q: The Podcast

 
 

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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[Full episode] Mickey Guyton, Jennifer Castle, Sam Roberts

Country artist Mickey Guyton explains how racism hindered her country music career for over a decade. Singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle finds music in seasonal wonders on Monarch Season. Singer-songwriter Sam Roberts on his new album 'All of Us,' and reflects on his 20th anniversary of his solo debut album

Download [Full episode] Mickey Guyton, Jennifer Castle, Sam Roberts
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[Full Episode] Darren Star, Storry, Jesse Eisenberg

American writer and producer Darren Star, creator of the show Sex and the City, on writing roles for strong and outspoken women and his new Netflix series Emily in Paris. Juno-nominated artist Storry on her new EP and the commonalities between sex work and in the music industry. Actor Jesse Eisenberg on his dream role in the movie The Art of Self Defense.

Download [Full Episode] Darren Star, Storry, Jesse Eisenberg
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[FULL EPISODE] Jacques Pépin, Hilary Weisman Graham, Jael Richardson, Andrea Dorfman and Tanya Davis

Prolific celebrity chef and author Jacques Pépin on his latest cookbook Quick & Simple. Showrunner Hilary Weisman Graham tells us how she managed to write, cast, and shoot an entirely new Netflix anthology series during the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic. q book columnist Jael Richardson reccomends a Booker Prize shortlister, Real Life by Brandon Taylor. Poet Tanya Davis and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman on their collaborative short film called 'How to Be at Home' – an illustrated poem featuring a set of tips for surviving the pandemic.

Download [FULL EPISODE] Jacques Pépin, Hilary Weisman Graham, Jael Richardson, Andrea Dorfman and Tanya Davis
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[Full episode] Backxwash, Natalie Portman, Shannon Lee, Finneas

Montreal-based rapper and producer Backxwash has been announced 2020's Polar Music Prize winner, she joins Tom Power to talk about her momentous win. Actor Natalie Portman discusses what inspired her to write a book of children's fables. Why Author Shannon Lee wanted to share more about her father's legacy, Bruce Lee, through her new book Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee. Producer Finneas on his humble beginnings making music in his bedroom with his sister Billie Eilish, to being a six time Grammy award winning producer, all within the last two years.

Download [Full episode] Backxwash, Natalie Portman, Shannon Lee, Finneas
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[Full episode] David A. Robertson, the q screen panel, Ed Robertson, Junia-T

Author David A. Robertson opens up about his Cree culture, mental health, and the healing journey of creating his most personal work to date: a memoir called Black Water. The q screen panel talks about Saturday Night Live's return to the studio after Covid-19 shutdown production. Founding member of the band Barenaked Ladies, Ed Robertson, talks about his favourite song he's ever written, off the album Maroon which celebrates it's 20th anniversary this year. Toronto producer Junia-T discusses his impressive homegrown collaborative team that's landed 'Studio Monk' on the short list for the Polaris Music Prize, which gets awarded to the best Canadian album of the year.

Download [Full episode] David A. Robertson, the q screen panel, Ed Robertson, Junia-T
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[Full episode] Patrick Downie and Josh Finlayson, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, John Steffler, Angela Hewitt

Gord Downie's brother Patrick Downie and his longtime collaborator Josh Finlayson discuss the making of Away Is Mine, the late Canadian music icon's final solo recording. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen question whether music streaming services should ever have the right to ban artists on their platforms, particularly in light of the Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion shooting case. Canada's former parliamentary poet laureate John Steffler reads and discusses two poems from his latest collection, And Yet. Canadian classical pianist Angela Hewitt talks about returning to the stage after lockdown for a concert at Toronto's Koerner Hall, and shares what it's like to be compared to Glenn Gould all the time.

Download [Full episode] Patrick Downie and Josh Finlayson, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, John Steffler, Angela Hewitt
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[Full episode] Lenny Kravitz, Nina Lee Aquino, Backxwash

Four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Lenny Kravitz reflects on his new memoir, in which he writes about the first 25 years of his life, from his upbringing in New York to the release of his 1989 debut album. Nina Lee Aquino, the artistic director of Toronto's Factory Theatre, discusses the future of performing arts in Canada, and how they were able to make their new season of virtual programming free of charge. Montreal-based rapper and producer Backxwash opens up about the powerful reverberations her musical journey is having on both her artistic life and her personal life as a Black trans artist.

Download [Full episode] Lenny Kravitz, Nina Lee Aquino, Backxwash
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[Full episode] Gregory Porter, Witch Prophet, Christopher Walken

Grammy award-winning jazz artist Gregory Porter opens up about losing his brother to COVID-19, the healing power of music, and his uplifting new record All Rise. Singer-songwriter Witch Prophet talks about her Polaris Music Prize-nominated album DNA Activation, which interweaves her experiences as an East African, queer mother living in the diaspora. Oscar-winning actor Christopher Walken discusses his new film Percy, a retelling of the story of Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser who took on the biotech giant Monsanto in the 1990s.

Download [Full episode] Gregory Porter, Witch Prophet, Christopher Walken
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[Full episode] André Alexis, T'Nia Miller, Paul Galloway, Ellie Goulding

Childhood and Fifteen Dogs author André Alexis discusses his new collection of short stories, The Night Piece, and his new audio drama, Metamorphosis: A Viral Trilogy. The Haunting of Bly Manor's breakout star T'Nia Miller tells us what it's like to make a job out of scaring people and how binge watching has changed storytelling. Paul Galloway of the Museum of Modern Art takes us back to the emoji's humble beginnings, sharing how it became one of the most powerful tools of modern communication. Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding talks about her new album, overcoming impostor syndrome and why she took a five-year break from music.

Download [Full episode] André Alexis, T'Nia Miller, Paul Galloway, Ellie Goulding
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[Full episode] Catherine O'Hara, Matthew Rubery, Erin Moon and Fajer Al-Kaisi, Booker T. Jones

Comedy icon Catherine O'Hara talks about bringing her musical talents to season four of Schitt's Creek. Author Matthew Rubery explains the origins of the audiobook, from a resource for the blind to a popular form of storytelling. Audiobook narrators Erin Moon and Fajer Al-Kaisi discuss the growing field of narration and what the job really requires. Grammy-winning R&B legend Booker T. Jones reflects on his life and legacy, which he's celebrating with the release of a new memoir and album.

Download [Full episode] Catherine O'Hara, Matthew Rubery, Erin Moon and Fajer Al-Kaisi, Booker T. Jones
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[Full episode] Bahamas, Khadijah Queen, Hrishikesh Hirway, Jaipreet Virdi

Juno-winning musician Bahamas talks about his fifth album Sad Hunk and gives us exclusive performances of two new songs off the record. Poet, writer and professor Khadijah Queen discusses her new collection of poetry, Anodyne, and shares how she examines themes of the body and wellness through her work. Song Exploder co-creator and host Hrishikesh Hirway talks about adapting the hit music podcast for Netflix. Historian Jaipreet Virdi shares how a deaf, silent film actor named Emerson Romero pioneered closed captioning and fought to make his favourite Hollywood movies accessible to everyone.

Download [Full episode] Bahamas, Khadijah Queen, Hrishikesh Hirway, Jaipreet Virdi
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[Full episode] Jerry Seinfeld, Barbara Pratt, Martha Schwendener, Walter Mosley

Jerry Seinfeld discusses his new book, 45 years of comedy and the stupidity of a "quick question." Newfoundland-based artist Barbara Pratt talks about her new exhibition called Cake, her mother Mary Pratt's legacy as a painter, and why baking is a profound act of love. New York Times art critic Martha Schwendener explains why four art museums are facing backlash over their decision to postpone a major Philip Guston retrospective, featuring some of the painter's depictions of the KKK. Novelist Walter Mosley discusses his groundbreaking novel Devil in a Blue Dress on its 30th anniversary.

Download [Full episode] Jerry Seinfeld, Barbara Pratt, Martha Schwendener, Walter Mosley
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[Full episode] Jeremy Taggart, Danko Jones, Radha Blank, Zachary Quinto 07/10/2020

Former Our Lady Peace drummer Jeremy Taggart shares his memories of touring with the late Eddie Van Halen in the summer of 1995. Rocker and podcaster Danko Jones pays tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen and tells us how he was influenced by Van Halen's music. Filmmaker and actor Radha Blank discusses her new semi-autobiographical Netflix film The 40-Year-Old Version, and why getting older should never be a reason to stop chasing your dreams. Actor Zachary Quinto talks about what it meant to reimagine Mart Crowley's iconic 1968 play The Boys in the Band in a new film remake of the same name.

Download [Full episode] Jeremy Taggart, Danko Jones, Radha Blank, Zachary Quinto 07/10/2020
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[Full episode] Werner Herzog, Michelle Latimer, Colin Quinn 06/10/2020

Filmmaker Werner Herzog reflects on his beginnings in cinema and his quest to document the human condition. Filmmaker Michelle Latimer talks about making the leap to primetime television with her new CBC drama Trickster, a bold fusion of social commentary and surreal fantasy storytelling. Comedian Colin Quinn discusses his new book, Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States, in which he skewers his home country state by state.

Download [Full episode] Werner Herzog, Michelle Latimer, Colin Quinn 06/10/2020
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[Full episode] Alanis Morissette, Caitlin Moran 05/10/2020

Alanis Morissette reflects on her massive hit record Jagged Little Pill on its 25th anniversary and discusses her first album in eight years, Such Pretty Forks in the Road. British author and columnist Caitlin Moran discusses her new book, More Than A Woman, and shares her hilarious take on middle age and feminism.

Download [Full episode] Alanis Morissette, Caitlin Moran 05/10/2020
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[Full episode] Jon Bon Jovi, Ethan Hawke, Natalie Krinsky 02/10/2020

Rock legend Jon Bon Jovi talks about Bon Jovi's new album 2020, finding hope in challenging times, and why he regrets the key change in Livin' on a Prayer. Actor Ethan Hawke tells us about his latest role as the notorious American abolitionist John Brown in Showtime's new series The Good Lord Bird. Hamilton, Ont.-raised filmmaker Natalie Krinsky discusses her debut feature The Broken Hearts Gallery, and the importance of racial representation in the rom-com genre.

