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Monday, May 10, 2021: John Legend, Tracey Deer and more

Today on Q: singer-songwriter John Legend, director Tracey Deer, actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, actor Alan Alda.

John Legend on how George Floyd's murder is spurring change, and how people can help

The music icon and father of two also says celebrities need to inform themselves before speaking out.

New film confronts the Oka Crisis through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl

Beans, which just premiered at TIFF, is partly based on the childhood experience of filmmaker Tracey Deer.

Meet Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the Canadian star of Mindy Kaling's Never Have I Ever

Actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan shares how she beat out more than 15,000 others for the lead role of Devi in Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix show.

Alan Alda has the answer for better understanding each other

Famed actor Alan Alda delves into his fascination with science and communication in his new book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on my Face?

Friday, May 7, 2021: Julia Michaels, Q This music panel and more

Today on Q: singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, Q This music panel A. Harmony and Vivek Shraya, folk musician No-No Boy, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead.

'I'm a deep feeler': Pop singer Julia Michaels makes her album debut

Julia Michaels was an in-demand pop songwriter for stars like Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber when she decided to step into the spotlight herself. She's released her first album, Not In Chronological Order, which is about all the strange emotions that love can inspire.

Artists are preparing for the return of live music. How will concerts look?

The Q This panel looks at the possible return of venue concerts and the different pandemic safety measures being discussed.

Julian Saporiti's No-No Boy project turns Asian American history into song

Indie rocker Julian Saporiti has written an ode to stories from Asian American history for his folk album, 1975.

Colson Whitehead waited 16 years to write The Underground Railroad

The best-selling author opens up about the story he waited years to write.

Songs for a pandemic: Music that has gotten Canadians through

From Mary J. Blige to Joni Mitchell, here’s a playlist of healing tracks recommended by people across the country.

Thursday, May 6, 2021: Sonia Manzano, Randell Adjei and more

Today on Q: Emmy award-winning cast member and writer of Sesame Street Sonia Manzano, Ontario's first Poet Laureate Randell Adjei, showrunner of the new Netflix series Shadow and Bone Eric Heisserer.

Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano reflects on the groundbreaking children's show

Sonia Manzano talks about her decades-spanning role as Maria on Sesame Street. The Emmy Award-winning cast member and writer is featured in the new documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street.

Randell Adjei believes in the resilience and community of poetry

Ontario's first Poet Laureate Randell Adjei reflects on his journey to the present moment, and the bar he hopes to set in his new position.

Showrunner Eric Heisserer on bringing fantasy worlds to the small screen

Showrunner Eric Heisserer has a reputation for choosing notoriously difficult stories to adapt. His latest is the epic fantasy series Shadow and Bone, which is being touted as the next Game of Thrones.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021: Marianne Faithfull, Dot-Marie Jones and more

Today on Q: singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull, filmmaker Loretta Sarah Todd, musicians Tim Fletcher, Mike Small and Tyler Kyte, actress and world champion arm wrestler Dot-Marie Jones.

'I just didn't want to go yet': Marianne Faithfull on beating COVID-19 and finishing her new album

Legendary singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull opens up about surviving COVID-19 and recording a new album of classic romantic poems, titled She Walks in Beauty.

Dot-Marie Jones on her new arm wrestling movie Golden Arm — and why it's the role she was born to play

Actress and world champion arm wrestler Dot-Marie Jones talks about her fitting role in the new arm wrestling comedy, Golden Arm.

Filmmaker Loretta Sarah Todd on Monkey Beach and the value of bringing Indigenous oral tradition to film

Métis and Cree filmmaker Loretta Sarah Todd discusses how she preserved Indigenous oral tradition in her new film Monkey Beach — an adaptation of Eden Robinson's novel of the same name.

Three indie-rock darlings enjoy a second life playing in cover bands

Tim Fletcher, Mike Small and Tyler Kyte each share how they went from being 'the next big thing’ to playing in cover bands.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021: Angeline Boulley, Joseph Shabason and more

Today on Q: author Angeline Boulley, multi-instrumentalist Joseph Shabason, fashion and style writer Christian Allaire.

Debut author Angeline Boulley on writing her critically acclaimed YA novel Firekeeper's Daughter

Angeline Boulley discusses her critically acclaimed, bestselling young adult novel, Firekeeper's Daughter, and the importance of telling contemporary Indigenous stories.

Joseph Shabason documents his conflicted relationship with faith on new album

Canadian multi-instrumentalist Joseph Shabason opens up about his latest album, The Fellowship, which explores his relationship with religion, going back to his upbringing in a dual-faith Jewish and Islamic household.

Vogue's Christian Allaire explores how fashion can help us reinvent ourselves and reclaim our cultures

Fashion and style writer Christian Allaire discusses his new book, The Power of Style: How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures, and his mission to change the conversation about BIPOC representation.

Monday, May 3, 2021: Sierra Teller Ornelas, Richard Thompson and more

Today on Q: Rutherford Falls showrunner and co-creator Sierra Teller Ornelas, screen panel with Jason Gorber and Teri Hart, singer Tom Jones, singer-songwriter Richard Thompson.