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Q is an energetic daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes you on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. Q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends. From music icons like Van Morrison and Neil Young; smart conversations with everyone from Al Gore to Barbara Walters; CNN operas; to the branding of politicians... Q brings you big names, big ideas, and those paving the way on the cultural landscape. Hosted by Shad Kabango.
Latest Stories from Q
Last updated: Tuesday, October 13 2015 06:53 PM
Tuesday, October 13 2015 05:00 AM
Ralph Nader on why Tort law is actually fascinating. Fashion critic Cintra Wilson on mapping the geography of style. Good or Bad: Should we be wary of work friends?
Friday, October 09 2015 05:00 AM
From the best of q: Inside Out's Phyllis Smith shares what she learned from Sadness. David Lagercrantz on resurrecting the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. Syrian composer Malek Jandali on why art threatens Assad.
Friday, October 09 2015 05:00 AM
City and Colour brings 'If I Should Go Before You' to studio q. Rose McGowan stays vocal after exile from Hollywood. Illusionist Darcy Oake on the art of hiding your skill. q sports panel. How American Apparel lost its cool. The merits of making your bed.
Thursday, October 08 2015 05:00 AM
Meet Philippe Petit, the real World Trade Centre wire walker who inspired The Walk. 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell on why he went to court to be nasty as he wants to be. Let's be Frank: Albert Schultz selects essential Sinatra for a new q playlist.
Wednesday, October 07 2015 05:00 AM
q pop culture panel on Mars, male nudity and more. Tattoo preservationist makes the case for saving skin art. Why internet freedom groups are worried about the TPP. Polari revisited: Filmmakers Brian and Kark decode the secret art of gay slang.
Tuesday, October 06 2015 05:00 AM
Glasgow synth-pop trio Chvrches returns to studio q with Every Open Eye. Singing opera conductor Barbara Hannigan on becoming the music. Will Ferguson and Jean-Claude Munyezamu on Road Trip Rwanda.
Monday, October 05 2015 05:00 AM
Is good TV also good for democracy? The q election panel weighs in. Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty shares confessions of a Fortunate Son. Refugee theatre club co-founder Ahmed Shah on fighting the death inside.
Emilie & Ogden, Ryan Adams' 1989, Street artist JR, q sports panel, Foxy Brown star Pam Grier, RISK! host Kevin Allison 10/02/2015
Friday, October 02 2015 05:00 AM
Emilie & Ogden perform. Ryan Adams on how covering Taylor Swift 'transformed' him. Street artist JR on changing the world through art. q sports panel reconvenes. Foxy Brown star Pam Grier on being badass. RISK! host Kevin Allison on risque storytelling
Thursday, October 01 2015 05:00 AM
'Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead' director Doug Triola on why National Lampoon's story is wilder than you think. Indie hitmakers Franz Ferdinand and veteran iconoclasts Sparks come together for FFS. Comic Chris Gethard on doing whatever you want on TV.
Wednesday, September 30 2015 05:00 AM
Canadian literary icon Margaret Atwood is back with believable dystopia, The Heart Goes Last. Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert on the perils of ignoring your creative self. Plus, Every Single Word's Dylan Marron on who's missing from the movies.
q pop culture panel, John Hodgman, Michael Burgess remembered, Mars' watershed moment, fanny pack on trial 09/29/2015
Tuesday, September 29 2015 05:00 AM
q's pop culture on Trevor Noah's Daily Show debut. John Hodgman drops fake expert act in 'Vacationland'. Remembering Les Miserables star Michael Burgess. Clive Thompson on Mars' watershed moment. Good or Bad debate: The fanny pack is back!
Monday, September 28 2015 05:00 AM
George Carlin's daughter Kelly shares lessons learned from her unflinching father. Superbetter author Jane McGonigal on why everyone should gamify their lives. Tiger Beat at 50: Can the tween magazine survive in the 21st century?
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Salman Rushdie, U.S. Girls performs, q sports panel, comic Joe Mande 09/25/2015
Friday, September 25 2015 05:00 AM
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels brings rapid-fire storytelling to studio q. Salman Rushdie pens new novel hinged on society's "strangenesses". U.S. Girls performs from 'Half Free'. q sports panel remembers Yogi Berra. Comedian Joe Mande pokes fun at Canada.