Download [Full episode] Jon Bon Jovi, Ethan Hawke, Natalie Krinsky 02/10/2020
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[Full episode] Nick Hornby, Ebonnie Rowe, Benee 01/10/2020

Author Nick Hornby — best known for his novels High Fidelity, About a Boy and Fever Pitch — talks about tackling race, Brexit and a surprising romance in his latest book, Just Like You. Honey Jam founder Ebonnie Rowe reflects on 25 years of championing Canada's women in music. Supalonely singer Benee tells us how TikTok propelled her to fame and turned her into a lockdown sensation.

Download [Full episode] Nick Hornby, Ebonnie Rowe, Benee 01/10/2020
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[Full episode] Big Sean, Alyssa Bereznak, Jean Yoon, Billy Collins 30/09/2020

Rapper Big Sean opens up about his struggle with depression, how he rediscovered his passion through therapy and meditation, and why Detroit 2 is his most honest album yet. Tech and culture journalist Alyssa Bereznak unpacks how more and more celebrities like Travis Scott and The Weeknd are using avatars to reach their fans virtually. Actor Jean Yoon reflects on the ongoing success of Kim's Convenience, and why she's been championing diversity on stage and on screen since the 1980s. Bestselling poet Billy Collins, the former poet laureate of the United States, discusses his new collection, Whale Day: And Other Poems, and how the pandemic has "slowed the world down to the speed of poetry."

Download [Full episode] Big Sean, Alyssa Bereznak, Jean Yoon, Billy Collins 30/09/2020
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[Full episode] Fariha Róisín, Machine Gun Kelly, Vince Wilburn Jr. and Erin Davis, John Cleese 29/09/2020

Multi-disciplinary artist Fariha Róisín opens up about her powerful debut novel Like a Bird, its themes of survival and resilience, and the therapeutic nature of writing. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly talks about digging deep into his teenage pop-punk roots and reinventing himself as a rocker on his new album Tickets to My Downfall. Miles Davis's youngest son, Erin, and his nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr., show us a different side of the iconic jazz musician. Actor and comedian John Cleese discusses his new book Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide, and shares why he wants you to realize your own creativity.

Download [Full episode] Fariha Róisín, Machine Gun Kelly, Vince Wilburn Jr. and Erin Davis, John Cleese 29/09/2020
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[Full episode] Diana Krall, Lisa Christiansen and Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Michael C. Thorpe 28/09/2020

Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall talks about her latest album This Dream of You, honouring her late producer Tommy LiPuma, and what she looks for in a dream collaborator. On this week's q This music panel, Lisa Christiansen and Elamin Abdelmahmoud recap the highs and lows of the 2020 CCMA Awards, and discuss Rolling Stone's updated list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Artist Michael C. Thorpe explains how he went from playing college basketball to quilting, and what being an athlete and an artist have in common.

Download [Full episode] Diana Krall, Lisa Christiansen and Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Michael C. Thorpe 28/09/2020
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[Full episode] Bruce Cockburn, Susan Rogers, Simone Saunders and Tekikki Walker 25/09/2020

Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn discusses his lyric-less instrumental album, Crowing Ignites. Audio engineer Susan Rogers breaks down some of the songs on Prince's album, Sign o' the Times, and shares what she felt he was trying to achieve at that moment in his career. Artists Simone Saunders and Tekikki Walker talk about finding common ground between their Canadian and American identities — and creating art that transcends geography.

Download [Full episode] Bruce Cockburn, Susan Rogers, Simone Saunders and Tekikki Walker 25/09/2020
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[Full episode] Miranda July, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Billy Ray 24/09/2020

Kajillionaire writer and director Miranda July talks about creative collaboration with strangers, why loneliness is her permanent state of being, and how all families are like cults. Artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory tells us about her work collaborating with artists of varying backgrounds to help build bridges and promote unity across cultural divides. Writer and director Billy Ray discusses his new two-part miniseries, The Comey Rule, adapted from the memoir of former FBI director James Comey.

Download [Full episode] Miranda July, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Billy Ray 24/09/2020
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[Full episode] Adrian Stimson and AA Bronson, Jael Richardson, Jyoti 23/09/2020

In a new project, Canadian artists Adrian Stimson and AA Bronson explore the power of apology as it relates to their shared history: their ancestors were sworn enemies. Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on a spooky new book to check out: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Musician Jyoti, better known as Georgia Anne Muldrow, talks about her latest album Mama, You Can Bet! and reflects on the ways her parents influenced her.

Download [Full episode] Adrian Stimson and AA Bronson, Jael Richardson, Jyoti 23/09/2020
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[Full episode] Lang Lang, Rissi Palmer, Ken Lum and more 22/09/2020

Superstar classical pianist Lang Lang discusses the making of his newly-released rendition of Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations. Singer-songwriter Rissi Palmer talks about her new show on Apple Music Country, Color Me Country, which aims to change the image of country music. In an exclusive travel guide to the real Schitt's Creek, we visit Goodwood, Ont., the small town where much of the hit Canadian comedy was shot. As statues topple, artist Ken Lum asks us to rethink the monuments in our cities and towns.

Download [Full episode] Lang Lang, Rissi Palmer, Ken Lum and more 22/09/2020
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[Full episode] Jude Law, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and more 21/09/2020

On this week's screen panel, John Semley and Kathleen Newman-Bremang recap the 72nd Annual Emmy Awards — a virtual ceremony full of historic wins, particularly for Canadian comedy Schitt's Creek. Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer discusses how interactive art can work in a global pandemic and what connection looks like in the age of physical distancing. Academy Award-nominated actor Jude Law talks about his critically-acclaimed thriller, The Nest, about an American family plunged into uncertainty after moving into an English country manor.

Download [Full episode] Jude Law, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and more 21/09/2020
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[Full episode] Kate Winslet, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, Neal Sugarman, Fab 5 Freddy 18/09/2020

Oscar winner Kate Winslet discusses her new film, Ammonite, and what it was like skyrocketing to fame after the release of Titanic. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen break down what happened at the rescheduled (and reimagined) Academy of Country Music Awards. Musician Neal Sugarman looks back on Amy Winehouse's final album, Back to Black, and celebrates its strong and spirited creator. Artist, filmmaker and hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy discusses hip-hop's early beginnings and the role he played in its evolution.

Download [Full episode] Kate Winslet, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, Neal Sugarman, Fab 5 Freddy 18/09/2020
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[Full episode] Regina King, Eli Glasner, Marie Chouinard, Rich Aucoin 17/09/2020

Actor Regina King talks about directing One Night in Miami, a film that imagines a real conversation in February of 1964 between four of the most important Black voices of the era: Sam Cooke, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Jim Brown. CBC arts and entertainment reporter Eli Glasner recaps the highs and lows of this year's mostly virtual Toronto International Film Festival. Dancer and choreographer Marie Chouinard tells us about her latest piece, Time For Time, in which the performers transform the audience's most heartfelt wishes into dance. Halifax indie-pop artist Rich Aucoin discusses his latest album, United States, and how travelling alone across the U.S. on a bicycle inspired him.

Download [Full episode] Regina King, Eli Glasner, Marie Chouinard, Rich Aucoin 17/09/2020
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Introducing: Pop Chat

Elamin Abdelmahmoud and the Pop Chat round-table invite you in to the group chat to help make sense of the cultural drama blowing up the internet. Bringing their hottest takes to the table, join them every week as they debate, discuss and work through the pop culture discourse. The Pop Chat panel consists of: Shireen Ahmed, Angelina Chapin, Kevin Fallon, Sarah Hagi, Hussein Kesvani, Stacy Lee Kong, Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Amil Niazi and Andrea Warner. More episodes are available at http://smarturl.it/popchat

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[Full episode] Cynthia Nixon, Vanessa Craft, Jesse Wente, Antony Starr 16/09/2020

Actor Cynthia Nixon discusses Netflix's Ratched, her famous role on Sex and the City, and the intersection of politics and art in her life. The editor-in-chief of ELLE Canada, Vanessa Craft, talks about how the fashion industry is finally confronting its issues with diversity and equity. Film and culture critic Jesse Wente tells us what he brings to his new position as chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, and how he plans to help advocate for artists in this country. Actor Antony Starr shares what he thinks Amazon Prime’s subversive superhero satire, The Boys, says about power and its ability to corrupt the ones sent to protect us.

Download [Full episode] Cynthia Nixon, Vanessa Craft, Jesse Wente, Antony Starr 16/09/2020
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[Full episode] Reba McEntire, Unjoo Moon, Frankie Huang, Sydney Smith 15/09/2020

Country star Reba McEntire looks back on her career and her hit album Rumor Has It on the 30th anniversary of its release. Director Unjoo Moon talks about her new Helen Reddy film, I Am Woman, which dramatizes the Australian singer's journey from immigrant to chart-topping feminist superstar. Freelance writer and artist Frankie Huang unpacks what the controversies surrounding Disney's Mulan remake reveal about broader issues in China today, including major human rights ramifications. Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith discusses his latest children's book, Small in the City, which was just awarded the inaugural Sheila Barry Picture Book Award.

Download [Full episode] Reba McEntire, Unjoo Moon, Frankie Huang, Sydney Smith 15/09/2020
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[Full episode] Anthony Hopkins, Jay Douglas, Tracey Deer 14/09/2020

Sir Anthony Hopkins discusses his latest role in The Father as a man with dementia locked in a power struggle with his daughter, and shares his own struggles with growing older. Canadian reggae musician Jay Douglas remembers the late Jamaican singer-songwriter Toots Hibbert, the lead vocalist for the reggae and ska band Toots and the Maytals. Director Tracey Deer talks about her powerful debut feature film Beans — a coming-of-age story based on her own childhood experience of the 1990 Oka Crisis.

Download [Full episode] Anthony Hopkins, Jay Douglas, Tracey Deer 14/09/2020
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[Full episode] Lucy Liu, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, David Bendeth and CVRE, Stuart Semple 11/09/2020

Actress Lucy Liu fills us in on her return to the small screen with Why Women Kill, a dark comedy-drama that follows three couples who live in the same Pasadena mansion in three different eras. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen discuss the current state of rock and roll, and whether rappers are the new rockstars. Multi-platinum music producer David Bendeth and rising star CVRE explain how they used their common roots in north Toronto to jumpstart an unlikely musical collaboration. Artist Stuart Semple talks about making famous artworks accessible to all with VOMA, the world's first entirely virtual museum.

Download [Full episode] Lucy Liu, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, David Bendeth and CVRE, Stuart Semple 11/09/2020
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[Full episode] Viggo Mortensen, Jean Smith, Emma Donoghue, Charles Officer and Motion 10/09/2020

Viggo Mortensen discusses his new film Falling — which he wrote, directed and co-stars in — about a gay man who must care for his ailing, irritable and homophobic father. Artist and musician Jean Smith talks about her $100 USD paintings, why there's been a surge in sales during the pandemic, and how she's using her art to change the world. Author Emma Donoghue discusses The Pull of the Stars, her prescient new novel about the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, and the ethical and political issues surrounding health. Director Charles Officer and writer Motion tell us about their new film Akilla's Escape, which takes a blunt look at Jamaican gang culture and the reach of its international drug trade.

Download [Full episode] Viggo Mortensen, Jean Smith, Emma Donoghue, Charles Officer and Motion 10/09/2020
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[Full episode] Shania Twain, Iain Reid, Seth, Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt 09/09/2020

Country music icon Shania Twain reflects on The Woman in Me on the hit album's 25th anniversary. Author Iain Reid talks about seeing his debut novel, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, adapted into a Netflix film by Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman. Canadian cartooning legend Seth tells us how he gives the mundane a "mystic significance" in his sprawling new comic, Clyde Fans. Directors Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt discuss their documentary No Ordinary Man, which centres on the life of Billy Tipton — a successful jazz musician whose trans identity was not publicly revealed until after his death.

Download [Full episode] Shania Twain, Iain Reid, Seth, Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt 09/09/2020
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[Full episode] Jane Fonda, Stephan Moccio, Koffee 08/09/2020

Actor and activist Jane Fonda talks about her new book, What Can I Do?: My Path From Climate Despair to Action, and how activism has kept depression at bay. Composer Stephan Moccio on his new album, Tales of Solace, and what it's like being one of the most in-demand hit makers of the decade. Singer and rapper Koffee discusses her latest music and delves into the evolution of reggae music. 

Download [Full episode] Jane Fonda, Stephan Moccio, Koffee 08/09/2020
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[Full episode] Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon, Tanisha Scott, Alicia Keys 07/09/2020

Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon talk about co-authoring the actor's new semi-autobiographical novel Memoirs and Misinformation, which melds fact with fiction — and turns Rodney Dangerfield into a rhinoceros. Choreographer Tanisha Scott discusses how she brought Jamaican dancehall to mainstream pop culture, as well as one of her latest projects: the CBC Gem series Utopia Falls. Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys opens up about her new autobiography, More Myself, in which she reflects on music, family, relationships and her struggles with self-worth.

Download [Full episode] Jim Carrey and Dana Vachon, Tanisha Scott, Alicia Keys 07/09/2020
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[Full episode] Priyanka, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, Alana Bridgewater, Kaveh Akbar 04/09/2020

Canada's Drag Race winner Priyanka reflects on what it means to be crowned Canada's first drag superstar. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen discuss BTS becoming the first all-South Korean act to top Billboard's Hot 100 with an English language single. Canadian singer Alana Bridgewater presents a gateway to the music of blues singer Ma Rainey, known as the "Mother of the Blues." Award-winning poet Kaveh Akbar shares his experience as an Iranian-American poet working in the U.S. during this divisive time.

Download [Full episode] Priyanka, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, Alana Bridgewater, Kaveh Akbar 04/09/2020
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[Full episode] David Byrne, Tegan and Sara, Ang Lee, Tantoo Cardinal 03/09/2020

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne apologizes after a 1984 promo video of him wearing blackface resurfaced this week. Indie pop duo Tegan and Sara open up about coming out, twin sisterhood and hitting the big time. Director Ang Lee discusses his groundbreaking new action thriller Gemini Man — a film that was 20 years in the making. Actress Tantoo Cardinal tells us what it was like to finally get her first starring role in a feature film at TIFF.

Download [Full episode] David Byrne, Tegan and Sara, Ang Lee, Tantoo Cardinal 03/09/2020
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[Full episode] Holland Taylor, Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Alyssa Bereznak, Sophia Chang 02/09/2020

Actress Holland Taylor discusses her 50-year career on screen and on stage, as well as her latest role in Bill and Ted Face the Music. Refinery29 writer Kathleen Newman-Bremang reflects on the late Chadwick Boseman's legacy as the world's first Black superhero, Black Panther. Tech and culture journalist Alyssa Bereznak unpacks why some people are upset about celebrities like Cardi B and Bella Thorne joining the online subscription service OnlyFans. Hip hop veteran Sophia Chang shares how she came to be embraced by the Wu-Tang Clan.

