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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M.I.A., Thompson Egbo-Egbo and more 19/06/2019 [Full episode]

Rapper and pop star M.I.A. shares her thoughts on Stephen Loveridge's long-awaited documentary portrait of her. Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud breaks down the ongoing dispute between Genius and Google and tells us how AirDrop has become the new Snapchat among teens. Jazz drummer Kendrick Scott gives us a gateway to the legendary jazz label, Blue Note Records. Pianist and composer Thompson Egbo-Egbo performs live in the q studio and opens up about his history with the piano.

Download M.I.A., Thompson Egbo-Egbo and more 19/06/2019 [Full episode]
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M.I.A.: The rapper and pop star on Loveridge's tell-all documentary about her career and activism

M.I.A. joins Tom Power in the q studio to share her thoughts on Stephen Loveridge's long-awaited documentary portrait of her, Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.

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Thompson Egbo-Egbo: The pianist and composer on his history with the piano

Toronto pianist and composer Thompson Egbo-Egbo joins Tom Power for a performance and chat about his new album, The Offering.

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Anna Maria Tremonti, SonReal and more 18/06/2019 [Full episode]

Author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell turns his attention to music with a new podcast called Broken Record. Ahead of her last show with The Current, Anna Maria Tremonti joins us to talk about everything from her pre-show singing rituals to her love for The Wizard of Oz. Canadian rapper and songwriter SonReal taps into two sides of himself on The Aaron LP.

Download Anna Maria Tremonti, SonReal and more 18/06/2019 [Full episode]
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Malcolm Gladwell: The author and journalist ventures into music on his new podcast

Malcolm Gladwell has turned his attention to music with a new podcast called Broken Record, about songs you know and the people behind them.

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SonReal: The Canadian rapper taps into two sides of himself on The Aaron LP

SonReal (a.k.a. Aaron Hoffman) is one of Canada's most exciting musical voices right now. The rapper and songwriter joined Tom Power in the q music studio to perform and talk about his latest album, The Aaron LP.

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Anna Maria Tremonti: For the veteran CBC journalist, empathy is essential

Morning radio will never be the same. After 17 seasons of hosting The Current, Anna Maria Tremonti is moving on to the world of podcasting. She sat down with Tom Power to talk about everything from her pre-show singing rituals to her love for The Wizard of Oz.

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There Are No Fakes: How Norval Morrisseau, the late Canadian art icon, landed at the centre of a massive forgery ring

A new documentary called There Are No Fakes looks to protect the late Norval Morrisseau's legacy, according to its director.

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Maggie Rogers: From viral hit to the stage of SNL

The Maryland pop phenom joins Tom Power for a chat about her first full-length album, Heard It In a Past Life, and special live performance in the q studio.

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Jamie Kastner and Greg Hill, Maggie Rogers and more 17/06/2019 [Full episode]

There Are No Fakes director Jamie Kastner and National Gallery of Canada curator Greg Hill explain how Norval Morrisseau, the late "Picasso of the North," landed at the centre of a massive forgery ring. The q screen panel dives into the cultural phenomenon that is Keanu Reeves and carefully broaches the question: is he overrated? Nancy Drew historian Jennifer Fisher helps us crack the mystery of the famous sleuth's author. Singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers discusses the challenges of making her first full-length album, Heard It In a Past Life, and performs live in the q studio.

Download Jamie Kastner and Greg Hill, Maggie Rogers and more 17/06/2019 [Full episode]
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Orville Peck: Meet the mysterious masked country music star

The mysterious country singer known as Orville Peck is writing the most honest music of his career despite the fact that he sings lonesome old-time country songs under a mask.

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Joe Namath: The Super Bowl champion on Chekhov, musical theatre and never giving up

Former New York Jets quarterback and actor Joe Namath shares some stories from his new autobiography, All the Way: My Life in Four Quarters.

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Orville Peck, Joe Namath and more 14/06/2019 [Full episode]

The mysterious masked country music star known as Orville Peck performs live in the q music studio. The q This music panel compares the media coverage of two new album releases: Madonna's Madame X and Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars. Canadian record producer and sound engineer Mark Howard shares stories from the studio, from working with Neil Young to Bob Dylan. Former quarterback and actor Joe Namath reflects on his time on the field and in front of the camera.

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Sergio Trujillo: The Tony Award-winner on growing up in Toronto and landing in the U.S. as an illegal immigrant

The Toronto-raised choreographer was met with a standing ovation at last week's Tony Awards when he used his acceptance speech to talk openly about arriving in the U.S. as an illegal immigrant.

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Chanty Marostica: The stand-up comic on the gap in trans storytelling

The Toronto stand-up comic was asked to consult on a recent episode of Designated Survivor in which a support group of trans people take turns sharing their experiences in the world.

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Byron Abalos: The actor and playwright on his new basketball play, Monday Nights

Byron Abalos is the co-creator and star of Monday Nights, an interactive, immersive theatre experience that invites audience members to participate in a basketball game.

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Sergio Trujillo, Chanty Marostica and more 13/06/2019 [Full episode]

Tony Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo talks about his journey growing up in Toronto and later landing in the U.S. as an illegal immigrant. Actor and playwright Byron Abalos tells us about Monday Nights, an interactive, immersive theatre experience that invites audience members to participate in a basketball game. Toronto-based stand-up comedian Chanty Marostica discusses the gap in trans storytelling. Graphic designer Peter Saville explains the interstellar origins of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures artwork.

Download Sergio Trujillo, Chanty Marostica and more 13/06/2019 [Full episode]
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Beverly Glenn-Copeland: At 75, his music is finally finding an audience, but he's not letting it go to his head

For 25 years, Beverly Glenn-Copeland was a series regular on Mr. Dressup, but in his spare time, he was making his own music in relative obscurity. That all changed when a Japanese record collector discovered one of his cassettes and kick-started his career.

