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Q with Tom Power

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Five days a week acclaimed interviewer Tom Power sits down with the artists, writers, actors and musicians who define pop culture. Whether he’s ribbing Adele, singing a boyband classic with Simu Liu, or dissecting faith with U2 frontman Bono – Tom brings the same curiosity, respect and meticulous preparation into every conversation. He also has a track record for interviewing artists on the precipice of stardom – like Lizzo and Billie Eilish — who appeared on Q well before hitting the mainstream. Hear your favourite artists as they truly are, every weekday with Tom Power.

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Canada, ON

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Five days a week acclaimed interviewer Tom Power sits down with the artists, writers, actors and musicians who define pop culture. Whether he’s ribbing Adele, singing a boyband classic with Simu Liu, or dissecting faith with U2 frontman Bono – Tom brings the same curiosity, respect and meticulous preparation into every conversation. He also has a track record for interviewing artists on the precipice of stardom – like Lizzo and Billie Eilish — who appeared on Q well before hitting the mainstream. Hear your favourite artists as they truly are, every weekday with Tom Power.

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@CBCRadioQ

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English

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416-205-3700

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q@cbc.ca


Episodes
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Joyner Lucas: On his new album Not Now I'm Busy

5/21/2024
Joyner Lucas is a rapper who has millions of streams and two Grammy nominations. He tackles big subjects in his music, from self-harm and addiction to police brutality. Joyner joins Tom in studio to talk about his new album, “Not Now I'm Busy,” and the sacrifices he's made to find success.

Duration:00:24:46

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Alana Yorke: Her near-death experience and new album

5/21/2024
After a near-death scuba diving accident that left her with PTSD, the Nova Scotia singer-songwriter Alana Yorke released the biggest album of her career, “Dream Magic.” But that’s not the end of the story. One morning in 2022, Alana woke up to find that she couldn’t move the left side of her body due to a stroke. Following a long recovery, she started recording her latest album, “Destroyer,” which is out now. Alana sits down with Tom to talk about the record and share her experience.

Duration:00:28:08

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Laurie Anderson: AI and art, O Superman, and her prolific career

5/17/2024
The artist, musician and filmmaker Laurie Anderson has been prolific for decades. With a career that’s been called uncategorizable, she’s worked in performance art, music, film, sculpture and painting. You might recognize her voice best in its computerized form from the 1981 song “O Superman.” Now, Laurie is being awarded an honourary degree by the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. She joins Tom Power for a conversation about her long career, what she sees in the next generation of artists, and her surprising thoughts on AI.

Duration:00:25:37

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Kaia Kater: Strange Medicine and the Black origins of the banjo

5/17/2024
The Canadian folk singer Kaia Kater is back with a new album, “Strange Medicine.” She sits down with Tom to talk about the record, why she fell out of love with the banjo for a while, and her journey back to it.

Duration:00:26:22

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Tom Selleck: His “accidental” acting career, Magnum, P.I., and his new memoir

5/16/2024
Tom Selleck has been on Hollywood’s A-list since bursting onto screens in the TV show “Magnum, P.I.” in the early ‘80s. By the end of that decade, he had reached a whole new level of fame with massive box office hits like “Three Men and a Baby.” More recently, he’s become known for his role as NYPD commissioner Frank Reagan on the hugely successful crime drama series “Blue Bloods.” Now, the actor has released a new memoir called “You Never Know.” He joins Tom Power to talk about his journey in acting, the hurdles he faced, and the lessons he learned on his way to stardom.

Duration:00:25:06

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Matthew Macfadyen: Playing desperate people and the success of Succession

5/16/2024
Matthew Macfadyen (Succession, Pride & Prejudice) stars in the miniseries “Stonehouse,” which tells the story of the disgraced British MP John Stonehouse who faked his own death after allegedly being recruited as a spy. Last year, Matthew joined Tom to talk about the show and the parallels he sees between his roles on “Stonehouse” and “Succession.”

Duration:00:19:34

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Kathleen Hanna: Bikini Kill, the feminism of riot grrrl, and her new memoir

5/15/2024
Kathleen Hanna is a punk icon, a pioneer of the riot grrrl movement, and one of the most influential feminists of the ‘90s. As the frontwoman of Bikini Kill, Le Tigre and The Julie Ruin, she’s empowered women to feel liberated over their bodies and minds. Now, she’s released a gripping new memoir, “Rebel Girl,” in which she details the abuse she endured by men throughout her life, the terror she often felt on stage, and her path to becoming a champion of women. Kathleen joins Tom to look back on her life and career.

Duration:00:37:53

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Quick Q: Don McKay on receiving the Griffin Poetry Prize’s Lifetime Recognition Award

5/15/2024
The Newfoundland-based writer Don McKay has been publishing poems about the natural world since the ‘80s. This year, he was honoured with the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Poetry Prize. In celebration of the honour, Don reads two poems that are particularly meaningful to him and chats with Tom about the themes that run through his work.

