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Friday, December 14, 2018: Ari Aster, Elle Mills and more

Today on q: Hereditary director Ari Aster, q This with Lisa Christiansen and Cadence Weapon, William Prince’s Peguis First Nation Block Party, Canadian YouTuber Elle Mills.
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'I thought I was dying': Avril Lavigne on her triumphant return to music

The singer, who was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2014, has released a new breakup song, Tell Me It's Over.

'Horror is a lot like comedy': How Hereditary director Ari Aster made the scariest film of the year

Aster talks to Tom Power about the reaction to his highly-anticipated feature debut, Hereditary, which some are calling the scariest movie of 2018.

'It's addicting': Elle Mills on YouTube and the pressure to get views

Canadian YouTuber Elle Mills talks about fast success and burnout.

Forget the year-end lists: what was your musical highlight of 2018?

Our q This music panellists share their personal picks for best song, artist, album and music moment from the past year.

From AC/DC to Jennifer Lopez: William Prince pays tribute to Peguis First Nation in his q Block Party

In this edition of the q Block Party, Canadian singer-songwriter William Prince shares a playlist of songs that remind him of his hometown, the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba.

Thursday, December 13, 2018: Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, Joe Reginella and more

Today on q: Olympic ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, rapper and children's author Raj Haldar a.k.a. Lushlife, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Beverley McLachlin, "the Banksy of monuments" artist Joe Reginella.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir on 20 years of skating and their most iconic performances

Olympic ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir join guest host Ali Hassan to look back at their journey from being childhood skating partners to the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history.

Have we hit peak cancel culture?

The culture of ‘cancelling’ problematic people and things hit its stride in 2018, with it's targets including Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Kevin Hart, but going up against Christmas songs proved to be its biggest challenge.

P Is for Pterodactyl: How 'the worst alphabet book ever' became a surprise hit this season

Raj Haldar (a.k.a. Philadelphia rapper Lushlife) talks about the unexpected popularity of his new children's book, which he jokingly calls "the worst alphabet book ever."

Meet Joe Reginella, the New York artist known as 'the Banksy of monuments'

A mysterious statue of a longshoreman kneeling over the corpse of an alien has appeared in Manhattan's Battery Park. The man responsible for the monument is Joe Reginella. He joins guest host Ali Hassan to talk about his renegade public art projects.

Former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin's musical tribute to Vancouver

In this edition of the q Block Party, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, shares the songs that remind her of Vancouver.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018: Tavi Gevinson, Snail Mail and more

Today on q: writer, magazine editor and actor Tavi Gevinson, online panel with Buzzfeed's Elamin Abdelmahmoud and The New York Times' Amanda Hess, the story behind Handel’s Messiah, singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail.

'It reconnected me to the Rookie that I started': Tavi Gevinson on ending Rookie Magazine

After seven years, Rookie Magazine is shutting down. Tavi Gevinson reflects on starting the popular online magazine at 15 years old, why free content isn't sustainable in the age of social media, and what's ahead.

Snail Mail perform live in the q studio

Snail Mail is on almost every tastemaker's year-end music list for 2018. It's the project of singer-songwriter Lindsey Jordan, who dropped by with her band to perform from their debut album Lush and to talk about Snail Mail's whirlwind year.

Was 2018 the year of social media reckoning?

The q online panel looks back at the social media conversation this year, which started with the Facebook Cambridge Analytica controversy and is now ending with a heated debate about adult content on Tumblr.

How Handel's Messiah went from shunned performance to revered Christmas tradition

Director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Ivars Taurins explains the origins of Handel's Messiah.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018: Eric McCormack, Oyinkan Braithwaite and more

Today on q: actor Eric McCormack, Tony Award-winning playwright and actor Bob Martin, Benjamin Oberman gives a gateway to figure skating movies, author Oyinkan Braithwaite.

'I have two time-travel shows': Eric McCormack on juggling sci-fi series Travelers and the Will & Grace reboot

Eric McCormack sits down with Tom Power to talk about what it takes to switch between two very different TV series.

Bob Martin on musical theatre as an escape from the harshness of life

Bob Martin talks about his newest musical The Prom, about a troupe of washed up Broadway stars who head to small-town Indiana to help a young lesbian couple who have been banned from attending prom.

Oyinkan Braithwaite stretches the idea of unconditional love to its extreme in My Sister, The Serial Killer

Braithwaite's debut novel is about a woman named Korede and her younger sister Ayoola, who has an unfortunate habit of murdering her boyfriends. The author joins Tom Power to tell us more about her very dark, but funny new book.

A gateway to figure skating in film

Former professional figure skater Benjamin Oberman brings us an introduction to some of the best movies about the art, athleticism and drama of figure skating.
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5 ways to get Baby, It's Cold Outside (or any holiday song) out of your head

A U.K. psychologist who has studied earworms explains why we get them, and how to kick them out

Monday, December 10, 2018: Natalie Portman, Phosphorescent and more

Today on q: actor Natalie Portman, q screen panel with John Semley and Tina Hassannia, Clifton Reddick gives us a gateway to the Toronto sound, singer-songwriter Phosphorescent.

Natalie Portman on Vox Lux, the dark side of fame, and the unique toll of being 'pop star famous'

Natalie Portman sits down with Tom Power to talk about the inspiration behind her critically-acclaimed performance in Vox Lux, and how she got into the mindset of a pop star struggling with addiction and PTSD.