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Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019: Anna Sui, Riit and more

Today on q: fashion designer Anna Sui, throat singer and electronic music artist​​​​​​​ Riit, Todd Mayfield tells his father Curtis Mayfield's story, author and poet Morgan Parker.

'I have a surprise for you': How a Madonna encounter changed everything for fashion icon Anna Sui

Bands including the Beatles and the New York Dolls inspired legendary designer Anna Sui, whose work is the subject of a major design retrospective at New York's Museum of Arts and Design.

q's Thursday Headliner: Throat singer and electronic music artist​​​​​​​ Riit

Inuk musician Riit drops by the q studio to perform some new songs from her debut album, ataataga.

Author Morgan Parker reread her teenage diaries to write her new young adult novel, Who Put This Song On?

Author and poet Morgan Parker joined Tom Power in the q studio to talk about her two most recent books, a YA novel called Who Put This Song On? and a poetry collection called Magical Negro.

Todd Mayfield tells his father's story in new biography Traveling Soul

The life of soul music icon Curtis Mayfield is told through the words of his son.

Inuk artist Riit finds the 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.

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019: Lea Michele, Orville Peck and more

Today on q: actor and singer Lea Michele, q books columnist Jael Richardson, Mac DeMarco’s gateway to the music of Haruomi Hosono, country music star Orville Peck.

Lea Michele on her new Christmas album, Glee and her love for Alanis Morissette

The actor and singer just released a new Christmas album called Christmas in the City, which is a love letter to the place that raised her, New York City.

Jael Richardson's holiday book picks for 2019

As the gift-giving season is now upon us, q's books columnist stops by with a list of her favourite books from the past year.

Mac DeMarco spreads his love for Japanese rock icon, Haruomi Hosono

Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco gives us a gateway to Japanese musician Haruomi Hosono, who's been a huge influence on his music.

Meet Orville Peck, the 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.

Banksy unveils powerful new Christmas mural in new video – watch

The famed street artist makes a potent statement about homelessness in the new Birmingham work.

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019: Mark Korven, Bong Joon-ho and more

Today on q: film and TV composer Mark Korven, hip hop veteran Sophia Chang, Parasite director Bong Joon-ho.

How composer Mark Korven created the incredibly eerie sound for The Lighthouse and other horror films

Award-winning film and TV composer Mark Korven dropped by the q studio to demonstrate how his "Apprehension Engine" creates the sound of nightmares.

Parasite director Bong Joon-ho delivers an 'enjoyable nightmare' with his biting tale of income inequality

Parasite director Bong Joon-ho tells us what inspired him to make a thriller about income inequality, and why wealth can make monsters of us all.

Hip hop veteran Sophia Chang on being embraced by the Wu-Tang Clan

Sophia Chang worked with the Wu-Tang Clan on a number of projects, including running record labels and managing members RZA, GZA and Ol' Dirty Bastard (ODB). She tells the whole story in her new memoir, The Baddest Bitch in the Room.

Toronto busker and new dad gets surprised with big Christmas payday — watch

Mo Guzman thought he was being filmed for a documentary, but some holiday elves had a different plan for the subway musician.

Monday, Dec. 9, 2019: Justin Tranter, Antonio Banderas and more

Today on q: songwriter Justin Tranter, q screen panel with David Dennis Jr. and Kathleen Newman-Bremang, actor Beverly D'Angelo, actor Antonio Banderas.

Songwriter Justin Tranter on their journey from struggling glam rocker to hitmaker for the stars

Songwriter Justin Tranter just received the ACLU Bill of Rights Award for their LGBTQ activism. They're the first gender non-conforming honoree to receive the award.

How HBO's Watchmen turns the black experience into a superhero origin story

On this week's screen panel, culture critic David Dennis Jr. and Refinery29's Kathleen Newman-Bremang unpack what HBO's Watchmen is doing differently in how it deals with race.

Beverly D'Angelo on the enduring popularity of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

This year, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation turns 30. Beverly D'Angelo, who played Ellen Griswold, shares why she thinks people still connect so strongly with the chaos and craziness of the film.

'We need art to live': Antonio Banderas on relating to his character in Pain and Glory

Before he was Zorro or Puss in Boots, Antonio Banderas was the go-to male lead for Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar. The new film Pain and Glory is their eighth film together and one that made unique demands on Banderas.
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Mahna Mahna at 50: fascinating facts about the unforgettable Muppets song

The Muppets made it famous, but where did the song come from? (Hint: a steamy Italian film...) Who performed it? And who is that fuzzy fella?

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019: David Byrne, Nichelle Tramble Spellman and more

Today on q: Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, q This with A. Harmony and Rollie Pemberton, musician Peter Asher on the Beatles, television producer and writer Nichelle Tramble Spellman.

'We can better ourselves': David Byrne reveals his definition of utopia

The legendary Talking Heads frontman takes a message of hope to Broadway.