Thursday, September 24 2015 05:00 AM
Filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly on 'A Flickering Truth' and courageous Afghan cinephiles. Yo-Yo Ma on his soundtrack for existence, Songs from the Arc of Life. Sex educator Cory Silverberg on 'Sex is a Funny Word' and what kids are old enough to know.
Wednesday, September 23 2015 05:00 AM
Cartoonist Kate Beaton ('Hark, A Vagrant!') on her new book, 'Step Aside Pops', and the power of her medium. q's pop culture panel heats up over political correctness. Plus, meet the punk rocker preserving sacred Syrian chants.
Julie Delpy's Lolo, Polaris winner Buffy Sainte-Marie, artisanal hate mail, pumpkin spice fever 09/22/2015
Tuesday, September 22 2015 05:00 AM
Julie Delpy on Lolo and the value of realistic rom coms. Buffy Sainte-Marie reacts to her Polaris win. q experiment columnist Scaachi Koul gets artisanal hate mail. Good or Bad: the great pumpkin spice debate. Plus, Shad on the value of the Polaris prize.
Neko case performs, Roland Emmerich's Stonewall, virtual reality for empathy, the return of Fred Penner 09/21/2015
Wednesday, September 23 2015 05:00 AM
Neko Case performs from vinyl retrospective: Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule. Stonewall director Roland Emmerich defends his take on the 1969 riots. How virtual reality might close the global empathy gap. Plus, what's fuelling the resurgence of Fred Penner?
Friday, September 18 2015 05:00 AM
Friday Live with River Tiber. Jon Fine on "Your Band Sucks" and indie rock. Morgan Neville on his Keith Richards documentary. q sports panel on the latest NFL and NHL controversies. Steve Murray aka Chip Zdarsky on his Archie reboot.
Thursday, September 17 2015 05:00 AM
Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons on The Man Who Knew Infinity and his brainy 'bromance' with Dev Patel. Laurie Anderson on death and re-framing grief. Sharon and Bram kick off the q playlist series. NY Fashion Week: Are diverse models more than a fad?
Wednesday, September 16 2015 05:00 AM
Metric previews Pagans in Vegas with intimate, stripped down set. q pop culture panel: sound-bite arts reporting, Vanessa Williams apology, Caitlyn Jenner's controversial stance on gay marriage. Plus, how should Facebook respond to anti-refugee posts?
Tuesday, September 15 2015 05:00 AM
Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson on survival and staying vital. Plus, q at TIFF: Brie Larson on how isolation drama "Room" "broke [her] in half", and Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée on "Demolition" and the breakdown before the breakthrough.
Monday, September 14 2015 05:00 AM
Why work-first culture is failing fathers, says author and "all in" dad Josh Levs. B.J. Novak on storytelling and writing for the kid beside you. Rise of the collaborative novel: Are two heads (or more!) better than one?
k-os performs, The Warriors reunite, Deepa Mehta's Beeba Boys, q sports panel, Dungeons & Dragons' revenge 09/11/2015
Friday, September 11 2015 05:00 AM
K-os and Skratch Bastid switch it up in studio q. The Warriors return to Coney Island. q at TIFF: Deepa Mehta on her mobster movie, Beeba Boys. q sports culture panel on unstoppable Serena and Blue Jays. Could Dungeons and Dragons really go mainstream?
Friday, September 11 2015 05:00 AM
Glen Hansard of Once and The Swell Season performs from his moving new album, Didn't He Ramble. Addict-turned-author Bill Clegg on fragility, forgiveness and his novel, Did You Ever Have a Family. The Plateaus webseries pokes fun at precious indie bands.
Friday, September 11 2015 05:00 AM
The Wire's Wendell Pierce on Waiting For Godot and why art is essential to recovery. q's pop culture panel on Colbert, Hathaway and The Weeknd. Former child soldier Michel Chikwanine on the importance of sharing hard truths with young readers.
Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Paul Gross on Hyena Road, rage room experiment, The Human Harp 09/08/2015
Tuesday, September 08 2015 05:00 AM
Recklessness is "all relative" says Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. Hyena Road's Paul Gross on how art makes it possible to look at war. q experimenter Scaachi Koul tries out a rage room. Plus, can the Human Harp project change how you look at bridges?
Monday, September 07 2015 05:00 AM
Sonia Manzano, a.k.a. Sesame Street's Maria, opens up about her own tough childhood. Why overparenting may be contributing to mental health issues in college kids. Plus, reluctant performer Sara Solovitch shares hard-won advice for combating stage fright.
Introducing 'Because News', actor Colm Feore, re-thinking James Bond, Young Empires perform. 09/04/2015
Friday, September 04 2015 05:00 AM
Gavin Crawford is set to quiz Canada in 'Because News'. Actor Colm Feore on performing power and the theatre of politics. James Bond scholar Christoph Lindner on the resistance to rebooting 007. Electro-pop trio 'Young Empires' blaze through studio q.
Thursday, September 03 2015 05:00 AM
Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty on why foodies need to know barbecue history. Justin Gifford on pimp-turned-unlikely luminary Iceberg Slim. Do you worry that other people's sex lives are more exciting than your own? Rachel Hills would like a word.
Wednesday, September 02 2015 05:00 AM
Professor Will Brooker explains why he's living like David Bowie for a year. q's pop culture panel weighs in on the VMAs, beauty pageants and horror master Wes Craven. Yale librarian David Gary makes the case for preserving B movies on VHS tape.
Tuesday, September 01 2015 05:00 AM
Lawrence Weschler on his friend, the late Oliver Sacks. 'Voices in the Ocean' author Susan Casey on the truth about dolphins. Jazz singer Jill Barber and journalist Soraya Nadia McDonald on pop stars who try on jazz and what it means for the genre.
Monday, August 31 2015 05:00 AM
Scottish comedian Billy Connolly on "gettin' on with it" when all goes wrong. 'The Great Detective' author Zach Dundas on the timeless appeal of the immortal Sherlock Holmes. Filmmaker Stevan Riley on 'Listen to Me Marlon' and the layers of Marlon Brando.
Friday, August 28 2015 05:00 AM
Friday Live with Daniel Romano. AJ Somerset on the evolution of gun culture. Tracy Daugherty on his new Joan Didion biography The Last Love Song. Morgan White on the unsolved theft of Judy Garland's ruby slippers.
Thursday, August 27 2015 05:00 AM
Carl-Johan Ehrlin and Tracey Ruiz on The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep. David Lagercrantz on The Girl in the Spider's Web. Leon Parsons and Nik Sexton on Donnie Dumphy: How To Be Deadly. Shad on the challenges of commitment.
Wednesday, August 26 2015 05:00 AM
Dan Savage on the Ashley Madison hack and fallout. q pop culture panel on One Direction, the new David Foster Wallace biopic, and Taylor Swift vs. Miley Cyrus. The Slants' bassist Simon Tam on the band's battle to trademark their name.
Tuesday, August 25 2015 05:00 AM
q's political panel on whether online virality translates to votes. Fat Mike on 25 years of Fat Wreck Chords. q experiment: are tranquility tanks actually relaxing? UK comic Russell Howard on crossing the pond.
Monday, August 24 2015 05:00 AM
Laura Rawlings and RM Vaughan on Banksy's dystopian "bemusement park" Dismaland. q's sports panel looks at attempts to appeal to female sports fans. Brandi Carlile performs from The Firewatcher's Daughter.
Friday, August 21 2015 05:00 AM
Coeur de Pirate performs from her new album "Roses". Michael Ironside on "Turbo Kid" and the ethics of violence. Bill Berloni on training dogs for the stage and screen.
Thursday, August 20 2015 05:00 AM
NSA camps dedicated to teaching cyber security. Jessica Hopper on 20 years of music criticism. “The Man in the Machine” shines a light on Jobs' dark side. Hope Nicholson and David Cutler on what makes comics the perfect medium for Indigenous stories.