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David McMillan: The photographer takes us inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Canadian photographer David McMillan has taken more than 20 trips to capture images of the Ukrainian city of Pripyat, which is now an uninhabited ghost town.

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Beverly Glenn-Copeland, David McMillan and more 12/06/2019 [Full episode]

Singer-songwriter Beverly Glenn-Copeland tells us how his entire life changed in his 70s when a Japanese record collector discovered one of his cassettes and kick-started his music career. Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on a new book to check out: 26 Knots by Bindu Suresh. Pose creator Steven Canals discusses the lasting influence of Paris Is Burning. Photographer David McMillan talks about taking more than 20 trips inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to capture images of a city frozen in time.

Download Beverly Glenn-Copeland, David McMillan and more 12/06/2019 [Full episode]
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Jakob Dylan and Andrew Slater, Kim Collier and more 11/06/2019 [Full episode]

Jakob Dylan and Andrew Slater tell us about their new film Echo In The Canyon, which takes a look at the breakthroughs that came out of the Laurel Canyon music scene in the mid-'60s. Toronto rapper Maestro Fresh Wes rallies Raptors fans with his new anthem, Jurassic Park, which he performs for us live in the q studio. Sonny Rollins and Robert Benton celebrate the 60th anniversary of Art Kane's iconic jazz photo A Great Day in Harlem. Director and Electric Company Theatre co-founder Kim Collier talks about bringing the power of film on stage in her new play, The Full Light of Day.

Download Jakob Dylan and Andrew Slater, Kim Collier and more 11/06/2019 [Full episode]
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Kim Collier: The theatre director brings the power of film on stage in new play The Full Light of Day

Kim Collier is an award-winning director and founding member of Vancouver's Electric Company Theatre, which is pushing the technological envelope once again with its new production, The Full Light of Day.

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Maestro Fresh Wes: The Toronto rapper rallies Raptors fans with new anthem, Jurassic Park

Maestro Fresh Wes and producer Rich Kidd wrote the song Jurassic Park to celebrate the Toronto Raptors and their incredible run to the championship.

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Jakob Dylan and Andrew Slater: The musician and filmmaker revisit '60s Laurel Canyon music scene in new doc

Musician Jakob Dylan and director Andrew Slater tell us about their new film Echo In The Canyon, which takes a look at the breakthroughs that came out of the Laurel Canyon music scene in the mid-'60s.

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Swamp Dogg: The psychedelic soul legend on LSD, Nashville, and John Prine

Swamp Dogg knows the music industry from almost every perspective. The singer, songwriter, producer and A&R man joins Tom Power to reflect on his career in music.

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Elizabeth Gilbert: The author on writing through grief and her new novel City of Girls

Elizabeth Gilbert talks about coping with the loss of her partner and how she managed to write her joyous new novel, City of Girls, during this time of personal mourning.

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Elizabeth Gilbert, Swamp Dogg and more 10/06/2019 [Full episode]

Author Elizabeth Gilbert talks about coping with the loss of her partner and how she managed to write her joyous new novel, City of Girls, during this time of personal mourning. The q screen panel takes a look at rock documentaries and concert films. Our theatre columnist Carly Maga recaps the 2019 Tony Awards. Psychedelic soul legend Swamp Dogg reflects on his amazing career in music.

Download Elizabeth Gilbert, Swamp Dogg and more 10/06/2019 [Full episode]
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Randall Park, Eve Joseph and more 07/06/2019 [Full episode]

The q This music panel's Lisa Christiansen and Tabassum Siddiqui share their predictions for 2019's song of the summer. Griffin Poetry Prize winner Eve Joseph talks about her big win and reads from her poetry collection, Quarrels. Comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff gives us the origin story of the phrase "stand-up comedian" and history's first stand-up comics. Actor Randall Park talks about the pressure to represent Asian-Americans and playing the romantic lead in Netflix's Always Be My Maybe.

Download Randall Park, Eve Joseph and more 07/06/2019 [Full episode]
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Randall Park: The Always Be My Maybe star on playing the romantic lead and the pressure to represent Asian-Americans

Actor, comedian, writer and director Randall Park joins guest host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe live in the q studio to talk about his new Netflix film, Always Be My Maybe.

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Eve Joseph: The poet on winning the $65,000 Griffin Poetry Prize

Eve Joseph joins guest host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe live in the q studio to talk about winning the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize for her poetry collection, Quarrels.

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Evangeline Lilly: Why the actor is more comfortable penning kids' books than acting

The world knows Evangeline Lilly as an actor, but she's also the author of a series of children's books called The Squickerwonkers. She talks about making space for other parts of her creative identity.

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Azhar Usman: The comedian on finding truth in comedy in the age of fake news

Ahead of his shows at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, comedian Azhar Usman tells us how stand-up can be a truth in this age of fake news.

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Supinder Wraich: The actor on The 410 - a crime drama about what it means to be Indo-Canadian

Supinder Wraich is the writer, co-producer and star of the new CBC Gem series, The 410, named after the highway that connects the city of Brampton, Ont. to the city of Toronto. She tells us how her own upbringing factors into the plot of The 410.

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Evangeline Lilly, Azhar Usman and more 06/06/2019 [Full episode]

Evangeline Lilly tells us why she's more comfortable penning kids' books than acting. Actor Supinder Wraich talks about her new series The 410 - a crime drama about what it means to be Indo-Canadian. Bass player Steve Mahon takes us through the story of how four teenagers from Hamilton came to be the pioneering Canadian punk rock band Teenage Head. Stand-up comic Azhar Usman?????? talks about finding truth in comedy in the age of fake news.

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Tan France: The Queer Eye fashion expert on his new memoir

Queer Eye's fashion expert Tan France talks to Tom Power about his candid new memoir, Naturally Tan.

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Jan Lisiecki: The 24-year-old classical pianist on Mendelssohn and music

At only 24-years-old, classical pianist Jan Lisiecki could be considered an old soul. He joined us to talk about music, his new album Mendelssohn and why classical piano resonates with him so deeply.

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Tan France, Jan Lisiecki and more 05/06/2019 [Full episode]

Queer Eye fashion expert Tan France talks about the runaway success of the show and his candid new memoir, Naturally Tan. Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud discusses Apple's decision to phase out iTunes and what it might mean for you. Griffin Poetry Prize nominee Dionne Brand reads from her poetry collection The Blue Clerk. From child prodigy to seasoned pro, classical pianist Jan Lisiecki talks about music and his latest album Mendelssohn.

Download Tan France, Jan Lisiecki and more 05/06/2019 [Full episode]
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Dexter Fletcher, Ser Anzoategui and more 04/06/2019 [Full episode]

Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher talks about working with Elton John and how their frank conversations made him consider his own dark past. Daryl Cloran of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre explains how and why the hit musical Hadestown was developed in Canada. Griffin Poetry Prize nominee Eve Joseph reads from her poetry collection Quarrels. Actor Ser Anzoategui of Vida shatters the idea that Latinx stories are niche.

Download Dexter Fletcher, Ser Anzoategui and more 04/06/2019 [Full episode]
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Ser Anzoategui: The star of Vida shatters the idea that Latinx stories are niche

Ser Anzoategui is one of the stars of Vida, an award-winning television show that features hyper-specific references to Latin American and queer culture, set in Los Angeles. They tell us what it's like to work on a show that's unapologetic about its storytelling.

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Daryl Cloran: Nurtured in Edmonton, Broadway's Hadestown now leads 2019 Tony nominations

Hadestown is a Greek mythology-inspired musical that's leading the Tony Awards this year with 14 nominations. Daryl Cloran of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre explains how and why the hit musical was developed in Canada.

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Dexter Fletcher: The Rocketman director on working with Elton John

The Rocketman director tells us about the frank conversations he had with Elton John and how those stories made him consider his own dark past.

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Ava DuVernay, Mariko Tamaki and more 03/06/2019 [Full episode]

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay talks about her new Netflix series When They See Us and why the story of the Central Park Five still matters 30 years later. The q screen panel discusses what's at stake if major Hollywood studios boycott Georgia over its controversial abortion law. Griffin Poetry Prize nominee Sarah Tolmie reads from her poetry collection The Art of Dying. Artist and writer Mariko Tamaki tells us about her new YA graphic novel and why its message about unhealthy relationships is relatable at any age.

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Jim Cuddy: The musician performs from his new solo album Countrywide Soul

Veteran songwriter and Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy returns to the q studio to perform songs from his new solo album of reimagined songs, Countrywide Soul.

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Morton Lorge: Charles Bradley's former co-manager shares the emotional stories behind the soul singer's posthumous singles

After being diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer, the late soul singer Charles Bradley continued doing what he loved most and recorded several new songs. Morton Lorge, his friend and former co-manager, joined us to share the music and stories from those sessions.

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Jim Cuddy, Morton Lorge and more 31/05/2019 [Full episode]

Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy performs reimagined songs from his new solo album, Countrywide Soul. The q This music panel and special guest Jim Cuddy talk about the Elton John biopic Rocketman and Drake's relationship with the Toronto Raptors. Poet, emcee and playwright Motion takes us on a musical and spoken word journey through her coming of age in Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape. Charles Bradley's friend and former co-manager, Morton Lorge, shares the emotional stories behind the soul singer's posthumous singles.

Download Jim Cuddy, Morton Lorge and more 31/05/2019 [Full episode]
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4Korners: The official DJ of the Toronto Raptors on how he pumps up fans and players

Toronto DJ Kirk St. Cyr, better known as 4Korners, is the man responsible for hyping up fans and players with pump-up jams. As the official DJ for the Toronto Raptors, 4Korners has played to more than 20,000 fans at every home game since 2005.

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Iris Scott: Meet the world's first professional finger painter

Billed as the world's first full-time professional finger painter, Iris Scott tells us how she went from painting canvases that sold for as little as $50 to pulling in about one million dollars each year.

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Bernie Taupin, 4Korners and more 30/05/2019 [Full episode]

Lyricist Bernie Taupin looks back on 50 years of working with Elton John and shares what their "perfect song" is. Professional finger painter Iris Scott tells us how she went from painting canvases that sold for $50 to pulling in about one million dollars each year. Our fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert talks about the state of Canadian fashion. The Toronto Raptors' official DJ tells us how he pumps up the fans and the players at every home game.

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Justin Rutledge and Rob Baker: The musicians on the Tragically Hip, fatherhood and why they teamed up on Passages

Singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge and guitarist Rob Baker of the Tragically Hip join Tom Power for a performance and chat about working together on Rutledge's latest album, Passages.

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Weird Al Yankovic: The parodist on always being on the outside 'poking fun at the people on the inside'

"Nobody wanted to sign me to a record deal back in the early '80s because I do what is ostensibly novelty music and the implication there is one hit wonder," he told Tom Power ahead of his North American tour.

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Weird Al Yankovic, Justin Rutledge and Rob Baker and more 29/05/2019 [Full episode]

Weird Al Yankovic takes us through his biggest hits and tells us how he made a career of being on the outside and "poking fun at the people on the inside." Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on a new book to check out: The Farm by Joanne Ramos. Mac DeMarco shares his gateway to the music of Japanese rock icon, Haruomi Hosono. Justin Rutledge and Rob Baker perform and talk about the Tragically Hip, fatherhood and why they teamed up on Rutledge's new album, Passages.

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Lauren Morelli: How the showrunner's 'maddening and cathartic' coming out story led her to reboot Tales of the City

Lauren Morelli got her big break writing for Orange is the New Black. Now, she's the showrunner on a new Netflix series called Tales of the City.

