Actor Regina King talks about directing One Night in Miami, a film that imagines a real conversation in February of 1964 between four of the most important Black voices of the era: Sam Cooke, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Jim Brown. CBC arts and entertainment reporter Eli Glasner recaps the highs and lows of this year's mostly virtual Toronto International Film Festival. Dancer and choreographer Marie Chouinard tells us about her latest piece, Time For Time, in which the performers transform the audience's most heartfelt wishes into dance. Halifax indie-pop artist Rich Aucoin discusses his latest album, United States, and how travelling alone across the U.S. on a bicycle inspired him.
Elamin Abdelmahmoud and the Pop Chat round-table invite you in to the group chat to help make sense of the cultural drama blowing up the internet. Bringing their hottest takes to the table, join them every week as they debate, discuss and work through the pop culture discourse. The Pop Chat panel consists of: Shireen Ahmed, Angelina Chapin, Kevin Fallon, Sarah Hagi, Hussein Kesvani, Stacy Lee Kong, Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Amil Niazi and Andrea Warner. More episodes are available at http://smarturl.it/popchat
Actor Cynthia Nixon discusses Netflix's Ratched, her famous role on Sex and the City, and the intersection of politics and art in her life. The editor-in-chief of ELLE Canada, Vanessa Craft, talks about how the fashion industry is finally confronting its issues with diversity and equity. Film and culture critic Jesse Wente tells us what he brings to his new position as chair of the Canada Council for the Arts, and how he plans to help advocate for artists in this country. Actor Antony Starr shares what he thinks Amazon Prime’s subversive superhero satire, The Boys, says about power and its ability to corrupt the ones sent to protect us.
Country star Reba McEntire looks back on her career and her hit album Rumor Has It on the 30th anniversary of its release. Director Unjoo Moon talks about her new Helen Reddy film, I Am Woman, which dramatizes the Australian singer's journey from immigrant to chart-topping feminist superstar. Freelance writer and artist Frankie Huang unpacks what the controversies surrounding Disney's Mulan remake reveal about broader issues in China today, including major human rights ramifications. Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith discusses his latest children's book, Small in the City, which was just awarded the inaugural Sheila Barry Picture Book Award.
Sir Anthony Hopkins discusses his latest role in The Father as a man with dementia locked in a power struggle with his daughter, and shares his own struggles with growing older. Canadian reggae musician Jay Douglas remembers the late Jamaican singer-songwriter Toots Hibbert, the lead vocalist for the reggae and ska band Toots and the Maytals. Director Tracey Deer talks about her powerful debut feature film Beans — a coming-of-age story based on her own childhood experience of the 1990 Oka Crisis.
Actress Lucy Liu fills us in on her return to the small screen with Why Women Kill, a dark comedy-drama that follows three couples who live in the same Pasadena mansion in three different eras. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen discuss the current state of rock and roll, and whether rappers are the new rockstars. Multi-platinum music producer David Bendeth and rising star CVRE explain how they used their common roots in north Toronto to jumpstart an unlikely musical collaboration. Artist Stuart Semple talks about making famous artworks accessible to all with VOMA, the world's first entirely virtual museum.