satellite.

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Colin James, Workin' Moms' Catherine Reitman, author Heather O'Neill, James Rhodes 02/14/17

Colin James pays tribute to the blues greats on his latest album. Catherine Reitman brings her personal experiences to Workin' Moms. Heather O'Neill provides a playlist for Montreal's Plateau. James Rhodes on how music helped him through dark times.

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Elan Mastai, John Darnielle, q's Grammy recap & more 02/13/2017

Screenwriter Elan Mastai on his hotly anticipated blockbuster novel, "All Our Wrong Todays," q's recap of the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, John Darnielle takes us back to the VHS rental stores of the 1990's & more

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Michael Kaeshammer, Simon Wynberg on Exit: Music, composer Ramin Djawadi 02/10/17

Pianist Michael Kaeshammer on his genre evolution, from jazz to boogie-woogie. Simon Wynberg discusses the new documentary, Exit: Music. Composer Ramin Djawadi breaks down his work for Game of Thrones and Westworld.

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Drive-By Truckers, Kid Koala, Northern Cree's Steve Wood 02/09/17

Drive-By Truckers discuss the unexpected importance of their latest album, post-election. Kid Koala gives us a gateway into the world of turntablism. Northern Cree's Steve Wood on the group's Grammy nomination and performance this year.

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Eric Braeden, the origin story of soap operas, celebrating this year's Juno nominees, Daisy Goodwin 02/08/17

Actor Eric Braeden looks back on 37 years of being a soap star. The origin story of soap operas. Revisiting Juno-nominated q guests who have been on the show. Victoria producer Daisy Goodwin on the incredible story of Queen Victoria.

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One Day at a Time co-creator Gloria Calderon Kellett, The A Word writer Peter Bowker, Chris de Burgh 02/07/17

Gloria Calderon Kellett brings her personal experiences the to reboot of One Day at a Time. Peter Bowker shines a light on aspects of autism in The A Word. Chris de Burgh looks back on his enduring success and hit song "Lady in Red."

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The Doors' Robby Krieger, Almost Adults' Adrianna DiLonardo and Sarah Rotella, Anosh Irani 02/06/17

Robby Krieger celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Doors' debut album. Adrianna DiLonardo and Sarah Rotella discuss their new film Almost Adults. Anosh Irani tells a personal story through the sport of cricket in his new play.

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A.R. Rahman, Letterkenny's Jared Keeso, Interrupt This Program's Nabil Mehchi and Frank Fiorito 02/03/17

A.R. Rahman reflects on 25 years of making music and scoring films. Actor Jared Keeso gives a musical tribute to the fictional town of Letterkenny. The creators of Interrupt This Program discuss the show's second season.

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National Arts Centre's Jill Keiley, David Adjaye, Lido Pimienta 02/02/17

National Arts Centre director Jill Keiley takes on the stage production of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. Architect David Adjaye designs the first National African-American Museum of History and Culture. Artist Lido Pimienta finds freedom in music.

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Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Khari Wendell McClelland, Ohad Naharin 02/01/17

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Riverdale's dark twist on the classic Archie comics. Khari Wendell McClelland traces his ancestors' path to freedom through music. Gaga movement originator Ohad Naharin explains the physicality of this unique dance form.

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Narcy, Asghar Farhadi, Aparna Nancherla, Canada Reads finalists, Measha Brueggergosman 01/31/17

Artist Narcy speaks out on the Quebec City mosque shooting. Director Asghar Farhadi on making films in Iran. How comedian Aparna Nancherla tackled her shyness. The Canada Reads finalists are revealed. Measha Brueggergosman delivers Songs of Freedom.

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Fiona Reid, comedian Trae Crowder, rapper T.I. 01/30/17

Actress Fiona Reid takes on the role of the Queen in The Audience. Liberal Redneck Trae Crowder on balancing the pride and shame of being a Southerner. Rapper T.I. discusses the political motivation behind his new album.