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Dear Evan Hansen: Robert Markus and Stephanie La Rochelle bring the hit Broadway musical to the q studio

The stars of Toronto's Dear Evan Hansen, Robert Markus and Stephanie La Rochelle, drop by the q studio to chat with Tom Power and perform a few numbers from the hit musical.

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Dear Evan Hansen, Lauren Morelli and more 28/05/2019 [Full episode]

The stars of Toronto's Dear Evan Hansen, Robert Markus and Stephanie La Rochelle, bring the hit Broadway musical to the q studio. New York Times journalist Cara Buckley breaks down how a new abortion law is causing debate and tension for the film and television industry in Georgia. Chefs David McMillan and Fred Morin of Joe Beef show us how to survive the apocalypse in culinary style. Showrunner Lauren Morelli shares how coming out as gay led her to reboot the television miniseries Tales of the City.

Download Dear Evan Hansen, Lauren Morelli and more 28/05/2019 [Full episode]
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Chelsea Handler, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and more 27/05/2019 [Full episode]

Comedian and television personality Chelsea Handler talks about grief and how Trump's election threw her into an existential crisis. The q screen panel shares their review of Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin. Our visual arts columnist Sean O'Neill breaks down a controversy around the Whitney Museum of American Art that has sparked a huge cultural debate. Hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids discuss their new album Trapline, activism and the importance of empowering Indigenous youth.

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Snotty Nose Rez Kids: The hip-hop duo on their new album Trapline, activism and the importance of empowering Indigenous youth

Snotty Nose Rez Kids dropped by the q studio for a performance and chat with host Tom Power about their new album Trapline.

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Chelsea Handler: The comedian on grief and how Trump's election threw her into an existential crisis

Chelsea Handler shares the seemingly unrelated connection between U.S. President Donald Trump and her late brother - a story which she details in her new memoir.

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Mena Massoud: The Canadian actor on becoming Aladdin

Canada's own Mena Massoud joins Tom Power in the q studio to talk about landing the role of a lifetime in Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin.

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Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever: The Booksmart stars became real-life roommates to kick-start their on screen chemistry

Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever join Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about their new movie Booksmart, a female-led buddy comedy in which all the punchlines and hijinks belong to young women.

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Mena Massoud, Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever and more 24/05/2019 [Full episode]

Canada's own Mena Massoud talks about landing the role of a lifetime in Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin. The q This music panel discusses Morrissey's new covers album and the singer's complicated legacy. Guitarist Tom Brenneck honours his friend and collaborator, Charles Bradley, the "screaming eagle of soul." Booksmart stars Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever tell us about their new buddy comedy, in which all the punchlines and hijinks belong to young women.

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Bob Ezrin: From Pink Floyd to Peter Gabriel, the producer reflects on the highlights of his career

In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Canadian record producer Bob Ezrin has been just as close to the heartbeat of the music as the musicians themselves. He takes us through the biggest moments of his unbelievable career.

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Vivek Shraya: Why the artist turned her hate mail into the graphic novel, Death Threat

When a stranger started sending Vivek Shraya death threats, she found it upsetting, but saw something strangely poetic in it, too. She joined us to talk about turning her hate mail into a new graphic novel called Death Threat.

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Bob Ezrin and Vivek Shraya 23/05/2019 [Full episode]

From Pink Floyd to Peter Gabriel, legendary Canadian record producer Bob Ezrin takes us through the highlights of his nearly 50-year career. Writer, musician and visual artist Vivek Shraya talks about turning her hate mail into a new graphic novel, called Death Threat.

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Lizzo: The singer/rapper on Cuz I Love You and how her music helps fans 'feel better'

Lizzo opens up about the musical forces that have shaped her sound, becoming louder and braver in her career and the heightened scrutiny that follows.

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Molly Tuttle: The singer-songwriter breaks the bluegrass barrier on new album, When You're Ready

Molly Tuttle is redefining what it means to play bluegrass music in 2019. She dropped by to chat with Tom Power and perform a few songs from her new album.

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Lizzo, Molly Tuttle and more 22/05/2019 [Full episode]

Lizzo opens up about the musical forces that have shaped her sound, becoming louder and braver in her career and the heightened scrutiny that follows success. Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud joins Tom Power to discuss how they managed to get through a week without social media apps. EXP Edition creator Bora Kim and band member Frankie DaPonte share the story behind the world's first and only non-Korean K-pop group. Bluegrass musician Molly Tuttle talks about her new album, When You're Ready, and performs a few songs live in the q studio.

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Ani DiFranco and the q screen panel 21/05/2019 [Full episode]

Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco discusses her new memoir, survival, the boundary-breaking themes in her music and how she feels about the ongoing #MeToo movement. The q screen panel's John Semley and Amanda Parris talk about Game of Thrones, which came to an end with Sunday's highly-anticipated finale.

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Ani DiFranco: The singer-songwriter on her 30-year career and new memoir

In a special extended interview, Ani DiFranco talks about her new memoir, the boundary-breaking themes in her music and how she feels about the ongoing #MeToo movement.

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Geddy Lee, Yeardley Smith and Kinan Azmeh 20/05/2019 [Full episode]

Best of q: Geddy Lee of Rush talks about his new obsession with the history of the bass guitar. 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. Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh discusses the unexpected way that President Trump's travel ban made him feel more at home in America.

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The Jerry Cans: Lead singer Nancy Mike on the importance of Northern artists supporting each other

The Jerry Cans have become synonymous with Nunavut music and have helped pave the way for many other artists in their community. Lead throat singer, Nancy Mike, joined Tom Power on stage at our q live in Iqaluit show to tell us more.

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Lisa Loeb: The singer brings the '90s to the q studio and performs Stay (I Missed You)

On the heels of our brief oral history of Lisa Loeb's '90s hit Stay (I Missed You) off the Reality Bites soundtrack, the singer joins Tom Power for a chat and live performance in the q studio.

