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Nineteen85 is behind some of Drake’s biggest songs, from “Hotline Bling” to “Hold On We’re Going Home.” And when he’s not putting his Grammy Award-winning touch on other people’s music, he’s making his own as part of the R&B duo DVSN. Nineteen85 talks to Tom about his new album, his love of Jimi Hendrix and what it was like producing some of Drake’s most beloved songs. Plus, Cressida Cowell’s children’s book series “How to Train Your Dragon” has sold more than seven million copies worldwide and has become an award-winning franchise that you’ve probably seen with your kids… or just by yourself because it’s a great movie regardless of how old you are. Cressida tells Tom about the famous franchise and about her newest book, “Which Way to Anywhere.”
Matty Healy, the frontman of the band The 1975, is known for his quippy, observational lyrics about dating, youth culture and technology. But when it comes to his own emotions, he’s typically quite guarded. On The 1975’s new album “Being Funny in a Foreign Language,” he leans into his feelings and shares them with the world. Matty joins Tom Power to talk about being a band for two decades and why their new album is their most sincere yet. Plus, Maria Qamar (a.k.a. Hatecopy) makes South Asian-focused pop art that you can see everywhere, from a giant mural in Montreal to the background of a TV show like “Ms. Marvel” or “The Mindy Project.” Maria’s art is blowing up in a big way as it’s being showcased in prestigious art galleries like New York’s Richard Taittinger Gallery and Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art. She joins Tom to talk about her budding art career.
After 40 years working in film, Laura Dern has built a reputation for playing complex women grappling with the messiness of real-life. That legacy continues with her latest movie, “The Son,” in which she plays a divorced parent trying to support her son through depression. Plus, singer-songwriters Tegan and Sara tell Tom about their latest album “Crybaby” and a new Amazon series based on their lives called “High School.”
Sarah Polley’s Oscar-nominated film “Women Talking” is a powerful story about three generations of women who sit down to decide the fate of the women and children of their Mennonite colony. After years of surviving sexual abuse, they have 24 hours to decide: stay and do nothing, stay and fight, or leave. Sarah tells Tom about her film, what it was like stepping back from the film industry after a concussion and how she used her experience as a child actor to create the best environment possible for the children on the set of “Women Talking.” Plus, Vir Das became the first India-born comic with his own Netflix special in 2017. At the same time he's blowing up as this great comic, he's also being labeled a terrorist in his home country for his candid critiques of India’s injustices. His new special is called “Landing.” Vir tells Tom Power his story and the journey to becoming the comic he is today.
Sam Smith is one of the biggest artists in the world. They made a name for themself in 2014 with devastating songs about love and loss and ended up winning four Grammys because of it. Now, Sam is trying something new: focusing on joy in their life and music. Sam opens up to Tom Power about their new record, “Gloria,” why focusing on queer joy is the most radical thing they can do, and the highs and lows of finding their identity. Plus, the queen of country pop Shania Twain tells you the story behind her new single, “Last Day of Summer.”
Actor Paul Mescal talks about his starring role in Aftersun and the success of his breakout role in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney's Normal People. Christa Couture's memoir How to Lose Everything is opening the door for other Indigenous artists to share their stories of resilience. Writer, producer and director Kenya Barris talks about his ambitious new animated project with rapper Kid Cudi. Elamin Abdelmahmoud joins Tom to talk about the new show launching next week, Commotion. Plus, Shamus Currie, composer of the original theme for Q with Tom Power, joins Tom to help him say goodbye to the tune.
Director Ruben Östlund discusses his latest Palme d'Or-winning film, Triangle of Sadness, and why he wanted to look at "beauty as a currency." Playwright Chloé Hung discusses her new dark comedic play, Three Women of Swatow, about three generations of Chinese women who discover they are bound by more than blood. Photographer Carrie Mae Weems discusses art, class and culture — and how she feels about being called an artist ahead of her time.
Poet Rupi Kaur talks about her new writing guide, Healing Through Words, plus her own journey with writing and overcoming writer's block. Artist Vivek Shraya shares more about her autobiographical solo stage show How To Fail As A Pop Star, which is focused on the true story of her life in music. Director Darren Aronofsky talks about the difficulty of casting the lead in his latest film, The Whale, and why Brendan Fraser was perfect for the part. Canada Reads is back for another round! Join us as this year's line-up of all-star books are revealed live alongside their all-star champions.
Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco discusses her new memoir, survival, the boundary-breaking themes in her music and how she feels about the ongoing #MeToo movement. Comedian and This Hour Has 22 Minutes cast member Trent McClellan talks about his upcoming comedy tour, returning to his hometown to perform stand-up, and finding humour in the things that frustrate you. Writer Bryan Washington talks about capturing the quiet moments of modern family life and complicated relationships in his debut novel, Memorial.
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. Actor and comedian Andrew Phung (best known as the character Kimchee on Kim's Convenience) talks about co-creating and starring in the new CBC comedy series Run the Burbs. Parasite director Bong Joon-ho tells us what inspired him to make a thriller about income inequality, and why wealth can make monsters of us all.