Download [Full episode] Holland Taylor, Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Alyssa Bereznak, Sophia Chang 02/09/2020
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[Full episode] Bettye LaVette, Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, Catherine MacLellan 01/09/2020

Soul singer-songwriter Bettye LaVette reflects on her career and discusses her new album, Blackbirds — a compilation of songs made famous by Black women. Author Ibi Zoboi and activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five discuss their powerful new YA book, Punching The Air, about a young Black boy who is sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. Singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan, daughter of Gene MacLellan, talks about examining her father's history with depression in a documentary, The Song and the Sorrow.

Download [Full episode] Bettye LaVette, Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, Catherine MacLellan 01/09/2020
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[Full episode] U.S. Girls, Clarke Peters, Shari Lapena, tUkU and SATE 31/08/2020

Alt-pop star Meg Remy of U.S. Girls tells us about her Polaris Prize-nominated album, Heavy Light, and how she manages to pack subversive anti-capitalist critiques into her catchy pop songs. Actor Clarke Peters remembers his Da 5 Bloods co-star, the late Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer at the age of 43. Bestselling author Shari Lapena talks about her latest novel, The End of Her — a domestic thriller that keeps readers guessing until the very last page. Salome Bey's daughters, musicians tUkU and SATE, reflect on their late mother's journey to becoming one of the most beloved pioneers of Black Canadian theatre and music.

Download [Full episode] U.S. Girls, Clarke Peters, Shari Lapena, tUkU and SATE 31/08/2020
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[Full episode] Katy Perry, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, Camille Thurman, Avan Jogia 28/08/2020

Pop star Katy Perry talks about her new single Daisies, and opens up about writing inspiring hits like Firework and Roar while "in the worst place" of her life. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen discuss how the music industry is facing the challenge of recreating the live concert experience during a pandemic. Musician Camille Thurman gives us a gateway to the influential sound of the late jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker in celebration of what would be his 100th birthday. Canadian actor and writer Avan Jogia explores race and identity in his new book, Mixed Feelings.

Download [Full episode] Katy Perry, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, Camille Thurman, Avan Jogia 28/08/2020
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[Full episode] Audrey DuBois Harris, Demi Moore, Stephan James 27/08/2020

Opera singer Audrey DuBois Harris — known as Aretha Franklin's favourite soprano — reflects on her friendship with the late Queen of Soul, her musical influences and the importance of representation in the classical arts. Hollywood star Demi Moore opens up about some of the most difficult experiences of her life, and why she decided to take charge of her own story with a new memoir, Inside Out. If Beale Street Could Talk star Stephan James discusses his whirlwind year, his first Golden Globe nomination and why he's shining a light on Black stories.

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[Full episode] David Arquette, Annie Atkins, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Annie Murphy 26/08/2020

Actor David Arquette talks about the new documentary, You Cannot Kill David Arquette, which follows his return to the wrestling ring. Film and TV graphic designer Annie Atkins discusses the painstaking creative process behind making graphic props such as maps, train tickets, letters and newspapers. Hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids talk about their latest album Trapline, activism and the importance of empowering Indigenous youth. Ahead of its final season premiere, Schitt's Creek star Annie Murphy reflects on what she's learned from the humble Canadian comedy.

Download [Full episode] David Arquette, Annie Atkins, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Annie Murphy 26/08/2020
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[Full episode] Clairmont The Second, Molly Burke, blackbear 25/08/2020

Toronto-based rapper and producer Clairmont The Second talks about his new album, It's Not How It Sounds, and what it means to be a 20-something Black artist trying to make it in 2020. YouTuber and motivational speaker Molly Burke tells us how making videos gave her confidence, and how she's now helping break barriers for people with disabilities. From online buzz to bonafide stardom, singer and producer blackbear opens up about his rise to fame, and his latest album, Everything Means Nothing.

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[Full episode] Charlotte Caffey, Danny DeVito, Lindsay Ell, Tan France 24/08/2020

Guitarist and songwriter Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go's tells us why the all-female new wave band wanted to share their unvarnished story in the new documentary, The Go Go's. Actor Danny DeVito discusses his latest role in Disney's new CGI-live-action film The One and Only Ivan, and reveals why he thinks a laugh is better than a kiss. Country singer Lindsay Ell opens up about the traumatic experience that inspired her to write her vulnerable new album, Heart Theory. Queer Eye's fashion expert Tan France talks about the runaway success of the hit Netflix show and reflects on his candid memoir, Naturally Tan.

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[Full episode] Dr. Jay de Soca Prince, A. Harmony and Stuart Berman, Linda Perry 21/08/2020

Deejay and promoter Dr. Jay de Soca Prince shows us what Toronto's cancelled 2020 Caribbean Carnival might have sounded like with an event called the Soca or Die! Drive-in. On this week's q This panel, music journalists A. Harmony and Stuart Berman discuss Barack Obama's annual summer playlist and determine the true song of summer 2020. Legendary songwriter and producer Linda Perry shares the stories behind the huge hits she's created with stars like Pink and Christina Aguilera.

