Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017: The legacy of Mary Tyler Moore, Clara Hughes and more

Today on q: Susan Silver and Katie Ford on Mary Tyler Moore, Clara Hughes, Gordon Pinsent, Catherine Bainbridge and Black Eyed Peas' Taboo.
Today on q: Susan Silver and Katie Ford on Mary Tyler Moore, Gordon Pinsent, Clara Hughes, Catherine Bainbridge and Black Eyed Peas' Taboo. (Getty Images/Getty Images/CBC/Wikipedia)

Today on q, hosted by Tom Power: 

1. The Mary Tyler Moore Show writer Susan Silver on working with the beloved actress

She was a trailblazer for women in TV and an inspiration to women everywhere. Following the death of Mary Tyler Moore, writer Susan Silver opens up about what it was like to work with the actress. Silver will release a memoir this April about her life in television and life on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

— Produced by Elaine Chau

2. Canadian-American writer Katie Ford on meeting and working with her idol

Writer of film and television Katie Ford talks about what it was like to meet and work with her idol when she wrote the 2000 TV movie Mary and Rhoda starring Mary Tyler Moore.

— Produced by Ben Edwards

3. Clara Hughes on how to win Canada Reads 

Next Tuesday, Canada Reads will announce the final five books competing for the top spot on every Canadian's reading list. Last year, Olympian Clara Hughes defended Lawrence Hill's The Illegal, garnering the Canada Reads top spot. Hughes gives advice to this year's panelists — also to be announced on Tuesday — and opens up about what the experience meant to her.

Find the Canada Reads 2017 longlist here. 

​— Produced by Chris Trowbridge

4. The River of My Dreams chronicles Gordon Pinsent's long career as a Canadian film and television icon

Gordon Pinsent's career has taken him to many places. Born in Grand Falls, N.L., Pinsent has made his way across Canada, from Winnipeg to Cape Breton. He's starred in The Rowdyman, lent his voice to Babar the Elephant, and more recently played Grant Anderson in Away From Her. Director Brigitte Berman chronicles the icon's life in the new documentary, The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent. Pinsent narrates the film and opens up about the many roles he has played during his seven-decade career as one of the most beloved figures in Canadian film and television.

The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent opens on Friday, Jan. 27, in Toronto at The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Find showtimes here

​— Produced by Diane Eros

5. Catherine Bainbridge and Taboo shine a light on the historic influence of Indigenous people in rock 'n' roll

Many musicians, from The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach to Steve Van Zandt, know and love Link Wray's iconic instrumental, "Rumble." Artists such as Wray, Charley Patton, Jimi Hendrix and Robbie Robertson all helped shape rock 'n' roll, blues and many other genres but very rarely are they noted for their Native American heritage. Catherine Bainbridge's latest documentary, Rumble, aims to shine a spotlight on those figures and reclaim that part of musical history. Black Eyed Peas' Taboo is featured in the film, and joins Bainbridge in an exclusive interview with q. Watch the trailer for Rumble here.

​— Produced by Dawna Dingwall

Music from today's episode: 

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 'Love is All Around'

Link Wray, 'Rumble'

Martha Wainwright, 'I Am a Diamond'


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