Duration:00:15:47

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Serj Tankian: System of a Down, raising awareness of the Armenian genocide, and his new memoir

5/14/2024
System of a Down’s Serj Tankian grew up hearing stories about his family members who died during the Armenian genocide, many years before he was born. In his new memoir “Down With the System,” he shares his family’s story and looks back on his career through the lens of his Armenian heritage. Serj joins Tom to talk about the origins of his activism, how System of a Down got on the radio, and whether or not you’ll ever hear new music from the band.

Duration:00:36:17

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Quick Q: Billianne shares how one comment from Taylor Swift changed her life

5/14/2024
Billianne is a Canadian singer-songwriter who recently premiered her new single “Daydream” live on “The Today Show.” She sits down with Tom to discuss the song, her big network debut, and what it was like to get Taylor Swift’s seal of approval on TikTok.

Duration:00:12:43

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Remembering Alice Munro

5/14/2024
Alice Munro, a Canadian author who was revered worldwide as master of the short story and who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died at the age of 92. Tom goes into the CBC archives to bring you Peter Gzowki’s 1996 interview with the late author.

Duration:00:56:39

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Kevin Durand: On Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes and going to “ape school”

5/13/2024
Canada’s own Kevin Durand plays the tyrannical bonobo Proximus Caesar in “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” — the latest installment in the long-running “Planet of the Apes” franchise. Kevin sits down with Tom to talk about the film, what it was like going to “ape school” in preparation for his role, and his path to becoming one of the busiest Canadian actors in Hollywood.

Duration:00:25:16

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Moya O'Connell: On directing Hedda Gabler — one of theatre’s most complex roles

5/13/2024
The critically acclaimed Canadian theatre director and actor Moya O’Connell is directing a new production of Henrik Ibsen’s 1891 masterpiece “Hedda Gabler.” The play follows a woman named Hedda who’s trapped in a loveless marriage as she struggles with the realities of domestic life. When her old flame comes back to town, she’s driven to commit some manipulative and disturbing acts. Moya sits down with Tom to tell us more about the play, what makes Hedda such a timeless character, and her own experience of playing the iconic role in 2012.

Duration:00:19:04

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Ncuti Gatwa: On becoming the first Black queer Doctor Who

5/10/2024
Ncuti Gatwa is the new Doctor Who — the time and space-travelling lead in the BBC's hit show of the same name. Ahead of the season premiere, Ncuti joins Tom to tell us what it was like taking the reins on this British pop culture institution, and what he wanted to bring to the show as the first Black queer Doctor.

Duration:00:23:03

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Evany Rosen: On her new show Davey & Jonesie's Locker

5/10/2024
Evany Rosen is one of the funniest people in Canadian television. She’s the creator of the new comedy series “Davey & Jonesie's Locker,” which follows two oddball high school best friends as they travel through the multiverse via a portal in their locker. Evany joins Tom to talk about the show and what inspired it.

Duration:00:18:12

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Remembering Steve Albini

5/9/2024
Steve Albini, the musician and legendary producer, died on Tuesday, May 7 from a heart attack. He was 61 years old. Today we revisit Tom’s conversation with Steve, back when the most famous record he ever produced, Nirvana’s “In Utero,” turned 30 last fall.

Duration:00:37:39

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Laufey: On being called Gen Z’s jazz icon

5/9/2024
Iceland’s top streaming artist isn’t Björk or Sigur Rós — it’s Laufey. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter is redefining jazz for Gen Z, and this year, she won the Grammy for best traditional pop vocal album. Laufey sits down with Tom in studio to talk about her meteoric rise, falling in love with the cello, and what it’s like being called Gen Z’s jazz icon.

Duration:00:31:53

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Ryusuke Hamaguchi: How the music for Evil Does Not Exist came before the film

5/9/2024
When the Oscar-winning director Ryusuke Hamaguchi set out to make his latest film “Evil Does Not Exist,” the music kind of came before the idea. The film tells the story of a close-knit rural community in Japan and the city folk who have plans to build a glamping site in their hamlet. Hamaguchi joins Tom to tell us how the film was largely inspired by the music of his composer, Eiko Ishibashi.

Duration:00:16:47

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MacKenzie Porter: On the heartbreak of trying to make it in Nashville

5/8/2024
The Canadian country singer MacKenzie Porter grew up on a cattle and bison ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta. When her brother Kalan won “Canadian Idol” in 2004, she learned a lot about the good and bad of the music industry. She’s just released a new album, “Nobody’s Born with a Broken Heart,” which explores her struggle to make it in Nashville. MacKenzie sits down with Tom in studio to talk about the record and some of the hard-won lessons she learned in the Music City.

Duration:00:33:42

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Kuperman Brothers: On making their Broadway debut with The Outsiders

5/8/2024
Rick and Jeff Kuperman (a.k.a. the Kuperman Brothers) are Canadian directors and choreographers whose work spans film, TV, music videos, concerts and stage shows. Now, they’ve made their Broadway debut as the choreographers of “The Outsiders” — a new musical based on S. E. Hinton’s seminal novel of the same name. The Kuperman Brothers join Tom to talk about “The Outsiders” and how being dragged to martial arts classes as kids helped them find their path.

Duration:00:18:53