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[Full episode] Harry Shearer, Greg Graffin, Karen Kain 20/08/2020

The Simpsons and Spinal Tap star Harry Shearer talks about taking on the American political landscape with a new album of comic songs, The Many Moods of Donald Trump. Bad Religion's Greg Graffin reflects on the influential punk band's evolution and what it was like to finally put it all on the page in Do What You Want: The Story of Bad Religion. The National Ballet's former principal dancer-turned-artistic director, Karen Kain, discusses her 50-year career with the company.

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[Full episode] Jamie Oliver, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Meghan Trainor 19/08/2020

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver discusses his new cookbook, Ultimate Veg, and traces his unconventional path in cooking. Griffin Poetry Prize winner Billy-Ray Belcourt talks about his debut memoir, A History of My Brief Body, and how autobiography has the power to heal yourself and others. Singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor opens up about overcoming anxiety and self-doubt to create her latest album, Treat Yourself.

Download [Full episode] Jamie Oliver, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Meghan Trainor 19/08/2020
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[Full episode] Tim McGraw, Joy Kogawa, Norah Jones 18/08/2020

Country icon Tim McGraw reflects on his long career and why connecting people through music has always been the mission. Author Joy Kogawa revisits the story of Japanese Canadian internment camps with a new augmented reality app. Nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones talks about embracing Instagram during the pandemic to share her performances as well as raise money for charity. Director Alexandre O. Philippe explains why the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho is an iconic moment in movie history.

Download [Full episode] Tim McGraw, Joy Kogawa, Norah Jones 18/08/2020
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[Full episode] Orville Peck, Raven Leilani, Cathy Goldsmith 17/08/2020

Musician Orville Peck updates us on his new EP Show Pony, his musical and artistic growth, and how he got Shania Twain to appear on his new project. Author Raven Leilani discusses the runaway success of her debut novel, Luster, and what inspired the story about a 20-something Black woman who starts a relationship with an older white man in an open marriage. Dr. Seuss's longtime art director and publisher, Cathy Goldsmith, talks about bringing Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum to life 28 years after the author's death.

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[Full episode] Khadijah Queen, A. Harmony and Erin Ashley, Céline Peterson, Billy Eichner 14/08/2020

Poet, writer and professor Khadijah Queen discusses her new collection of poetry, Anodyne, and shares how she examines themes of the body and wellness through her work. On this week's q This music panel, freelance music writers A. Harmony and Erin Ashley take a look at Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's latest single, WAP. Céline Peterson gives us a gateway to the music of her father, Canadian jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson. Actor and comedian Billy Eichner talks about voicing Timon — and following in his idol's footsteps — in Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King.

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[Full episode] Judy Chicago, Orin Isaacs, Ellen Wong, Brandy 13/08/2020

Judy Chicago, the godmother of feminist art, reflects on her incredible career and the power of art to change the world. Bassist and producer Orin Isaacs remembers the late blues singer Salome Bey as a musical mentor who brought up young Black talent. Actress Ellen Wong shares her memories of shooting the cult classic film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World on its 10-year anniversary. Grammy Award-winning R&B legend Brandy discusses the themes of B7, her first new album in eight years.

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[Full episode] Kiesza, Alyssa Bereznak, Saleema Nawaz 12/08/2020

Singer Kiesza opens up about releasing her first album since getting into a 2017 car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury and forced her to put her music career on hold. Tech and culture journalist Alyssa Bereznak unpacks what a U.S. ban on the Chinese-owned app TikTok would mean for its video creators and their work. Author Saleema Nawaz talks about her latest novel Songs for the End of the World — an almost unbelievably prescient story about a global coronavirus pandemic.

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[Full episode] Jesse Williams, Chris Murphy and Joel Plaskett, Carrie Mae Weems 11/08/2020

Actor Jesse Williams talks about his starring role in the new slasher horror film Random Acts of Violence, and shares why social activism has long been a part of his life. Musicians Joel Plaskett and Chris Murphy of Sloan honour their friend and fellow musician, the late Matthew Grimson, with a co-release of a new posthumous collection of his songs. World-renowned photographer Carrie Mae Weems discusses art, class and culture — and how she feels about being called an artist ahead of her time.

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[Full episode] Oliver Stone, Teri Hart and Ishani Nath, Douglas Coupland, Mavis Staples 10/08/2020

Filmmaker Oliver Stone reflects on how his experiences as a soldier in the Vietnam War shaped his raw and radical approach to filmmaking. On this week's q screen panel, entertainment writers Teri Hart and Ishani Nath unpack reported allegations of intimidation, racism and sexual misconduct behind the scenes on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Artist and author Douglas Coupland talks about revisiting his series Slogans for the 21st Century, and retooling old favourites to suit the current world crisis. Gospel singer Mavis Staples explains why she still feels she has to speak out against bigotry in America.

