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Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019: Fab 5 Freddy, Nia Vardalos and more

Today on q: Fab 5 Freddy, Nia Vardalos, Electric Youth and Seth.

q's Thursday Headliner: Electric Youth on how film influences their sound

Synth-pop duo Electric Youth share their writing process and why they keep films in mind to create a different sound.

Nia Vardalos 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.

Fab 5 Freddy takes us on a musical journey through Bed-Stuy, New York

In this edition of the q block party, the visual artist, filmmaker and hip-hop pioneer shares the music playlist that define his time growing up in his neighbourhood in Brooklyn.

In his sprawling comic Clyde Fans, cartooning legend Seth gives the mundane a 'mystic significance'

Seth is a Canadian cartoonist who's a legend in his field. 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.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019: Gabrielle Carteris, Donna Grantis and more

Today on q: actor Gabrielle Carteris, guitarist Donna Grantis, pianist and composer Kris Bowers.

Gabrielle Carteris on returning to 90210 and making film sets safer

It's been 30 years since Beverly Hills 90210 first aired, but now the teen drama is back. One of the stars, Gabriella Carteris shares how it feels to return now that she's in a very different phase of her life.

From playing with Prince to her solo debut, Donna Grantis on her life with the guitar

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.

Green Book composer Kris Bowers on teaching Mahershala Ali piano

The pianist and composer tells us how he taught Mahershala Ali to play piano like Don Shirley for Green Book.

Freshly bronzed 'Dude' finally returns to Vancouver's Dude Chilling Park

After two years away, the legendary figure has returned to his rightful place in a central Vancouver park, but he’s changed.

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019: Terry Fallis, Todd McFarlane and more

Today on q: novelist Terry Fallis, comic book artist Todd McFarlane, actor Ellen Wong.

'I still have the bag of rejection letters': Todd McFarlane looks back on his own comic book origin story

Every great comic book hero needs an origin story. Todd McFarlane doesn't wear a cape or fight crime, but he is an undisputed giant in the world of comic books.

'Visibility is important': Why Ellen Wong is hopeful about Asian representation in film and TV

Canadian actor Wong has been named a Rising Star at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Terry Fallis explores a universal dilemma in his brand-new novel, Albatross

Canadian author Terry Fallis sits down with guest host Ali Hassan live in the q studio to talk about his latest (and seventh) novel, Albatross.

Monday, Aug. 19, 2019: Gurinder Chadha, Aminder Dhaliwal and more

Today on q: filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, q screen panel with John Semley and Tina Hassannia, rapper Denzel Curry, Canadian comic artist Aminder Dhaliwal.

Gurinder Chadha on the story behind Blinded by the Light and getting Bruce Springsteen's blessing

Chadha's latest film, Blinded by the Light, is the true story of how a British-Pakistani teenager found solace, inspiration and a kindred spirit in Bruce Springsteen.

TV roundup: What to watch — and what to skip — in August

The q screen panel tells us what television shows are worth watching in August.

Denzel Curry looks back on the Florida artists and music that inspired his sound

Rapper Denzel Curry takes us on a guided tour of his neighbourhood in Miami, using music as his co-guide.

Woman World: How Aminder Dhaliwal's hit web comic helped her find her voice

When Canadian cartoonist Aminder Dhaliwal created an online comic, just for the fun of it, she never expected it to turn into a professional venture. Now, she has a huge following and a graphic novel deal.

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019: Andy Zax, Narada Michael Walden and more

Today on q: producer and Woodstock archivist Andy Zax, q This with Lisa Christiansen and Stuart Berman, Sesame Street music director Bill Sherman, Grammy award-winning producer Narada Michael Walden.

Producer Andy Zax gives us a way to relive the original Woodstock with a 38-disc box set

For the last 14 years, producer Andy Zax has been working on the definitive, most complete document of what Woodstock was really like.

Christina Aguilera's 20-year career: How the former pop princess has continued to stand out from her peers

The q This music panel takes a look at the 20th anniversary of Christina Aguilera's pop debut and the recent surge of popularity for metal band Tool.

What makes a great Sesame Street song? Bill Sherman gives us a lesson

Bill Sherman is the man behind the music on Sesame Street. He tells us what goes into making a great Sesame Street song and why composers should never dumb it down for kids.

Narada Michael Walden on his hitmaking career with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey

The Grammy award-winning producer reveals the one thing these divas all had in common that made them masters of their craft.

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019: Elaine Welteroth, Tanika Charles and more

Today on q: makeup artist Hung Vanngo, soul and R&B singer Tanika Charles, Vince Wilburn Jr. and Erin Davis on Miles Davis, editor, journalist and author Elaine Welteroth.