Introducing The Q Interview, a new podcast series with Tom Power
The Q Interview takes an intimate look at big conversations heard on the award-winning CBC show Q
Tom Power is in the unique position of chatting with some of the most fascinating artists and creators of our time. Now, the award-winning host of CBC Radio's Q is spotlighting some of the show's big conversations with a new podcast series, The Q Interview, launching Friday, Sept. 3.
The podcast takes an intimate look at Power's long-form interviews, including reflective commentary and extra content that doesn't make it to air on the broadcast. Some guests will be featured on The Q Interview before they appear on the radio show.
"In the past couple of years of the show, we've been fortunate enough to sit down with some really remarkable folks for 30 to 40 minutes or even more," said Power. "I'm really delighted that people will be able to hear a little more of our conversations through this podcast — also that my 15-year-old nephew will now believe me when I say I have a show."
This season of The Q Interview features conversations with artists such as Simu Liu, St. Vincent, Jerry Seinfeld, Alanis Obomsawin, Wynton Marsalis, Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Denis Villeneuve, The Tragically Hip and more. Each episode will spotlight a single guest, with three episodes being released on launch day.
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Episode 1: Simu Liu
Canada's Simu Liu has leapt from the small screen to the big screen with a life-changing role in Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The actor sat down with Tom Power to talk about being the first Asian superhero to lead a Marvel film and how he felt saying goodbye to Kim's Convenience. Watch the full interview here.
Episode 2: St. Vincent
Grammy-winning musician St. Vincent has reinvented herself once again. She joined Tom Power to talk about her personal new album, Daddy's Home, and why she decided to embrace a '70s sound and aesthetic for the project.
Episode 3: Jerry Seinfeld
Over the course of his 45-year career, comedian Jerry Seinfeld accumulated hundreds of jokes written on scraps of paper. He's now compiled those jokes into a new book called Is This Anything? The title refers to a common question comedians ask each other when trying out new material. He joined Tom Power to talk about the book, the longevity of his career and the stupidity of a "quick question."
Episode 4: The Halluci Nation
The Halluci Nation (formerly known as A Tribe Called Red) say their latest album, One More Saturday Night, is a love letter to the Electric Pow Wow gatherings that inspired members Tim "2oolman" Hill and Ehren "Bear Witness" Thomas to found the band in 2007. The duo spoke with Tom Power about the new record, the band's evolution from their early days as A Tribe Called Red, and why they decided on a name change. Watch the full interview here.
Episode 5: Jimmy Cliff
Reggae music wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for Jimmy Cliff. He helped popularize the genre globally, particularly with his work starring in and providing music for the groundbreaking Jamaican film The Harder They Come. The Grammy-winning reggae legend joined Tom Power to talk about his latest single, Human Touch, and his incredible lifelong journey in music. Watch the full interview here.
Episode 6: Norm Macdonald
Norm Macdonald died this week at the age of 61. In this special rerelease of his conversation with Tom Power, the beloved Canadian comedian talks about his greatest influences and shares the stories behind some of his best jokes.
Episode 7: Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton is one of the most important figures in country music with an appeal that crosses the boundaries of politics and religion. Even people who can't agree on anything else can agree that she's a beloved American icon. In her conversation with Tom Power, Parton explained why she wants to build a tent as wide as possible — especially in such a divided society. Watch the full interview here.
Episode 8: Wynton Marsalis
As the United States went through political unrest, jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis reflected on the connection between music and social change. The Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner spoke with Tom Power about his latest album, The Democracy! Suite, and why he thinks jazz is the perfect metaphor for democracy. Watch the full interview here.
Episode 9: Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen is known as a comedy titan with a penchant for smoking pot. Now, he's also an author. His debut book, Yearbook, features a collection of hilarious personal essays about his early life in Canada and his adventures in Los Angeles. The Vancouver-born actor, producer, writer and director spoke with Tom Power about the book, his famous use of cannabis and why he thinks comedy is undervalued. Watch the full interview here.
Episode 10: Denis Villeneuve
It takes an experienced director like Denis Villeneuve to tackle a project like the sci-fi epic Dune. The Canadian filmmaker — who's also behind movies like Arrival and Blade Runner 2049 — joined Tom Power to discuss his lifelong love of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel, and what it's like to adapt a book that's long been considered "unfilmable."
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