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Last updated: Monday, March 02 2015 07:31 AM
The best first instrument, Malcolm X's daughter, filmmaker Patricia Rozema, Andy Kim performs 02/27/2015
Friday, February 27 2015 05:00 AM
Q debate: Should music educators start with the ukelele instead of the recorder? Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz on her new YA novel, X. Filmmaker Patricia Rozema on female actors who refuse to be sidekicks. Andy Kim performs throughout the show.
Thursday, February 26 2015 05:00 AM
Actor, filmmaker and "wannabe Canadian" Kevin Smith takes the mic for the second instalment of celebrity guest host Thursdays. Today: Q sports panel; behind the scenes with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn; Linda Schuyler on Degrassi's 35th birthday.
Wednesday, February 25 2015 05:00 AM
Educator Davey Shlasko on why "they" should go mainstream as a gender-neutral pronoun alternative to he or she. Filmmaker Richie Mehta on his abduction thriller, Siddarth. Game developer Brianna Wu on Why Law & Order's #Gamergate episode is troubling.
Tuesday, February 24 2015 05:00 AM
Curator Virgina Eichhorn on the Getting Naked exhibit, and why Canadians are bashful about nudity in art. Breaking Bad writer Peter Gould on penning the prequel, Better Call Saul. Danish Photographer Mads Nissen on his World Press Photo of the Year Award.
Tuesday, February 24 2015 05:00 AM
Q Oscar panel weighs in on the "terminally boring" 87th Academy Awards. 'Cam Girlz' film explores the real lives of women who bare all online. Find out why Canadian Soprano Jane Archibald makes a sparkling Semele. Canadian rapper Saukrates performs live!
Friday, February 20 2015 05:00 AM
Friday Live: Whitehorse performs live from Leave No Bridge Unburned! Fred "The Hammer" Williamson reflects on his career and recent TBFF Pioneer Award. The Q media panel reconvenes. Animator Torill Kove on her Oscar-nominated film, Me and My Moulton.
Friday, February 20 2015 05:00 AM
Ex-pianist Barbara Willis Sweete on making film her instrument. Alligator Pie author Dennis Lee on writing poetry for a new generation. How Prince's Purple Rain got a 'Desert Blues' tint. Surprise celebrity guest Measha Brueggergosman hosts and performs!
Tuesday, February 17 2015 05:00 AM
Priya's Shakti: Survivor-turned-superhero targets sexual violence. From The Bodyguard to Black Or White: Kevin Costner speaks frankly about race in his films. Quebec star Evelyne Brochu on breaking language barriers through English film and TV.
Monday, February 16 2015 05:00 AM
Actor and writer Jason Segel on why it's good to scare kids and his children's book, Nightmares. Andrew Hozier-Byrne, a.k.a. Hozier, performs live in Studio Q. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay on directing Selma, the first-ever biopic of Martin Luther.
Q's "Just Settle" special, ft. Settle For Love, Jay Baruchel, Photographer Chloë Ellingson and STARS 02/13/2015
Friday, February 13 2015 05:00 AM
Why flaws upfront dating site "Settle For Love" urges honesty. Actor Jay Baruchel on Man Seeking Woman and the absurdity of dating. Photographer Chloë Ellingson on the truth behind "picture perfect" couples. STARS perform new and old nuanced love songs.
Thursday, February 12 2015 05:00 AM
Does public radio sound too "white"? Radio producers Chenjerai Kumanyika, Nick Davis and Mariel Borelli discuss. Saturday Night Live at 40: SNL's influence, then and now. Q's first Expat Panel: How international media covers sexual violence.
Wednesday, February 11 2015 05:00 AM
The Daily Show's Al Madrigal on mixed race identity and feeling like a "fake Latino". Flight of the Concords' Jemaine Clement on his new vampire comedy, What We Do In The Shadows. Director Jordan Tannahill on staging Sheila Heti's "unstageable" play.
