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Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Semi Chellas, Aurora James and more

Today on q: American Woman director Semi Chellas, q This music panel A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, fashion designer Aurora James, Elmo puppeteer Ryan Dillon.

How Sesame Street puppeteer Ryan Dillon brings Elmo to life

On the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, Ryan Dillon, the puppeteer behind Elmo, joined q's Tom Power to talk about how he went from a childhood fan of the show to claiming centre stage.

Monday, June 29, 2020: Ziggy Marley, Raoul Peck and more

Today on q: musician Ziggy Marley, q screen panel with John Semley and Teri Hart, Tigertail director Alan Yang, I Am Not Your Negro director Raoul Peck.

Bob Marley at 75: Ziggy Marley reflects on his late father's incredible, and very human, legacy

For Ziggy, it’s not about the record sales or the accolades; Bob Marley taught him to be a good person.
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Raoul Peck brings James Baldwin's powerful gaze to the big screen

Director Raoul Peck discusses his latest documentary, I am Not Your Negro, which is completely based on the words of famous American writer James Baldwin.

Friday, June 26, 2020: Katy Perry, Roddy Doyle and more

Today on q: pop icon Katy Perry, q This music panel with A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, hip-hop historian Nelson George, author Roddy Doyle.

Katy Perry says she wrote many of her biggest hits 'in the worst place' of her life

Katy Perry’s songs have served as the soundtrack for happy moments for her fans, so it may come as a surprise that many of her hits, such as Firework and Roar, were born from what she calls 'dark times.'

An introductory guide to New York hip-hop in the '80s

The Get Down's Nelson George guides us through the world of '80s hip-hop in New York City, from Kurtis Blow to Eric B.

Thursday, June 25, 2020: John Legend, Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs and more

Today on q: singer-songwriter John Legend, artist and activist Syrus Marcus Ware and CBC Arts host Sean O'Neill, musician and artist Tiagz, actress Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs.

John Legend on how George Floyd's murder is spurring change, and how people can help

The music icon and father of two also says celebrities need to inform themselves before speaking out

Why we need Black and Indigenous leadership at Canada's top museums now more than ever

Artist and activist Syrus Marcus Ware and CBC Arts host Sean O'Neill join q's Tom Power to discuss the actions Canadian arts institutions need to take to achieve racial equity and representation.

Canada Reads 2020 to take place July 20-23

The 2020 debates will air on CBC Radio, CBC, CBC Gem, CBC Books, YouTube and Facebook.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Tatiana Maslany, Jim Cuddy and more

Today on q: actress Tatiana Maslany, fashion designer Sage Paul and fashion director Mosha Lundström Halbert, singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy, author Preston Lauterbach on musician Robert Johnson.

New book reveals the true story of legendary blues icon Robert Johnson

In Brother Robert, Johnson’s stepsister shares details of Johnson’s family, influences, death and mystique.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Ricky Martin, Bisa Butler and more

Today on q: singer Ricky Martin, artist Bisa Butler, writer Jon Tattrie, actor E.B. Smith and Soulpepper artistic director Weyni Mengesha.

Quilted portraits by Bisa Butler celebrate the fabric of Black life

Think of it as painting with cloth. Artist Bisa Butler talks about her unique quilted portraits — life-sized pieces that honour the accomplishments of Black Americans.

Jon Tattrie unearths Nova Scotia's secret Bob Marley connection

Jon Tattrie talks about his 'epic quest' to hunt down the truth about Bob Marley's connection to Sydney, N.S.

Monday, June 22, 2020: Max Brooks, Tracy and Martina, and more

Today on q: author Max Brooks, q screen panel with Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Teri Hart, author Kiley Reid, comedy duo Tracy and Martina.

Such a Fun Age author Kiley Reid on the awkward politics of race, class and white allyship

Reid's bestselling debut novel tells the story of a Black babysitter, her white employer, and how their lives become intertwined.

Friday, June 19, 2020: Titus Kaphar, Deadmau5 and more

Today on q: visual artist Titus Kaphar, q This music panel with A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, Realwheels founding artistic director James Sanders and his son, DJ and EDM producer Deadmau5.

Thursday, June 18, 2020: Mike Birbiglia, Sandi Toksvig and more

Today on q: actor and comedian Mike Birbiglia, broadcaster, comedian and activist Sandi Toksvig, DJ Blackcat’s gateway to Toronto's ballroom scene, singer-songwriter Kaia Kater, singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez.

'There's things that I wasn't prepared for': Jessie Reyez on navigating the music industry

The Toronto-raised singer-songwriter joined q’s Tom Power to talk about stepping into the next phase of her career.

DJ Blackcat drops a musical gateway to Toronto's ballroom scene

In this q gateway, DJ Blackcat gives us his guide to the music of Toronto's ballroom scene.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020: Chris Jericho, Rebecca Thomas and more

Today on q: professional wrestler Chris Jericho, author and poet Rebecca Thomas, visual artist Michelangelo Lovelace, actress Heather Graham and director Aisling Chin-Yee, Toronto pop duo Ice Cream.

Rebecca Thomas shares her book recommendations for National Indigenous History Month

June is National Indigenous History Month and we invited a special book columnist, Rebecca Thomas, to recommend some of her top picks by Indigenous authors.

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