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.
How Nineteen85 shaped some of Drake’s biggest songs
Nineteen85 is behind some of Drake’s biggest songs, from “Hotline Bling” to “Hold On We’re Going Home.” And when he’s not putting his Grammy Award-winning touch on other people’s music, he’s making his own as part of the R&B duo DVSN. Nineteen85 talks to Tom about his new album, his love of Jimi Hendrix and what it was like producing some of Drake’s most beloved songs.
Plus, Cressida Cowell’s children’s book series “How to Train Your Dragon” has sold more than seven million copies worldwide and has become an award-winning franchise that you’ve probably seen with your kids… or just by yourself because it’s a great movie regardless of how old you are. Cressida tells Tom about the famous franchise and about her newest book, “Which Way to Anywhere.”
Matty Healy is leaning into sincerity, here’s what he’s got to say about it
Matty Healy, the frontman of the band The 1975, is known for his quippy, observational lyrics about dating, youth culture and technology. But when it comes to his own emotions, he’s typically quite guarded. On The 1975’s new album “Being Funny in a Foreign Language,” he leans into his feelings and shares them with the world. Matty joins Tom Power to talk about being a band for two decades and why their new album is their most sincere yet.
Plus, Maria Qamar (a.k.a. Hatecopy) makes South Asian-focused pop art that you can see everywhere, from a giant mural in Montreal to the background of a TV show like “Ms. Marvel” or “The Mindy Project.” Maria’s art is blowing up in a big way as it’s being showcased in prestigious art galleries like New York’s Richard Taittinger Gallery and Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art. She joins Tom to talk about her budding art career.
What Laura Dern thinks about the mental health crisis, nepotism and Jurassic Park
After 40 years working in film, Laura Dern has built a reputation for playing complex women grappling with the messiness of real-life. That legacy continues with her latest movie, “The Son,” in which she plays a divorced parent trying to support her son through depression.
Plus, singer-songwriters Tegan and Sara tell Tom about their latest album “Crybaby” and a new Amazon series based on their lives called “High School.”
Sarah Polley on her Oscar-nominated film Women Talking
Sarah Polley’s Oscar-nominated film “Women Talking” is a powerful story about three generations of women who sit down to decide the fate of the women and children of their Mennonite colony. After years of surviving sexual abuse, they have 24 hours to decide: stay and do nothing, stay and fight, or leave. Sarah tells Tom about her film, what it was like stepping back from the film industry after a concussion and how she used her experience as a child actor to create the best environment possible for the children on the set of “Women Talking.”
Plus, Vir Das became the first India-born comic with his own Netflix special in 2017. At the same time he's blowing up as this great comic, he's also being labeled a terrorist in his home country for his candid critiques of India’s injustices. His new special is called “Landing.” Vir tells Tom Power his story and the journey to becoming the comic he is today.
Sam Smith talks about their new album Gloria and learning to love themself
Sam Smith is one of the biggest artists in the world. They made a name for themself in 2014 with devastating songs about love and loss and ended up winning four Grammys because of it. Now, Sam is trying something new: focusing on joy in their life and music. Sam opens up to Tom Power about their new record, “Gloria,” why focusing on queer joy is the most radical thing they can do, and the highs and lows of finding their identity.
Plus, the queen of country pop Shania Twain tells you the story behind her new single, “Last Day of Summer.”
[Full episode] Paul Mescal, Christa Couture, Kenya Barris, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Shamus
Actor Paul Mescal talks about his starring role in Aftersun and the success of his breakout role in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People. Christa Couture's memoir How to Lose Everything is opening the door for other Indigenous artists to share their stories of resilience. Writer, producer and director Kenya Barris talks about his ambitious new animated project with rapper Kid Cudi. Elamin Abdelmahmoud joins Tom to talk about the new show launching next week, Commotion. Plus, Shamus Currie, composer of the original theme for Q with Tom Power, joins Tom to help him say goodbye to the tune.
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