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Carly Rae Jepsen: The singer-songwriter on her new album, Dedicated

Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen joins Tom Power in the q studio to shed some light on the songwriting process, her brand new album, Dedicated, and the lasting legacy of her very first breakout hit, Call Me Maybe.

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Carly Rae Jepsen, Lisa Loeb and more from Nunavut 17/05/2019 [Full episode]

Carly Rae Jepsen sheds some light on the songwriting process, her brand new album, Dedicated, and the lasting legacy of her very first breakout hit, Call Me Maybe. The q This music panel talks about Britney Spears and the potential that she may never perform again. Juno-nominated band The Jerry Cans discuss the importance of Northern artists supporting each other. Lisa Loeb brings the '90s to the q studio and performs her hit 1994 single Stay (I Missed You).

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Josh Q: The musician and his band the Trade-Offs bring the sound of Arctic soul to q

Josh Qaumariaq has become something of a musical hero in Nunavut. He and his band the Trade-Offs have been an Iqaluit staple for almost a decade and Canadian audiences have enjoyed his music from coast to coast. Hear the band perform their song Ghost, recorded live in Iqaluit.

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Ahmed Best: The actor on life after Jar Jar Binks

Ahmed Best still feels connected to the role of Jar Jar Binks, which he performed 20 years ago, not only because it was a performance that he really cared about, but because the backlash created a low-point in his life that he had to endure.

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Dean Burry and Yvette Nolan: A new opera tells the story of Shanawdithit, believed to be the last of Newfoundland's lost Beothuk people

Roughly 200 years ago, a young Indigenous woman named Shanawdithit watched as European settlers forced her community out of their homes. Composer Dean Burry and librettist Yvette Nolan talk about using opera to keep the story of Shanawdithit alive.

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Dan Aykroyd: The actor on the Tragically Hip, the blues, ghosts and the Caesar

Dan Aykroyd has introduced the world to many unforgettable characters, from Beldar Conehead and Elwood Blues to Ghostbuster Ray Stantz and Ray "the auto parts king" Zalinsky. As one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live, the Kingston-born actor has cemented his status as a Canadian icon. He joined Tom Power to take a trip down memory lane and look at a career that has spanned more than four decades.

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Dan Aykroyd, Ahmed Best (Jar Jar Binks) and more from Nunavut 16/05/2019 [Full episode]

Actor Dan Aykroyd joins us in studio to talk about the Tragically Hip, the blues, ghosts and the Caesar. Librettist Yvette Nolan and composer Dean Burry talk about Shanawdithit, a new opera that shines a light on a story misrepresented by history. Musician Josh Qaumariaq of Josh Q and the Trade-Offs performs at our q live in Iqaluit show. Actor Ahmed Best opens up about portraying Jar Jar Binks and how the role changed his life, for better, but also for worse.

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FXCKMR, Bashar Murad and more from Nunavut 15/05/2019 [Full Episode]

Inuk rapper FXCKMR, folk musician Aasiva, q online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud, actor Rob Ostlere (the first person to die on Game of Thrones), singer-songwriter Bashar Murad.

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Bashar Murad: Palestinian musician addresses gender inequities and homophobia in his work

Bashar Murad is a Palestinian musician based in Jerusalem. He was in town for Canadian Music Week.

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Meet Rob Ostlere, the very first person to die on Game of Thrones

Whether you're the lowly stable boy or the queen's most trusted friend - no one is safe on Game of Thrones. But there's one person, and one person alone, who holds the title of the very first death on the show.

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How has hiding likes on Instagram affected Canadians so far?

Elamin Abdelmahmoud is Buzzfeed's social media editor and q's online columnist. Every week, he brings us up to speed on the big headlines taking over the internet right now.

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Aasiva: Nunavut musician on falling in love with the ukulele and where its taken her

Aasiva's self-titled debut album has been nominated for two Indigenous Music Awards this year.

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FXCKMR: Inuk rapper tackles Nunavut suicide crisis through music

Warning: This interview contains discussion of suicide

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Riit: Hear the Inuk artist's perfect mix of traditional throat singing and electronic dance music

Riit is a talented throat singer from Pangnirtung, Nunavut who now calls Iqaluit home. She's gearing up to release her debut album, which is filled with pop lyrics in Inuktitut, throat singing and even field recordings captured from around Nunavut.

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Tom's Podcast Pick: Personal Best Season Two!

Do you have a goal you want to achieve, but you're too embarrassed to even admit you need help? Welcome to season two of Personal Best - a podcast dedicated to pushing everyday people to new and very attainable heights. In this episode, Chandler, a woman in her thirties without a credit card, is worried she isn't responsible enough. She turns to hosts Rob and Andrew for guidance, but the answer might be found in an unusual self-help book. Subscribe to the Personal Best podcast at cbc.ca/personalbest.

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Russell Thomas: The acclaimed operatic tenor on diversity and blackface in opera

Acclaimed operatic tenor Russell Thomas shares his perspective on why banning blackface won't get at the root issues of opera's lack of diversity.

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Victoria Kakuktinniq: Meet the Iqaluit-based designer with her finger on the pulse of Northern fashion

From q live in Iqaluit, designer Victoria Kakuktinniq discusses how she's able to blend modern ideas with traditional Inuit techniques in fashion.

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Cathy Guisewite: The cartoonist on her popular comic strip Cathy and why it's just as relevant now as it was in 1976

When the comic strip Cathy was first published in 1976, it was groundbreakingly feminist. But by the time the comic ended in 2010, some critics felt it was pushing stereotypes rather than advancing women. Cathy Guisewite, the creator of the comic, joined Tom Power to explain why she thinks the pressures on women today make the comic just as relevant in 2019.

