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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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David Foster, Marie Kondo and more 19/04/2019 [Full episode]

Best of q: Music icon David Foster tells us the stories behind his biggest hits. Organization guru Marie Kondo talks about big messes, Shintoism and viral fame. Children's musical entertainer Johnny Only takes us through the long, complicated history of Baby Shark. Peter Hedges discusses addiction, parental love and the experience of directing his 21-year-old son through his latest film Ben Is Back.

Download David Foster, Marie Kondo and more 19/04/2019 [Full episode]
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The Grizzlies: Miranda de Pencier and Anna Lambe on the importance of shining a light on traumas in Nunavut

The Grizzlies tells the story of a Nunavut high school teacher who started a lacrosse program to help students find hope during a time when teen suicide was on the rise in Inuit communities.

Download The Grizzlies: Miranda de Pencier and Anna Lambe on the importance of shining a light on traumas in Nunavut
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Box Brown: The cartoonist on drawing the history of cannabis

The New York Times best-selling cartoonist talks to Tom Power about his new comic book, which details the history of cannabis and the controversy surrounding it.

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Max Minghella: The actor on pop music, Elle Fanning and his directorial debut, Teen Spirit

You may know Max Minghella from his roles in The Social Network and The Handmaid's Tale. His directorial debut, Teen Spirit, stars Elle Fanning as a shy teenager dreaming of making it big in a singing contest.

Download Max Minghella: The actor on pop music, Elle Fanning and his directorial debut, Teen Spirit
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Max Minghella, Nile Rodgers and more 18/04/2019 [Full episode]

Actor Max Minghella talks about pop music, Elle Fanning and his directorial debut, Teen Spirit. Nile Rodgers of the band Chic shares his q block party for New York's Greenwich Village. Cartoonist Box Brown discusses his new comic book about the history of cannabis and the controversy surrounding it. The Grizzlies director Miranda de Pencier and actor Anna Lambe open up about the importance of shining a light on traumas in Nunavut.

Download Max Minghella, Nile Rodgers and more 18/04/2019 [Full episode]
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C.J. Farley: The author on secret societies, elitism and the myth of meritocracy at Harvard

C.J. Farley's experience with inequality and competition at Harvard inspired his new book, Around Harvard Square. Amid the recent college admissions scandal, he talks about who really deserves a spot in elite academic institutions.

Download C.J. Farley: The author on secret societies, elitism and the myth of meritocracy at Harvard
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Ma-Anne Dionisio: The Next to Normal star readies for a role that finds humour in mental health

Actor Ma-Anne Dionisio talks about her experience moving to Canada, landing her breakthrough role as Kim in Miss Saigon, and now, prepping for the lead role in the Tony Award-winning musical Next to Normal.

Download Ma-Anne Dionisio: The Next to Normal star readies for a role that finds humour in mental health
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Ma-Anne Dionisio, C.J. Farley and more 17/04/2019 [Full episode]

In 1993, actor Ma-Anne Dionisio landed her breakthrough role as Kim in Miss Saigon - now, she's prepping for the lead role in the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical Next to Normal. Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud talks about what Scott Rogowsky's departure from HQ Trivia means for the future of the game show app. Mask dancer and visual artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory shares her q block party playlist for Iqaluit. Author C.J. Farley talks about secret societies, elitism and the myth of meritocracy at Harvard.

Download Ma-Anne Dionisio, C.J. Farley and more 17/04/2019 [Full episode]
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The Cranberries, Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman and more 16/04/2019 [Full episode]

Fergal Lawler and Noel Hogan of the Cranberries open up about life after Dolores O'Riordan and discuss the band's final album, which was made using the late singer's unfinished demo tapes. Giller Prize-winning novelist Michael Redhill talks about Twitch Force, his first poetry collection in 18 years. Architectural historian Peter Sealy talks about the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire. Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman shares how she discovered that she was a "fake violinist" and her dream orchestra was a sham.

Download The Cranberries, Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman and more 16/04/2019 [Full episode]
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Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman: How the author discovered she was a 'fake violinist' and her dream orchestra was a sham

In her early 20s, Hindman fulfilled a lifelong dream to play violin in a prominent orchestra, but she soon realized that it was all a sham because the orchestra used pre-recorded music to fool its audiences.

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Michael Redhill: The novelist on his first poetry collection in 18 years, Twitch Force

Poet and novelist Michael Redhill discusses his new poetry collection, Twitch Force, and shares a reading live in the q studio.

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The Cranberries: Fergal Lawler and Noel Hogan open up about life after Dolores O'Riordan

Noel Hogan and Fergal Lawler of the Cranberries discuss the band's final album, In the End, which was made using the late Dolores O'Riordan's unfinished demo tapes.

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Lance Bass, Chris Butler and more 15/04/2019 [Full episode]

NSYNC's Lance Bass opens up about how producer Lou Pearlman brought '90s boy bands to fame and then defrauded them of millions. John Semley and Tina Hassannia join Tom Power to discuss the final season premiere of Game of Thrones for this week's screen panel. YouTuber Elle Mills shares her q block party playlist for her hometown of Ottawa. Director Chris Butler takes us behind the scenes of his new film, Missing Link.

Download Lance Bass, Chris Butler and more 15/04/2019 [Full episode]
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Zach Galifianakis: The actor on his new role in Missing Link and a career of playing outsiders

Actor Zach Galifianakis, best known for his role in the Hangover franchise, tells us how he feels about the pitfalls of fame and making a career of playing "loners or people that are always looking for friends."

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Alicia Rodis: Meet the 'intimacy co-ordinator' making sex scenes safer for actors

Alicia Rodis is a former actor who was hired by HBO to advocate for actors on set during sex scenes. That involves everything from reviewing their scripts to providing them with knee pads and flesh-coloured thongs.

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Zach Galifianakis, Alicia Rodis and more 12/04/2019 [Full episode]

Actor Zach Galifianakis talks about his new role in Missing Link and how he feels about making a career of playing "loners or people that are always looking for friends." On the 25th anniversary of Hole's seminal album Live Through This, the q This music panel looks back at the controversy and tragedy tangled up in its release. HBO's intimacy co-ordinator Alicia Rodis tells us about her unique role advocating for actors on set during sex scenes.

Download Zach Galifianakis, Alicia Rodis and more 12/04/2019 [Full episode]
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David Harbour: The Hellboy star talks physique, fan interactions and finding humanity in the spawn of Satan

The Stranger Things actor joined Tom Power in the q studio to talk about how he applies his classical acting method to play the literal son of Satan.

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John Ross Bowie: The playwright on Four Chords and a Gun, his stage play about the Ramones and Phil Spector

In his new play, Four Chords and a Gun, actor and playwright John Ross Bowie tells the story of one of rock 'n' roll's strangest head-on collisions: when punk pioneers the Ramones worked with notorious star producer Phil Spector to make their 1980 album, End of The Century.

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David Harbour, Zahra Noorbakhsh and more 11/04/2019 [Full episode]

Actor David Harbour discusses his Hellboy physique, fan interactions and how he finds humanity in the spawn of Satan. Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb gives us an oral history of her hit song Stay (I Missed You) from the soundtrack for the 1994 film Reality Bites. Actor and playwright John Ross Bowie talks about Four Chords and a Gun, his new stage play about the Ramones and Phil Spector. Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh tells us how she finds humour in the best and worst things about being a Muslim woman in the U.S.

Download David Harbour, Zahra Noorbakhsh and more 11/04/2019 [Full episode]
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Steve Earle: The singer-songwriter honours his friend Guy Clark with new album

Steve Earle shares fond memories of his friend and mentor, Guy Clark, and performs new music from his latest record - a tribute album full of some of Clark's best songs.

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Joe Tracz: How teenagers resurrected Broadway's latest hit musical Be More Chill

When Be More Chill opened a few years ago, it received tepid reviews from critics. Then something unexpected happened - the musical gained a young fan base who refused to let it go. 

Download Joe Tracz: How teenagers resurrected Broadway's latest hit musical Be More Chill
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Steve Earle, Joe Tracz and more 10/04/2019 [Full episode]

Singer-songwriter Steve Earle shares fond memories of his friend and mentor, Guy Clark, and performs a few songs from his new tribute album. Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on a new book to check out: Autopsy of a Boring Wife by Marie-Renée Lavoie. Music journalist Hanif Abdurraqib shares his q gateway to A Tribe Called Quest. Be More Chill co-writer Joe Tracz tells us how a young fan base resurrected Broadway's latest hit musical.