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Kent Monkman, Michael Fassbender, John Early and Kate Berlant, Nova Bhattacharya 01/27/17

Kent Monkman explores First Nations' resilience through art. How Michael Fassbender prepares for his roles. John Early and Kate Berlant put a surrealist touch on Hollywood ruthlessness in 555. Nova Bhattacharya uses dance to explore her migraines.

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Celebrating Mary Tyler Moore, Clara Hughes, Gordon Pinsent, Catherine Bainbridge and Taboo 01/26/17

Writers Susan Silver and Katie Ford open up about working with Mary Tyler Moore. Clara Hughes discusses Canada Reads. Gordon Pinsent on a new documentary about his life. Catherine Bainbridge's new film focuses on the Indigenous influence on rock history.

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Bebe Rexha, Karine Vanasse, Ryan McMahon, Nabil Elderkin 01/25/17

How Bebe Rexha honed her craft to write some of pop’s biggest hits. Karine Vanasse on her latest role on crime drama Cardinal. Ryan McMahon's musical tribute to Treaty 3 in Northwestern Ontario. How Nabil Elderkin became one of music's go-to photographers

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Kiva Reardon and Albert Shin on Oscar nominations, Johann Johansson, Steve Aoki, Caroline Dhavernas 01/24/17

Kiva Reardon and Albert Shin on Oscar nominations. Johann Johannsson on scoring Arrival and the upcoming Blade Runner film. Steve Aoki's musical picks for EDM newbies. Caroline Dhavernas is a complicated killer on new TV series Mary Kills People.

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Matthew McConaughey, Irene Taylor Brodsky, Sandra Shamas 01/23/17

Matthew McConaughey looks to his dad for inspiration for new film Gold. Irene Taylor Brodsky explores the faceless power of Slenderman in her new documentary. Sandra Shamas explores life after 50 in her show The Big 'What Now?'

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Barry Crimmins, The Love Boat's Ted Lange, director Zacharias Kunuk 01/20/17

Barry Crimmins gives comedians advice on how to deal with the Trump presidency. Actor Ted Lange looks back at The Love Boat's 40-year legacy. Zacharias Kunuk re-imagines the classic Western in his new film, Searchers.

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Gad Elmaleh, artist Adrienne Wong, Rose Cousins 01/19/17

'I want to earn those laughs': Gad Elmaleh brings his comedy to an American audience. How Adrienne Wong’s Landline aims to connect people in cities across Canada. How Rose Cousins managed her stress while recording Natural Conclusion.

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Letterkenny's Jared Keeso, author Jael Richardson, Pitchfork editor Stacey Anderson, artist Sonny Assu 01/18/17

Letterkenny star Jared Keeso on his small town upbringing. Books contributor Jael Richardson recommends Nicola Yoon's The Sun is Also a Star. Pitchfork's Stacey Anderson gives us an Obama-themed playlist. Artist Sonny Assu on his latest exhibit.

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Rick Mercer, ‘The Spoon Lady’ Abby Roach, Ecuadorian musician Daniel Lofredo Rota 01/17/17

Rick Mercer on pursuing your passions: 'You have to love your subject matter.’ Why 'The Spoon Lady' Abby Roach is recording America's buskers. Why Daniel Lofredo Rota is bringing his grandfather's lost recordings back to life.

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Austra, Hatecopy, DJ Rupture on Julius Eastman 01/16/17

Austra's Katie Stelmanis on the science fiction and politics that went into their new album. Maria Qamar, a.k.a. Hatecopy, satirizes her culture while bringing people together through her brand of pop art. DJ Rupture on the music of Julius Eastman.

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Friends producer Kevin S. Bright, soprano Ambur Braid, actor Don McKellar 01/13/17

Friends producer Kevin S. Bright says he tried to 'always keep the show honest.’ 'You have to be so zen': How soprano Ambur Braid hits the high notes in her new performance. Don McKellar revives the Michael comedy series this winter on CBC-TV.