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Cathy Guisewite, Russell Thomas and more from Nunavut 14/05/2019 [Full episode]

Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite explains why her popular comic strip Cathy is just as relevant now as it was in 1976. Inuk artist Riit performs her new single Qaumajuapik and talks about finding the perfect mix of traditional throat singing and electronic dance music. Iqaluit-based fashion designer Victoria Kakuktinniq discusses how she's able to blend modern ideas with traditional Inuit techniques. Operatic tenor Russell Thomas talks about diversity and blackface in opera.

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Jon Bryant: How joining NXIVM inspired the musician's new album Cult Classic

Jon Bryant is a musician whose experience with the alleged cult NXIVM was transformative and incredibly complicated. He joined Tom Power to reflect on the experience and how it inspired his latest album.

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The Inuksuk Drum Dancers, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, The Jerry Cans and Peter Autut

This week on q, we're featuring some of the best music and art from Iqaluit. Today, hear from the Inuksuk Drum Dancers, performance artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Juno-nominated band The Jerry Cans and comedian Peter Autut.

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q Live in Iqaluit, Jon Bryant and more from Nunavut 13/05/2019 [Full episode]

We feature some of the best music and art from Nunavut, recorded at our q Live in Iqaluit show (today, hear from the Inuksuk Drum Dancers, performance artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Juno-nominated band The Jerry Cans and comedian Peter Autut). The q screen panel discusses what the end of The Big Bang Theory means for the TV landscape. Musician Jon Bryant tells us how joining NXIVM inspired his new album Cult Classic.

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Ruth Reichl: The former editor of Gourmet looks back on the golden age of magazines

Ruth Reichl is a giant in the world of food writing. Her new book, Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir, chronicles her 10-year tenure as the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. She joined Tom Power to explain how being an outsider and a novice in the world of food writing was the key to reinvigorating and revamping the storied publication.

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Ruth Reichl, Jenn Grant and more 10/05/2019 [Full episode]

Ruth Reichl talks about the golden age of magazines and her new memoir, Save Me the Plums, which chronicles her 10-year tenure as the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. The q This music panel discusses the greatest duets in pop music history. Poet d'bi.young anitafrika pays tribute to her creative muse and mother - pioneer dub poet Anita Stewart. Jenn Grant performs live in the q studio and tells us how motherhood affected the creation of her new album Love, Inevitable.

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Jenn Grant: The singer-songwriter on motherhood, creative risks and her new album Love, Inevitable

East Coast singer-songwriter Jenn Grant returned to the q studio to perform a few songs from her brand new record Love, Inevitable. It marks the first time that Grant has worked with an outside producer and her first album since welcoming her new son into the world. She sat down with host Tom Power to chat about motherhood and to share some new music with us.

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Linda Perry, Hepi Mita and more 09/05/2019 [Full episode]

Legendary producer Linda Perry discusses songwriting, mentoring and the meaning of success. The voice behind the Pokémon theme song, Jason Paige, explains the tune's enduring popularity. Filmmaker Hepi Mita talks about discovering his mother's past in his new documentary, Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen.

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Linda Perry: The legendary producer on songwriting, mentoring and the meaning of success

Over the past few decades, Linda Perry has helped create the kind of hit songs that weave their way into the fabric of our lives. She's worked with Adele, Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton, Weezer, The Dixie Chicks, James Blunt and many more. Perry joined Tom Power live in the q studio to dive into her extensive songwriting and producing career, as well as her latest project: mentoring Canadian producers and songwriters as part of the Canadian Music Publishers Association's "Women in the Studio" program.

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Hepi Mita: The filmmaker discovers his mother's past in new film Merata: How Mum Decolonized the Screen

Hepi Mita's mother was a pioneer in both New Zealand and international Indigenous cinema, but when he decided to make a film about her early years, he knew he'd need to confront some painful family trauma.

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Josh Ritter, Marco Kyris and more 08/05/2019 [Full episode]

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter performs live in the q studio and tells us how fear acted as a motivator for his new album, Fever Breaks. Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on a new book to check out: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray. Toronto actor Marco Kyris talks about how being a stand-in for Nicolas Cage for 10 years changed his life.

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Josh Ritter: The singer-songwriter is fearless on his new album Fever Breaks

Josh Ritter drops by the q studio for a live performance and chat with Tom Power, fresh off of the release of his 10th album, Fever Breaks.

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Marco Kyris: Meet the Canadian actor who spent years as a stand-in for Nicolas Cage

Marco Kyris is a Toronto actor who's spent most of his life in the shadow of a very famous celebrity. From 1994 until 2004, he worked as Nicolas Cage's permanent stand-in on film sets. He self-produced an 11-minute documentary about his experience as a stand-in for Cage, called Uncaged: A Stand-In Story, which was one of the most talked-about films at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival this year.

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Brian Cox: The physicist on the commonality between science and the arts

Professor Brian Cox is a particle physicist from the U.K., who studies the universe and has even become a bit of a star himself. He joined Tom Power live in the q studio to talk about blending comedy, entertainment and complex science.

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Carrie Mae Weems: The esteemed photographer on art, class and culture

Carrie Mae Weems is a world-renowned photographer and multimedia artist who's spent decades creating images about the interior lives of black women. In 2014, she became the first black female artist to have a retrospective at the Guggenheim in New York and the New York Times Magazine has called her "perhaps our greatest living photographer." Right now, Weems is in Toronto headlining the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. It's her first major solo show in Canada.

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Carrie Mae Weems, Brian Cox and more 07/05/2019 [Full episode]

World-renowned photographer Carrie Mae Weems talks about art, class and culture as she headlines the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in Toronto - her first major solo show in Canada. Fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave recaps the best and campiest looks from the 2019 Met Gala. Smash Mouth's Greg Camp takes us through the creation All Star, the band's biggest hit, on the song's 20th anniversary. Physicist Brian Cox discusses the commonality between science and the arts - and how he once wanted to be a pop star.

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Craig Ferguson, Carole Bayer Sager and more 06/05/2019 [Full episode]

Television host Craig Ferguson reflects on his younger self, comedy and why he left behind the "rigours of corporate America." Dan Gardner fills us in on his RunPee app, which tells moviegoers when to take a bathroom break. The q screen panel discusses why movies based on video games are almost always bad. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager shares the stories behind her biggest hits, from A Groovy Kind Of Love to That's What Friends Are For.

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Carole Bayer Sager: The songwriter on the making of her biggest hits, from A Groovy Kind Of Love to The Prayer

Carole Bayer Sager has had the career many songwriters can only dream of. She's been writing songs for over five decades, penning hits like A Groovy Kind Of Love, Midnight Blue and That's What Friends Are For. On June 13, she'll receive one of the highest honours any songwriter can get - the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Craig Ferguson: On his younger self, comedy and why he left behind the 'rigors of corporate America'

Craig Ferguson is a stand-up comedian, a novelist, a punk rock drummer and a star of the 90's sit-com The Drew Carey Show, but he might be best-known as the host of The Late Late Show. Now, Ferguson has released a new book called Riding the Elephant: A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations and Observations. It's a collection of essays about addiction, fatherhood and mortality.

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Will Arnett: The actor on his parents, being Canadian and returning home for the Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala

This weekend, Arnett returns to his hometown of Toronto to serve as master of ceremonies at the Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala, in support of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation. Over the last few years, the gala has attracted some of the biggest names in comedy to help raise money, including Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Jim Gaffigan. This year, Michelle Wolf will take the stage.

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MorMor: Toronto's latest rising star brings his dreamy indie-pop sound to the q studio

MorMor is the latest singer-songwriter from Toronto to have the internet buzzing with his eerily intimate and heartfelt sound. He joined Tom Power for a chat about what it's like to be labelled a "buzzworthy" new artist and performs a few songs for us in his first-ever live studio session.

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Will Arnett, MorMor and more 03/05/2019 [Full episode]

Will Arnett talks about his parents, being Canadian and returning home for the Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala, in support of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation. The q This music panel takes a look at the relationship that artists and critics share in 2019. Filmmaker Alexandre Philippe breaks down the iconic chestburster scene from Alien on the film's 40th anniversary. Toronto's latest rising star MorMor brings his dreamy indie-pop sound to the q studio in his first-ever live studio session.

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Seth: The cartooning legend gives the mundane a 'mystic significance' in his sprawling new comic Clyde Fans

Seth is a Canadian cartoonist who's a legend in his field. Scholars study his work with the same gravity you'd give the Bible and his first graphic novel, It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken, was so influential that the Tragically Hip named a song after it. Following the release of his new comic Clyde Fans, he describes what it was like being on the leading edge of the graphic novel movement.

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Caitlin Cronenberg: The photographer on celebrity portraits, Drake and her new exhibit

Caitlin Cronenberg is an award-winning photographer and director who's been published all over the world. She also shot all of the photos for Drake's 2016 album Views, including the iconic, much-memed CN Tower photo on its cover. A new exhibit of her work called STRANGE/BEAUTY opens tomorrow in Toronto at the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival.

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Stanley Nelson: The filmmaker on his new Miles Davis doc and the jazz musician's complicated legacy

Miles Davis was an incredible musician, but he also had his demons. A new documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson takes a close look at all of this.

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Seth, Caitlin Cronenberg and more 02/05/2019 [Full episode]

Canadian cartooning legend Seth tells us how he gives the mundane a "mystic significance" in his sprawling new comic, Clyde Fans. Filmmaker Stanley Nelson discusses his new Miles Davis documentary and the jazz musician's complicated legacy. Photographer Caitlin Cronenberg talks about celebrity portraits, Drake and her latest exhibit, STRANGE/BEAUTY.

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Alan Elliott: The Amazing Grace producer on the decades-long journey bringing Aretha Franklin to the big screen

In 1972, Aretha Franklin released Amazing Grace - the best-selling live gospel album of all time. Now, 47 years later, a film of the same name, composed of footage from the recording sessions, is finally being released.

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Irene Taylor Brodsky: The filmmaker shines a light on deafness in Moonlight Sonata

Irene Taylor Brodsky says her latest documentary is "an ode to silence." Moonlight Sonata: Deafness In Three Movements, follows her deaf son as he learns to play Beethoven with the help of cochlear implants.

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Alan Elliott, Irene Taylor Brodsky and more 01/05/2019 [Full episode]

Amazing Grace producer Alan Elliot discusses the decades-long journey to bring Aretha Franklin to the big screen. Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud takes a closer look at why young influencers are abandoning the Instagram aesthetic. Singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan, daughter of Gene MacLellan, revisits her father's history with depression in a documentary called The Song and the Sorrow. Filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky shines a light on deafness in Moonlight Sonata, a new documentary that she calls "an ode to silence."

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Tarell Alvin McCraney: The playwright on seeing his life reflected on stage and on screen

Tarell Alvin McCraney is one of the most acclaimed playwrights in the world: the chair of the Department of Playwriting at Yale, a MacArthur Genius and the screenwriter behind the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight. He joined Tom Power to discuss one of his earliest plays, The Brothers Size, which will have its Canadian premiere in Toronto later this week.

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Director X: Remembering the late John Singleton and how Boyz N the Hood defined his legacy

Director X joined Tom Power live from Los Angeles to talk about the late John Singleton's legacy and influence. Singleton was best known for his 1999 film, Boyz N the Hood, which takes a powerful look at the problems facing black communities in South Central Los Angeles.

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Rob Thomas: The solo artist and lead singer of Matchbox Twenty reflects on his biggest hits

Following the recent release of his first solo album in four years, Rob Thomas dropped by the q studio to perform some music and reflect on some of his stand out career landmarks.