Download Steve Earle, Joe Tracz and more 10/04/2019 [Full episode]
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Rick Kelly: The Carmine Street Guitars owner makes his instruments using 'the bones from old New York'

Rick Kelly runs a guitar shop in New York called Carmine Street Guitars, where he handcrafts his instruments from wood salvaged from old buildings. A documentary about his shop just hit Canadian theatres this week. Kelly joined Tom Power to talk about the documentary, his shop and why he uses reclaimed wood to make his guitars. 

Download Rick Kelly: The Carmine Street Guitars owner makes his instruments using 'the bones from old New York'
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Safia Nolin: The French Canadian singer-songwriter on how her new album transcends language

Safia Nolin's haunting new ballads tell stories of anxiety, body shaming and unrequited love. She dropped by the q studio for a performance and chat with Tom Power.

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Steve Martin and Martin Short: The comedy legends on their friendship and new comedy tour

Steve Martin and Martin Short have been making audiences laugh for decades. Now they've partnered up for a new two-man comedy show, called Now You See Them, Soon You Won't, which is coming to Toronto this week.

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Steve Martin and Martin Short, Rick Kelly and more 09/04/2019 [Full episode]

Comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short discuss their long friendship and new two-man comedy show, Now You See Them, Soon You Won't. Carmine Street Guitars owner Rick Kelly tells us why he handcrafts his instruments using "the bones from old New York." Singer-songwriter Safia Nolin performs live in the q studio and talks about how her emotional new album transcends language.

Download Steve Martin and Martin Short, Rick Kelly and more 09/04/2019 [Full episode]
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Cage The Elephant: Matt Schultz on the emotional risk of the band's new album Social Cues

Matt Schultz of Cage The Elephant tells us how his painful divorce led to one of the band's darkest and most personal records to date.

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Joey King: The actor on her 'nerve-racking' transformation into Gypsy Rose Blanchard in The Act

Joey King stars in Hulu's true crime drama The Act, which retells the tragic and shocking story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who murdered her mother with the help of a boyfriend in 2015.

Download Joey King: The actor on her 'nerve-racking' transformation into Gypsy Rose Blanchard in The Act
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Joey King, Cage The Elephant and more 08/04/2019 [Full episode]

Our screen panel discusses the final season of Game of Thrones and whether it can live up to fan expectations. Actor Joey King talks about her "nerve-racking" transformation into Gypsy Rose Blanchard in Hulu's true crime series The Act. Cage The Elephant's Matt Schultz opens up about the emotional risk of the band's new album Social Cues.

Download Joey King, Cage The Elephant and more 08/04/2019 [Full episode]
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Terry Gilliam, PUP and more 05/04/2019 [Full episode]

Filmmaker Terry Gilliam talks about The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and how his struggle to make the film nearly destroyed him. The q This music panel assesses Kanye West's "Sunday Service" and takes a look at the complicated legacy of the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Author and music critic Jessica Hopper pays tribute to Chicago in her edition of the q block party. Toronto punk band PUP chats about their new album Morbid Stuff and performs live in the q music studio.

Download Terry Gilliam, PUP and more 05/04/2019 [Full episode]
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PUP: The Toronto punk band rock their demons on new album Morbid Stuff

Canadian punk band PUP is back with their third album, Morbid Stuff. It's a catchy, foot-stomping album that sees the young punk rockers battling existential ideas, darkness and self-doubt.

Download PUP: The Toronto punk band rock their demons on new album Morbid Stuff
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Terry Gilliam: After 30 years, the filmmaker has finished his 'cursed' Don Quixote film

In 1989, Terry Gilliam decided to make a movie loosely based on the famous Spanish novel Don Quixote, but the film seemed cursed from the beginning: funding fell through, sets flooded and original cast members died. Now, 30 years later, the film is finally here.

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Rhiannon Giddens: How Our Native Daughters is changing the narrative of American folk music

Grammy-winning musician Rhiannon Giddens set up a collaborative of black female roots musicians to record an album called Songs of Our Native Daughters, which looks at neglected female voices and stories in folk.

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Kyo Maclear: The author draws inspiration from her kids' music teacher for her first graphic novel

Somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you. Canadian writer Kyo Maclear believes in this idea so strongly that she's made it the focus of her first graphic novel for young readers, Operatic.

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Charles Officer: The filmmaker explores why The Little Prince still resonates in 2019

Charles Officer's new documentary, Invisible Essence: The Little Prince, explores the story behind the much-loved book and gives us a glimpse into what makes it so special.

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Rhiannon Giddens, Kyo Maclear and more 04/04/2019 [Full episode]

Rhiannon Giddens of the roots quartet Our Native Daughters discusses how the band's new album reclaims the narrative of American folk music. In a new documentary, filmmaker Charles Officer gives us a glimpse into what makes The Little Prince so special. Children's author Kyo Maclear explains how she drew inspiration from her kids' music teacher for her first graphic novel, Operatic.

Download Rhiannon Giddens, Kyo Maclear and more 04/04/2019 [Full episode]
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Desus and Mero: The affable comedy duo on their journey into late-night

Desus and Mero are talk show hosts from the Bronx who chat with A-list guests about pop culture, music and politics. They joined Tom Power to talk about their new late-night show on Showtime, their humble beginnings and how they knew they were on to something big.

Download Desus and Mero: The affable comedy duo on their journey into late-night
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Chance Perdomo: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star on redefining his character Ambrose Spellman

The character of Ambrose Spellman was missing from the original '90s TV series, but in Netflix's gritty reboot he's a young pansexual warlock played by Chance Perdomo.

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Desus and Mero, Chance Perdomo and more 03/04/2019 [Full episode]

Comedy duo Desus and Mero discuss their journey into late-night television. Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud explains why the battle for the biggest YouTube channel is more than a typical rivalry. Chance Perdomo talks about redefining the character of Ambrose Spellman on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Canadian mystery writer Louise Penny details the sad but "extremely healing" process of writing Glass Houses.

Download Desus and Mero, Chance Perdomo and more 03/04/2019 [Full episode]
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Danny Goldberg: The Nirvana manager remembers Kurt Cobain 25 years later

Danny Goldberg was the manager of Nirvana in the early '90s. Now, 25 years after Cobain's death, Goldberg has written a book about his experience with the band and life with and without Cobain.

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Maria Bello: The actor on her modern family, self-acceptance and how it all came together in the film Giant Little Ones

Actor and author Maria Bello opens up about how some remarkable wisdom from her son helped her realize the importance of living and loving without labels.

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Sam Richardson: The Veep actor on the show's evolution and the importance of bringing levity to politics

The Veep star talks about his time on the show and how the current political climate impacted the political comedy's final season.

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Danny Goldberg, Maria Bello and more 02/04/2019 [Full episode]

Nirvana manager Danny Goldberg remembers Kurt Cobain 25 years later. Veep star Sam Richardson talks about the evolution of the show and how the current political climate impacted its final season. Maria Bello discusses her latest film Giant Little Ones and how she realized the importance of living and loving without labels.

Download Danny Goldberg, Maria Bello and more 02/04/2019 [Full episode]
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Danny Elfman, Julie Tamiko Manning and more 01/04/2019 [Full episode]

Composer Danny Elfman takes us through his four-decade career, from scoring The Simpsons theme to his partnership with Tim Burton to writing his first violin concerto. The q screen panel breaks down the highlights from the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. Theatre artist Julie Tamiko Manning talks about her new play called The Tashme Project, which shines a light on Japanese internment in Canada.

Download Danny Elfman, Julie Tamiko Manning and more 01/04/2019 [Full episode]
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Julie Tamiko Manning: The Tashme Project shines a spotlight on Japanese internment in Canada

Theatre artist Julie Tamiko Manning is the creator of a new play that uses verbatim interviews with internment camp survivors to explore Japanese-Canadian identity today.

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Danny Elfman: The composer on The Simpsons, his partnership with Tim Burton and his first violin concerto

From The Simpsons to the eccentric realm of Tim Burton to the superhero universe of Spiderman and Avengers, composer Danny Elfman has been responsible for bringing fictional worlds to life with music for decades. Now he's taking on a new challenge: his first violin concerto.