Five days a week, acclaimed interviewer Tom Power sits down with the artists, writers, actors and musicians who define this cultural moment in time. Whether he’s ribbing Adele, singing a boyband classic with Simu Liu, or dissecting faith with U2 frontman Bono – Tom brings the same curiosity, respect and meticulous preparation into every conversation. He also has a track record for interviewing artists on the precipice of stardom – like Lizzo and Billie Eilish — who appeared on Q well before hitting the mainstream. Hear your favourite artists as they truly are, every weekday with Tom Power.
One trophy away from EGOT-status, there's strong speculation that Hugh Jackman could win the outstanding Oscar for his latest movie, The Son. He talks about his long career on stage and screen. Ann-Marie MacDonald reflects on the curiosity and empathy that continue to inspire her work from the page to the stage as Fall on Your Knees becomes a stage play. Otis Williams, founding member of Motown legends The Temptations, talks about the group's legacy, longevity and why their sound was so impactful during the 60s.
Figurative painter Peter Doig — one of the world's top-selling living artists — talks about his work, his upbringing in Canada and the dark underbelly of the art market. Superstar Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin reflects on his phenomenal rise to the peak of his profession. Author Mark Sakamoto and playwright Hiro Kanagawa talk about adapting Mark's memoir Forgiveness, about his grandparents' experiences of the Second World War, for the stage.
Legendary singer-songwriter Marianne Faithfull opens up about surviving COVID-19 and recording a new album of classic romantic poems, titled She Walks in Beauty. After hustling for 11 years, Lainey Wilson talks about her acclaimed new record Bell Bottom Country and why it's funny to be called an "overnight sensation." Comedian Margaret Cho discusses her role in Fire Island as a den mother to a chosen family of young gay men, plus, how she feels about becoming a role model for Asian Americans onscreen.
Actor Denzel Washington talks about his turn as Lord Macbeth in the film The Tragedy of Macbeth, and what the legacy of the late Sidney Poitier means to him. Actor and comedian Jenny Slate talks about revisiting Marcel the Shell with Shoes On in a feature-length film based on the viral web series. Bestselling author Miriam Toews discusses her highly anticipated new novel, Fight Night, and what it says about family, resiliency and the fight for mental health.
Actor Regina King talks about directing One Night in Miami, a film that imagines a real conversation between four of the most important Black voices of the 1960s: Sam Cooke, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Jim Brown. Writer Neil Gaiman tells us why his comic book series The Sandman would have made a terrible movie — and why he loved adapting it into a new Netflix series. Acadian singer-songwriter Lisa LeBlanc talks about her decision to put down the banjo and record a disco album.
Nina Hoss co-stars in the new critically-acclaimed film Tár. She shares her process behind preparing for the film, including learning to play the violin, and what it was like playing with a real-life orchestra. Acclaimed sitar player Anoushka Shankar discusses her first live album in more than two decades, her life in music and what it's like having that famous family name. Edmonton director Kyle Edward Ball is making his feature-length debut with the film Skinamarink. He tells us the inspiration behind his horror film, and how he uses sound to evoke the feeling of a nightmare.
Ralph Macchio talks about what it was like reflecting on the legacy of The Karate Kid in his new book Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me, and why he's "embracing the past in the present" with Cobra Kai. With millions of followers online, Dax has become one of the biggest up-and-coming Canadian rappers today thanks to his honest lyrics. He shares his journey from college basketball to internet phenomenon.
Nearly 20 years after The L Word premiered, there's a sequel to the historic series. Showrunner Marja-Lewis Ryan talks about trying to reflect our changing times in The L Word: Generation Q. After a series of malicious false rumours almost ended his career more than ten years ago, Korean-Canadian rap star and Epik High frontman Tablo is sharing his story about finding his way back to music. Acclaimed pianist Jason Moran shares why he thinks James Reese Europe, a hugely influential Black composer and veteran, should be seen as a "Big Bang in Black music."
Dakota Ray Hebert skewers the document that defines how the Canadian government interacts with First Nations people in her first stand-up comedy album I'll Give You An Indian Act. Troy Kotsur shares how he drew on his own personal experience to play a Deaf father of a hearing child in the Oscar-winning movie CODA. Chris Wilson talks about finding new ways to make people laugh on TikTok, and joining the Canadian comedy institution This Hour Has 22 Minutes as it turns 30.
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Pattie Shirley

Prepare to meet your favourite performers. q has music, TV, movies, art, theatre, and comedy. Expect surprising insights. Q personalises arts and entertainment. https://wordle-unlimited.io

Aug 8th
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Donna Lockey

I could listen to them talk for hours, but would occasionally love to add a story of my own to just see where they would go with it. Creativeness is always a collaboration - inspiration type thing which is so apparent between these two wonderful musicians! Glad you had a good time with the interview. I suspect you always have a good time, Tom. work is work, but loving your work!

Dec 16th
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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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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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Louis VXI

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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Louis VXI

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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