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Candy Palmater, Arun Lakra, Peter Engel 01/12/17

Candy Palmater opens up about her recent interview with Joseph Boyden about the controversy surrounding his heritage. Arun Lakra discusses his new play Sequence. Peter Engel on creating Saved By the Bell & the time he almost made a show with John Lennon.

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Kelly Mantle, WNYC producer Sara Fishko, director Fraser Munden, Colin Linden 01/11/17

Kelly Mantle is the first gender-fluid actor eligible for an Oscar. Sara Fishko uncovers The Jazz Loft in her documentary. A Montreal legend comes to life in the animated film The Chaperone. Colin Linden takes the stage with the cast of Nashville.

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Ali Hassan, WOMANPRODUCER, The Trocks' artistic director Tory Dobrin 01/10/17

Comedian Ali Hassan on how the U.S. election has affected his jokes. WOMANPRODUCER highlights the hidden history of female music producers. Artistic director Tory Dobrin explains his playful spin on classical ballet.

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Charlotte Cardin, Asperger’s Are Us director Alex Lehmann, Eugene Levy 01/09/17

From La Voix to opening for Sting: Charlotte Cardin's patient rise to success. Alex Lehmann leaves the comedy to the comedians in his new documentary Asperger's Are Us. Eugene Levy is back for season three of Schitt's Creek.

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Ryan Robbins, ocean artist Peter Matthews, Simply Saucer, Danny Michel 01/06/17

Ryan Robbins plays a Mennonite pastor with a dangerous secret in CBC's Pure. Peter Matthews' ocean art. Hamilton band Simply Saucer detail their story of underground success in new book. How 24,000 horsepower helped fuel Danny Michel's new album.

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Krief, artist Laolu Senbanjo, audiobook historian Matthew Rubery, mini food artist Jay Baron 01/05/17

Krief performs and discusses his latest album. Laolu Senbanjo explains the meaning behind his body art. Matthew Rubery shares the origin story of the audiobook. Artist Jay Baron brings joy to audiences with his mini food art.

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Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, A Tribe Called Red's 2oolman, author Jason Diamond, Hulk writer Mariko Tamaki 01/04/17

Steve Jones revisits his Sex Pistols days in his new memoir. A Tribe Called Red member 2oolman's musical tribute to Six Nations of the Grand River. Author Jason Diamond gives us a John Hughes-inspired playlist. Mariko Tamaki on the new Hulk comic series.

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The xx, Boarder X, Potted Potter, Kevin McDonald 01/03/17

The xx on their new album. Boarder X explores the intersections between Indigenous culture and boarding culture. Potted Potter condenses all seven Harry Potter books into one stage show. Kevin McDonald brings the old and new together in his new podcast.

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Celebrities we lost in 2016, The Jerry Cans, blind film critic Tommy Edison, director Deepa Mehta 01/02/17

Guest host Laurie Brown speaks to art director Roger Christian about the celebrities we lost in 2016 including Carrie Fisher and George Michael. The Jerry Cans perform. Film critic Tommy Edison. Anatomy of Violence director Deepa Mehta.

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Celebrating the anniversaries of Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill and Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, the origin story of emojis, Oliver Jones, Andre Alexis, Thomas Dolby 12/30/16

Looking at the 30th anniversary of Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill and the 10th anniversary of Amy Winehouse's Back to Black. The origin story of emojis. Oliver Jones performs. Andre Alexis pays tribute to Parkdale. Thomas Dolby's musical history.

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Lars Ulrich, Mohawk Girls, Marc Myers breaks down the anatomy of iconic songs, Norwegian musician Aurora 12/29/16

Lars Ulrich, Mohawk Girls brings Indigenous female perspectives to TV, Marc Myers breaks down the anatomy of iconic songs in his new book, Norwegian artist Aurora is on the hunt for the right songs.

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Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, Chris Gethard, DJ A-Trak, the cast of Come From Away 12/28/16

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills reflect on their 1991 album Out of Time, how Chris Gethard slices through depression with jokes, 4 remixes that inspired A-Trak to become the DJ and producer he is today, the cast of Come From Away perform.

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