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[Full episode] Chelsea Peretti, q This music panel, William Prince, Baaba Maal

Actor and comedian Chelsea Peretti on her start in comedy, the struggles and triumphs of motherhood, and her first lead role in the feature film. The q This music panel is here: A. Harmony and Erin Ashley join guest host Talia Schlanger to talk about the mixed reaction to Beyonce's visual album, 'Black Is King,' and the 'memeification' of Black women's trauma. William Prince talks about his album that won him this years SOCAN Songwriting Prize in the English category. Singer and guitarist Baaba Maal talks about his life in music and how he's used his sound as a platform for social change.

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[Full episode] Blair Underwood, Sewit Sium, John Hartman 06/08/2020

Blair Underwood co-stars alongside Octavia Spencer in the Netflix series, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. He joined guest host Talia Schlanger to tell us more about the series. Jewelry designer Sewit Sium on her eponymous collection of African iconography, symbolism, and motifs. She speaks with Talia about the intersection between jewlery and political expression, and how it can be a tool for education. Landscape painter John Hartman spotlights 32 portraits of Canadian writers in Many Lives Mark This Place.

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[Full episode] Lady A, Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, Nicholas Braun 05/08/2020

Blues singer Lady A explains why she won't be sharing her moniker with massive country group formerly known as Lady Antebellum. Theater director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu on her now award winning direction of the play The Brothers Size. HBO's series Succession was just nominated for 18 Emmy's. Actor Nicholas Braun talks about what it's like to be on one of the biggest shows on TV. 

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[Full episode] Stephenie Meyer, Dizzy, Jenny Han 04/08/2020

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer on her long-awaited novel Midnight Sun, and why she almost abandoned the book entirely after a rough draft of early chapters leaked online almost a decade ago. Katie Munshaw, frontwoman of the Juno-award winning band Dizzy, on their sophomore album The Sun and her Scorch. Author Jenny Han on the film adaptation of her New York Times best-seller To All The Boys I've Loved Before. Jenny joined Tom Power to talk about why teenage experiences fascinate her and the importance of representation on screen. 

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[Full episode] Elton John, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Carly Rae Jepsen 03/08/2020

Elton John opens up about his "rollercoaster life," how having children changed everything for him and why he decided to say goodbye to life on the road. Award-winning poet Reginald Dwayne Betts discusses his third collection of poetry, Felon — a personal examination of incarceration, family and justice. Carly Rae Jepsen sheds some light on the songwriting process, her latest album Dedicated, and the lasting legacy of her very first breakout hit Call Me Maybe.

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[Full episode] François Clemmons, Dalton Higgins, iskwē, Judy Collins 31/07/2020

Grammy Award-winning singer François Clemmons talks about his role as Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and how he overcame racist and homophobic discrimination throughout his life. Journalist and author Dalton Higgins unpacks how Canada's Black-owned radio stations are facing trouble right now, and what it means for the sound of our cities. Singer iskwē performs some songs from her new album acākosīk. Folk icon Judy Collins reflects on her long career, why 80 is the new 20 and her latest album Winter Stories.

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[Full episode] Judy Blume, Bob Wiseman, Lesley Hampton 30/07/2020

Author Judy Blume talks about breaking taboos when writing for kids, and why she's finally allowing Margaret to be adapted for the screen. Musician and author Bob Wiseman dives into the stories that make up his new book Music Lessons, a collection of musings on music and the music industry. Fashion designer Lesley Hampton on her gowns making waves on the Golden Globes red carpet and breaking down barriers in the fashion industry.

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[Full episode] Jarvis Cocker, Jael Richardson, Whitney French, Alexandria Maillot, Antoni Porowski 29/07/2020

Musician and actor Jarvis Cocker talks about life after fronting the band Pulp, and his new band Jarv Is. Our book columnist Jael Richardson and author Whitney French discuss the lack of diversity in Canada’s publishing industry and what it means for the books that end up on your bookshelves. Singer-songwriter Alexandria Maillot performs live in the q studio. Queer Eye's food and drink expert Antoni Porowski dishes on food, fame and growing up in Montreal.

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[Full episode] Josh Hartnett, Courtney Marie Andrews, Harry Styles 28/07/2020

Actor Josh Hartnett talks about playing Canadian investigative journalist Victor Malarek in the film Target Number One, and explains why he eschewed his heartthrob status to take on more indie roles. Singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews joins us for a performance and chat about her new album Old Flowers, which chronicles her split from her partner after a nine-year relationship. Pop icon Harry Styles tell us why he decided to come back on his own terms, stop playing it safe and make the album he wanted.

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Tracee Ellis Ross, Dermot Kennedy, Simu Liu 27/07/2020

Actress Tracee Ellis Ross opens up about the real-life experiences that informed her portrayal of an international pop star in her latest film, The High Note. Irish singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy explains how busking in Dublin prepared him for stardom, and how his songwriting has changed now that he has a massive audience. Actor Simu Liu talks about becoming Marvel's first Asian superhero, honouring his promise to a little boy, and how he's encouraging connection and compassion while isolating in Australia.

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