Actress Tatiana Maslany talks about her new role in HBO's Perry Mason, her love of Ryan Heffington and her journey to becoming a better ally to marginalized communities. Fashion designer Sage Paul and fashion director Mosha Lundström Halbert unpack the reckoning that's starting to happen in the fashion industry, as people call for more racial diversity and equity. Blue Rodeo co-frontman Jim Cuddy fills us in on how he's been staying musical during the pandemic. Brother Robert co-author Preston Lauterbach reveals the true story of legendary blues icon Robert Johnson, who, according to myth, is said to have inherited his genius in a midnight covenant with the devil.
Singer Ricky Martin reflects on his long career, his new "introspective" EP Pausa, and what it's been like writing music in quarantine. Artist Bisa Butler talks about her unique quilted portraits — life-sized pieces that celebrate the fabric of Black life and honour the accomplishments of Black Americans. Writer Jon Tattrie walks us through his "epic quest" to unearth Nova Scotia's secret Bob Marley connection. Actor E.B. Smith and Soulpepper's Weyni Mengesha discuss what the theatre industry needs to do to address systemic racism in a meaningful way.
World War Z author Max Brooks discusses his new novel, Devolution, about an eco-community under siege from Bigfoot-like creatures. On this week's screen panel, Kathleen Newman-Bremang and Teri Hart unpack how the Black Lives Matter protests are changing our appetite for film and TV. Author Kiley Reid talks about her debut bestselling novel, Such a Fun Age, about a Black babysitter, her white employer, and what happens when their lives become intertwined. Cape Breton comedy duo Tracy and Martina (played by Justine Williamson and Greg Vardy) chat about their crazy COVID-19 journey and how they've managed to amass thousands of new fans from around the world with their Saturday night Facebook Lives.
Artist Titus Kaphar shares the story behind his Time magazine cover, the symbolism of his cover painting and the current context in which he creates his art. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen delve into the significance of Juneteenth and how Canadian artists are speaking up about racism in our music industry here at home. Realwheels founding artistic director James Sanders and his son, Max, talk about beating cabin fever with their homemade movie, A Father and Son's Guide to Surviving Isolation. Iconic DJ and EDM producer Deadmau5 tells us what it's like to release new music during a pandemic and how the current state of the world has changed him.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia opens up about his doubts about having a child — a subject that he tackles in his latest Netflix special and book, The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad. Broadcaster, comedian and activist Sandi Toksvig talks about The Great British Bake Off, QI and Vox Tox — her new web series devoted to unsung female historical heroes. DJ Blackcat presents his musical gateway to Toronto's ballroom scene. Recorded live in Brooklyn, New York, Canadian singer-songwriter Kaia Kater performs her song Heavenly Track from her 2018 album, Grenades. Singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez talks about stepping into the next phase of her career with the release of her debut album, Before Love Came to Kill Us.
Professional wrestler Chris Jericho discusses the new documentary series Dark Side of the Ring, which explores some of professional wrestling's most difficult moments, from drugs to murder. Mi'kmaw author and poet Rebecca Thomas shares her top book recommendations for National Indigenous History Month. Artist Michelangelo Lovelace talks about his new online exhibition, Nightshift, which features drawings composed in long-term care facilities, where he's worked as a nurse's aide for more than 30 years. Actress Heather Graham and director Aisling Chin-Yee discuss film industry sexism, female solidarity and their film, The Rest of Us. Toronto pop duo Ice Cream perform some new songs from their latest album, Fed Up.