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Ziya Tong and Max Eisen, q This and more 29/03/2019 [Full episode]

Canada Reads winners Ziya Tong and Max Eisen share what they hope Canadians will take away from the author's moving story. The q This music panel discusses what Lil Nas X's removal from the Billboard country chart says about country music today. Recording engineer Ron Skinner takes us through the story of Glenn Gould's Steinway piano in studio q.

Download Ziya Tong and Max Eisen, q This and more 29/03/2019 [Full episode]
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Ziya Tong and Max Eisen: The Canada Reads winners on By Chance Alone

Author Max Eisen and science journalist Ziya Tong talk about winning Canada Reads 2019 and what they hope Canadians will take away from Eisen's moving story.

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Pasek and Paul, Robin Hatch and more 28/03/2019 [Full episode]

Acclaimed songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul bring the music of Dear Evan Hansen with them into the q studio. British DJ and producer Matthew Herbert tells us how he set out to soundtrack Brexit. Keyboardist Robin Hatch shares new music from her debut solo album live at Glenn Gould's practice piano.

Download Pasek and Paul, Robin Hatch and more 28/03/2019 [Full episode]
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Robin Hatch: The keyboardist shares new music live in the q studio

For piano week on q, keyboardist Robin Hatch joins us live in our studio to perform new music at Glenn Gould's practice piano. She's toured with Canadian rock bands like Our Lady Peace, the Rural Alberta Advantage and Whitehorse, but her debut solo album is something totally different. Works for Solo Piano is contemporary classical with a touch of jazz.

Download Robin Hatch: The keyboardist shares new music live in the q studio
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Matthew Herbert: The British DJ gives us a soundtrack for Brexit

Matthew Herbert set out to soundtrack Brexit with a collaborative project called the Brexit Big Band. Now, as that journey culminates in a vast and intensely political album titled The State Between Us, Herbert joins Tom Power to reckon with what it means to be British today.

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Pasek and Paul: The songwriting duo bring the music of Dear Evan Hansen into the q studio

Acclaimed songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul drop by the q studio to perform at Glenn Gould's practice piano and break down what goes into their award-winning songs.

Download Pasek and Paul: The songwriting duo bring the music of Dear Evan Hansen into the q studio
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Jasmin Mozaffari, Chilly Gonzales and more 27/03/2019 [Full episode]

Director Jasmin Mozaffari tells us why she wanted to put bold, unapologetic women front and centre in her debut feature film Firecrackers. Grammy-winning musician Chilly Gonzales performs and breaks down why the piano affects listeners.

Download Jasmin Mozaffari, Chilly Gonzales and more 27/03/2019 [Full episode]
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Chilly Gonzales: The musician breaks down why the piano affects listeners

Chilly Gonzales dropped by the q studio to perform and talk about his new record Solo Piano III.

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Jasmin Mozaffari: The Firecracker igniting women's roles on and off the screen

Filmmaker Jasmin Mozaffari talks about the emotional reaction that audiences are having to her debut film Firecracker and why she wanted to put bold, unapologetic women front and centre.

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Henry D'Arthenay: The lead singer of Venezuelan rock group La Vida Bohème isn't done fighting

A few years ago, Henry D'Arthenay and his band started noticing that their music was becoming a soundtrack for the political protest movement in Venezuela, but as violence in the country escalated, they began to feel unsafe at their own shows. They decided to pack up and move to Mexico, where they're based now. D'Arthenay shares what he remembers of living in Caracas and how his music has changed his relationship with home as he watches the crisis unfold from afar.

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Donna Grantis: On her life with the guitar, from playing with Prince to her solo debut

Donna Grantis takes us through her history with the guitar, from learning her first song to going to jazz school to playing her Purple Rain solo with Prince.

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Donna Grantis, Henry D'Arthenay and more 26/03/2019 [Full episode]

Donna Grantis takes us through her life with the guitar, from playing with Prince to her solo debut. Henry D'Arthenay of La Vida Bohème shares how his music became a soundtrack for the political protest movement in Venezuela and what it's like watching the crisis at home unfold from afar. Billie Eilish performs when the party's over live in the q studio with her brother Finneas O'Connell on keys.

Download Donna Grantis, Henry D'Arthenay and more 26/03/2019 [Full episode]
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Screen panel 25/03/2019 [Full episode]

The q screen panel shares their spoiler-free review of Jordan Peele's latest horror film, Us.

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Jessica Lucas: The actor and producer on her new original crime drama, The Murders

In The Murders, Jessica Lucas stars as a rookie homicide detective who makes a big mistake with fatal consequences on her first day on the job.

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: The Olympic gold medallists on 20 years of skating and their most iconic performances

Olympic ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir join guest host Ali Hassan to look back at their journey from being childhood skating partners to the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Jessica Lucas and more 22/03/2019 [Full episode]

Olympic gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir look back on their journey from being childhood skating partners to the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. The q This music panel discusses the legacy of Madonna's Like a Prayer, which was released 30 years ago this week. Tananarive Due takes us through the complex history of black horror in cinema. The Murders producer and star Jessica Lucas tells us about the new original crime drama.

Download Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Jessica Lucas and more 22/03/2019 [Full episode]
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Mary Walsh: The comedy veteran on Codco, This Hour Has 22 Minutes and her lifetime achievement award

Newfoundland actor and comedian Mary Walsh is the recipient of the Earle Grey Award, in recognition of her body of work, at this year's Canadian Screen Awards. She joined guest host Ali Hassan to reflect on her career.

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Anupam Kher: The Bollywood star opens up about his personal connection to Hotel Mumbai

The award-winning actor, comedian and Bollywood star has appeared in more than 500 films and counting, but he says his latest film is one of his most important roles yet.

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Mary Walsh, Anupam Kher and more 21/02/2019 [Full episode]

Canadian comedy veteran Mary Walsh reflects on some of the highlights of her career, from her days in the Newfoundland comedy troupe Codco to This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Celebrity behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings tells us why reality TV shows need to be doing more to support former contestants' mental health. From Oklahoma! to The Sound of Music, writer Todd S. Purdum gives us a gateway to Rodgers and Hammerstein. Bollywood star Anupam Kher opens up about his personal connection to Hotel Mumbai.

Download Mary Walsh, Anupam Kher and more 21/02/2019 [Full episode]
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Jann Arden: The Canadian singer-songwriter on playing a TV sitcom version of herself

In a new CTV sitcom called Jann, Arden plays an egotistical, drama-queen version of herself who's desperate to get back in the spotlight, while also trying to be there for her family.

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D.W. Waterson: Meet the Canadian DJ tapped by Idris Elba to work on his new show

DJ, writer and director D.W. Waterson talks about her experience as a DJ consultant and second unit director on Idris Elba's new Netflix comedy, Turn Up Charlie.

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Jann Arden, D. W. Waterson and more 20/03/2019 [Full episode]

Jann Arden talks about her mother, self-care and playing an egotistical, drama-queen version of herself on CTV's new sitcom, Jann. Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud fills us in on Lilly Singh's upcoming late-night talk show. Nancy Drew historian Jennifer Fisher helps us crack the mystery of the famous sleuth's author. Canadian DJ D. W. Waterson tells us about being tapped by Idris Elba to work on his new Netflix show, Turn Up Charlie.

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John Cleese: The British comedy legend on Monty Python, Life of Brian and why he's taking aim at the failings of world leaders

John Cleese joins guest host Ali Hassan to discuss his 50 year career, his comedic influences and his latest stage show, Why There Is No Hope, in which he examines what he sees as the failings of the world's leaders.

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Amanda Brugel: The actor on The Handmaid's Tale, fighting for good roles and rejecting stereotypes

From Kim's Convenience to Orphan Black, Amanda Brugel has had parts in multiple Canadian productions, but in a conversation with guest host Ali Hassan, she says we still have far to go when it comes to recognizing Canadian film industry talent.

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John Cleese, Amanda Brugel and more 19/03/2019 [Full episode]

Today on q, with guest host Ali Hassan: British comedy legend John Cleese reflects on his career and discusses his latest stage show, Why There Is No Hope, in which he examines what he sees as the failings of the world's leaders. The q screen panel discusses whether or not fan campaigns to save TV shows work, or if there's actually more at play behind the scenes. Actor Amanda Brugel talks about The Handmaid's Tale, fighting for good roles and rejecting stereotypes.