Tuesday, February 10 2015 05:00 AM
Egyptian mural artist Ganzeer on his first North American exhibit. Acclaimed photojournalist Lynsey Addario on navigating relationships, motherhood in a profession that doesn't accommodate either. Best of Q: Flea takes on big role in Joe Albany biopic.
Steve Earle performs, Cheryl Strayed offers advice, Dan Levitin on how were hurting our brains 02/09/2015
Monday, February 09 2015 05:00 AM
Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter performs live from Terraplane throughout the show. Wild author Cheryl Strayed on reviving her cult hit advice column, Dear Sugar. The Organized Mind author Dan Levitin on how we're rewiring our weary human brains.
Friday, February 06 2015 05:00 AM
The Jinx: Accused killer speaks publicly in new HBO doc series. Bestselling author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy) on his new novel, Funny Girl. Q media panel: What should the media do with graphic ISIS videos? Plus, Operators perform live!
Thursday, February 05 2015 05:00 AM
British author Martin Amis on his latest novel, Zone of Interest, and the "wild disgrace" of Auschwitz. Best of Q: Harper Lee's former neighbour, Marja Mills. Canadian jazz star Diana Krall on Wallflower, her new album of smoky, velvet contralto covers.
Wednesday, February 04 2015 05:00 AM
We explore KidZania's child-size simulation of the adult world. Lemony Snicket creator Daniel Handler embarks on a new adventure with We Are Pirates. Kathleen Phillips and Dan Redican on Sunnyside, a new sketch comedy show that spoofs yuppie universe.
Tuesday, February 03 2015 05:00 AM
Paul Fischer shares the story of South Korean actors forced to produce propaganda. Renowned French artist Tomi Ungerer on subversion as a default setting. Filmmaker Madeleine Grant on The Backward Class, her film about India's "untouchable" students.
Monday, February 02 2015 05:00 AM
How hard is it to track down stolen works of art? Two experts shed light. Artist Douglas Coupland reflects on the first major survey of his work. How should rudeness be defined in the age of overshare? Plus, fiddling sensation Anne Lindsay performs live.
Actress Evangeline Lilly, Miranda July's new book, comedian Norm Macdonald, Q sports panel, Bry Webb performs 01/30/2015
Friday, January 30 2015 05:00 AM
Actress Evangeline Lilly on switching gears to pen a children's book. Miranda July on her debut novel, The First Bad Man. Famously disruptive comic Norm Macdonald storms Studio Q. Sports panel on deflategate and Marshawn Lynch. Bry Webb performs live.
Thursday, January 29 2015 05:00 AM
Comedians Bob Goldthwait and Barry Crimmins on their unflinching film about child abuse, Call Me Lucky. Alan Doyle returns to Studio Q with his second solo record, So Let's Go. Travis Fleetwood a.k.a Organik on Toronto's ballooning battle rap league.
Wednesday, January 28 2015 05:00 AM
Web series creator Pal Karlsen on why he put Norwegian teens to work in a sweatshop. Comedian Mary Walsh on her work as a mental health advocate. Q's pop culture panel reconvenes to discuss this week's top arts and entertainment headlines.
Tuesday, January 27 2015 05:00 AM
U.K. comic and Too Much Information author Dave Gorman on toggling through a world of TMI. International opera star Christine Goerke on Wagner's Die Walküre and overcoming adversity. Comedian Aparna Nancherla on stand up and subverting expectation.
Monday, January 26 2015 05:00 AM
Toronto rapper Tre Mission soaks in global influence to deliver genre-bending sound. Counter-culture icon Art Spiegelman on cartooning in the wake of Charlie Hebdo. 'The City Before The City' curator Jordan Wilson on Musqueam culture in Vancouver.
Friday, January 23 2015 05:00 AM
Jennifer Aniston on her dark role in indie drama Cake. Actor Eric Peterson on his return to the stage in The Seagull. Director Ana Lily Amirpour on her film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Absolutely Free performs from their self-titled debut album.
Thursday, January 22 2015 05:00 AM
Sweden's Troll Hunter Robert Aschberg on unmasking online bullies. British electro-pop buzz band London Grammar performs live from If You Wait. Unisex aficionado Natalia Manzocco on why fashion is going gender-neutral.
Wednesday, January 21 2015 05:00 AM
Australian TV producer Trudi-Ann Tierney on what it's really like to shoot TV in Afghanistan.The Ting Tings switch it up with disco-infused record, Super Critical. Appropriate Behaviour writer/director/star Desiree Akhavan is NOT the Iranian Lena Dunham.
McGill prof Charmaine Nelson on blackface, the Canada Reads 2015 contenders revealed, performance artist Ragnar Kjarnasson 01/20/2015
Tuesday, January 20 2015 05:00 AM
McGill prof Charmaine Nelson takes aim at blackface in Quebec. The Canada Reads 2015 celebrity panel and books are revealed. Icelandic performance artist Ragnar Kjarnasson on his ambitious long-form art.
Tuesday, January 20 2015 05:00 AM
The Rural Alberta Advantage perform live throughout the show as our first ever Monday Live guests! Mr. D's Gerry Dee shares whether the CBC show is edgy enough for him. Comedian Sara Schaefer on how to poke fun at pop culture (and still love it).
Monday, January 19 2015 05:00 AM
Dan Mangan and Blacksmith perform live from Club Meds. Why NYC's campaign against "manspreading" hit a nerve. Q media panel reconvenes to talk Charlie Hebdo, Leslie Roberts, Amanda Lang. Portlandia star Fred Armisen on bang-on impersonations.
Thursday, January 15 2015 05:00 AM
Q's Oscar panel reconvenes to share their thoughts on the surprises, snubs and shoo-ins among this year's Academy Award nominees. Conjurer Ricky Jay on the art of sleight-of-hand. Formerly homeless country star Doug Seegers on finding stardom in Sweden.
Wednesday, January 14 2015 05:00 AM
Cuddlr co-creator Charlie Williams on the platonic cousin of today's popular dating apps. Cartoonist Scott McCloud on forthcoming graphic novel, The Sculptor. Filmmaker Rory Kennedy on her Oscar-nominated film, Last Days in Vietnam.
Young Drunk Punk Bruce McCulloch, Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, Craig Davidson's dark side 01/13/2015
Tuesday, January 13 2015 05:00 AM
Bruce McCulloch of Kids In The Hall brings 'Young Drunk Punk' to TV. SCTV alums Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara reunite for riches-to-rags comedy, Schitt's Creek. Craig Davidson on The Deep, his new horror novel penned under the "Nick Cutter" alias.
Monday, January 12 2015 05:00 AM
Pro gamer Christopher Loranger and journalist Nick Wingfield on the rise of spectator video games. Non-fiction heavyweight John Vaillant on his first novel, The Jaguar's Children. Stephen Bulger on the enigmatic "nanny photographer" Vivian Maier.
"Dragon" Michael Wekerle, Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, Selma dir. Ava DuVernay, Lydia Ainsworth performs 01/09/2015
Monday, January 26 2015 05:00 AM
Dragons' Den rookie Michael Wekerle on the art of investment. Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis on adapting This Changes Everything. Selma director Ava DuVernay on echoes of Martin Luther King, Jr. Symphonic pop singer/songwriter Lydia Ainsworth performs live.
Aunjanue Ellis on Book of Negroes, Darren O'Donnell on creative work, Adam Sternbergh's Shovel Ready 01/08/2015
Thursday, January 08 2015 05:00 AM
Book of Negroes lead actress Aunjanue Ellis on the power of period dramas. Full-time artist Darren O'Donnell has a reality check for aspiring artists. Best of Q: Adam Sternbergh on Shovel Ready and anti-hero appeal.
