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Friday, June 22, 2018: Robert Plant, Mavis Staples and more

Today on q: Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Toronto drag queen Tynomi Banks, gospel singer Mavis Staples.
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Shawn Mendes on success, anxiety and his love for Ronaldo

The Canadian megastar rose to fame in his teens, but his just-released album is all grown up
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Shawn Mendes loves 'older music' like The Killers

Shawn Mendes talks about recently discovering older rock music like The Killers and how it's inspired him to create his next album.
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Watch Robert Plant's reaction to 8-year-old girl playing Led Zeppelin on drums

The jaw-dropping video of the young girl went viral — then we showed it to the legendary Zep frontman.

'I feel like I'm living in the '60s again': Mavis Staples on the state of civil rights in America

The legendary gospel singer explains why she feels she still has a lot of work to do when it comes to speaking out against bigotry in America.

Tynomi Banks shares her list of essential drag anthems for Pride season

Toronto drag queen Tynomi Banks presents the perfect playlist for any Pride Month celebration.

The song remains the same, but Robert Plant is always moving forward

He’s one of the most iconic frontmen in rock ’n’ roll history, but in a career that has spanned 50 years, Robert Plant has never stopped moving forward.

Watch Paul McCartney visit Penny Lane, his old house and perform in a pub on Carpool Karaoke

James Corden has landed some pretty big guests on Carpool Karaoke, but it’s going to be tough to top Sir Paul McCartney.

Thursday, June 21, 2018: Ravi Coltrane, Sook-Yin Lee and more

Today on q: jazz legend John Coltrane's son Ravi Coltrane, Canadian singer-songwriter AHI, Canadian television writer and filmmaker Rebecca Addelman, Dr. ​Naila Keleta-Mae's gateway to Beyoncé’s Dangerously in Love, Canadian broadcaster and filmmaker Sook-Yin Lee.

Paper Year director Rebecca Addelman shows what comes after happily ever after

Rebecca Addelman is the director of a new film called Paper Year, which follows a young, impulsive couple as they navigate a tricky first year of marriage.

From Destiny's Child to cultural icon: a gateway to Beyoncé's Dangerously in Love

Professor Naila Keleta-Mae presents a q gateway to Beyoncé’s debut solo album Dangerously in Love. This year is the album's 15th anniversary.

How a 'real-life encounter' with a ghost in Barcelona inspired Sook-Yin Lee's new film Octavio Is Dead

Octavio Is Dead is a story about family, love, identity and ghosts. For director Sook-Yin Lee, it's a story that comes from a personal place.

AHI shares sneak preview of new album In Our Time live on q

Canadian singer-songwriter Ahkinoah Habah Izarh, who goes by the name AHI (pronounced "eye"), performs live in the q studio.

'We're still compelled by the power of his conviction': Ravi Coltrane on finding his father's lost album

A lost album by John Coltrane has just been unearthed. His son, Ravi Coltrane, opens up about why it's such a meaningful discovery for him personally.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018: Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina and Natalia Kaliada, Stephin Merritt and more

Today on q: Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina and Belarus Free Theatre's Natalia Kaliada, Canadian poet and novelist Lynn Crosbie, musician Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields.

Burning Doors: What happens when an anti-Putin Pussy Rioter teams up with a theatre company in exile?

A new stage show based on the experiences of artists who say they've been censored, imprisoned and tortured in Russia makes its Canadian debut at Luminato tonight.

'Truth makes things less entertaining': Stephin Merritt on why tell-all songs are overrated

Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields talks to Laurie Brown about writing and staging his sprawling 50 Song Memoir — one piece of music for each year he's been alive.

Lynn Crosbie reimagines A Clockwork Orange's Malcolm McDowell in new novel Chicken

For her latest novel, Crosbie reimagines English actor Malcolm McDowell as a washed-up actor in his 50s who falls in love with a mysterious 21-year-old woman.
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Every major piece of art featured in Beyoncé and Jay Z's Apesh*t video

From the Mona Lisa to Raft of the Medusa, what every piece is — and why it's there
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Watch Alessia Cara's powerhouse performance of 'Growing Pains' on The Tonight Show

The fast-rising Canadian artist gives the soulful track its TV debut on Fallon

Tuesday, June 19, 2018: Lucinda Williams, James Marsden and more

Today on q: singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, designers Greg Durrell and Fritz Gottschalk, Westworld actor James Marsden.

Monday, June 25, 2018: Shawn Mendes and more

Today on q: Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes.

Why Westworld's James Marsden says the future of AI scares him

The Westworld star talks about the success of the series and the questions it raises around technology, artificial intelligence and sexual violence on television.

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road at 20: Lucinda Williams reflects on her breakthrough record

Lucinda Williams looks back at the breakthrough album that transformed her into an icon of Americana music, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which turns 20 this month.

How Canadian design helped build national unity

Logos are embedded into the fabric of our daily lives and have been for decades. A new documentary makes the case that there's more to these designs than just company branding.