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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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 1.1K Ratings

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.

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Stretching into dramatic work, therapy with her mom, and her new film Tuesday

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus: Stretching into dramatic work, therapy with her mom, and her new film Tuesday

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Seinfeld, Veep) is best known for her quick wit, physical comedy and — when it comes to her character Elaine Benes — her dance moves. But in her new film, “Tuesday,” the Emmy-winning actor flexes her dramatic chops. Julia joins Tom to discuss the film, why she’s more comfortable talking about death these days, and what happens to your comedy when you get mentally healthy.

    • 25 min
    Walter Scott: Why he’s saying goodbye to Wendy, his most famous creation

    Walter Scott: Why he’s saying goodbye to Wendy, his most famous creation

    How do you step away from your most famous creation? Mohawk artist Walter Scott is about to find out. More than a decade after creating his beloved “Wendy” series of graphic novels, Walter is taking a long hiatus from his cartoon alter-ego. He joins Tom to tell us how he came up with Wendy — a neurotic young party girl who’s trying to make it as an artist — and why his latest book, “The Wendy Award,” is going to be her final adventure for now.

    • 24 min
    Ally Pankiw: Comedy and tragedy, depression snacks, and her new film I Used to Be Funny

    Ally Pankiw: Comedy and tragedy, depression snacks, and her new film I Used to Be Funny

    The Canadian director Ally Pankiw is no stranger to working with funny people. She’s directed comedian Mae Martin in their series “Feel Good” as well as comedy actor Annie Murphy in the dark satire “Black Mirror.” Now, she’s released her debut feature film, “I Used to Be Funny,” which stars real-life comedian Rachel Sennott as a stand-up comedian who’s struggling with PTSD. Ally joins Tom in studio to discuss the film and why she wanted the story to capture the coexistence of joy and despair.

    • 22 min
    George McWhirter: The art of translation and his Griffin Poetry Prize win

    George McWhirter: The art of translation and his Griffin Poetry Prize win

    The Griffin Poetry Prize is the world’s largest prize for poetry written or translated in English. This year, it went to “Self-Portrait in the Zone of Silence,” which was written in Spanish by the Mexican poet Homero Aridjis and translated into English by the Canadian poet George McWhirter. Tom catches up with George to talk about his big win, his collaboration with Homero, and the art of translation.

    • 16 min
    Remembering Françoise Hardy

    Remembering Françoise Hardy

    This week, the singer-songwriter and French cultural icon Françoise Hardy died at 80 years old. Back in 2018, she spoke with Tom about her memoir, “The Despair of Monkeys and Other Trifles.” It was a rare English interview that looked back on her decades-long career and her early doubtful days, as well as some incredible stories about Bob Dylan and Iggy Pop. Today, we revisit Françoise's conversation with Tom in honour of her passing.

    • 19 min
    Kamasi Washington: Fearless Movement, fatherhood, and his biggest jazz influences

    Kamasi Washington: Fearless Movement, fatherhood, and his biggest jazz influences

    The award-winning jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington is back with a new album, “Fearless Movement.” His distinct sound has captured the imagination of many listeners outside of the traditional jazz audience, including a younger crowd. Kamasi grabbed people's attention after collaborating on Kendrick Lamar’s groundbreaking record “To Pimp a Butterfly,” and releasing his own three-hour long opus, “The Epic,” just a few months later. He even scored Michelle Obama’s documentary “Becoming.” Kamasi joins Tom to talk about his life in music, his new album, and how being a father has limited his time but expanded his approach.

    • 36 min

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Alanis interview

Great interview with Alanis. The musical is misnamed multiple times in the intro — it’s called Jagged Little Pill, not You Outta Know.

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Thanks for Queer Content!

So glad to hear Brendan Healy speak about his show, The Inheritance!

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Great culture show

Always a pleasure. I learn so much and Tom Power is a relatable and skilled host. Highly recommended!

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