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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.

Hear Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Canisia Lubrin read from The Dyzgraphxst

Writer Canisia Lubrin reads an excerpt from her Griffin Poetry Prize-nominated poetry book, The Dyzgraphxst.

How one song helped Luther Vandross, Richard Marx and Céline Dion cope with the loss of their fathers

Singer-songwriter Richard Marx shares an oral history of Luther Vandross's single Dance with My Father, which became a Father's Day anthem not only for fans around the world but for Céline Dion as well.

Thursday, June 17, 2021: Uzo Aduba, Jonathon Adams and more

Today on Q: Emmy-winning actress Uzo Aduba, baritone vocalist Jonathon Adams, Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Yusuf Saadi, singer-songwriter Elton John.

How Uzo Aduba's breakout role on Orange Is the New Black influences her starring turn on In Treatment

Three-time Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba plays therapist Dr. Brooke Taylor on the HBO reboot of In Treatment.

Cree-Métis baritone Jonathon Adams on performing baroque music and exploring their Indigenous roots

Two-spirit Cree-Métis baritone Jonathon Adams shares what they discovered when they began delving into the history of Indigenous music and how it was brutally suppressed in the residential school system.

Hear Griffin Poetry Prize finalist Yusuf Saadi read his poem Mile End

Yusuf Saadi reads his poem Mile End from his Griffin Poetry Prize-nominated collection, Pluviophile.

'It's been a rollercoaster life': Elton John on music, his battle with addiction, fatherhood and more

The music icon joined q’s Tom Power for a conversation about his 50-year career, how having children changed everything for him and why he’s now saying goodbye to life on the road.

Young kids are more empathetic than they get credit for, says Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith joins q's Tom Power live in studio to talk about writing and illustrating his latest project, a children's book called Small in the City.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021: Cathy Yan, Emanuel and more

Today on Q: filmmaker Cathy Yan, books columnist Jael Richardson, YouTuber and singer Rebecca Black, R&B artist Emanuel.

How Cathy Yan's debut film Dead Pigs launched her career

With her debut feature Dead Pigs now hitting theatres for the first time, filmmaker Cathy Yan joined us to reflect on the huge impact the micro-budget satire had on her career.

Rising R&B star Emanuel on making his debut album Alt Therapy

Canadian R&B artist Emanuel discusses his debut album Alt Therapy, which was co-signed by Idris Elba and Kardinal Offishall before it was even released.

Jael Richardson's summer book pick: Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Our books columnist Jael Richardson fills us in on Angeline Boulley's YA mystery thriller, Firekeeper's Daughter, which was recently optioned for a Netflix series by the Obamas' Higher Ground Productions.

Rebecca Black's oral history of Friday

In 2011, 13-year-old Rebecca Black became infamous for the viral song Friday. Now, a decade after its release, she’s reclaiming the narrative around that song.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021: Jeff Lemire, Ruth B. and more

Today on Q: comic book writer and artist Jeff Lemire, singer-songwriter Ruth B., actor brother duo Shamier Anderson and Stephan James.

Sweet Tooth creator Jeff Lemire on seeing his comic book series adapted for Netflix

Canadian artist Jeff Lemire talks about seeing his acclaimed comic book series Sweet Tooth come to life in a new live-action show.

Ruth B. on Moments in Between and why her songs are trending on TikTok

Canadian​​​​​​​ singer-songwriter Ruth B. discusses her sophomore album, Moments in Between, and what it was like returning home to Edmonton during the pandemic.