Wednesday, August 19 2015 05:00 AM
q's pop culture panel on Straight Outta Compton, Sesame Street, and Jon Stewart's new gig. Stacey May Fowles on Toronto Blue Jays bandwagon-hopping. Logan Paul and Caroline Moss on Vine stardom.
Welfare diets, Perez Hilton on Full House: the Musical, transgender battle rapper NoShame 08/17/2015
Tuesday, August 18 2015 05:00 AM
"Welfare diets" being embraced by the middle class. Perez Hilton on self-improvement and his role in Full House: The Musical. Jolie Drake a.k.a. NoShame on rap's struggles with trans and homophobia and on being the first transgender battle rapper.
Monday, August 17 2015 05:00 AM
Writer Catherine Nichols and publishing insider Cynthia Good on sexism in the publishing world. Paul Haggis on the new HBO miniseries “Show Me a Hero”. Joe Halligan from the architecture group "Assemble" on the role design plays in shaping a better world.
Friday, August 14 2015 05:00 AM
Songwriter's songwriter Donovan Woods debuts "reasonable" break-up song. Tourists gone wild: the cultural cost of warped wanderlust. Memoir politics: sound bite antidote or shallow propaganda? "Geek superheroine" Felicia Day on embracing your weirdness.
Thursday, August 13 2015 05:00 AM
Unwinnable game aims create empathy for targets of racism. A colourful twist on feminist defiance: why women are dyeing their armpit hair. Métis artist Christi Belcourt and Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor on appreciation versus appropriation.
Wednesday, August 12 2015 05:00 AM
What really happened the night Bob Dylan went electric? Elijah Wald investigates. q's pop culture panel weighs in on free bleeding, failed fairytale romance and more. Define weird: Daniel Engber on the changing genre of offbeat news.
Tuesday, August 11 2015 05:00 AM
Is the campus comedy circuit too politically correct? Journalist Caitlin Flanagan investigates. 'I am Chris Farley' reflects darkness and light of late comic's life, say Canadian filmmakers. Jessica Bennett on the real trouble with 'Resting Bitch Face'.
Monday, August 10 2015 05:00 AM
Barbed wire, freezing water, muddy trenches — two perspectives on extreme obstacle racing. Marky Ramone reveals off-stage challenges in Ramones memoir. 'Quiet' author Susan Cain on harnessing the power of world's introverts. Candy Palmater guest hosts.
Kalle Mattson performs, Bollywood blockbusters, Tom Cruise on trial, love/hate for robots 08/07/2015
Friday, August 07 2015 05:00 AM
Kalle Mattson crashes through studio q with Avalanche. Is Bollywood misunderstood in the mainstream? Good or Bad series: Is Tom Cruise still a maverick, or just cruising? Roboticist Daniel H. Wilson on our love/hate relationship with robots.
Thursday, August 06 2015 05:00 AM
Syrian composer Malek Jandali on the impulse to create in the face of destruction. Journalist vs. Juiceboxxx: Can the world really be divided into geniuses and critics? Videogame music deserves more respect, says classical scholar Andrew Schartmann.
Wednesday, August 05 2015 05:00 AM
q’s pop culture panel on how Jon Stewart changed comedy and politics. Reluctant nudist Mark Haskell Smith on his book “Naked at Lunch”. Actor and blogger Dylan Marron on what happens when you edit movies down to just the lines spoken by people of colour.
Tuesday, August 04 2015 05:00 AM
Women's Running magazine hits new stride with plus-size cover model. British singer/songwriter Laura Marling shares director's cut of her stunning 'Short Movie' album. Suits star Patrick J. Adams on going from "terrified kid" to master of his craft.
Monday, August 03 2015 05:00 AM
The q crew is off for the civic holiday. Meantime, please enjoy these gems from the q vault: Mavis Staples on crafting the soundtrack for the civil rights era. Plus, Is Roar the most shockingly dangerous movie ever made?
