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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] St. Vincent, Sandra Oh, Sarah Neufeld, Lowell and Wendy Hill-Tout

Grammy-winning musician St. Vincent opens up about her personal new album, Daddy's Home, and why she decided to reinvent herself with a '70s sound and aesthetic. Actress Sandra Oh discusses her role in the series Killing Eve, and the importance of "being true to yourself" in Hollywood. Acclaimed violinist, solo artist and Arcade Fire member Sarah Neufeld introduces us to her haunting new track, Detritus, off her latest album of the same name. Canadian singer-songwriter Lowell and her mom,...


[Full episode] The Offspring, Altin Gün, Steven Canals, Rajni Perera

Punk rocker Dexter Holland of The Offspring discusses the band's 10th studio album, Let the Bad Times Roll, and fills us in on his other job as a doctorate-holding molecular biologist. Musicians Jasper Verhulst and Merve Dasdemir of the Amsterdam-based rock band Altin Gün tell us how they're breathing new life into traditional Turkish folk songs. Pose creator Steven Canals discusses the lasting influence of the documentary Paris Is Burning, and what it meant for him to finally see a story...


[Full episode] Jake Tapper, Mosha Lundström Halbert, Heather Igloliorte

CNN news anchor Jake Tapper discusses his new novel, The Devil May Dance, and shares how discovering his family tree in Manitoba led him to tweet about Canada's slow vaccine rollout. Our fashion contributor Mosha Lundström Halbert tells us why TikTok influencers are replacing the role of fashion editors and runway shows, how this shift will impact the industry going forward, and the death of skinny jeans. Inuk curator and art historian Heather Igloliorte talks about her work as one of the...


[Full episode] James Acaster, Jayne Eastwood, Aminder Dhaliwal

British comedian James Acaster explains how experiencing the worst year of his life led him to create his new comedy special, Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999. Toronto-born actress Jayne Eastwood discusses her 50-year career and the joys of playing a shockingly shameless senior citizen in the CBC web series Hey Lady! — a lead role written just for her. Canadian cartoonist Aminder Dhaliwal talks about how she uses the mythic cyclops as a surprising metaphor for racism in her latest graphic...


[Full episode] John Legend, Tracey Deer, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Alan Alda

EGOT winner John Legend discusses how George Floyd's murder is spurring change, and why celebrities need to inform themselves before speaking out. Director Tracey Deer talks about her powerful debut film Beans — a coming-of-age story based on her own childhood experience of the 1990 Oka Crisis. Actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, the Canadian star of Mindy Kaling's Never Have I Ever, shares how she beat out more than 15,000 others for the lead role of Devi. Actor Alan Alda talks about delving...


[Full episode] Julia Michaels, Q This, No-No Boy, Colson Whitehead

Singer-songwriter Julia Michaels talks about how falling in love shaped her first full-length album Not In Chronological Order. Q This panel's A. Harmony and Vivek Shraya discuss the return of venue concerts. Indie rocker Julian Saporiti talks about his new project No-No Boy, which turns stories from Asian American history into song. Writer Colson Whitehead talks about his novel The Underground Railroad.


[Full episode] Sonia Manzano, Randell Adjei, Eric Heisserer

Sonia Manzano talks about her decades-spanning role as Maria on Sesame Street and the new documentary Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street. Ontario's first Poet Laureate Randell Adjei reflects on his journey to the present moment, and the bar he hopes to set in his new position. Showrunner Eric Heisserer discusses the challenges and joys of bringing the new Netflix series Shadow and Bone to screen.


[Full episode] Marianne Faithfull, Loretta Sarah Todd, Tim Fletcher, Mike Small and Tyler Kyte, Dot-Marie Jones

Legendary singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull opens up about surviving COVID-19 and recording a new album of classic romantic poems, titled She Walks in Beauty. Métis and Cree filmmaker Loretta Sarah Todd discusses how she preserved Indigenous oral tradition in her new film Monkey Beach — an adaptation of Eden Robinson's novel of the same name. Three indie-rock darlings — Tim Fletcher, Mike Small and Tyler Kyte — each share how they went from being "the next big thing" to enjoying a second...


[Full episode] Angeline Boulley, Joseph Shabason, Christian Allaire

Debut author Angeline Boulley discusses her critically acclaimed, bestselling young adult novel, Firekeeper's Daughter, and the importance of telling contemporary Indigenous stories. Canadian multi-instrumentalist Joseph Shabason opens up about his latest album, The Fellowship, which explores his relationship with religion, going back to his upbringing in a dual-faith Jewish and Islamic household. Vogue's fashion and style writer Christian Allaire discusses his new book, The Power of Style:...


[Full episode] Sierra Teller Ornelas, Jason Gorber and Teri Hart, Tom Jones, Richard Thompson

Rutherford Falls showrunner and co-creator Sierra Teller Ornelas talks about the new comedy series, how it uses humour to unlock tough conversations about colonialism, and the importance of Indigenous representation both on and off screen. On this week's screen panel, Jason Gorber and Teri Hart discuss Elon Musk's upcoming Saturday Night Live appearance, and break down how Paddington 2 became the best movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. Welsh singer Tom Jones reflects on his performance on...