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Johnny Marr, Jeff Thomas and more 18/03/2019 [Full episode]

The q This music panel and our very own Tom Power join guest host Ali Hassan to recap the highlights from the 2019 Juno Awards. Guitar legend Johnny Marr of The Smiths explains how Brexit and Trump's election inspired him to create his latest album, Call the Comet. Photographer Jeff Thomas has just won the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, but he would have never become an artist, if not for a near fatal accident that happened in 1979.

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Johnny Marr: How Brexit and Trump's election inspired his latest album

Guitarist Johnny Marr chats about how his new album, Call the Comet, imagines an alternate reality. He talks about his relationship with Morrissey and how music can become an ideal escape.

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Jeff Thomas: The 'urban Iroquois' photographer feels he's finally kept the promise he made 40 years ago

Jeff Thomas is an acclaimed photographer who has just won the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, one of the most prestigious visual arts prizes in Canada. But he would have never become an artist, if not for a near fatal accident that happened in 1979.

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q Live at the Junos 15/03/2019 [Full episode]

On this special episode of q, taped live in London, Ont., host Tom Power is joined on stage at the London Music Hall by a wide array of Canadian talent: Juno-winning musician Bahamas, Academy Award-nominated author and screenwriter Emma Donoghue, musician Kaia Kater, Juno-winning musician Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Olympic gold medallist Natalie Spooner, musician Donovan Woods, comedian Chanty Marostica and hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids.

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Kris Bowers: The Green Book composer on teaching Mahershala Ali piano

Pianist and composer Kris Bowers talks to guest host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe about scoring Green Book, working with Mahershala Ali and what it was like seeing his own hands on screen.

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Michael Bublé: The singer reflects on some of his favourite Junos moments

Michael Bublé sits down with Tom Power to talk about end-of-career rumours, his son's cancer recovery and a shift in mindset.

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Emmanuel Jal: From child soldier to Juno nominee

When Emmanuel Jal was just seven years old, he was forced to become a child soldier in Sudan. Now he lives in Toronto and his latest album, Naath, is nominated for Best World Music Album at this year's Juno Awards. He tells guest host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe how songwriting helped him escape the trauma of his past.

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Kris Bowers, Emmanuel Jal and more 14/03/2019 [Full episode]

Michael Bublé sits down with Tom Power to talk about end-of-career rumours, his son's recovery and a shift in mindset. Green Book composer Kris Bowers discusses how he taught Mahershala Ali to play piano like Don Shirley. Juno-nominated musician Emmanuel Jal opens up about his earliest memories of being a child soldier and how songwriting has helped him escape the trauma of his past.

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Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, Kinan Azmeh and more 13/03/2019 [Full episode]

Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes talks about success, anxiety and his love for Cristiano Ronaldo. Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh discusses the unexpected way that President Trump's travel ban made him feel more at home in America. Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on a new book to check out: The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson. Canadian musicians Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida sit down for an intimate performance and conversation about their marriage and creative struggles.

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Shawn Mendes: The Canadian pop star on success, anxiety and his love for Ronaldo

The Pickering, Ont., native sits down with Tom Power to talk about his meteoric rise to fame.

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Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida: The Canadian musicians on marriage and music

In a new documentary called I'm Going To Break Your Heart, solo artist Chantal Kreviazuk and Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida give us a window into the difficulties of their relationship and professional partnership.

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Kinan Azmeh: How Trump's travel ban made the Syrian clarinetist feel more at home in America

Kinan Azmeh is an acclaimed clarinetist from Damascus, Syria who's a part of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. He has a new album out this week called Uneven Sky, which explores the concept of home. His own idea of home is complicated by the fact that he lives in New York. Azmeh first moved to the city a week before the Sept. 11 attacks, which was an experience that instantly changed his sense of self. Since then, he's lived through President Donald Trump's travel ban - but his reaction to it wasn't what you might expect.

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Joe Zee: Why the fashion stylist is championing Lindsay Wong's The Woo-Woo for Canada Reads

Joe Zee tells us why he's defending Lindsay Wong's memoir The Woo-Woo for this year's battle of the books.

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Alessia Cara: The Grammy-winner on the power and problems that come with celebrity

In advance of the release of her second album, The Pains of Growing, Alessia Cara sat down with Tom Power to talk about the weird and sometimes scary side of fame.

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Alexander Skarsgård: The actor changes tack in The Hummingbird Project

Alexander Skarsgård sat down with Tom Power at TIFF to talk about shedding his image as a sex symbol to play an ambitious Wall Street techie in The Hummingbird Project.

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Alexander Skarsgård, Joe Zee and more 12/03/2019 [Full episode]

Grammy award-winner Alessia Cara discusses the power and problems that come with celebrity. Fashion stylist Joe Zee tells us why he's defending Lindsay Wong's memoir The Woo-Woo for this year's Canada Reads. The life of soul music icon Curtis Mayfield is told through the words of his son, Todd Mayfield. Alexander Skarsgård talks about changing tack to play an ambitious Wall Street techie in The Hummingbird Project.

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Jeremy Dutcher: The Polaris Prize-winning musician reflects on his whirlwind year

Jeremy Dutcher is an operatic tenor, composer and musicologist who won the Polaris Music Prize last year for his debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. Now he's nominated for a Juno Award.

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Snow: The Canadian singer and dancehall artist on making his surprise comeback with Daddy Yankee

The Canadian reggae and dancehall singer reflects on his journey as an artist and what it's like having his 1993 hit Informer resurrected on the charts.

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Deanne Foley: An Audience of Chairs wrestles with the complexity of motherhood and mental health

Director Deanne Foley talks to Tom Power about her latest film, An Audience of Chairs, which won the Atlantic Film Festival award for Best Atlantic Film.

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Jeremy Dutcher, Snow and more 11/03/2019 [Full episode]

Polaris Prize-winning singer Jeremy Dutcher reflects on his whirlwind year and his 2019 Juno Award nomination. The q screen panel discusses why some critics are reluctant to share their honest review of Captain Marvel. Director Deanne Foley talks about her latest film, An Audience of Chairs, and how it wrestles with the complexity of motherhood and mental health. Canadian reggae and dancehall singer Snow talks about his 1993 hit Informer and what it's like seeing it make a surprise comeback thanks to Daddy Yankee.

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Yeardley Smith: Lisa Simpson wasn't what she thought her big break would be

When Yeardley Smith was offered the role of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons, she could never have imagined that she'd be joining the longest-running television family ever.

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Amanda Palmer: The singer tackles abortion, miscarriage and suicide on new 'unapologetically balls-out' feminist album

Singer, songwriter and provocateur Amanda Palmer talks about her personal new record, There Will Be No Intermission, and performs some stripped-down versions of her songs at the grand piano.

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Yeardley Smith, Amanda Palmer and more 08/03/2019 [Full episode]

Yeardley Smith, best known as the voice of Lisa Simpson, talks about the evolution of The Simpsons and what keeps her busy outside of Springfield: her true crime podcast, Small Town Dicks. The q This music panel takes a look at why some musicians are no longer sitting down for big interviews and choosing instead to write about themselves. Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer performs in the q studio and opens up about her new "unapologetically balls-out" feminist album, which tackles abortion, miscarriage and suicide.

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Andrew Rannells: The actor and Broadway star opens up about the hardest years of his career

Broadway star and prestige television actor Andrew Rannells talks about his new memoir, getting his big break on Broadway and how he escaped a relationship he had as a teen with an emotionally manipulative 40-year-old.

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Aasif Mandvi: The actor on bringing back his one-man play Sakina's Restaurant 20 years later

After nearly 10 years as a correspondent on The Daily Show with John Stewart, Aasif Mandvi is going back to his roots. He talks about returning to Sakina's Restaurant, a one-man play he wrote 20 years ago when he was struggling to find parts as an Indian actor in New York.

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Vinessa Antoine: The Diggstown star on being Canadian primetime TV's first black female lawyer

For the first time in Canadian television, a black woman is starring in a primetime drama. Vinessa Antoine talks about her character on CBC's Diggstown, a corporate lawyer named Marcie Diggs who dedicates herself to working in legal aid.

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Andrew Rannells, Aasif Mandvi and more 07/03/2019 [Full episode]

Broadway star and prestige television actor Andrew Rannells opens up about the hardest years of his career. Diggstown star Vinessa Antoine talks about being Canadian primetime television's first black female lawyer. YouTuber Elle Mills shares her q block party playlist for Ottawa. Nigerian-Canadian hip-hop artist Shopé reacts to winning CBC Music's Searchlight 2019 competition. Actor Aasif Mandvi discusses bringing back his one-man play Sakina's Restaurant 20 years later.

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Zadie Smith: The author and essayist on staying open to art and 'feeling free' to change her mind

Zadie Smith talks about her non-fiction writing and what it's taught her about the act of trying to make sense of a chaotic world.

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Zadie Smith, Mosha Lundström Halbert and more 06/03/2019 [Full episode]

Author and essayist Zadie Smith talks about her non-fiction writing and what it's taught her about the act of trying to make sense of a chaotic world. Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud helps us understand a hoax urban legend for the digital age: the Momo Challenge. Artist and writer Nate Harrison breaks down the history of the Amen drum break. Our fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert discusses a new retrospective of French designer Thierry Mugler's work at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

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Said The Whale, Yanic Truesdale and more 05/03/2019 [Full episode]

Sarah McLachlan reflects on the legacy of Lilith Fair, the power of Angel and how music saved her life. Actor Yanic Truesdale tells us why he's defending Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette for Canada Reads. Breakout singer-songwriter Freya Ridings performs her single You Mean The World To Me. West Coast indie rock band Said The Whale perform from their new album, Cascadia.

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Sarah McLachlan: On the intense power of Angel, the unofficial song of sorrow

Sarah McLachlan reflects on the legacy of Lilith Fair, the power of Angel and how music saved her life.

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Said The Whale: How appendicitis brought the band closer together on tour

Shortly after having his appendix removed, Tyler Bancroft joined us in the q music studio with his bandmates from Said The Whale to perform from their new album, Cascadia.

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Yanic Truesdale: Why the actor is championing Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's novel Suzanne for Canada Reads 2019

Actor Yanic Truesdale, who you may recognize as Michel on Gilmore Girls, discusses why he's defending Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette for this year's battle of the books.

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Leaving Neverland: Can one explosive film deliver the fatal blow to Michael Jackson's legacy?

The q screen panel discusses HBO's new four-hour documentary, Leaving Neverland, which details the accounts of two men who say they were sexually abused by Jackson when they were children.

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T Bone Burnett, q screen panel 04/03/2019 [Full episode]

Prolific record producer T Bone Burnett takes us deep into the music that's shaped his life and his approach to recording. He shares stories about touring with Bob Dylan, recording with Elvis Costello and how he pulled together one of the most influential movie soundtracks of all time. Our screen panel discusses HBO's explosive new documentary, Leaving Neverland, which details the accounts of two men who say they were sexually abused by Michael Jackson when they were children.

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T Bone Burnett: The legendary record producer on releasing his first album in 11 years

Prolific record producer T Bone Burnett is behind some of the most acclaimed albums of the last 30 years, but he isn't very well-known himself. He takes us deep into the music that's shaped his life and his approach to recording.

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Hawksley Workman, Annie Murphy and more 01/03/2019 [Full episode]

Designer Isaac Mizrahi reflects on how his struggles with body image encouraged him to pursue a career in fashion. ?Singer-songwriter Hawksley Workman performs live in the q studio and shares the inspiration behind his new album. ?Our music panel talks about Janet Jackson's upcoming Las Vegas residency and the winner of the TV series, The Masked Singer. Schitt's Creek star Annie Murphy shares the inspiration behind the show's new viral earworm, A Little Bit Alexis.

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James Blake, Wintersleep and more 28/02/2019 [Full episode]

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and producer James Blake opens up about how sensitivity influences his music and chats about the collaborations on his new album, Assume Form. French-Moroccan novelist Leïla Slimani talks about the pressures women face and what inspired her novel, Adèle. Flying Hórses reflects on how her new album uses sound to take the listener on an emotional journey. Wintersleep performs live in the q studio and tells Tom Power why their new album takes a strong stance on social issues.

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Wintersleep: On their new album and how it takes a stance on social issues close to home

Wintersleep shares some new music from their latest album, In the Land Of, and discuss how they're using their songs to reckon with their sense of responsibility.

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Leïla Slimani: The French-Moroccan novelist on making art out of existential boredom

Leïla Slimani is the Prix Goncourt-winning author of The Perfect Nanny, which took the literary world by storm when it was first published in France in 2016. She joined us to reflect on her whirlwind year and resurrecting her first novel, Adèle, for English readers.

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James Blake: The Grammy-winning producer on being the ultimate collaborator

James Blake is behind all of the big collaborations that are on your playlist right now. He joined us in the q studio to talk about his new album, Assume Form, and what it's like to be one of the most sought-after collaborators in popular music today.

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Cynthia Dale: The actor on returning to Street Legal after 25 years

The Street Legal fan favourite explains why now is the perfect time for Olivia Novak to be back on TV.

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Kathleen Robertson: Writing, acting and finding her passion

After decades on set, Robertson is finding new success in Hollywood by nailing the voices of the characters she writes.

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Cynthia Dale, Kathleen Robertson and more 27/02/2019 [Full episode]

Street Legal star Cynthia Dale talks about reprising her role as Olivia Novak after 25 years. Writer Ciaran Thapar unpacks why U.K. drill rappers Skengdo x AM were sentenced for playing their song. Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on a new book to check out: We Cast A Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin. Actor-turned-writer Kathleen Robertson tells us how she found her passion for screenwriting.

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Larry Charles: The writer-director takes us inside the world's most dangerous places for comedy

In a new four-part Netflix series, Larry Charles looks for the cultural meaning of comedy in places you might not think to look for it.

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Ziya Tong: Why the science journalist is defending Max Eisen's Holocaust memoir for Canada Reads

Science journalist Ziya Tong discusses why she's championing By Chance Alone by Max Eisen for this year's battle of the books.

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Stephanie Beatriz: The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star on how comedy can tackle tough topics

Beatriz talks about directing Brooklyn Nine-Nine's #MeToo episode and tells us why she believes a sitcom can be the right place to tackle tough topics.

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Larry Charles, Stephanie Beatriz and more 26/02/2019 [Full episode]

Comedian Larry Charles takes us inside the world's most dangerous places for comedy. Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz tells us why a sitcom can be the right place to tackle tough topics. Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff walks us through the evolution of presidential satire. Science journalist and Canada Reads panellist Ziya Tong defends Max Eisen's Holocaust memoir, By Chance Alone.

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Murray Lightburn: The musician shares new music live in the q studio with a string quartet

Murray Lightburn joins Tom Power live in the q studio for a performance and chat about his new solo record, Hear Me Out.

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Jackie Shane: A rare interview with the late pioneering musician

Soul singer and transgender pioneer Jackie Shane recently passed away at the age of 78. Earlier this month, CBC's Elaine Banks had the pleasure of speaking with Shane about her music, life and career. This is part of that rare interview.

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Angie Thomas: The author tackles race, class and viral fame in her new book

Angie Thomas is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give. Her second book, On The Come Up, is a coming-of-age story that uses hip hop to explore the tensions between social media culture, freedom of speech and black womanhood.

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Angie Thomas, Murray Lightburn and more 25/02/2019 [Full episode]

Our screen panel recaps the Oscars and unpacks why Green Book's best picture win is drawing mixed reactions. Musician Murray Lightburn drops by the q studio to share new music from his solo record, Hear Me Out. CBC's Elaine Banks speaks with the late Jackie Shane in one of the pioneering musician's final interviews. Angie Thomas talks about her new book, On The Come Up, a coming-of-age story that tackles race, class and viral fame.

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Michael Chabon: The novelist on reading, writing and Captain Picard

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon tells us about his latest collection of essays, which gives readers a kaleidoscopic peak into the obsessions that make him tick.

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Saul Williams: The poet, musician and activist on the power of poetry, on stage and on the page

Saul Williams is a poet, musician, actor and activist who, for decades, has been spreading his words far and wide to inspire change.

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Michael Chabon, Saul Williams and more 22/02/2019 [Full episode]

The q This music panel talks about the rise of the rock biopic. Musician Tal Bachman looks back on his hit song She's So High on its 20th anniversary. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon discusses his latest collection of essays, which explores everything from the films of Wes Anderson and the fiction of Ray Bradbury. Poet, actor, musician and activist Saul Williams talks about the power of poetry, on stage and on the page.

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Pasek and Paul: The songwriting duo on bringing their hit musical Dear Evan Hansen to Toronto

The Grammy, Tony and Academy award-winning songwriting duo, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, tell us why musicals are striking a chord right now and what a good show needs to stay relevant and popular.

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Kinetic Light: Meet the team dancing on the 24-foot ramp that's taking disability art to new heights

Descent is the title of a new dance performance that's transporting dancers and audiences alike into a different understanding of disability art and movement. Alice Sheppard, Laurel Lawson and Michael Maag from the Kinetic Light collective tell us more about this production.

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Mark O'Brien: The actor on the triumph and tragedy of hockey's greatest goaltender

Mark O'Brien stars in a new film called Goalie, about the life of Toronto Maple Leafs legend, Terry Sawchuk.

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Pasek and Paul, Mark O'Brien and more 21/02/2019 [Full episode]

Songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul talk about bringing their hit musical Dear Evan Hansen to Toronto. Actor Mark O'Brien discusses playing Toronto Maple Leafs legend, Terry Sawchuk, in a new film called Goalie. Kinetic Light's Alice Sheppard, Laurel Lawson and Michael Maag tell us how their new dance performance is transporting dancers and audiences alike into a different understanding of disability art and movement.

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Foreigner: Mick Jones and Lou Gramm on Jukebox Hero The Musical

Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of the band Foreigner are in Toronto for the world premiere of a new musical based on the band's songs, called Jukebox Hero The Musical.

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David Attenborough: The iconic naturalist on why he's more 'hopeful' for the future of the planet

Sir David Attenborough talks about his long career, including everything from having a gorilla give him a dental exam to helping discover Monty Python.

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David Attenborough, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, and more 20/02/2019 [Full episode]

Broadcaster Sir David Attenborough tells us why he's more hopeful for the future of the planet. Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud discusses how Finstagrams (a.k.a. fake Instagram accounts, or Finstas) have become a form of digital escapism. Musician Sarah Davachi gives us a guide to the world of deep listening. Foreigner's Mick Jones and Lou Gramm talk about a new musical based on the band's songs, called Jukebox Hero The Musical.

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Michael Mann, Megan Gail Coles and more 19/02/2019 [Full episode]

Michael Mann tells us why he's taking his filmmaking skills to the world of books with his own publishing imprint, Michael Mann Books. Our fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert explains why Karl Lagerfeld's death at the age of 85 represents a changing of the guard in fashion. Author Megan Gail Coles discusses her debut novel Small Game Hunting At The Local Coward Gun Club, a tough-love letter to Newfoundland. Simple Plan's Chuck Comeau talks about being a Canada Reads panellist and why he's defending Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung.

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Chuck Comeau: Why the Simple Plan drummer is championing Homes by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung for Canada Reads 2019

Simple Plan's Chuck Comeau talks about being a Canada Reads panellist and why he's defending Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung.

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Megan Gail Coles: Why she wrote her debut novel as a tough-love letter to Newfoundland

Small Game Hunting At The Local Coward Gun Club is a sombre and at times harrowing story that speaks to larger issues that the author feels Newfoundland needs to face.

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Michael Mann: The Heat director is working on the next chapter of the iconic film for his new publishing imprint

Michael Mann tells us why he's taking his filmmaking skills to the world of books with his own publishing imprint, Michael Mann Books.

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Adam McKay, Emma Stone and more 18/02/2019 [Full episode]

Vice director Adam McKay talks about finding compassion for Dick Cheney. Emma Stone discusses her latest role in the historical drama The Favourite. Lukas Nelson talks about working with Lady Gaga and crafting the soundtrack for A Star is Born. Black Panther costume designer Ruth E. Carter tells us how costumes bring characters to life.

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Jessye Norman: The opera legend shares stories from her incredible decades-long career

Ahead of receiving the Glenn Gould Prize in Toronto, opera singer Jessye Norman joined guest host Laurie Brown to reflect on her early career and the importance of the arts.

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Sam Lipsyte: The satirical novelist turns his eye to the dark side of mindfulness and fake gurus

Sam Lipsyte talks to guest host Laurie Brown about his new novel Hark, which explores the world of spiritual leaders, the people who follow them and the situations in which they appear so compelling.

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Ashley McBryde: The country singer performs from her Grammy-nominated album live in the q studio

Ashley McBryde shares some music from her Grammy-nominated debut album, Girl Goin' Nowhere, and tells us why staying true to herself was the key to her success.

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Jessye Norman, Sam Lipsyte and more 15/02/2019 [Full episode]

Ahead of receiving the Glenn Gould Prize in Toronto, opera legend Jessye Norman shares some stories from her incredible decades-long career. The q This music panel discusses the allegations levelled against Ryan Adams and what this story says about music industry gatekeepers. Country singer Ashley McBryde shares some music from her Grammy-nominated debut album, Girl Goin' Nowhere. Satirical novelist Sam Lipsyte turns his eye to the dark side of mindfulness and fake gurus.

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Bing Liu: The Minding the Gap director on sharing stories of abuse

Bing Liu's Oscar-nominated documentary Minding the Gap follows a group of young skateboarders to take a raw and honest look at child abuse in small town America.

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Redd Pepper: Meet the voice over artist behind some of the biggest movie trailers

Voice over artist Redd Pepper talks about his decade-spanning career and why the classic movie trailer phrase, "In a world" will never get old.

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Mélissa Laveaux: The singer brings the sounds of Haiti to the q studio

Mélissa Laveaux sits down with guest host Laurie Brown to chat about her latest album Radyo Siwèl and performs some new music for us.

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Bing Liu, Mélissa Laveaux and more 14/02/2019 [Full episode]

Minding the Gap director Bing Liu discusses the importance of sharing stories of abuse. Voice over artist Redd Pepper talks about his decade-spanning career voicing some of the biggest movie trailers. Writer and former music executive Will Ashon looks back on the Wu-Tang Clan's debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Canadian singer-songwriter Mélissa Laveaux brings the sounds of Haiti to the q studio.

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Ludwig Göransson: The Grammy-winning This Is America producer on creating the biggest song of the year

Ludwig Göransson is the man behind Childish Gambino's massive hit This Is America, which made history this past weekend when it became the first rap song to win song of the year and record of the year at the Grammys.

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Sugar Sammy: Fluent in four languages, outrageous in all of them - the Canadian comedian brings an outsider's perspective to Paris

Canadian comedian Sugar Sammy joins Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about how he generates laughs - and outrage - across cultural boundaries.

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Barbara Hannigan: The soprano and conductor on her early career and mentoring young artists

Nova Scotian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan tells us what shaped her into the musician she's become and why she's so keen to mentor young artists.

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Ludwig Göransson, Sugar Sammy and more 13/02/2019 [Full episode]

Grammy-winning record producer and film composer Ludwig Göransson talks about creating the biggest song of the year, Childish Gambino's This Is America. Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on a new book to check out: The Matchmaker's List by Sonya Lalli. Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan tells us what shaped her into the musician she's become and why she's so keen to mentor young artists. Comedian Sugar Sammy discusses how he generates laughs - and outrage - across cultural boundaries.

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Christine Goerke: The opera star on drawing power from self-doubt in COC's Elektra

Soprano Christine Goerke talks about how she gets into the right head space to play one of the most difficult roles in opera, Elektra.

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Emily King: How finding space to create helped her find her sound

Grammy-nominated R&B singer Emily King drops by the q music studio to chat with Tom Power and perform a few songs from her new album, Scenery.

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Lisa Ray: Why she's championing David Chariandy's Brother for Canada Reads 2019

The actor, model and philanthropist defends her book pick and tells us why she's participating in the great Canadian book debate.

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Christine Goerke, Emily King and more 12/01/2019 [Full episode]

Soprano Christine Goerke talks about how she gets into the right head space to play Elektra, one of the most difficult roles in opera. Sesame Street's music director Bill Sherman tells us what goes into making a great Sesame Street song. Canada Reads panellist Lisa Ray champions her book pick, Brother by David Chariandy. Singer-songwriter Emily King performs in the q music studio.

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Henry Rollins, LP and more 11/02/2019 [Full episode]

Musician, actor, author and spoken word artist Henry Rollins shows us a different side of himself. Singer-songwriter LP talks about becoming an unlikely sensation. The q screen panel discusses the British Academy Film Awards and the Canadian Screen Awards. Music journalist Briana Younger unpacks the details around 21 Savage's immigration case.

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LP: The pop polymath on becoming an unlikely sensation

Singer-songwriter LP started out singing in the band Cracker and went on to write songs for the likes of Rihanna and Cher. Now she has her own devoted fan base. She joined Tom Power live in the q studio.

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Henry Rollins: The musician, actor and spoken word artist shows us a different side of himself

Henry Rollins is a man with many sides. The musician, actor, author and spoken word artist joins Tom Power to share a few stories and open up about the side of himself that he doesn't often show on stage.

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Jackie Shane: A rare interview with a living legend

Soul singer Jackie Shane built a loyal audience on Toronto's Yonge Street strip in the '60s. In 1971, she disappeared from the public eye, but now she's agreed to speak with CBC's Elaine Banks.

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Bahamas and Robbie Lackritz: An inside look at their Grammy-nominated album Earthtones

To Bahamas, Robbie Lackritz is more than an engineer, he's his producer, collaborator, manager and last but not least, his friend. They discuss their relationship and what it feels like to have their work result in a Grammy nomination.

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David Foster: The music icon tells the stories behind his biggest hits

Award-winning record producer and songwriter David Foster talks about some of the massive hits he's helped create with the likes of Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Michael Bublé and more.

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David Foster, Jackie Shane and more 08/02/2019 [Full episode]

Music icon David Foster tells us the stories behind his biggest hits. Bahamas and Robbie Lackritz peel back the curtain on their Grammy-nominated album Earthtones. The q This music panel breaks down what to expect at the 2019 Grammys. Soul singer Jackie Shane speaks with CBC's Elaine Banks after disappearing from the public eye for decades.

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Sting, Vincent Lambe and more 07/02/2019 [Full episode]

Sting talks about writing, producing and starring in his musical The Last Ship. Actor and playwright Haley McGee discusses her latest show The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, in which she revisits all of the gifts she's received from boyfriends past and reassesses their worth. Detainment director Vincent Lambe addresses his controversial Oscar-nominated short film about the 1993 murder toddler James Bulger.

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Vincent Lambe: Director of controversial James Bulger film explores what happens when children kill

Who has the right to tell someone's story? That question is at the heart of a debate surrounding the Oscar-nominated film Detainment, about the 1993 murder of two-year-old James Bulger at the hands of two 10-year-old boys. Director Vincent Lambe discusses his motivation to tell this story.

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Haley McGee: Can you put a price on love? One playwright finds out for herself

In Haley McGee's latest show The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale, the actor and playwright revisits all of the gifts she's received from boyfriends past and reassesses their worth, post-breakup.

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Sting: The icon on his musical The Last Ship

After completing a 12-week tour in the U.K. and Ireland, Sting is bringing his Tony-nominated musical The Last Ship to Toronto for a limited run. He found some time in between rehearsals to stop by the q studio (while still dressed in his costume) for a conversation about the show.

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Joe Berlinger: Why the director made two films about Ted Bundy

Joe Berlinger discusses the popularity of true crime stories and why he believes there's value, beyond entertainment, in examining a criminal mind.

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William Ferris: The folklorist on preserving Mississippi Delta blues

Folklorist William Ferris talks about recording and capturing the memories of musicians in the American South in the '60s and '70s. His compilation album Voices of Mississippi? has earned a Grammy nomination for best historical album.

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Dawn Jani Birley: In a new adaptation of Hamlet, the story is literally in Horatio's hands

Actor Dawn Jani Birley plays Horatio in a new take on Shakespeare's Hamlet, which is narrated entirely in American Sign Language. While some actors have speaking roles, no one interprets the sign language for the audience.

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Joe Berlinger, William Ferris and more 06/02/2019 [Full episode]

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger tells us why he made two Ted Bundy films and discusses the popularity of true crime stories. Our online panel talks about a shift in the social media landscape's content-stealing culture as comedians call for a boycott of the popular F--kJerry account. Actor Dawn Jani Birley tells us about her role in a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, which is narrated entirely in American Sign Language. Folklorist William Ferris talks about recording and capturing the memories of musicians in the American South in the '60s and '70s.

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Midnight Shine: Adrian Sutherland performs live in the q studio

Midnight Shine's Adrian Sutherland performs a special stripped-down solo set and talks about using classic rock songwriting to address the issues facing his home of Attawapiskat.

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Esi Edugyan: The Washington Black author on exploring history's lost voices

Award-winning author Esi Edugyan explains what she wanted to say about one of history's greatest injustices in her latest novel Washington Black. That book won the 2018 Giller Prize, was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and appeared on former U.S. president Barack Obama's year-end list of favourite books.

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Jeremy Larter: The filmmaker on his new comedy Pogey Beach - and why he's poking fun at P.E.I. stereotypes

Filmmaker Jeremy Larter joins Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about Pogey Beach, a new comedy that plays with East Coast stereotypes.

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Esi Edugyan, Jeremy Larter and more 05/02/2019 [Full episode]

Giller Prize-winning author Esi Edugyan talks about journeying into the past in her latest novel Washington Black. Adrian Sutherland of the band Midnight Shine performs live in the q studio. Violinist Er-Gene Kahng discusses the life and music of Florence Price, a pioneering African-American composer. Filmmaker Jeremy Larter tells us about his new comedy Pogey Beach - and why he's poking fun at P.E.I. stereotypes.

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Marlon James: The author on writing an 'African Game of Thrones' and undergoing an exorcism

Man Booker Prize-winner Marlon James discusses his new novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and opens up about his experience with a voluntary exorcism.

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Arthur Brand: Meet the art detective known as the 'Indiana Jones of lost art'

Art recovery expert Arthur Brand tells us why valuable art could be in your very own backyard.

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Marlon James, Arthur Brand and more 04/02/2019 [Full episode]

Author Marlon James tells us why he wanted to write "an African Game of Thrones" and opens up about his experience with a voluntary exorcism. The q screen panel discusses the changing significance of the Super Bowl and whether its elaborate and expensive ads can be seen as art. Art detective Arthur Brand explains how he tracks down and recovers lost art.

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Dominique Jackson: The Pose star on the importance of telling trans stories

Dominique Jackson is the star of Pose, a television series that's making history right now for its depiction of the trans community.

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Charlotte Cornfield: The Toronto singer-songwriter shares new music live in the q studio

Charlotte Cornfield drops by to perform a few new songs from her upcoming record, The Shape of Your Name, which comes out this April.

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Steve Buzak: The ice carving artist sheds light on the world of weather-dependent art

Ice carving artist Steve Buzak tells us whether he thinks ice-cold temperatures helped or hindered the competition at the Canada Cup of Ice Carving in Edmonton.

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Charlotte Cornfield, Dominique Jackson and more 01/02/2019 [Full episode]

The q This team discusses the Super Bowl halftime show with Maroon 5 and breaks down the Juno Awards nominations. Toronto singer-songwriter Charlotte Cornfield shares new music live in the q studio. Pose star Dominique Jackson explains why the series is making history right now for its depiction of the trans community. Ice carving artist Steve Buzak sheds some light on the world of weather-dependent art.

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Rennie Harris: The choreographer pays homage to Alvin Ailey with new ballet Lazarus

Rennie Harris is an award-winning choreographer who's paying tribute to Alvin Ailey's legacy by incorporating contemporary dance crazes like the Running Man, the Nae Nae and the Dab into a new ballet called Lazarus. Harris joins Tom Power live from Austin, Texas to talk about why he thinks street dances are right in line with Ailey's legacy.

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Alan Alda: The actor delves into his fascination with science and communication in his new book

Alan Alda has the answer for better understanding each other. It's something that he shares in his latest book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on my Face?

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Canada Reads 2019: Meet this year's contenders

To kick off this year's challenge, all five Canada Reads panellists get together in the q studio to introduce the books they are championing.

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Alan Alda, Rennie Harris and more 31/01/2019 [Full episode]

Alan Alda delves into his fascination with science and communication in his book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on my Face? Choreographer Rennie Harris pays homage to Alvin Ailey with a new ballet called Lazarus. Sonny Rollins and Robert Benton celebrate the 60th anniversary of Art Kane's iconic jazz photo A Great Day in Harlem. All five Canada Reads 2019 panellists get together in the q studio to introduce the books they are championing.

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James Mullinger: Why the comedian chose to leave the U.K. behind and move to New Brunswick

Four years ago, comedian James Mullinger left a successful stand-up career in the U.K. and relocated to New Brunswick. Since then, his career has boomed. He joined Tom Power live from Saint John to talk about why he thinks his comedy resonates in Canada. We also give him a special q citizenship test to help him in his process of becoming a Canadian citizen.

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Sarah McLachlan: On returning to the Junos - this time as host

Yesterday, it was announced that Sarah McLachlan will host the 2019 Juno Awards on March 17 in London, Ont. Throughout the years, the singer-songwriter has been a performer, presenter and winner at the Junos, as well as inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, but this job will require a different kind of performance. Ahead of the announcement, McLachlan sat down with Tom Power at The Sarah McLachlan School of Music to talk about her nerve-racking new gig and reflect on her career.

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Sarah McLachlan, James Mullinger and more 30/01/2019 [Full episode]

Sarah McLachlan sits down with Tom Power to talk about her nerve-racking new gig, hosting the 2019 Juno Awards. Our books columnist, Jael Richardson, discusses her latest book recommendation: Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam. David Brewis of Field Music tells us how the band made and performed music inspired by the First World War armistice using a 100-year-old sound ranging document. Comedian James Mullinger explains why he left the U.K. and moved to New Brunswick.

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Marie Kondo, Harrison and Daniela Andrade, and more 29/01/2019 [Full episode]

Organization guru and author Marie Kondo talks about big messes, Shintoism and viral fame. Video game journalist Kate Gray breaks down Overwatch's fake female player scandal. Author Giles Blunt gives us a q Block Party for his hometown of North Bay. Toronto-based producer Harrison and Montreal-based singer Daniela Andrade perform and chat about the pressures of building music careers in the digital age.

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Harrison and Daniela Andrade: On the opportunities and pressures of building music careers in the digital age

Toronto-based producer Harrison and Montreal-based singer Daniela Andrade join Tom Power for a performance and chat about finding a community online and the pressures of being artists in the digital age.

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Marie Kondo: The tidying guru talks big messes, shintoism and viral fame

Marie Kondo talks to Tom Power about bringing her ideas to a North American audience and how her life has changed.

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Matt Andersen, Hung Vanngo and more 28/01/2019 [Full episode]

Canadian blues man Matt Andersen shares new music live in the q studio. The q screen panel discusses whether it's appropriate to celebrate Bohemian Rhapsody in light of sexual abuse allegations against the film's director. Author Nnedi Okorafor talks about her entry into the comic book world and what drives her creativity as one of the foremost authors in the world of Afrofuturism. Two self-described "cowboy poets" introduce us to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, one of the most unique poetry slams in North America. Celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo shares his journey from a refugee boat out of Vietnam to the Oscars red carpet.

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Matt Andersen: The Canadian blues man shares new music live in the q studio

Matt Anderson joins Tom Power live in the q studio to perform some new music from his upcoming album Halfway Home by Morning.

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Hung Vanngo: One makeup artist's journey from refugee camp to Oscars red carpet

Celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo will spend this month flying back and forth to Los Angeles - but that trip is nothing compared to the one that brought him to Canada.

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Nnedi Okorafor: The author on her new comic LaGuardia and writing black people into the future

Nnedi Okorafor's new comic LaGuardia imagines a future where aliens have made first contact with Earth and Nigeria is the only country that will accept them as immigrants. She talks with Tom Power about her entry into the comic book world and what drives her creativity as one of the foremost authors in the world of Afrofuturism.

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Scott Borchetta: From Taylor Swift to The Launch, how the record label executive spots the next big talent

Scott Borchetta has an eye for talent. One of the very first artists he signed to his label Big Machine Records was Taylor Swift, who was just 14 years old at the time.

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Digawolf: The band performs from their upcoming new album Yellowstone live in the q studio

Ahead of the release of Digawolf's new album Yellowstone, the band dropped by the q studio to give us a sneak preview and special live performance of their songs Elexe Together and Northern Love Affair.

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Scott Borchetta, Digawolf and more 25/01/2019 [Full episode]

Record label executive Scott Borchetta tells us how he spots the next big talent, from Taylor Swift to The Launch. The q This panel discusses Spotify's new mute feature and reviews new music from Weezer. Fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert tells us why Bebe Rexha is speaking out against designers who are unwilling to dress her for the Grammys. Digawolf performs from their upcoming new album Yellowstone live in the q studio.

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Steffi DiDomenicantonio: Come from Away comes home to Newfoundland, the province that inspired it

The cast of the hit Canadian musical Come from Away is visiting Newfoundland, the province that inspired it. This week, the Toronto cast brings the show to St. John's where they're performing eight charity concerts, the first of which took place just last night. Steffi DiDomenicantonio plays a TV reporter in the show, whose first day on the job is during the Sept. 11 attacks. She joins Tom Power live from St. John's to tell us more about bringing the show home.

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Steffi DiDomenicantonio, Johnny Only and more 24/01/2019 [Full episode]

Come from Away's Steffi DiDomenicantonio tells us about taking the show home to Newfoundland and donating the proceeds to charity. Fernanda Solórzano and Gabriel Sama discuss the universal appeal of Alfonso Cuarón's film Roma. Children's musical entertainer Johnny Only takes us through the long, complicated history of Baby Shark. Architect Nathalie Ryan discusses the discovery of a 17th-century painting in an Oscar de la Renta boutique in Paris.

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Tatiana Maslany: How starring in Broadway's Network changed the way she consumes media

Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany is making her Broadway debut in the media satire Network, a reworking of the 1976 film of the same name. She stars alongside Bryan Cranston who takes on the lead role as news anchor Howard Beale.

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Christopher Paolini: The author returns to the world of Eragon with The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm

At just 18-years-old, Christopher Paolini became a best-selling author after publishing the first novel he ever wrote, Eragon. Now, he's returning to the universe he created with a brand new novel.

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Tatiana Maslany, Christopher Paolini and more 23/01/2019 [Full episode]

Tatiana Maslany discusses her Broadway debut in the media satire Network. Our online panel takes a hard look at the world of social media influencers. Author Christopher Paolini talks about returning to the world of Eragon with a new novel, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm.

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Shaun Majumder: The comedian takes on white supremacy to find the funny in hate

Shaun Majumder has been keeping busy since his time on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. For his new tour, he draws on his experiences coming up against racism, the alt-right and white supremacy in order to find the humour.

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Oscar nominations 2019: the surprises, snubs and shoo-ins

Our screen panel convenes to discuss this year's Oscar nominations and a few big questions hanging over the glitziest night in the movie business.

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Shaun Majumder, Oscar nominations and more 22/01/2019 [Full episode]

Actor and comedian Shaun Majumder unpacks what's funny about hate and how to make white supremacists laugh. Author Noah Isenberg presents an oral history of the Hollywood classic Casablanca. The q screen panel fills us in on the 2019 Oscar nominations.

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Joel Thomas Hynes: The Little Dog creator and star on his lifelong affinity for underdogs

Everyone loves an underdog story, but what happens once that underdog makes it to the top? That's a question Little Dog creator and star Joel Thomas Hynes is facing right now. He speaks to guest host Laurie Brown about how much of himself he pours into his character.

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Noam Murro: Why Watership Down feels more timely now than ever

The director of a new adaptation of Watership Down joins guest host Laurie Brown to discuss why we feel so compelled by stories about animals that show us what it means to be human.

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Freya Ridings, Sonequa Martin-Green and more 21/01/2019 [Full episode]

Ahead of the release of her self-titled debut album, breakout singer-songwriter Freya Ridings drops by the q studio to perform her hit single Lost Without You. Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green opens up about being the franchise's first black female lead. Little Dog creator and star Joel Thomas Hynes talks about his lifelong affinity for underdogs. Watership Down director Noam Murro tells us why the story is more timely now than ever.

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Freya Ridings: The breakout singer-songwriter performs Lost Without You live in the q studio

Freya Ridings is a name you're not going to forget. Ahead of the release of her self-titled debut album, the breakout singer-songwriter drops by the q studio to perform her hit single Lost Without You.

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Sonequa Martin-Green: The actor on being Star Trek's first black female lead

Sonequa Martin-Green is the star of Star Trek: Discovery, which is set roughly 10 years before we first meet Captain Kirk, Spock and the Enterprise crew. She sat down with guest host Laurie Brown to talk about the ways the Star Trek franchise has always tried to reflect society and the issues we're grappling with today.

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