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q: The Podcast from CBC Radio

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Get ready to meet the artists you're talking about, and the ones you'll soon love. Whatever you're into — be it music, TV, film, visual art, theatre or comedy — q is there. Expect deep insight, and big surprises. Because on q, arts and entertainment get personal.

Get ready to meet the artists you're talking about, and the ones you'll soon love. Whatever you're into — be it music, TV, film, visual art, theatre or comedy — q is there. Expect deep insight, and big surprises. Because on q, arts and entertainment get personal.


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Get ready to meet the artists you're talking about, and the ones you'll soon love. Whatever you're into — be it music, TV, film, visual art, theatre or comedy — q is there. Expect deep insight, and big surprises. Because on q, arts and entertainment get personal.










[Full episode] Yola, Jena Malone, Tim '2oolman' Hill, Dionne Brand

Singer-songwriter Yola talks about the inspirations behind her "genre-fluid" new album, Stand for Myself, and why her music defies categories. Actor Jena Malone discusses her latest film, Lorelei, and how her experience as a child actor has made her more protective of the children she works with on set. Tim "2oolman" Hill of The Halluci Nation (formerly A Tribe Called Red) gives us a musical guided tour through Six Nations of the Grand River, a reserve an hour and a half outside of Toronto....


[Full episode] Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware, Yo-Yo Ma, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Black Lives Matter Canada co-founders Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware talk about the organization's newly created Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism, and the importance of having Black-owned and operated art spaces. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks about his album with pianist Kathryn Stott, Songs of Comfort and Hope, and shares what he thinks music can do for us during a pandemic. Married songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez talk about their Oscar-winning Frozen song Let It...


[Full episode] Tori Amos, Steven Yeun, Jean Schulz, Heather Igloliorte

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated artist Tori Amos opens up about the political and personal events that have guided her life and music over the past four decades. Steven Yeun talks about his Oscar-nominated performance in Minari, and shares how playing a Korean American dad helped him connect with his own father. Jean Schulz shares fond memories of her late husband, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, and how she's carrying on his legacy. Inuk curator and art historian Heather Igloliorte talks...


[Full episode] Jack Antonoff, Didi Conn, Shelby J

In a career spanning interview, singer and Grammy-winning producer behind Taylor Swift, Lorde, and Lana Del Rey, Jack Antonoff discusses his band Bleachers, writing to process loss, his relationship with Bruce Springsteen, and working with some of the biggest pop stars of our time. Actor Didi Conn presents an oral history of Grease on its 40-year anniversary. Singer-songwriter Shelby J talks about the posthumous release of Prince's album Welcome 2 America, and reflects on the legacy of her...


[Full episode] Mena Suvari, Billie Eilish, Lauren Collins and Jake Epstein

Mena Suvari talks about the abusive environment she was raised in as a young model and actor in her bracing memoir The Great Peace. Pop star Billie Eilish on her relationship to fans, fame and social media. Degrassi alum Lauren Collins and Jake Epstein look back on the show's most powerful storylines and legacy in Canadian television.


[Full episode] Matt Damon, Penn Jillette, Tracey Deer

Matt Damon on his new film Stillwater and writing again with Ben Affleck. Magician Penn Jillette on the misconceptions people have and real beauty of stage magic. Filmmaker Tracey Deer turns her memories of the 1990 Oka Crisis into the critically acclaimed film Beans.


[Full episode] The Halluci Nation, Karen Knox and Gwenlyn Cumyn, Rivers Cuomo

The Halluci Nation duo Tim '2oolman' Hill and Bear Witness talk about changing the band's name from A Tribe Called Red and their new album One More Saturday Night. Karen Knox and Gwenlyn Cumyn talk about creating and starring in the web comedy series Slo Pitch, which is about a team of mostly queer women brought together on a beer-league softball team. Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo discusses the band's new orchestral pop album OK Human.


[Full episode] Mark Ronson, Q Screen Panel with Teri Hart and Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Zoon, LeVar Burton

Oscar and Grammy-winning music producer Mark Ronson dives deep into his obsession with sound in the new docuseries Watch the Sound. Teri Hart and Kathleen Newman-Bremang join the Q Screen Panel to talk about two biopics: Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain and Aline, which is inspired by the life of Céline Dion. Daniel Monkman, also known as, Zoon talks about his Polaris Prize-nominated album Bleached Wavves. Actor LeVar Burton tells us why he wants people to listen to a story on his...


[Full episode] Nick Mohammed, Alan McGee, Antoni Porowski

Ted Lasso star Nick Mohammed explains why in an era of gritty storytelling and anti-heroes, true subversion is about making your audience smile. Music manager and Creation Records founder Alan McGee discusses his career in music and his new biopic, Creation Stories. Queer Eye's food and drink expert Antoni Porowski dishes on food, fame, and what it was like growing up in Montreal and West Virginia.


[Full episode] Alice Cooper, Wayne Kramer, Domee Shi, Neal Sugarman

Alice Cooper talks about returning to his Motor City roots with Detroit Stories, an album inspired by the Detroit hard rock scene of the late '60s and early '70s. Guitarist Wayne Kramer of the MC5 reveals the secrets of one of rock 'n' roll's most enduring anthems, Kick Out The Jams. Animator Domee Shi discusses her Oscar-winning Pixar short, Bao, and how the ideas for it came straight from her childhood home in Toronto. Musician Neal Sugarman looks back on Amy Winehouse's final album, Back...


[Full episode] Cassie Cao, Bill Stevenson, Patrick Watson, Sonia Manzano

Comedian Cassie Cao, who's performed stand-up more than 300 times across Canada and written for Kim's Convenience, shares how it feels to finally get back to the stage at the Just For Laughs festival after a long, not-so-funny year. Drummer Bill Stevenson of Descendents talks about the band's punk rock origins and their new album, 9th & Walnut — a project that's taken 20 years to complete. Montreal singer-songwriter Patrick Watson introduces A Mermaid In Lisbon, the title track off his new...


[Full episode] Lucy Dacus, Alicia Vikander, Siphesihle November, Trevor Noah

Indie rocker Lucy Dacus discusses her highly anticipated third studio album, Home Video — a memoir of her coming-of-age in Richmond, Va., unrequited love, hard truths and church. Actor Alicia Vikander tells us why she wanted to be a part of The Green Knight, a medieval fantasy film based on the classic 14th century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Ballet dancer Siphesihle November details his journey, from his days performing hip-hop in South Africa to being a corps member of the...


[Full episode] Barenaked Ladies, Teri Hart and John Semley, Hawa Hassan

Barenaked Ladies frontman Ed Robertson talks about the band's newly released 16th studio album, Detour de Force, and why he still worries when he makes a new record. On this week's screen panel, Teri Hart and John Semley discuss how late-night talk shows are adapting to the post-lockdown landscape, and share their reviews of HBO's much buzzed about series The White Lotus. Somali-born chef Hawa Hassan talks about her latest cookbook, In Bibi's Kitchen, which celebrates the food of regular...


[Full episode] A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen, Mavis Staples, Tom Morello

On this week's Q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen discuss two new documentaries, Summer of Soul and Woodstock 99, and the importance of the music festivals that inspired them. Gospel singer Mavis Staples explains why she feels she still has a lot of work to do when it comes to speaking out against bigotry in America. Musician Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave talks about guitars, his photo memoir and the state of political music today.


[Full episode] Danny Trejo, Joshua Safran, Loretta Sarah Todd

Actor Danny Trejo discusses his new memoir, Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood, in which he opens up about surviving incarceration, finding sobriety, helping others and landing his first big film role. Television writer Joshua Safran, the co-creator of HBO Max's Gossip Girl reboot, talks about reviving the 2000s show for a new decade, and how the changing face of New York City and social media impacted his approach. Métis and Cree filmmaker Loretta Sarah Todd explains how she...


[Full episode] Gary Kemp, Proud Father, Michaela Coel

Musician Gary Kemp, a founding member of the '80s powerhouse group Spandau Ballet, talks about his first solo album in 25 years, which sees him reflect on his youth and how it connects to the person he is today. NASA robotics technologist Brendan Chamberlain-Simon (also known as Proud Father), discusses how he turned his career dread into a new album that tells the story of an astronaut experiencing the same dread in space. Writer, actor and director Michaela Coel shares how she turned...


[Full episode] Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Chet Faker, Ralph, Jean Smith

Actor Maitreyi Ramakrishnan talks about her transformation from Mississauga, Ont., high school student to the star of Netflix's hit series Never Have I Ever. Singer-songwriter Chet Faker discusses his latest album, Hotel Surrender, and explains why he retired his alias for five years to release music under his birth name, Nick Murphy. Singer-songwriter Ralph introduces Tommy, one of her favourite songs off her new EP Gradience. Artist and musician Jean Smith talks about her series of $100 US...


[Full episode] Lena Headey, Spice Girls listening party, Shannon Lee, Tom Connors Jr.

Actor Lena Headey discusses her latest film, Gunpowder Milkshake, and how she really felt about Game of Thrones's controversial ending. Three former die-hard Spice Girls fans reflect on the group's debut album, diving into its fun, empowering and downright problematic sides. Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, tells us why she wanted to show a different side of her father through her book Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee. Stompin' Tom Connors' son, Tom Connors Jr., tells us how...


[Full episode] Cedric Burnside, Evan Goldberg, Jann Arden

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Cedric Burnside discusses his new album, I Be Trying, and what it was like playing drums on tour with his grandfather (Mississippi blues legend R. L. Burnside) from the age of 13. Filmmaker and screenwriter Evan Goldberg reflects on a long career of making people laugh through films like Superbad and Pineapple Express, sharing how he's now imparting his knowledge and expertise to a new generation of creators. Singer-songwriter, actor and author Jann Arden...


[Full episode] Patti LaBelle, Tara Beagan, Steven Zeitchik, Finn Wolfhard

With the release of the 20th anniversary edition of her bestselling cookbook LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About, legendary singer Patti LaBelle dishes on her decades-long legacy of making comfort food and soul music. Nlaka'pamux and Irish Canadian playwright Tara Beagan tells us why she believes the Toronto Catholic District School Board censored her play about residential schools eight years ago — and why she's now releasing the script for free. Washington Post reporter Steven Zeitchik...