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.


  • Trans-Canada Highwaymen: Members of Sloan, Odds, Barenaked Ladies, and The Pursuit of Happiness create their own supergroup

    15/12/2023 Duration: 18min

    Trans-Canada Highwaymen is a supergroup born out of four bands who were all over Canadian rock radio in the ‘90s. On their new album, “Explosive Hits Vol. 1,” they pay tribute to their favourite songs, covering classics from 1969 to 1975. Chris Murphy (Sloan), Craig Northey (Odds), Stephen Page (formerly of Barenaked Ladies) and Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness) tell Tom how K-tel ads from the ‘70s inspired the band to make their supergroup, why they chose the songs they did, and what it’s like playing each other's music.

  • Kurt & Wyatt Russell: Being pro athletes before acting, playing the same character in the new Godzilla series, and acting as father and son

    14/12/2023 Duration: 23min

    Beloved action star Kurt Russell practically grew up on movie sets, acting alongside his famous father, Bing Russell. In recent years, Kurt’s own son, Wyatt, has also embraced the family industry. In the new show “Monarch: Legacy of Monsters,” the father-son duo play older and younger versions of the same character. Kurt and Wyatt join Tom to share what it’s like working together, how they both pursued professional sports before considering acting as a career, and what it was like growing up with the famous Russell name.

  • Jeremy Larter: Who's Yer Father?, filmmaking on Prince Edward Island, and how the specific is universal

    14/12/2023 Duration: 19min

    Jeremy Larter has done what few other Prince Edward Islanders have been able to do — he made a feature film on the Island, about the Island, that was so popular that it beat Taylor Swift’s movie at the Island box office on opening weekend. Jeremy tells Tom about the film, titled “Who’s Yer Father?”, how his experience as a lobster fisherman helped him write the story, and what he hopes for the future of P.E.I. filmmakers on the Island.

  • How finding a gun at 16 changed Michael Connelly’s life + Gavin Matts on the anatomy of a joke

    13/12/2023 Duration: 40min

    Bestselling crime writer Michael Connelly has published dozens of books and sold millions of copies worldwide. His work has also inspired popular TV shows like “Bosch” and “The Lincoln Lawyer.” Michael joins Tom to talk about the latest book in his "Lincoln Lawyer" series, titled “Resurrection Walk.” He also discusses the moment he found a gun at 16 and how it changed his life forever, and why he thinks the true crime genre has become so popular. Plus, comedian Gavin Matts joins Tom for Q’s inaugural segment of “Anatomy of a Joke,” where he explains how an idea turns into a full fledged joke for his latest stand-up special “Progression.”

  • Ziwe: confrontation in comedy, Stephen Colbert, and her new book of essays Black Friend

    12/12/2023 Duration: 30min

    Internet sensation Ziwe tells Tom about getting her first joke on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 20 years old, why she started asking her guests, “How many Black friends do you have?” and how she had to look inward to write her new book of essays, “Black Friend.”

  • Donald Sutherland: Why, after an incredible career in film, he’s most proud of being commemorated on a stamp

    12/12/2023 Duration: 17min

    For over six decades, the legendary Canadian actor Donald Sutherland has been a staple of film and television. Donald tells Tom about the enormous honour of being commemorated on a Canadian stamp, why he doesn’t want dual citizenship between Canada and the U.S., and why it relates to his sense of humour.

  • Daniel MacIvor: Writing a play before ever seeing one, advice for young actors, and the best gift theatre has given him

    11/12/2023 Duration: 33min

    One of the first times Daniel MacIvor ever felt confident in his writing was in the eighth grade when he saw the words “you have talent” written on a short story he wrote. Now, decades into his career as a playwright, Daniel's two renowned one-person shows, “Monster” and “Here Lies Henry,” are playing at Toronto’s Factory Theatre. Daniel tells Tom about his love of theatre, how his late friend and collaborator Daniel Brooks came to him in a dream and told him the title of his upcoming work, and what he thinks the greatest gift theatre has ever given him is.

  • Amanda Peters: The Berry Pickers, the complexity of trauma and guilt, and writing flawed characters

    11/12/2023 Duration: 18min

    Amanda Peters's debut novel “The Berry Pickers” has been getting rave reviews. She tells Tom how a road trip to Maine with her dad inspired the story, the complexity of writing about trauma, and how being a storyteller has helped her find a better sense of community.

  • Tate McRae: Performing on SNL, her hit song Greedy, and not being judgmental of your art

    08/12/2023 Duration: 29min

    Tate McRae’s wildest dreams are coming true. She recently performed at the Billboard Music Awards, she was the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” and her song “Greedy” just reached the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. Calgary’s Tate McRae talks to Tom about this pivotal time in her career, how she never wants to write a song with the intention of it being big on TikTok, and how her hit song “Greedy,” initially scared her.

  • Bradley Peters: Sonnets from a Cell, solitary confinement, and why the sonnet is the perfect way to write about prison

    07/12/2023 Duration: 24min

    When the poet Bradley Peters discovered sonnets while studying poetry and creative writing, he knew it was the perfect form to write about his experience with incarceration as a teenager and young adult. Bradley talks to Tom about his new poetry collection, “Sonnets from a Cell,” what it felt like to be in solitary confinement, and how he “held on to his humanity” in prison.

  • Brenda Lee: Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, being backstage with The Beatles, and having Elvis on her front step

    07/12/2023 Duration: 21min

    Brenda Lee is the voice of the iconic holiday song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” which turns 65 this year. Brenda tells Tom about recording that song at just 13 years old, how having the song in “Home Alone” changed its popularity, and what it was like knowing The Beatles before their massive fame.

  • James L. Brooks: The Simpsons, comedy with heart, and the feminism of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    06/12/2023 Duration: 34min

    Legendary writer and producer James L. Brooks transformed the types of stories you see on television, from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to “The Simpsons.” He then applied his same winning formula — character-driven stories with heart — to the world of film. James L. Brooks tells Tom about writing and creating some of the most successful comedies on TV, the secret behind “The Simpsons” success, and his latest project, “Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.”

  • Michael McMillan: What we learn about class and race from a home's front room

    06/12/2023 Duration: 19min

    Back in 2005, the artist Michael McMillan created his critically acclaimed installation “The Front Room.” It was a life-size imagining of the front room of a house belonging to Caribbean migrants to Britain in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Since then, Michael has recreated front rooms in places like The Netherlands, South Africa, Curacao, and France. Now, it’s Canada’s turn. Michael joins Tom to talk about his latest front room creation “The Front Room: Inna Toronto/6ix.” and what material things in the home can tell us about the migrant experience.

  • Stephen Sanchez: Writing a megahit, tackling imposter syndrome, and his 1960s crooner sound

    05/12/2023 Duration: 33min

    Stephen Sanchez’s hit song “Until I Found You” is approaching two billion streams, has been certified platinum five times, and made Elton John a fan —all before the release of his debut album. Stephen speaks with Tom about following up a once in a lifetime hit, his 1960s crooner sound, and tackling imposter syndrome.

  • Jason Hopley and Jamie Shannon: Nanalan’s viral TikTok success, the show’s legacy, and bringing the puppets back to life

    05/12/2023 Duration: 23min

    “Nanalan,” a Canadian children’s show from the 1990s has had a resurgence recently thanks to its growing popularity on TikTok. Clips from the show are getting millions of views, and the puppeteers have even revived the character for online skits. The creators of “Nanalan,” Jason Hopley and Jamie Shannon, drop by Q to talk about the viral success almost 25 years later and what that says about the show. Plus, they bring the puppets that started it all.

  • Lily Gladstone: Working with Scorsese, breaking into Hollywood, and Killers of the Flower Moon

    04/12/2023 Duration: 23min

    Lily Gladstone had a tough task with her first major Hollywood film: she had to hold her own against Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro —and hold her own she did. Her character, Mollie Burkhart, is being praised as the star-making turn of Martin Scorcese’s latest film, “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Lily drops by Q to talk about the role of a lifetime, and the challenges in telling stories about murder and colonialism.

  • Leslie Odom Jr.: Embracing imperfection, returning to Broadway, and his new album When a Crooner Dies

    04/12/2023 Duration: 21min

    When Tony and Grammy Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. takes on a project, he puts everything he’s got into it. Admittedly a bit of a perfectionist, he’s tried to embrace imperfection on his new album of original songs, “When a Crooner Dies.” He chats with Tom about the album and reveals what it’s like to return to Broadway for the first time since his starring role in “Hamilton.”

  • Matt Rogers: Finding a voice in comedy, Christmas albums, and Las Culturistas

    01/12/2023 Duration: 34min

    Comedian Matt Rogers is one-half of the hugely popular podcast “Las Culturistas.” He talks to Tom about finding his confidence in comedy through podcasting, and competing for a job on “Saturday Night Live” against his friend. He also chats about his debut album “Have you Heard of Christmas?” and his ongoing quest to be crowned the “Prince of Christmas” by the queen, Mariah Carey.

  • Romeo Candido: How a viral video inspired the musical Prison Dancer

    01/12/2023 Duration: 17min

    Back in 2007, a video featuring 1,500 inmates in a Filipino prison dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was uploaded to YouTube, quickly becoming one of the internet’s first viral videos. The footage inspired a new Filipino-Canadian musical called “Prison Dancer,” created by Romeo Candido and Carmen De Jesus. Guest host Talia Schlanger speaks to Romeo about the production, and travelling to the Philippines to meet the real dancing inmates.

  • Jani Lauzon: Secrets of a working artist, puppeteering for Jim Henson, and why she can't stop creating

    30/11/2023 Duration: 32min

    Jani Lauzon is a Métis multidisciplinary artist who says she can’t stop creating. Over the years, she’s eked out a living as a rock and roll singer, an actor on stage and screen, and a puppeteer for Jim Henson, among other things. She talks to Tom about turning to art as a way to cope with a turbulent childhood, and how all her talents collide in the new play “Prophecy Fog.”

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