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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] Director X, Judy Blume, Amil Niazi, Teri Hart, Rad Simonpillai

On the occasion of his induction into Canada's Walk of Fame, filmmaker Director X reflects on his groundbreaking career as Canada's foremost hip hop cinematic auteur. Author Judy Blume talks about breaking taboos when writing for kids and why she's finally allowing Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret to be adapted for the screen. Our panel of film experts — Amil Niazi, Teri Hart and Rad Simonpillai — discuss the explosion of new Christmas movies, telling us which ones hit like hot cocoa and...


[Full episode] Omar Apollo, Sharon Robinson, Atsuko Okatsuka

Singer-songwriter Omar Apollo talks about his debut album, going viral on TikTok and receiving his first Grammy nomination. Singer-songwriter and photographer Sharon Robinson discusses her new show at the Art Gallery of Ontario, My Time with Leonard Cohen, and why she thinks she and Cohen clicked as writing partners. Comedian Atsuko Okatsuka talks about her comedy journey, finding fame on TikTok and how she's feeling as she prepares to record her first HBO stand-up special.


[Full episode] Cobie Smulders, Citron Rose, Robert Weide

Actor Cobie Smulders tells us why she thinks her Canadian identity often finds its way into her work, including the sitcom How I Met Your Mother and her latest project, the new Audible Original series Mistletoe Murders. Montreal dancer, choreographer and TikTok star Citron Rose shares what it's like to see herself featured in the 2023 edition of the iconic video game Just Dance. Filmmaker Robert Weide discusses his new documentary about Kurt Vonnegut as well as his decades-long friendship...


[Full episode] Gary Oldman, Sean Penn, Amai Kuda, Eric Bauza

Actor Gary Oldman talks about his latest role in the spy thriller series Slow Horses and why he's impressed with what he sees on TV these days. Actor and director Sean Penn discusses the state of modern cinema and what it was like to act alongside his daughter in the film Flag Day. Singer-songwriter Amai Kuda talks about collaborating with an animation studio in Nigeria to create a series that brings her music to life in a new way. Voice actor Eric Bauza — the latest voice of Bugs Bunny,...


[Full episode] Hugh Dillon, Alvvays, Chilly Gonzales, Danny Trejo

Hugh Dillon of Headstones talks about the band's latest album, Flight Risk, plus the upcoming second season of his Paramount+ show Mayor of Kingstown. Molly Rankin of Alvvays discusses the band's new album, Blue Rev, and how her writing survived a home invasion and not-so-biblical flood. Pianist and composer Chilly Gonzales dissects Mariah Carey's iconic Christmas anthem All I Want for Christmas Is You. Actor Danny Trejo discusses his memoir Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and...


[Full episode] Elegance Bratton, Gabriel LaBelle, Marie Brassard, Mosha Lundström Halbert

Elegance Bratton talks about his remarkable journey from homeless teen to military recruit to critically acclaimed filmmaker, as dramatized in his debut feature, The Inspection. Gabriel LaBelle is the Canadian actor playing one of the biggest figures in cinema, on screen. LaBelle talks about getting to know all about what makes Steven Spielberg tick, being directed by him, and how he brought the Oscar-winning director's story to life in The Fabelmans..The Siminovitch Prize is the most...


[Full episode] Lee Jung-jae, Fazila Amiri and Aryana Sayeed, Crystle Lightning & MC Redcloud

Lee Jung-jae won the Emmy for best actor for his role in Squid Game, making history as the first Asian actor to win an Emmy in this category. He sits down with Tom Power to talk about the moment when his name was called at the Emmys, and his directorial debut Hunt, a spy action thriller set in 1980's South Korea. Filmmaker Fazila Amiri and Aryana Sayeed tells the story of how the reality singing show Afghan Star made history when two courageous female contestants defied death threats to keep...


[Full episode] Rupi Kaur, Fisherman's Friends, Jack Armstrong

Poet Rupi Kaur talks about her new writing guide, Healing Through Words, plus her own journey with writing and overcoming writer's block. Sea shanty singer Jon Cleave of Fisherman's Friends tells us the incredible story behind the Cornish folk group's rise to fame, which is now the subject of a new musical. Toronto Raptors broadcaster Jack Armstrong talks about his new Christmas album, Hellooo and Happy Holidays.


[Full episode] Sloan, Zun Lee, Angélique Kidjo

In a career-spanning interview, Chris Murphy and Jay Ferguson of Sloan talk about starting the group and how they've kept all four original members for three decades. Artist and photographer Zun Lee tells us what inspired his new Art Gallery of Ontario exhibit, What Matters Most: Photographs Of Black Life. Grammy-winning singer and activist Angélique Kidjo discusses her album Mother Nature, which sees her championing young talent from across Africa.