[Full episode] Rupi Kaur, Tim Okamura, June Millington

Bestselling Canadian poet Rupi Kaur talks about her new live show, Rupi Kaur Live, and how performing saved her life. New York-based Canadian artist Tim Okamura discusses his latest painting series, Healthcare Heroes, and how his art is making a difference to those on the frontlines. Guitarist June Millington reflects on her time in the band Fanny — one of the first all-female rock groups to be signed to a major label — and how she feels about their story finally being told in the...


[Full episode] Nigella Lawson, Alice Quinn, Cadence Weapon, Jonny Sun

British food writer and television cook Nigella Lawson talks about her new cookbook, Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes, and Stories, and tells us why guilt has no place in the kitchen. Poetry editor Alice Quinn discusses her anthology of 85 poems, Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America's Poets Respond to the Pandemic, which was pulled together in just 40 days last year. Edmonton-born rapper and producer Cadence Weapon introduces us to his song Skyline off his new album, Parallel...


[Full episode] Kardinal Offishall, Dorian Lynskey, Charlotte Cardin

Canadian rapper and producer Kardinal Offishall reflects on his breakout 2001 album, Quest for Fire: Firestarter, Vol. 1, and explains how he's keeping our homegrown talent north of the border now that he's a senior executive at Universal Music Canada. Music journalist Dorian Lynskey talks about the disappearance of pop bands and why they may not be resonating with younger fans today. Canadian singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin discusses her debut full-length album, Phoenix, and shares why...


[Full episode] Tenille Townes, Uzma Jalaluddin, David McMillan

Canadian country star Tenille Townes talks about her Juno nomination, making it in the U.S. and her new album, The Lemonade Stand. Toronto writer Uzma Jalaluddin discusses her second novel, Hana Khan Carries On, and tells us how she puts a different spin on the rom-com format. Canadian photographer David McMillan talks about taking more than 20 trips inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone to capture images of a city frozen in time.


[Full episode] Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Jason Gorber, Khadijah Queen

On this week's screen panel, Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Jason Gorber recap the big wins, snubs and surprises from last night's Academy Awards — one of the strangest ceremonies in Oscars history. Poet, writer and professor Khadijah Queen discusses her latest collection of poetry, Anodyne, and shares how she examines themes of the body and wellness through her work.


[Full episode] Tom Jones, John Semley and Teri Hart, Hamza Haq, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

Today on Q, with guest host Ali Hassan: Welsh singer Tom Jones looks back on his music and relationship with fame, the loss of his wife of 59 years, and why covering other artists' songs is like acting in a Shakespeare play. Ahead of the 93rd Academy Awards on Sunday, our screen panellists John Semley and Teri Hart hand out prizes to films in categories that don't exist. Canadian actor Hamza Haq discusses his starring role on the CTV medical drama Transplant, and shares how it feels to...


[Full episode] Anthony Hopkins, Paul Raci, Laurie Woolever

Actor Anthony Hopkins discusses his six-time Oscar-nominated film The Father, explaining how it felt to play a man who's lost in the terrifying throes of dementia. In an unaired clip from this week's interview with Sound of Metal star Paul Raci, the Oscar-nominated actor tells us about his ASL Black Sabbath tribute band, Hands of Doom. Anthony Bourdain's longtime assistant and friend, author Laurie Woolever, talks about taking on the late chef's unfinished book, World Travel: An Irreverent...


[Full episode] Shaka King, Art d'Ecco, Tamara Taylor

Judas and the Black Messiah director Shaka King tells us why it was important for the film to set the record straight on the Black Panther Party's legacy. Canadian rocker Art d'Ecco talks about his new album, In Standard Definition, which looks at our relationship with television and why we're all too eager to escape into drama on the small screen. Canadian actress Tamara Taylor, who recently joined the cast of Law & Order: Organized Crime, describes what it's like to step into a show with a...


[Full episode] Paul Raci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Eli Goree

Veteran actor Paul Raci talks about his first-ever Oscar nomination for his performance in the critically acclaimed film Sound of Metal, in which he plays a deaf mentor to a heavy metal drummer who's losing his hearing. Multi-Grammy-winning drummer Terri Lyne Carrington — who's played alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and Joni Mitchell — reflects on her incredible career and shares how a Canadian jazz legend, the late Oscar Peterson, helped her on her journey....


[Full episode] T.J. Martin and Dan Lindsay, Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Andrew Phung, Chloé Zhao

Directors T.J. Martin and Dan Lindsay talk about their triumphant new Tina Turner documentary, how they built a relationship with the iconic singer, and what it was like sharing her incredible life story. Culture critic Kathleen Newman-Bremang unpacks the recent backlash to Amazon Prime's new Black horror anthology Them, which is being criticized for its gratuitous racist violence. Kim's Convenience star Andrew Phung shares a playlist of songs that remind him of his hometown of Calgary....