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Tuesday, July 23, 2019: Simu Liu, Amanda Palmer and more

Today on q: Maestro Fresh Wes' brief oral history of Let Your Backbone Slide, actor Simu Liu, singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.

Let Your Backbone Slide at 30: Maestro Fresh Wes shares his oral history of Canada's most loved rap song

For the 30-year anniversary of Let Your Backbone Slide, Maestro Fresh Wes, his former manager Farley Flex and Davis from the production duo First Offence reflect on the song's impact, for an oral history of Let Your Backbone Slide.

Kim's Convenience star Simu Liu on drawing from his real life to play Jung

Ahead of the season three premiere of Kim's Convenience, Simu Liu drops by to talk about what we can expect, how his real-life relationship with his parents informs his father-son relationship on the show, and how he feels about the representation of Asian men on screen.

Amanda Palmer tackles abortion, miscarriage and suicide on new 'unapologetically balls-out' feminist album

Singer, songwriter and provocateur Amanda Palmer talks about her personal new record and performs some stripped-down versions of her songs at the grand piano.

Monday, July 22, 2019: Jaleel White, Mavis Staples and more

Today on q: actor Jaleel White, q screen panel with Tina Hassannia and Kiva Reardon, filmmaker Nobu Adilman, gospel singer Mavis Staples.

Jaleel White on owning his legacy as Steve Urkel, growing up a child star and reconnecting with his mom

You might remember Jaleel White best as Steve Urkel, the lovable nerd on the '90s sitcom Family Matters, but this summer, he's taking on something different: a new reality TV show called 50 Ways To Kill Your Mum.

Why are we laughing at Cats, but taking The Lion King seriously?

The q screen panel compares The Lion King to the much talked-about trailer for Cats, which has the internet reacting in horror.

'We could've been that guy': Nobu Adilman rounds up hopefuls who auditioned for Short Round in Temple of Doom

When Nobu Adilman was 11 years old back in 1983, he got the chance to audition for Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom — but he didn't get the part. Now he's made a documentary featuring the other hopefuls who missed out.

'I feel like I'm living in the '60s again': Mavis Staples on the state of civil rights in America

The legendary gospel singer explains why she feels she still has a lot of work to do when it comes to speaking out against bigotry in America.

Friday, July 19, 2019: Lulu Wang, Sharon and Bram, and more

Today on q: The Farewell writer and director Lulu Wang, q This with Lisa Christiansen and Florence K, Cindy Li's gateway to Toronto nightlife, children's entertainers Sharon and Bram.

Lulu Wang on bringing her family's lie to life in The Farewell

Lulu Wang is the writer and director behind The Farewell, a comedy-drama about an ailing grandmother whose family is determined to keep her in the dark about her terminal illness, in keeping with Chinese tradition.

Quebec artists shine on this year's Polaris Music Prize short list

The q This music panel takes a closer look at the 10 albums on this year's Polaris Music Prize short list.

'It felt like Mad Max in there': DJ and musician Cindy Li shows us a different side to Toronto's nightlife

Cindy Li, who records under the name Ciel, shares her gateway to alternative nightlife in Toronto.

Sharon and Bram bid 'skinnamarink adieu' after 40 years

Iconic Canadian children's entertainers Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison are embarking on their farewell tour after four decades of entertaining kids around the world. They dropped by the q studio for a very special performance and to reflect on their memories of fellow founding member, Lois Lilienstein.

Thursday, July 18, 2019: Billy Eichner, Colson Whitehead and more

Today on q: singer and rapper TOBi, actor and comedian Billy Eichner, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead, writer, musician and visual artist Vivek Shraya.

Comedian Billy Eichner on following in his idol's footsteps in The Lion King

Billy Eichner joined Tom Power in the q studio to talk about voicing Timon in Disney's live-action remake of The Lion King.

Toronto singer and rapper TOBi brings his 'unapologetic soul music' to the q studio

Nigerian-born, Toronto-raised singer and rapper TOBi drops by the q studio to perform a few songs from his newly-released debut album, Still.

Colson Whitehead on fighting through anger to write The Nickel Boys

The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of The Underground Railroad joined Tom Power in the q studio to tell us about his highly-anticipated follow-up novel, The Nickel Boys.

Why Vivek Shraya turned her hate mail into the graphic novel, Death Threat

When a stranger started sending Vivek Shraya death threats, she found it upsetting, but saw something strangely poetic in it, too. She joined us to talk about turning her hate mail into a graphic novel.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019: Jesse Eisenberg, Eugene Levy and more

Today on q: actor Jesse Eisenberg, actor Eugene Levy, q online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud, actor Joey King.

Jesse Eisenberg on his new movie The Art of Self-Defense, a 'satire without snark'

Actor Jesse Eisenberg has found something most artists only dream of: the perfect gig. He tells us about his latest role in the satirical film The Art of Self-Defense.

'It's a good feeling': Eugene Levy on Schitt's Creek's four Emmy nominations

After five seasons, Schitt's Creek received its first-ever Emmy nominations. Tom Power reached Eugene Levy right after he got the big news to extend our congratulations.

VidCon 2019 highlights a tension between big YouTube stars and new online creators

Our online columnist Elamin Abdelmahmoud unpacks this year's VidCon and how it has evolved over the past decade.

Joey King on her 'nerve-racking' transformation into Gypsy Rose Blanchard in the true crime series The Act

Joey King stars in The Act on Hulu, which retells the tragic and shocking story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who murdered her mother with the help of a boyfriend in 2015.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019: Rob Thomas, Mosha Lundström Halbert and more

Today on q: musician Rob Thomas, graffiti artist, filmmaker and hip-hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy, q fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert.