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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.

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    • Performing Arts
    • 4.5 • 121 Ratings

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] Jordan Scott, Karen Fricker, Sarah Davachi, Kris Bowers

    [Full episode] Jordan Scott, Karen Fricker, Sarah Davachi, Kris Bowers

    Award-winning Canadian poet Jordan Scott discusses his first children's book, I Talk Like A River, about a boy who feels isolated and unable to fit in because of his stutter. Toronto Star theatre critic Karen Fricker talks about Australia's thriving live theatre scene and what it might mean for other countries as COVID-19 cases drop. Calgary musician Sarah Davachi presents her guide to the concept of deep listening, explaining why it's a valuable tool in an increasingly loud world. Composer Kris Bowers, the musical mastermind behind the scores for Green Book, When They See Us and Bridgerton, talks about self-doubt and his new short film, A Concerto is a Conversation.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    [Full episode] Black Violin, George Takei, TiKA

    [Full episode] Black Violin, George Takei, TiKA

    Grammy-nominated musical duo Black Violin open up about the stereotypes they've had to defy as two Black men playing stringed instruments. Star Trek actor George Takei talks about using his art to shed light on the injustice of Japanese-American internment during World War II. Singer-songwriter TiKA discusses her debut album, Anywhere But Here, and explains why her musical journey has been about finding the confidence to love herself and her voice.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    [Full episode] Dan Stevens, Louise Bernice Halfe, Brittany Howard

    [Full episode] Dan Stevens, Louise Bernice Halfe, Brittany Howard

    Downton Abbey alumnus Dan Stevens talks about reuniting with his former stage co-star Dame Judi Dench in a new film adaptation of Noël Coward's comedy classic Blithe Spirit, the latest chapter in the actor's highly prolific and unpredictable career. Cree poet Louise Bernice Halfe discusses the significance of her new position as Canada's parliamentary poet laureate, and how her life experiences as a residential school survivor and social worker in Saskatchewan have impacted her poetry. Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard shares why she put her successful band on pause to embark on the radical musical exploration and introspection of going solo.

    • 59 min
    [Full episode] Jodie Foster, Rodney Barnes, Scott Helman, Michael Brook

    [Full episode] Jodie Foster, Rodney Barnes, Scott Helman, Michael Brook

    Acclaimed actress and director Jodie Foster talks about her new film, The Mauritanian, and how it fits into a career full of roles that involve fighting for justice. Hollywood writer and producer Rodney Barnes discusses his graphic novel series Killadelphia — about a vampire who was once a U.S. president — and how the story weaves in the deeper themes of history, family and race. Singer-songwriter Scott Helman talks about championing Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee in this year's Canada Reads debates. Composer Michael Brook explains how he invented the infinite guitar, the instrument famously heard on U2's hit song, With or Without You.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    [Full episode] Kelly Marie Tran, Finn Wolfhard, Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Ishani Nath, Lalah Hathaway, Tanya Lapointe

    [Full episode] Kelly Marie Tran, Finn Wolfhard, Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Ishani Nath, Lalah Hathaway, Tanya Lapointe

    Actress Kelly Marie Tran talks about playing Disney's first princess of Southeast Asian descent in the new animated film Raya and the Last Dragon. Actor and musician Finn Wolfhard, the Canadian star of Stranger Things and It, shares a new song called Sand in My Bed by his band The Aubreys. On this week's screen panel, Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Ishani Nath recap the big wins at the 2021 Golden Globe Awards, as well as the controversy around this year's show. Five-time Grammy Award winner Lalah Hathaway, the daughter of the late, great singer Donny Hathaway, reflects back on a selection of her father's acclaimed songs and shares what she loves most about them. In her new documentary, The Paper Man, filmmaker Tanya Lapointe explains why children's television host and renowned paper artist Claude Lafortune was so important to generations of Quebecois kids.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    [Full episode] Fat Mike, Craig Mannix, Irvine Welsh, Zackary Drucker

    [Full episode] Fat Mike, Craig Mannix, Irvine Welsh, Zackary Drucker

    NOFX frontman Fat Mike takes us through the band's latest album, titled Single Album, and opens up about his sexuality, sobriety and the meaning of punk rock. Universal Music Canada executive Craig Mannix discusses Canada's fraught history with Black music and what still needs to be done to promote our homegrown hip-hop talent. Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh chats about the lasting impact of the cult 1996 film, which turns 25 this year. HBO's The Lady and the Dale co-director Zackary Drucker unravels the complicated legacy of Liz Carmichael, a trans woman and entrepreneur who was villainized by the media in the 1970s.

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

raemcc ,

Tom Power you rock

Tom’s interviews are magnificent. He is a creative curious interviewer. His empathic dare I say intuitive interviews are a welcome listen.

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Q podcasts are fantastic entertainment

Listening from the U.S. and loving Tom Power’s conversations. He’s a refreshing, curious host who has a series of fascinating guests for a chat that feels like it’s at the kitchen table with a cup of tea. Love it!

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