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Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021: Yola, Jena Malone and more

Today on Q: singer-songwriter Yola, actor Jena Malone, musician Tim '2oolman' Hill of The Halluci Nation (formerly A Tribe Called Red), poet Dionne Brand.

'I'm part of everyone's club': Yola on defying genre and race expectations

Nashville-based British singer-songwriter Yola joined Tom Power to discuss the inspirations behind her 'genre-fluid' new album, Stand for Myself, which touches on everything from disco to Britpop.

'I know what they need': Jena Malone on working with child actors on set of Lorelei

In her new film Lorelei, Jena Malone plays a single mother of three who’s struggling to make ends meet. The award-winning actor joined guest host Jael Richardson to discuss why she feels it’s her most personal role to date.

Tim '2oolman' Hill's musical tribute to Six Nations of the Grand River

The A Tribe Called Red member gives us a playlist of songs that remind him of his home in Six Nations of the Grand River.

In The Blue Clerk, Dionne Brand meditates on the process of writing poetry

Dionne Brand's latest book of poetry, The Blue Clerk, is shortlisted for this year's Griffin Poetry Prize. She talks about the act of writing poetry and shares a reading from the book.

Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021: Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware, Yo-Yo Ma and more

Today on Q: Black Lives Matter Canada co-founders Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

BLM Canada co-founders on Toronto's Wildseed Centre and the importance of owning the property outright

Black Lives Matter Canada co-founders Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware talk about the organization's newly created Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism, which occupies a 10,000-square-foot property in downtown Toronto.

Yo-Yo Ma on the power of music to comfort, give solace and transition us from life to death

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks about his new record with pianist Kathryn Stott, Songs of Comfort and Hope, and shares what he thinks music can do for us during a pandemic.

Frozen's Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez on writing new songs for WandaVision

Married songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez talk about their Oscar-winning Frozen song Let It Go, as well as their latest work for the sitcom WandaVision.

Monday, Aug. 2, 2021: Tori Amos, Steven Yeun and more

Today on Q: singer-songwriter Tori Amos, actor Steven Yeun, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, and Inuk curator and art historian Heather Igloliorte.

Musician Shelby J on her friendship with Prince and her work on his posthumous album, Welcome 2 America

Musician Shelby J joins q guest host Eli Glasner to talk about the posthumous release of Prince's album Welcome 2 America and to reflect on the legacy of her mentor.

Jack Antonoff on his new Bleachers album and how he became a 'genius in the language of grief'

Jack Antonoff, fresh off winning album of the year with Taylor Swift at the Grammys, is releasing a new album called Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night.

Grease at 40: Didi Conn presents an oral history of the classic musical film

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Grease, actor Didi Conn, who played Frenchy, reminisces about all the great times she had on set with her fellow castmates.

Friday, July 30, 2021: Jack Antonoff, Shelby J and more

Today on Q: Grammy-winning producer and singer Jack Antonoff, actor Didi Conn and singer-songwriter Shelby J.

Thursday, July 29, 2021: Mena Suvari, Billie Eilish and more

Today on Q: actor Mena Suvari, singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, and actors Lauren Collins and Jake Epstein.

Mena Suvari writes about her harrowing coming-of-age in Hollywood and finding peace in bracing new memoir

For the first time, American Pie and American Beauty star Mena Suvari opens up about growing up as a child model and actor in Hollywood, the abuse she faced throughout her career and finding clarity as an adult in her memoir, The Great Peace.

Billie Eilish shares her perspective on success, social media and fame

In this interview and studio performance, Billie Eilish talks about having the kind of early fame and success that speaks to how stars are made: billions of streams and video views.

Degrassi: The Next Generation stars on the show's legacy — and Drake's Degrassi reunion video

Degrassi: The Next Generation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Two of its stars, Lauren Collins and Jake Epstein (a.k.a. Paige and Craig), joined Tom Power to look back on the show’s impactful storylines, play a little game of trivia, and share what it was like shooting Drake's Degrassi reunion music video, I'm Upset.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021: Matt Damon, Penn Jillette and Tracey Deer

Today on Q: actor Matt Damon, magician Penn Jillette, and director Tracey Deer.

Matt Damon on his new film, Stillwater, and why there's 'no diplomacy' between him and Ben Affleck

Matt Damon talks about his latest role in Stillwater as a roughneck trying to spring his daughter from a French prison, and writing with Ben Affleck again on the upcoming film The Last Duel.

Magician Penn Jillette on why he often reveals the secrets behind his tricks

Penn Jillette of the iconic magic duo Penn and Teller talks about his four-decade career and his work with Jamie Allan's Illusionarium — a new experiential magic exhibit scheduled to open in Toronto at the end of July.

Filmmaker Tracey Deer confronts the Oka Crisis through the eyes of a 12-year-old girl in Beans

Beans is partly based on the childhood experience of filmmaker Tracey Deer.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021: The Halluci Nation, Karen Knox with Gwenlyn Cumyn, and Rivers Cuomo

Today on Q: Band The Halluci Nation, creators of comedy series Slo Pitch Karen Knox and Gwenlyn Cumyn, and Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo.

The Halluci Nation on changing their name from A Tribe Called Red and their new album One More Saturday Night

The Halluci Nation duo Tim '2oolman' Hill and Bear Witness talk about the band's evolution, from their early days as A Tribe Called Red, making space in the Ottawa club scene for Indigenous music and dancers, to their new name and album.

Slo Pitch creators and stars Karen Knox and Gwenlyn Cumyn on their beer-league softball comedy series

Karen Knox and Gwenlyn Cumyn's web comedy series Slo Pitch, recently picked up by IFC, mines the hilarity of being in a low-stakes, high drama beer-league team of mostly queer women.