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Tarell Alvin McCraney, Rob Thomas and more 30/04/2019 [Full episode]

Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney talks about seeing his life reflected on stage and on screen in The Brothers Size and Moonlight. Musician Rob Thomas performs in the q studio and reflects on some of his career landmarks, both as the lead singer of Matchbox Twenty and as a solo artist. Director X remembers the late John Singleton and how Boyz N the Hood defined the filmmaker's legacy.

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Peter Frampton: The English rock musician on preparing for his farewell tour

Peter Frampton decided to launch a farewell tour after being diagnosed with degenerative muscle disease. He joined Tom Power to reflect on the highlights of his career, his latest album of blues covers and how it feels to head out on his final tour.

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Rowley Irlam: The Game of Thrones stuntman takes us inside the show's epic battle scenes

Rowley Irlam is an Emmy award-winning film and TV stunt coordinator who's worked on the set of Game of Thrones since season five. He joined Tom Power live from London, England to talk about the show's latest episode and what goes into its epic battle scenes.

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Peter Frampton, Rowley Irlam and more 29/04/2019 [Full episode]

Peter Frampton reflects on the highlights of his career, his latest album of blues covers and how it feels to head out on his final tour. Game of Thrones stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam takes us inside the show's epic battle scenes. The q screen panel shares their thoughts on Game of Thrones, Avengers: Endgame and the latest development in the streaming wars.

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Sally Rooney: The novelist reckons with her reputation as 'the first great millennial author'

At just 28 years old, Irish novelist Sally Rooney has already been heralded as the voice of her generation. She joined guest host Rollie Pemberton (a.k.a. Cadence Weapon) to reflect on her rapid rise to the rank of literary sensation and the responsibility that comes with so much critical acclaim.

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Rick Mercer: The comedian reflects on his greatest rants - and scoring pot for Pierre Berton

Last November, Rick Mercer joined Tom Power in the q studio to talk about his newly published collection of essays, called Final Report.

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Sally Rooney, Rick Mercer and more 26/04/2019 [Full episode]

Irish novelist Sally Rooney reckons with her reputation as the first great millennial author. The q This music panel discusses the poetry of popular music and how we determine if a song's lyrics are poetic. Comedian Rick Mercer reflects on his greatest rants - and how he once scored pot for Pierre Berton.

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Najwa Zebian: How the poet uses words to connect with herself, her students and nearly one million Instagram followers

Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian poet whose words have been widely shared across social media and have even been turned into tattoos. She joined guest host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe to talk about the power you can pack into just a few words.

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Nia Vardalos: The actor on Tiny Beautiful Things, adapting an advice column for the stage and the advice she took away

Nia Vardalos is best known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but her latest project is unlike anything she's done before. She joined q guest host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe to talk about writing and starring in the stage adaptation of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on Cheryl Strayed's New York Times bestseller of the same name.

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Nia Vardalos, Najwa Zebian and more 25/04/2019 [Full episode]

Actor and screenwriter Nia Vardalos tells us how she adapted an advice column for the stage and shares some of the advice she took away from it. Poet Najwa Zebian discusses the power of poetry to pack meaning into just a few words. Rapper and poet Rollie Pemberton, a.k.a. Cadence Weapon, reads a new poem about the constant negativity of the news cycle. Musicologist Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle helps us explore the history and importance of the protest song Strange Fruit on its 80th anniversary.

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The National, Karla Welch and more 24/04/2019 [Full episode]

The National performs new songs from their upcoming album, I Am Easy to Find, live in the q studio. Our books columnist, Jael Richardson, fills us in on a new book to check out: SKY WRI TEI NGS by poet Nasser Hussain. Celebrity stylist Karla Welch tells us what it takes to get her A-list celebrity clients (including Justin Bieber and Lorde) ready for the red carpet.

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Karla Welch: The top Hollywood stylist talks red carpet fashion

Karla Welch talks about what it takes to get her A-list celebrity clients, such as Justin Bieber and Lorde, ready for the red carpet during awards season.

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The National: The band delves into fear, identity and desire on their new album, I Am Easy to Find

Ahead of the release of their eighth album, I Am Easy to Find, The National dropped by the q studio to perform some brand new songs.

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Dionne Brand, Tim Baker and more 23/04/2019 [Full episode]

Poet, novelist and editor Dionne Brand meditates on the process of writing poetry in her latest Giller Prize-nominated book, The Blue Clerk. Singer-songwriter Tim Baker performs from his debut solo album, Forever Overhead. Photographer David McMillan tells us why he took more than 20 trips inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to capture images of a city frozen in time. Poetry readings from José Olivarez and Margaret Atwood.

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Tim Baker: The singer-songwriter steps out on his own with his debut solo album, Forever Overhead

Once the lead singer of Hey Rosetta!, singer-songwriter Tim Baker is now stepping out of his comfort zone and making more personal music than ever solo.

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David McMillan: The photographer on capturing a city frozen in time inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Canadian photographer has taken more than 20 trips to capture images of the Ukrainian city of Pripyat, which was evacuated in 1986 after the Chernobyl nuclear accident and is now an uninhabited ghost town.

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Dionne Brand: The poet meditates on the process of writing poetry in The Blue Clerk

Dionne Brand is one of Canada's most celebrated poets, with numerous accolades under her name including a Governor General's Award and the Order of Canada. Her latest book of poetry, The Blue Clerk, is shortlisted for this year's Griffin Poetry Prize. She talks about the act of writing poetry and shares a reading from the book.

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Rupi Kaur, Adam Cohen and more 22/04/2019 [Full episode]

Poet, author and Instagram sensation Rupi Kaur opens up about the pressures of following up a successful debut book. Rock icon Rod Stewart talks about Maggie May, Elton John and his latest album Blood Red Roses. Actor Tatiana Maslany discusses her Broadway debut in the media satire Network. Leonard Cohen's son, Adam Cohen, returns to q to talk about mourning his father and celebrating his legacy with a new collection of writing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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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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.

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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: 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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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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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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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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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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, 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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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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