Terra Lightfoot performs, re-thinking summer break, today's teen idols, freeing Happy Birthday 07/31/2015
Friday, July 31 2015 05:00 AM
Rock singer and guitarist Terra Lightfoot performs throughout the show. Good or Bad: Should we pull the plug on summer vacation? Oh My Vlog creator Malcolm Mackenzie on the next generation of teen idols. Meet the filmmaker fighting to free Happy Birthday.
Thursday, July 30 2015 05:00 AM
'Crowds on Demand' CEO Adam Swart pulls the curtain back on a hidden PR tactic. Parker Posey on how Irrational Man soothed her disillusionment with the acting industry. Nimona and Lumberjanes creator Noelle Stevenson on crafting comics for outsiders.
Celebrity ghostwriter Hilary Liftin, Bot vs. human poetry, profiling Cosby's accusers, Reality TV's secrets 07/28/2015
Tuesday, July 28 2015 05:00 AM
Ghostwriter Hilary Liftin pens faux-celebrity memoir, 'Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper'. How computers are writing convincingly human poetry. NY Mag's Noreen Malone on profiling Cosby's accusers. Former Bachelor producer taps Reality TV's secrets in UnREAL.
Muslim comedy with Dean Obeidallah. Hip Hop easy-listening. Buckley-Vidal and political discourse. 01/27/2015
Monday, July 27 2015 05:00 AM
Comic Dean Obeidallah on fighting the stereotype of the humourless Muslim. Why Hip Hop is taking its place among easy listening radio classics. Filmmaker Morgan Neville on how the cut-throat Buckley-Vidal debates helped shape modern debate culture.
Friday, July 24 2015 05:00 AM
Is it wrong to break-up by just disappearing? Patricia Rozema on her HBO documentary “The Women who Act”. Canadian folk musician Chris Luedecke, AKA Old Man Luedecke, performs songs from his new album, "Domestic Eccentric". Rachel Geiss guest hosts.
Thursday, July 23 2015 05:00 AM
Finger wagging vs. frank discussion: Two sobering perspectives on why need to talk about party drugs. q’s Pop Culture Panel on Kanye West, The Runaways and Sharknado. Comedian Will Sasso’s fools Canada on his new show. Plus, Shad weighs in on Kanye West.
Wednesday, July 22 2015 05:00 AM
Alexandra Petri, author of 'A Field Guide to Awkward Silences', says we should learn to embrace our inner awkward person. Ibeyi's self-titled debut is one you need to hear. Oprah meets Orwell. Do corporate wellness programs have a dark side?
Food columnist Mark Bittman, journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, Scaachi goes Mermaid, comedian Wil Anderson. 07/21/2015
Tuesday, July 21 2015 05:00 AM
Why Mark Bittman has a bone to pick with our broken food system. Jose Antonio Vargas on MTV's 'White People' and reframing the conversation about race. Scaachi Koul dives into Mermaid School. Australian comic Wil Anderson on winning over North America.
Monday, July 20 2015 05:00 AM
Félix Lajeunesse on a virtual reality experience for movie goers. Scottish musician Rachel Sermanni performs and discusses her new album Tied to the Moon. Jonathan Young and Crystal Pine mix theatre and dance to show how trauma takes hold of the body.
Friday, July 17 2015 05:00 AM
Meet the musician risking it all to bring music back to Afghanistan. Miguel performs from his seductive new album, Wildheart, and reflects on the line between sexy and sensational. q's patently polarizing Good or Bad debates. On trial this time: U2.
Parks and Rec's Aziz Ansari, Skratch Bastid and The Afiara Quartet, the internet of babies 07/16/2015
Thursday, July 16 2015 05:00 AM
Aziz Ansari on Modern Romance and why it's easier to meet but harder to connect. Skratch Bastid and The Afiara Quartet blend scratch and strings. Plus, should we really be connecting with our babies — via Wi-Fi ? Laura June on the internet of babies.
Wednesday, July 15 2015 05:00 AM
Ta-Nehisi Coates' letter to his son, Between the World and Me, and the concrete realities of racism. Filmmaker Joshua Oppenhiemer discusses his film The Look of Silence. q’s Pop Culture Panel takes on Harper Lee’s “new” novel, Comic-con, and Donald Trump.