q: The Podcast from CBC Radio

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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.

Artist Cadex Herrera talks about memorializing George Floyd with a huge mural located at the intersection where Floyd died at the hands of police. Famed choreographer Ryan Heffington tells us how he's making modern dance accessible by offering free online dance classes that Vogue has called "a revolution from his …
In this special edition of the q This music panel, freelance music journalist A. Harmony and CBC arts reporter Lisa Christiansen talk about Blackout Tuesday and #TheShowMustBePaused — a call for the music industry to stop everyday operations on June 2 in protest of systemic racism and police brutality. Musicologist …
Rapper and singer TOBi talks about joining forces with Shad, Haviah Mighty and Jazz Cartier for the remix of his song 24 — a blistering take on the inequalities faced by young black people in Toronto. Rapper Shad discusses his verse on TOBi's song 24 (Toronto Remix) and reflects on …
Quebec filmmaker Sophie Deraspe talks about winning five Canadian Screen Awards, including best picture, for her film Antigone. Actress Linda Cardellini opens up about reliving personal grief for her role in the Netflix comedy Dead To Me, and shares how laughter helps us cope with loss. On today's q This …
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls talk about their latest album, Look Long, and what it's been like to find a whole new generation of fans through their weekly livestreams. CBC Arts producer Peter Knegt remembers Larry Kramer, discussing how the late playwright's non-stop activism helped change the …
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks about his new YouTube Original series Create Together #WithMe, his ongoing project HitRecord, and how he's helping people stay creative during the pandemic. Jazz singer and composer Tish Oney shares her gateway to the music of Peggy Lee in celebration of the late great American singer-songwriter's …
Thundercat discusses his new album It Is What It Is, which continues his jazzy, R&B; odyssey, but this time tempered with losing a close friend and collaborator in Mac Miller. Artist Jeanne Randolph tells us how she managed to photograph every single phone booth in Manitoba, from Flin Flon to …
Actor Simu Liu talks about becoming Marvel's first Asian superhero, honouring his promise to a little boy, and how he's encouraging connection and compassion while isolating in Australia. On this week's q screen panel, soaps.com writers Richard Simms and Charlie Mason discuss whether they think daytime soap operas will survive …
Actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani talks about his new action-packed rom-com The Lovebirds, which became the first Hollywood film to bypass theatres and go directly to Netflix due to the pandemic. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Amanda Parris take another look at Instagram's Verzuz music …
Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. discusses his new film The Cuban, in which he plays a legendary jazz musician who's suffering from dementia in a long-term care home. The Vancouver Art Gallery's head of conservation, Tara Fraser, tells us what it takes to care for more than 12,000 pieces of …
Musician Steven Page tells us what's next after his new musical, Here's What It Takes, was postponed along with the Stratford Festival's entire 2020 season due to COVID-19. Our books columnist Jael Richardson returns with a new recommendation for us: Souvankham Thammavongsa's collection of short stories, How to Pronounce Knife. …
Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated artist Tori Amos opens up about the political and personal events that have guided her life and music over the past four decades. Celebrity photographer George Pimentel tells us why he's turning his lens on those impacted by COVID-19, and fills us in on his upcoming project in …
Actor and comedian Ricky Gervais talks about his hit Netflix comedy-drama After Life, the show's complex portrayal of grief, and why he tends to dive "headfirst into taboo subjects." When Margaret Atwood turned 80 last November, she celebrated it with a special extended and wide-ranging conversation with Tom Power, opening …
Comedy duo Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz talk about the freedom and fear associated with creating their new Netflix improv series, Middleditch & Schwartz. DJ Spinna presents his essential guide to the music of Stevie Wonder. Canadian spoken word artist Charlie Petch — who recently won a lifetime achievement award …
Former Talking Heads singer David Byrne talks about his website "Reasons To Be Cheerful" and why he’s made it his priority to keep positivity alive, especially during the pandemic. Our fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert fills us in on how the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact the fashion industry. Katie …
Canadian-born editorial cartoonist Barry Blitt discusses his recent Pulitzer Prize win, how he uses his gentle watercolour style to produce cutting commentary, and the challenges of creating a caricature of U.S. President Donald Trump. The Hollow star Connor Parnall talks about the popularity of his character, Kai, in fan art …
Actor Josh Gad explores the power of nostalgia during a pandemic with a new YouTube series called Reunited Apart, which reunites casts of classic movies like The Goonies and Back To The Future. Hollywood stuntwoman Zoë Bell talks about making her all-female Boss Bitch Fight Challenge video, which includes actresses …
Director John Waters pays tribute to the late, great rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard. The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak discusses how teenagers are moving cancelled events like prom and graduation online. Electro-funk duo Chromeo talk about funnelling their creative energy into coronavirus-related tracks like Clorox Wipe, 6 Feet Away and …
Diagnosed with stage four cancer, Canadian theatre director Daniel Brooks discusses uncertainty and reflects on his life in theatre through the perspective of these difficult times. Musician Burton Cummings reveals the real story behind the Guess Who's iconic song, American Woman, 50 years after it skyrocketed to number one on …
Choreographer Tanisha Scott discusses how she brought Jamaican dancehall to mainstream pop culture, as well as one of her latest projects: the CBC Gem series Utopia Falls. Bob Saget tells us how his new podcast, Bob Saget's Here for You, is allowing him to connect with fans on a deeper …