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.
Neve Campbell: “Swan Song,” honouring her idol Karen Kain, and dancing with Prince Harry
You might know Neve Campbell from films like “Scream” and TV shows like “Party of Five,” but before Hollywood, her first love was ballet. Now, Neve is the executive producer for a documentary called “Swan Song” about legendary ballet dancer Karen Kain’s final performance. Neve joins Tom to talk about her love of dance, what it was like to meet and celebrate one of her first idols, and what makes ballet a great form of storytelling.
Esi Edugyan: Lost socks, her first children’s book, and what ‘exquirologist’ means
Following the success of her award-winning novels “Half-Blood Blues” and “Washington Black,” acclaimed writer Esi Edugyan is back with her first children's book, “Garden of Lost Socks.” Esi tells Tom the laundry-related story that inspired her book, how it feels to write for kids after writing two research-heavy novels, and how she looks back on the childhood she had in comparison to her children’s.
The Beaches: How everything needed to fall apart for everything to come together
The Beaches are in a season of change. The Toronto-based band left their major label deal, hired a new team, and started embracing social media to reach new audiences. Now, they have a number one single, a viral hit on TikTok, and a brand new album, “Blame My Ex.” Jordan and Kylie Miller of The Beaches talk to Tom about what happens when you’re told “this is your make it or break it album,” how TikTok has expanded their audience, and how writing a breakup record felt like going to therapy with your best friends.
Jonathan Lawrence on queer platonic love + How Jayli Wolf's “ego death” led to her new EP
A few years ago, Canadian filmmaker Jonathan Lawrence spent some time researching the world of conversion therapy, and what he discovered became the backdrop for his first television series, “Alter Boys.” Jonathan tells Tom how he wants the series to be an examination of queer friendships, love and community.
Plus, Jayli Wolf tells the story behind her song “Welcome Child” off her new EP, “God is an Endless Mirror.”
Marie Clements: Why talking about residential schools in “Bones of Crows” is sacred work
The new CBC miniseries “Bones of Crows” tells the multi-generational story of one family’s experience with Canada’s residential school system and their quest for justice. Tom speaks with writer, producer and director Marie Clements about adapting the series from the 2022 film of the same name, how nearly everyone on the cast and crew has a relative that went to residential school, and why telling this story feels like “sacred work.”
Elizabeth Acevedo: Living wakes, family secrets, and why she’s been planning her own funeral since she was a kid
New York Times bestselling YA author and champion slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo has written her first novel for adult readers, “Family Lore.” The story follows one Dominican-American family, as told through the voices of its women, as they await a gathering that will forever change their lives. Elizabeth talks to Tom about the book, how her family inspired the story, and how being a teacher influences her work as a writer.
Tim McGraw’s father 😮
I just started following you and really enjoy the diversity of your guests. I grew up watching MLB Tug McGraw and was shocked his son is Tim wow. I’ll have to see if Tim has an autobiography, would be an interesting read.
Your interviews with Bernie T. Shania T. were incredible chats as well! Great to see a Canadian host tap into the world of podcasts.
Really enjoyed your interview with Mick Jagger! Awesome infusion of music to support the themes discussed. Lovely to hear the laughter and banter between the two of you. So well done! Thank you!
Tom you are the bomb
Just heard the interview with Killer Mike. You do the best interviews. Thank you for what you do and how you do it.