Former Talking Heads singer David Byrne talks about his website "Reasons To Be Cheerful" and why he’s made it his priority to keep positivity alive, especially during the pandemic. Our fashion columnist Mosha Lundström Halbert fills us in on how the COVID-19 crisis continues to impact the fashion industry. Katie Stelmanis of Austra tells us why her new album HiRUDiN is "much more vulnerable" than anything she's done before. World-renowned photographer Carrie Mae Weems discusses what it means to be called an artist ahead of her time.
Canadian-born editorial cartoonist Barry Blitt discusses his recent Pulitzer Prize win, how he uses his gentle watercolour style to produce cutting commentary, and the challenges of creating a caricature of U.S. President Donald Trump. The Hollow star Connor Parnall talks about the popularity of his character, Kai, in fan art and memes from around the world. Comedian and actor Dave Merheje discusses his role on the Peabody Award-nominated show Ramy, which tells the story of an average Arab Muslim family living in New Jersey. Powerhouse singer-songwriter Begonia performs a few songs from her debut album Fear, which translates her negative emotions into show-stopping vocal lines.
Actor Josh Gad explores the power of nostalgia during a pandemic with a new YouTube series called Reunited Apart, which reunites casts of classic movies like The Goonies and Back To The Future. Hollywood stuntwoman Zoë Bell talks about making her all-female Boss Bitch Fight Challenge video, which includes actresses like Scarlett Johansson, Daryl Hannah and Halle Berry. Film and TV graphic designer Annie Atkins discusses the painstaking creative process behind making props like maps, train tickets, letters, newspapers and more. Actor LeVar Burton talks about the value of stories and storytelling, and why he wants adults to take some time to enjoy a good story on his podcast LeVar Burton Reads.
Director John Waters pays tribute to the late, great rock 'n' roll legend Little Richard. The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak discusses how teenagers are moving cancelled events like prom and graduation online. Electro-funk duo Chromeo talk about funnelling their creative energy into coronavirus-related tracks like Clorox Wipe, 6 Feet Away and Stay In Bed (And Do Nothing). Actor George Takei opens up about his experience living through the Japanese-American internment and why he's using art to shed light on this dark chapter of history.
Diagnosed with stage four cancer, Canadian theatre director Daniel Brooks discusses uncertainty and reflects on his life in theatre through the perspective of these difficult times. Musician Burton Cummings reveals the real story behind the Guess Who's iconic song, American Woman, 50 years after it skyrocketed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Emma Rudy, the star of Anne of Green Gables – The Musical, talks about the cancellation of the Charlottetown Festival's entire summer lineup, and what it means to her personally as well as to a province that relies on summer tourism to stay afloat. Poet d'bi.young anitafrika pays tribute to her creative muse — her mother, pioneer dub poet Anita Stewart.
Choreographer Tanisha Scott discusses how she brought Jamaican dancehall to mainstream pop culture, as well as one of her latest projects: the CBC Gem series Utopia Falls. Bob Saget tells us how his new podcast, Bob Saget's Here for You, is allowing him to connect with fans on a deeper level as they call in with their stories, comments, concerns and even Full House questions. Author Jeff VanderMeer returns to q to talk about writing dystopian science fiction in light of the pandemic, and his efforts to return his backyard to the wild. Jamie Oliver lets us in on his unconventional journey to success, and why he finally released his new vegetarian recipe book, Ultimate Veg, after sitting on it for almost a decade.