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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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American writer and producer Darren Star, creator of the show Sex and the City, on writing roles for strong and outspoken women and his new Netflix series Emily in Paris. Juno-nominated artist Storry on her new EP and the commonalities between sex work and in the music industry. Actor Jesse Eisenberg on his dream role in the movie The Art of Self Defense.
Country artist Mickey Guyton explains how racism hindered her country music career for over a decade. Singer-songwriter Jennifer Castle finds music in seasonal wonders on Monarch Season. Singer-songwriter Sam Roberts on his new album 'All of Us,' and reflects on his 20th anniversary of his solo debut album
Prolific celebrity chef and author Jacques Pépin on his latest cookbook Quick & Simple. Showrunner Hilary Weisman Graham tells us how she managed to write, cast, and shoot an entirely new Netflix anthology series during the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic. q book columnist Jael Richardson reccomends a Booker Prize shortlister, Real Life by Brandon Taylor. Poet Tanya Davis and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman on their collaborative short film called 'How to Be at Home' – an illustrated poem featuring a set of tips for surviving the pandemic.
Montreal-based rapper and producer Backxwash has been announced 2020's Polar Music Prize winner, she joins Tom Power to talk about her momentous win. Actor Natalie Portman discusses what inspired her to write a book of children's fables. Why Author Shannon Lee wanted to share more about her father's legacy, Bruce Lee, through her new book Be Water, My Friend: The Teachings of Bruce Lee. Producer Finneas on his humble beginnings making music in his bedroom with his sister Billie Eilish, to being a six time Grammy award winning producer, all within the last two years.
Author David A. Robertson opens up about his Cree culture, mental health, and the healing journey of creating his most personal work to date: a memoir called Black Water. The q screen panel talks about Saturday Night Live's return to the studio after Covid-19 shutdown production. Founding member of the band Barenaked Ladies, Ed Robertson, talks about his favourite song he's ever written, off the album Maroon which celebrates it's 20th anniversary this year. Toronto producer Junia-T discusses his impressive homegrown collaborative team that's landed 'Studio Monk' on the short list for the Polaris Music Prize, which gets awarded to the best Canadian album of the year.
Gord Downie's brother Patrick Downie and his longtime collaborator Josh Finlayson discuss the making of Away Is Mine, the late Canadian music icon's final solo recording. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen question whether music streaming services should ever have the right to ban artists on their platforms, particularly in light of the Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion shooting case. Canada's former parliamentary poet laureate John Steffler reads and discusses two poems from his latest collection, And Yet. Canadian classical pianist Angela Hewitt talks about returning to the stage after lockdown for a concert at Toronto's Koerner Hall, and shares what it's like to be compared to Glenn Gould all the time.
Four-time Grammy Award-winning artist Lenny Kravitz reflects on his new memoir, in which he writes about the first 25 years of his life, from his upbringing in New York to the release of his 1989 debut album. Nina Lee Aquino, the artistic director of Toronto's Factory Theatre, discusses the future of performing arts in Canada, and how they were able to make their new season of virtual programming free of charge. Montreal-based rapper and producer Backxwash opens up about the powerful reverberations her musical journey is having on both her artistic life and her personal life as a Black trans artist.
Grammy award-winning jazz artist Gregory Porter opens up about losing his brother to COVID-19, the healing power of music, and his uplifting new record All Rise. Singer-songwriter Witch Prophet talks about her Polaris Music Prize-nominated album DNA Activation, which interweaves her experiences as an East African, queer mother living in the diaspora. Oscar-winning actor Christopher Walken discusses his new film Percy, a retelling of the story of Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser who took on the biotech giant Monsanto in the 1990s.
Childhood and Fifteen Dogs author André Alexis discusses his new collection of short stories, The Night Piece, and his new audio drama, Metamorphosis: A Viral Trilogy. The Haunting of Bly Manor's breakout star T'Nia Miller tells us what it's like to make a job out of scaring people and how binge watching has changed storytelling. Paul Galloway of the Museum of Modern Art takes us back to the emoji's humble beginnings, sharing how it became one of the most powerful tools of modern communication. Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding talks about her new album, overcoming impostor syndrome and why she took a five-year break from music.
Comedy icon Catherine O'Hara talks about bringing her musical talents to season four of Schitt's Creek. Author Matthew Rubery explains the origins of the audiobook, from a resource for the blind to a popular form of storytelling. Audiobook narrators Erin Moon and Fajer Al-Kaisi discuss the growing field of narration and what the job really requires. Grammy-winning R&B legend Booker T. Jones reflects on his life and legacy, which he's celebrating with the release of a new memoir and album.
Juno-winning musician Bahamas talks about his fifth album Sad Hunk and gives us exclusive performances of two new songs off the record. Poet, writer and professor Khadijah Queen discusses her new collection of poetry, Anodyne, and shares how she examines themes of the body and wellness through her work. Song Exploder co-creator and host Hrishikesh Hirway talks about adapting the hit music podcast for Netflix. Historian Jaipreet Virdi shares how a deaf, silent film actor named Emerson Romero pioneered closed captioning and fought to make his favourite Hollywood movies accessible to everyone.
Jerry Seinfeld discusses his new book, 45 years of comedy and the stupidity of a "quick question." Newfoundland-based artist Barbara Pratt talks about her new exhibition called Cake, her mother Mary Pratt's legacy as a painter, and why baking is a profound act of love. New York Times art critic Martha Schwendener explains why four art museums are facing backlash over their decision to postpone a major Philip Guston retrospective, featuring some of the painter's depictions of the KKK. Novelist Walter Mosley discusses his groundbreaking novel Devil in a Blue Dress on its 30th anniversary.
Former Our Lady Peace drummer Jeremy Taggart shares his memories of touring with the late Eddie Van Halen in the summer of 1995. Rocker and podcaster Danko Jones pays tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen and tells us how he was influenced by Van Halen's music. Filmmaker and actor Radha Blank discusses her new semi-autobiographical Netflix film The 40-Year-Old Version, and why getting older should never be a reason to stop chasing your dreams. Actor Zachary Quinto talks about what it meant to reimagine Mart Crowley's iconic 1968 play The Boys in the Band in a new film remake of the same name.
Filmmaker Werner Herzog reflects on his beginnings in cinema and his quest to document the human condition. Filmmaker Michelle Latimer talks about making the leap to primetime television with her new CBC drama Trickster, a bold fusion of social commentary and surreal fantasy storytelling. Comedian Colin Quinn discusses his new book, Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States, in which he skewers his home country state by state.
Alanis Morissette reflects on her massive hit record Jagged Little Pill on its 25th anniversary and discusses her first album in eight years, Such Pretty Forks in the Road. British author and columnist Caitlin Moran discusses her new book, More Than A Woman, and shares her hilarious take on middle age and feminism.
Rock legend Jon Bon Jovi talks about Bon Jovi's new album 2020, finding hope in challenging times, and why he regrets the key change in Livin' on a Prayer. Actor Ethan Hawke tells us about his latest role as the notorious American abolitionist John Brown in Showtime's new series The Good Lord Bird. Hamilton, Ont.-raised filmmaker Natalie Krinsky discusses her debut feature The Broken Hearts Gallery, and the importance of racial representation in the rom-com genre.
Author Nick Hornby — best known for his novels High Fidelity, About a Boy and Fever Pitch — talks about tackling race, Brexit and a surprising romance in his latest book, Just Like You. Honey Jam founder Ebonnie Rowe reflects on 25 years of championing Canada's women in music. Supalonely singer Benee tells us how TikTok propelled her to fame and turned her into a lockdown sensation.
Rapper Big Sean opens up about his struggle with depression, how he rediscovered his passion through therapy and meditation, and why Detroit 2 is his most honest album yet. Tech and culture journalist Alyssa Bereznak unpacks how more and more celebrities like Travis Scott and The Weeknd are using avatars to reach their fans virtually. Actor Jean Yoon reflects on the ongoing success of Kim's Convenience, and why she's been championing diversity on stage and on screen since the 1980s. Bestselling poet Billy Collins, the former poet laureate of the United States, discusses his new collection, Whale Day: And Other Poems, and how the pandemic has "slowed the world down to the speed of poetry."
Multi-disciplinary artist Fariha Róisín opens up about her powerful debut novel Like a Bird, its themes of survival and resilience, and the therapeutic nature of writing. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly talks about digging deep into his teenage pop-punk roots and reinventing himself as a rocker on his new album Tickets to My Downfall. Miles Davis's youngest son, Erin, and his nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr., show us a different side of the iconic jazz musician. Actor and comedian John Cleese discusses his new book Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide, and shares why he wants you to realize your own creativity.
Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall talks about her latest album This Dream of You, honouring her late producer Tommy LiPuma, and what she looks for in a dream collaborator. On this week's q This music panel, Lisa Christiansen and Elamin Abdelmahmoud recap the highs and lows of the 2020 CCMA Awards, and discuss Rolling Stone's updated list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Artist Michael C. Thorpe explains how he went from playing college basketball to quilting, and what being an athlete and an artist have in common.
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Jim McCaskill

Research fail Q. Bojack Horsemans final season dropped months before Covid hit.

Jul 15th
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Jim McCaskill

Soft ball interview that doesn't call Bonnell out for her blatant racism nor does it call her out for using that racism as a marketing strategy.

Feb 21st
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Pete Ever

6 attempts to download and still waiting

Nov 6th
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Pete Ever

quite frequently i have trouble downloading your podcasts and have to try 5 times at least before it is successful. it is the only podcast i follow that has this problem.

Nov 6th
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Shannon Thorpe

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Nov 29th
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Shannon Thorpe

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Nov 29th
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Estelle Hopper

I just got a second notification about this shite.! Thus achieving a "will never be listened to" status!

Oct 31st
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Estelle Hopper

I love Castbox, but this new thing with the unwanted notifications about random rubbish of no interest to me, is a step too far...... Oh and Creepy AF too!

Oct 31st
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Adam Cook

OK look I'll be honest I know why, but please stop activating suggested content every time I switch the fucker off

Oct 31st
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Adam Cook

Why the fuck did Castbox notify me about this?

Oct 31st
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Nicola Brown McLachlan

love this podcast. I'm living in Idaho and so miss my hometown of Toronto. thanks Tom fory daily dose of Canadiana!

Feb 19th
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