Wednesday, January 07 2015 05:00 AM
'Art and Craft' documentary explores the motivations of prolific art forger Mark Landis. Comedian Margaret Cho on her avant-garde role in the new TLC show, All About Sex. Curator Sonia del Re challenges art elite to see M.C. Escher from a new angle.
Tuesday, January 06 2015 05:00 AM
Cook's Illustrated Chris Kimball on why cooking is a science, not an art. Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana on his new memoir, The Universal Tone, and why he says his music is a tribute to women. Plus, are scary clowns ruining everything for sweet ones?
Monday, January 05 2015 05:00 AM
Bank robber-turned-filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe hopes to humanize criminals. Deanna Jones re-imagines Keith Richards in colourful, one-woman show. British actor Rob James-Collier on playing Downton Abbey's devious under-butler.
Friday, January 02 2015 05:00 AM
Award-winning author and humorist Thomas King on The Inconvenient Indian. Writer Roxane Gay about why she considers herself to be a bad feminist -- and why that's okay. Simon Rich on Spoiled Brats - his book about negative millennial stereotypes
Film lover's trio: Linklater on Boyhood, Ostlund on Force Majeure, Krauss/Winfield on Kill Team 01/01/2015
Thursday, January 01 2015 05:00 AM
Director Richard Linklater on his ground-breaking, critically lauded film, Boyhood. Director Ruben Ostlund on wounded masculinity and his award-winning film, Force Majeure. Director Dan Krauss and Adam Winfield on the unsettling Kill Team documentary.
Wednesday, December 31 2014 05:00 AM
Two part feature interview with Jazz legend Herbie Hancock about his new memoir, Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, his friend Miles Davis, and his storied career. Ground-breaking British choreographer Jonzi D on innovation and why theatre needs hip hop.
Tuesday, December 30 2014 05:00 AM
Unapologetic "eatie" (not foodie) Jim Gaffigan on his book, Food: a Love Story. Outspoken author, philosopher and MIT emeritus professor Noam Chomsky on being watched. Jack Amiel on The Knick, a 1900-era medical drama about the pain of progress.
Monday, December 29 2014 05:00 AM
CanLit expert Aritha van Herk on why the internet's ablaze the 1976 erotica novel, Bear. This American Life producers Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder on the show's first spin-off, Serial. George Takei on Being Takei - a film about his life and activism.
Friday, December 26 2014 05:00 AM
Comedian Chris Rock on how edgy stand-up can survive in the age of smart phones. Big Brother author Lionel Shriver on how fiction can illuminate the darkest corners of culture. Thank You for Your Service author David Finkel on the after-effects of war.
Wednesday, December 24 2014 05:00 AM
Dutch artist Renzo Martens defends 'artistic intervention' in Congo. Q's panel of cultural critics -- Jeet Heer, Wesley Morris, Haley Mlotek -- review this year in pop culture. Q music gurus Mitch Pollock and Brian Coulton review the best music of 2014.
Tuesday, December 23 2014 05:00 AM
Tales of the Grim Sleeper director Nick Broomfield on the missing and murdered women on LA. Supertramp's Roger Hodgson on re-releasing seminal record Crime of the Century. Plus, Megan Garber on how the ugly Christmas sweater lost its ironic edge.
Rent in Cuba, rising conductor Elim Chan, Hollywood's sequel problem, Jingle Bell junkies 12/22/2014
Monday, December 22 2014 05:00 AM
Andy Señor Jr. and Ilan Stavans on how Rent's run in Cuba sets stage for change. Elim Chan on how conductors conjure musical magic. Mark Harris slams Hollywood's sequel obsession. Filmmaker Mitchell Kezin on his new film about Christmas album collectors.
Friday, December 19 2014 05:00 AM
Film critic Amy Nicholson says pulling Rogen/Franco comedy The Interview sets an "alarming" precedent. Sophia McClennen on Stephen Colbert's post-Report . Never Alone video game illuminates Indigenous Alaskan lore. Buck 65 performs live from Neverlove.