[Full episode] Matty Matheson, Maren Morris, Ke Huy Quan

Canada's punk rock chef Matty Matheson talks about embracing his passions and how a health scare inspired him to get the most out of life. In a career-spanning interview, country music superstar Maren Morris reflects on everything from her start in Nashville to her latest album, Humble Quest. Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom star Ke Huy Quan explains where he's been for the past few decades and how he was enticed back into acting by the film Everything Everywhere All at Once.


[Full episode] Linda Schuyler, Kris Bowers, John Semley, A. Harmony and Rad Simonpillai

Degrassi co-creator Linda Schuyler discusses her new memoir, The Mother Of All Degrassi, which details how she went from being a Toronto high school teacher to an award-winning television producer. 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. John Semley, A. Harmony and Rad Simonpillai break down the major arts and culture stories of the week,...


[Full episode] Dar Williams, Nneka Onuorah, Manami Hara

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams discusses her new book, How to Write a Song that Matters, and why she believes anyone can turn their stories into music. Nneka Onuorah, the director of Lizzo's Watch Out For The Big Grrrls, tells us how the groundbreaking reality show helps celebrate plus-sized dancers. Actor and playwright Manami Hara talks about her latest work, Courage Now, which tells the true story of Chiune Sugihara⁠ — a Japanese diplomat based in Lithuania who helped thousands of Jewish...


[Full episode] Misty Copeland, Amanda Cordner, Erika Rosenbaum and Teri Hart

Ballet dancer Misty Copeland talks about the incredible life and legacy of her mentor Raven Wilkinson, the dance pioneer at the heart of her new memoir, The Wind at My Back. Actor Amanda Cordner tells us how playing 7ven on CBC's Sort Of helped her live a little more out loud. Actor Erika Rosenbaum and entertainment reporter Teri Hart discuss what the new film She Said adds to the conversation around Harvey Weinstein's crimes against women.


[Full episode] Matthew Perry, Harry Connick Jr., Gail Maurice

Actor Matthew Perry discusses his harrowing new memoir, Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing, in which he opens up about his long journey with addiction, fame and recovery. Grammy-winning musician Harry Connick Jr. talks about his gospel album Alone With My Faith, which he made entirely by himself during a year of reflection. Actor Gail Maurice discusses her feature directorial debut, Rosie, and how it shows the lasting impact of the Sixties Scoop in Canada.


[Full episode] Nickelback, Jeanick Fournier, Kate Brown

Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake of Nickelback look back on the band's career ahead of their induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Singer Jeanick Fournier, the winner of the latest season of Canada's Got Talent, talks about releasing her self-titled major label debut album. Arts reporter Kate Brown, Europe editor for Artnet News, unpacks why climate change activists have attacked more than 20 masterpieces over the past few months, plus the reaction from the art world.


[Full episode] Sylvester Stallone, Steven Hyden, Mark Bergen

Actor Sylvester Stallone talks about bringing heart and vulnerability to the cold-blooded gangster tale in his first television series, Tulsa King. Music critic Steven Hyden talks about Pearl Jam's relevance and staying power, which is the subject of his latest book, Long Road: Pearl Jam and the Soundtrack of a Generation. Tech journalist Mark Bergen discusses his new book, Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube's Chaotic Rise to World Domination, about the unexpected ways YouTube has...


[Full episode] Melanie C, Billy Porter, Sean Cooney

Melanie C of the Spice Girls opens up about her intimate new memoir, The Sporty One: My Life as a Spice Girl, which delves into the consequences of fame and how she learned to thrive on her own. Emmy-winning actor Billy Porter talks about his new memoir, Unprotected, and his journey to finding healing. Singer-songwriter Sean Cooney of the English folk group The Young'uns tells us how an encounter with a stranger at a pub led to the creation of an entire stage show celebrating the life of an...


[Full episode] Neil Young, Annie Sumi and Brian Kobayakawa

Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young returns to Q to talk about his latest album with Crazy Horse, World Record. He delves into his love and grief over the world around him, plus the 50th anniversary of his legendary album Harvest. Annie Sumi and Brian Kobayakawa are telling their relatives' stories of what it was like to be held in internment camps during the Second World War in a new installation called Kintsugi. They'll talk about making it and how their ancestors' trauma has shaped the...


[Full episode] Bono, Alek Keshishian

With the release of his new memoir, Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story, U2 lead singer Bono sat down with Tom Power to discuss his music, activism and something he rarely talks about: his faith. Director Alek Keshishian talks about his years spent with superstar Selena Gomez during a period of ups and downs in her life, which he captures in his new documentary, Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me.


[Full Episode] Bruce Springsteen, Bedouin Soundclash

In a Canadian broadcast exclusive, Bruce Springsteen talks about his new album of '60s and '70s soul covers, Only the Strong Survive, and how soul music shaped him as performer and songwriter. Bedouin Soundclash's Jay Malinowski and Eon Sinclair reflect on the highs and lows of their two-decade career, and why their new album, We Will Meet in a Hurricane, represents a full-circle move for the group. Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Syrus Marcus Ware.discuss the new film Black Panther: Wakanda...