q: The Podcast from CBC Radio 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.
Q: The Podcast from CBC Radio

q: The Podcast from CBC Radio

From CBC

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.

Most Recent Episodes

[Full episode] Rupi Kaur, Meichi Ng, Shawn Mendes, Big Sean

All week on q (Nov. 30 to Dec. 4), we're exploring the many ways that artists deal with, and draw from, mental health issues in a series called Sound Mind: Mental Health and the Arts. Rupi Kaur discusses her new poetry collection Home Body, and shares how sudden fame impacted her mental health. Meichi Ng talks about her new book Barely Functional Adult, and tells us how creating comics helped her process tough emotions. Shawn Mendes opens up about success, anxiety and his love for Cristiano Ronaldo. Big Sean discusses his struggle with depression, and how he rediscovered his passion through therapy and meditation.

[Full episode] Vivek Shraya, Josh Groban, Ricky Gervais

All week on q (Nov. 30 to Dec. 4), we're exploring the many ways that artists deal with, and draw from, mental health issues in a series called Sound Mind: Mental Health and the Arts. Vivek Shraya discusses the challenges she faces both personally and as an artist when it comes to adapting to the new normal and just "showing up" every day. Josh Groban tells us why making his new album Harmony while in isolation was therapeutic, and how's he kept his spirits up during these dark times. Ricky Gervais talks about the complex portrayal of grief on his hit Netflix comedy-drama After Life, and explains why he tends to dive "head first into taboo subjects."

[Full episode] Forrest Eaglespeaker, Rose McGowan, Rachel Bloom, Margaret Trudeau

All week on q (Nov. 30 to Dec. 4), we're exploring the many ways that artists deal with, and draw from, mental health issues in a series called Sound Mind: Mental Health and the Arts. Blackfoot roots singer Forrest Eaglespeaker of The North Sound talks about how he uses music to cope with addiction and the effects of Indigenous intergenerational trauma. Actress Rose McGowan opens up about escaping childhood trauma by travelling to an imaginary planet, and how that place inspired her debut album, Planet 9. Rachel Bloom, the star and co-creator of TV's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, discusses her hilarious new collection of essays, I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are, in which she writes about fame, insecurity and living with OCD and depression. Canadian icon Margaret Trudeau talks about sharing her story with mental illness like never before in a one-woman comedy show, Certain Woman of an Age.

[Full episode] Forrest Eaglespeaker, Rose McGowan, Rachel Bloom, Margaret Trudeau

[Full episode] Billy Corgan, Tabassum Siddiqui and Maura Johnston, Chilly Gonzales, Divine Brown

Musician Billy Corgan talks about the return of the mighty Smashing Pumpkins with the release of the band's brand new double album, Cyr. On this week's q This music panel, freelance music journalists Tabassum Siddiqui and Maura Johnston discuss the biggest snubs and surprises of the 2021 Grammy Award nominations. Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Chilly Gonzales talks about his love of Enya, and examines why her song Boadicea continues to inspire artists across genres and generations. Juno Award-winning soul and R&B singer Divine Brown reflects on her decades-long career and why she chose to perform Bob Marley's Redemption Song for the Musical Stage Company's UnCovered concert series.

[Full episode] Billy Corgan, Tabassum Siddiqui and Maura Johnston, Chilly Gonzales, Divine Brown

[Full episode] Kim Cattrall, Lido Pimienta, Curtis Talwst Santiago

Actress Kim Cattrall talks about her starring role in the new series Filthy Rich, and shares what she thinks ties her most iconic roles together. Polaris Prize-winning musician Lido Pimienta fills us in on the inspiration behind her new record Miss Colombia, and performs a song for us. Multidisciplinary artist Curtis Talwst Santiago describes how he creates tiny 3D worlds inside of vintage jewelry boxes.

[Full episode] Tayla Parx, Alan Doyle, John Wilson

Hitmaker Tayla Parx tells us what it's like to sing her own story after writing big songs for the likes of Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Janelle Monáe and many more. Singer-songwriter Alan Doyle recounts some of the funny and cautionary tales from his new book All Together Now: A Newfoundlander's Light Tales for Heavy Times. Filmmaker John Wilson talks about his quirky, poignant and surprisingly tender new HBO docuseries How To with John Wilson.

[Full episode] Rumaan Alam, Christi Belcourt, Edoardo Ponti

Author Rumaan Alam tells us how he captured the existential dread of 2020 in his bestselling new novel Leave the World Behind. Visual artist Christi Belcourt talks about her first-ever career retrospective, Uprising: The Power of Mother Earth, at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Filmmaker Edoardo Ponti discusses what it was like to direct his famous mother, Sophia Loren, in his latest film The Life Ahead.

[Full episode] Shaggy, Ishani Nath and John Semley, Michaela Coel

Grammy-winning reggae artist Shaggy reflects on 20 years of It Wasn't Me, his love of Newfoundland, and his new holiday album Christmas in the Islands. On this week's screen panel, Ishani Nath and John Semley discuss The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Reunion and why the '90s sitcom still resonates today. Actress Michaela Coel talks about turning personal trauma into art with her latest series I May Destroy You — a fictionalized story about the night she was sexually assaulted.

[Full episode] Anne Murray, Darius Marder, Jewel

Canadian singer Anne Murray shares her most joyous Christmas memories and brings some early holiday cheer with a new album, The Ultimate Christmas Collection. Writer and director Darius Marder talks about his new film starring Riz Ahmed, called Sound of Metal, which tells the story of a heavy metal drummer who loses his hearing and struggles to rebuild his life. In a q oral history, singer-songwriter Jewel describes how she overcame homelessness and sexism to release her bestselling debut album, Pieces of You, which turns 25 this year.

[Full episode] Dolly Parton, Neon Dreams, David E. Talbert

Country music icon Dolly Parton shares the stories behind songs she wrote in her childhood on up to huge hits like Jolene, I Will Always Love You and Coat of Many Colors. Halifax pop duo Neon Dreams tell us what it's like to be back on stage and how they're touring safely in the Atlantic bubble. Playwright, writer and director David E. Talbert discusses his new Netflix film Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, and why it's important to have more classic Christmas movies about diverse families.

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