Thursday, December 18 2014 05:00 AM
Hip hop artist-turned-policeman Jinho "the Piper" Ferreira shares 17 perspectives on one police shooting. The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle pens debut novel, Wolf in a White Van. Israeli director Talya Lavie on her surprise hit film, Zero Motivation.
Katherine Waterston on her role in the new film Inherent Vice. Kevin Howes on the compilation album Native North America. A new radio drama about life in a refugee camp. 12/17/2014
Wednesday, December 17 2014 05:00 AM
Katherine Waterston talks about working with Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix in the new film Inherent Vice. Kevin Howes on the compilation album Native North America. Plus, Charlotte Eagar on new radio drama about life in a refugee camp.
Tuesday, December 16 2014 05:00 AM
AP editor Trish Wilson on USAID's attempt to infiltrate Cuba's hip hop music scene. Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman takes an in-depth look at hacker collective Anonymous.Tommy Avallone on his new documentary about professional Santas: I Am Santa Claus.
Monday, December 15 2014 05:00 AM
In a Canadian exclusive interview, Sir Paul McCartney talks about his first musical foray into video games. Can we separate the artist from the art? Two cultural observers debate. Plus, the Q sports panel discusses the latest headlines to make waves.
Friday, December 12 2014 05:00 AM
What the rise of the "lumbersexual" says about modern urban masculinity. Life Partners director Susanna Fogel on what happens when your best friend breaks your heart. Comic artist Steve Murray re-hatches Marvel's Howard the Duck. The Pack A.D. perform.
Advanced Style celebrates senior fashionistas, Timber Timbre performs, moving movie theatres 12/11/2014
Thursday, December 11 2014 05:00 AM
Photographer Ari Seth Cohen and model Joyce Carpati on the beauty of aging creatively. Timber Timbre perform live from their haunting new record, Hot Dreams. Film critic Brooks Barnes on why theatres are literally shaking up the movie-watching experience.
Wednesday, December 10 2014 05:00 AM
In the lead up to the Republic of Doyle finale, Allan Hawco reflects on his time as Jake Doyle. Carey Newman's Witness Blanket weaves healing and history from Residential School fragments. Bill Nye "The Science Guy" on the undeniable science of evolution.
Tuesday, December 09 2014 05:00 AM
One Rogue Reporter, Rich Peppiatt, turns the tables on British tabloids. Toronto artist Jennifer Castle performs from Pink City. High Maintenance creators Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld roll a tight web series about pot smokers.
Monday, December 08 2014 05:00 AM
Journalist Nikhil Sonnad on what triggered China's ban on puns and wordplay. Discussion panel: Can the dialogue around sexual assault lead to broader change? Plus, Montreal filmmaker Rémy Huberdeau on his documentary Transgender Parents.
Friday, December 05 2014 05:00 AM
Brent Butt on returning to Dog River for Corner Gas: The Movie. Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée on Wild and the beauty of imperfection. H. Jon Benjamin on giving voice to Archer and Bob Belcher. Tamara Lindeman a.k.a. The Weather Station performs live.
Thursday, December 04 2014 05:00 AM
StoryCorps founder David Isay on the power of listening and celebrating ordinary lives. Mick Fleetwood on his storied career and new memoir, Play On: Now, Then, and Fleetwood Mac. Renowned architect Daniel Libeskind on designing buildings with spirit.
Wednesday, December 03 2014 05:00 AM
Should you worry about social media surveillance? Citizen Lab's Christopher Parsons weighs in. Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, performs from And The War Came. 'Banksy Does New York' director Chris Moukarbel on NYC's social scavenger hunt.
Tuesday, December 02 2014 05:00 AM
Suleiman Bakhit on how comic books can help combat extremist propaganda. World-renowned DJ David Guetta on his new album, Listen, and anthemic introspection. Dr. Scott Bonn on "celebrity monsters" and our cultural obsession with serial killers.