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Wednesday, July 18, 2018: Gus Van Sant, Zaki Ibrahim and more

Today on q: director Gus Van Sant, singer Desirée Dawson, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, cosplay origin story with journalist Lauren Orsini, singer-songwriter Zaki Ibrahim.

Gus Van Sant on casting Joaquin Phoenix as a disabled person and carrying out Robin Williams' vision

Gus Van Sant is best known for Good Will Hunting and Milk, but he's also earned cult followings with films like My Own Private Idaho. His latest film is something in between.

In a new documentary, Elvis is a metaphor for the American Dream

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki traces Elvis Presley's meteoric rise and tragic fall in his new documentary, The King.

Desirée Dawson performs her new single Just Fine live in studio q

Desirée Dawson was the winner of CBC Music's 2016 Searchlight competition. Now she's back with some brand new music.

How cosplay became a global phenomenon

Wrriter Lauren Orsini walks us through what it's like to take part in Comic-Con, one of the biggest pop culture conventions in the world.

Zaki Ibrahim on the inspiration for her new album The Secret Life of Planets

Zaki Ibrahim's latest project was inspired by the birth of her son, the loss of her father and the cosmic energy that binds us all together.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018: Megan Abbott, Tina Sinatra and more

Today on q: best-selling thriller author Megan Abbott, Canadian filmmaker Randall Okita, Canadian DJ Skratch Bastid, singer Tina Sinatra.

Metric announce new album, premiere video for Dark Saturday

The Canadian rock group will be releasing its 7th album in the fall.

Megan Abbott's Give Me Your Hand is a thriller about female ambition and extreme PMS

Best-selling author Megan Abbott explores the dramatic potential of a heavy, painful secret in her chilling new novel, Give Me Your Hand.

Randall Okita's film The Lockpicker shows a different side of the teenage experience

The Lockpicker explores the complexity of adolescence by giving a chilling look at what happens when a teenager falls into a cycle of violence he can't escape from.

Skratch Bastid's musical ode to Bedford, Nova Scotia

Toronto DJ Scratch Bastid shares a playlist of songs that remind him of his hometown of Bedford, N.S.

Tina Sinatra on her father Frank Sinatra, and a new compilation of his songs

Frank Sinatra's daughter, Tina, talks about why she curated a new album of her father's music aimed at children and parents.

Monday, July 16, 2018: Courtney Barnett, Wendy McLeod MacKnight and more

Today on q: the q screen panel on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America?, Canadian author Wendy McLeod MacKnight, Canadian author Jen Sookfong Lee, author and comedian Josh Gondelman, singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett.

Is the new Sacha Baron Cohen series satire, or a cringeworthy prank show?

Our screen panel discusses the relevance of Sacha Baron Cohen's new show, Who Is America?, in 2018.

Courtney Barnett performs live from her new album Tell Me How You Really Feel

Courtney Barnett joins Tom Power for a short introduction and a rare stripped-down solo acoustic set of songs from her critically-acclaimed new album, Tell Me How You Really Feel.

Paintings come to life in Wendy McLeod MacKnight's new book The Frame-Up

Wendy McLeod MacKnight discusses her new children's book, The Frame-Up, about paintings in Fredericton's Beaverbrook Gallery that are secretly alive.

Author explores how Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho brought the marginal into the mainstream

Author Jen Sookfong Lee explores Gus Van Sant's seminal film in her new book Gentlemen of the Shade.

Josh Gondelman's gateway comedy album for stand-up newbies

Josh Gondelman picks a comedy album that will serve as the perfect gateway for people interested in stand-up.

Friday, July 13, 2018: Ralph Macchio, Sandra Oh and more

Today on q: actor Ralph Macchio on the new Karate Kid series, q music panel with Jarrett Martineau and Lisa Christiansen, artist Rebecca Belmore, actor Sandra Oh.
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Sacha Baron Cohen reveals the character who has been fooling prominent U.S. political figures

His new show, Who is America?, is said to feature feature Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Bernie Sanders and others

In Cobra Kai, the Karate Kid is all grown-up and owns a car dealership

Ralph Macchio, the original Karate Kid, is back as a grown-up version of Danny LaRusso in the new series Cobra Kai.

Is Drake bigger than the Beatles?

Drake has seven singles in Billboard's Top 10. That's enough to topple the Beatles' record of five Top 10 singles. So is Drake now more popular than the Beatles ever were? Not quite.

Artist Rebecca Belmore on why she uses her body to make a statement in her artwork

Rebecca Belmore discusses the use of her own body and voice in her performance pieces and the significance of using everyday objects in her art.

Sandra Oh on the importance of 'being true to yourself' in Hollywood

Sandra Oh talks about her role in Killing Eve, which is entering its second season.

'Damn, it feels good to be back': Watch the video for Shad's new song, The Fool Pt. 1

It's the lead single from Shad's fifth album, A Short Story About A War.

Sandra Oh on the importance of 'being true to yourself' in Hollywood

Sandra Oh talks about her role in Killing Eve, which is entering its second season.