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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.
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.
Why has it become so hard to find a host for the Oscars?
Just two days after being named host of the 91st Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets. For now, the Oscars are without a host.
Tracing the origins of today's Toronto sound
Clifton Reddick, the co-founder of Battle of The Beatmakers talks about the musical roots of the sounds Toronto is currently presenting to the world.
Marriage, fatherhood and moving: Phosphorescent taps into life's big changes on new album C'est La Vie
Matthew Houck, a.k.a. Phosphorescent, shares some music off his new album C'est La Vie and discusses how fatherhood has changed his art.
Friday, December 7, 2018: Steve Young, Dalmar Abuzeid and more
Today on q: TV comedy writer Steve Young, q This music panel with Stuart Berman and Lisa Christiansen, rap crew The Sorority, actor Dalmar Abuzeid.
Bathtubs Over Broadway takes you into the secret world of corporate musicals you were never meant to see
Steve Young discusses his new documentary about the extravagant Broadway-style musicals that companies like Ford and McDonald's commissioned for private entertainment.
'We never saw them. We're seeing them now': Dalmar Abuzeid on being Avonlea's first black resident
"You want to be historically accurate? This is being historically accurate."