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Thursday, June 24, 2021: Ryan O'Connell, Dhonielle Clayton and Nic Stone, Canisia Lubrin and more

Today on Q: writer, producer and actor Ryan O'Connell, writers Dhonielle Clayton and Nic Stone, country star Meghan Patrick, Griffin Poetry Prize winner Canisia Lubrin, ethnomusicologist Max Jack.

Ryan O'Connell shares how he turned his memoir, Special, into a hit comedy series for Netflix

Ryan O'Connell has worked on shows like Will & Grace, Awkward and The Babysitter's Club. But when he started pitching a show inspired his own life, as a gay man with cerebral palsy, he faced a lot of rejection. Ryan took that as a challenge and now Special is in its second season and stealing hearts everywhere.

Dhonielle Clayton and Nic Stone join bestselling writers for an anthology celebrating Black love stories

Dhonielle Clayton and Nic Stone are contributors to Blackout, an anthology of six interconnected stories by Black female writers. The book is a balm for the misery of our times, sharing romantic stories of young Black people in love.

Canisia Lubrin on her Griffin Poetry Prize-winning book The Dyzgraphxst

Canisia Lubrin has won the 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize, one of the world's richest awards for a work of poetry, for her book The Dyzgraphxst. She joins Tom Power to talk about her win and about writing this book-length, seven-act poem about individuality, anti-Black racism and climate disaster.

Meghan Patrick shares the story behind her new song Mama Prayed For

Meghan Patrick says her new album, Heart On My Glass, is the most "me" record she's ever made. The country singer shares how her partner's mother inspired the song Mama Prayed For.

Three songs that went from pop hits to soccer chants

Ethnomusicologist Max Jack talks about three pop songs that have gone from pop hits to soccer stadium chants.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021: Dionne Warwick, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero and more

Today on Q: singer Dionne Warwick, horror director George A. Romero's widow Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, singer-songwriter Renforshort, artists Adrian Stimson and AA Bronson.

Dionne Warwick on social media fame and collaborating with Chance the Rapper

‘We have forgotten how to be social, really social,’ says the ‘queen of Twitter’ in a new Q interview.

Why George A. Romero's widow says his lost PSA film The Amusement Park is his 'most disturbing' work

Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, widow of horror filmmaker George A. Romero, shares the story behind her husband's lost 1973 film The Amusement Park, which was commissioned by the Lutheran Society as a PSA about elder abuse and ageism.

Renforshort shares the meaning behind her song this is just a story

Toronto singer-songwriter Renforshort introduces us to one of the tracks off her sophomore EP, off saint dominique.

Their ancestors were sworn enemies. Now the two artists are exploring the power of apology

One ancestor was an Indigenous chief; the other was an Anglican missionary. But when AA Bronson approached the Siksika people, Blackfoot artist Adrian Stimson decided to listen.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021: Graham Norton, Jessica Hopper and more

Today on Q: actor, comedian and author Graham Norton, music critic, producer and author Jessica Hopper, Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Joseph Dandurand, actor and voice artist Sarah Chalke.

Graham Norton shares how being stabbed made him 'more comfortable with risk'

Actor, comedian and author Graham Norton joined Q’s Tom Power to discuss his latest novel, Home Stretch, and how a near-death experience changed his outlook on life.

Joni Mitchell's Blue at 50: A gateway to the landmark album

Music critic, author and producer Jessica Hopper brings us a short oral history and analysis of Joni Mitchell's Blue in celebration of the iconic album's 50th anniversary.

Hear Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Joseph Dandurand read his poem The Sturgeon's Lover

Poet and playwright Joseph Dandurand reads his poem The Sturgeon's Lover from his Griffin Poetry Prize-nominated collection, The East Side of It All, published by Nightwood Editions.

Sarah Chalke on Rick and Morty's massive fan base, playing 'Second Becky' on Roseanne and more

Actor and voice artist Sarah Chalke talks about some of her most popular roles on shows like Rick and Morty, Scrubs and Roseanne.

Monday, June 21, 2021: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Lesley Hampton and more

Today on Q: Ojibway poet Duke Redbird, Blackfoot and Sámi filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Cree author David A. Robertson, Anishinaabe artist and fashion designer Lesley Hampton.

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers shines a light on films made by Indigenous creators for Indigenous audiences

Blackfoot and Sámi filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers discusses Stories are Power: Films by Indigenous Creators — a collection of films she curated for the Toronto International Film Festival in honour of National Indigenous History Month.

Lesley Hampton's new fashion collection focuses on 'post-lockdown self-confidence'

Award-winning fashion designer Lesley Hampton tells us why she wants to support body neutrality over body positivity with her new summer collection.

Hear Duke Redbird read his poem honouring the victims of residential schools

Duke Redbird is a multidisciplinary artist from Saugeen First Nation. He joined us to share a poem he wrote as a 'eulogy to the stolen children and the stolen souls.'

David A. Robertson on his memoir Black Water — a powerful look at family, legacy and blood memory

Cree author David A. Robertson opens up about his first memoir, Black Water: Family, Legacy, and Blood Memory, in which he ventures into some of the most personal storytelling of his career.

NSYNC's Lance Bass opens up about Lou Pearlman, the conman who defrauded '90s boy bands

Lance Bass' new documentary The Boy Band Con details the fraudulent schemes of music producer Lou Pearlman, who paved the way for boy bands like NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys.

Friday, June 18, 2021: Jason Reynolds, Tania León and more

Today on Q: bestselling author Jason Reynolds, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tania León, Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Canisia Lubrin, singer-songwriter and producer Richard Marx.

Jason Reynolds's writing strives to honour the 'pain of young people'

Author Jason Reynolds opens up about his entry into the world of literature, why he wants to write books that relate to young readers, and his latest novel, Long Way Down.

Composer Tania León on her Pulitzer Prize-winning orchestral piece Stride

Tania León discusses winning the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her work Stride. It's one of 19 pieces composed by women to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote.