Country music star Morgan Wallen reflects on the pitfalls of fame, his Saturday Night Live debacle and his new hit record, Dangerous: The Double Album. Toronto-based R&B singer-songwriter Savannah Ré talks about her debut EP Opia, a collection of nine songs that speak to the complexities of love, connection and vulnerability. Playwright and director Lydie Dubuisson shares how her personal story inspired her play Sanctuary, and discusses the 50th anniversary of Black Theatre Workshop, Canada's oldest Black theatre.
Author Angie Thomas talks about Concrete Rose, the prequel to her bestselling novel The Hate U Give, and why this time she wanted to tell a story through the eyes of a young Black man. On this week's q This music panel, Vivek Shraya and Maura Johnston look ahead to some of the big albums that will be coming out in 2021, including releases from Drake and Lana Del Rey. Thundercat discusses his new album It Is What It Is, and opens up about losing his close friend and collaborator, Mac Miller.
Colour specialist Leatrice Eiseman reveals why Pantone broke tradition and settled for two colours of the year in 2021. All five of this year's Canada Reads panellists — Roger Mooking, Devery Jacobs, Rosey Edeh, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Scott Helman — introduce us to the books they're championing. CBC Podcast Playlist host Elamin Abdelmahmoud shares his personal list of best podcasts to listen to in 2021. Harpist Brandee Younger and bassist Dezron Douglas tell us the story behind the making of their latest album, Force Majeure.
Soul co-director and screenwriter Kemp Powers talks about the new Pixar animated film, its groundbreaking portrayal of African American identity, and how it helps dismantle the distinction between "winners and losers." Drummer Patrick Carney of the Black Keys looks back at 10 years of Brothers, unlikely success and the band's lasting influence. Our fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert unpacks how Harry Styles's recent Vogue cover (featuring him in a pale blue, ruffled Gucci gown) marks the beginning of the end for gender division in fashion.
On the eve of her sixth season hosting the late-night satirical news show Full Frontal, Toronto-born comedian Samantha Bee reflects on covering what's arguably been the most tumultuous period in American political history. Playwright Juliet Gilkes Romero tells us how her latest work, The Whip, presents a different discussion around the slave trade. Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson reflects on his biggest hits, new music and how to become a better songwriter.
Chris Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, looks back at her late husband's life and legacy, sharing why she thinks the music industry needs to do more to support artists struggling with mental health. On this week's screen panel, Ishani Nath and Teri Hart discuss Netflix's powerful new drama Pieces of a Woman, and how it's pushing the conversation about miscarriage forward. British photographer Drew Gardner talks about his project The Descendants, which sees him recreate portraits of some of history's most notable figures using their present-day descendants.