Grammy Award-winning music director Alex Lacamoire tells us about his work on the Broadway production of Hamilton and what it was like being Lin-Manuel Miranda's right-hand man. Award-winning Canadian director Nisha Ganatra discusses her new movie, The High Note, how she broke into the film industry, and how she's made diversity a priority in everything she's done. Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and Aaron Dessner of The National talk about collaborating on their strangely prescient new song, No Time For Love Like Now, which was written before COVID-19 took hold of the world.
Fifteen-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Alicia Keys opens up about her new autobiography, More Myself, in which she reflects on music, family, relationships and her struggles with self-worth. Chika Okeke-Agulu, a professor of African art at Princeton University, talks about his fight to repatriate a pair of looted Nigerian sculptures that were sold by Christie's auction house on Monday. Our books columnist Jael Richardson shares some great summer reads for kids that grown-ups will love too. Singer-songwriter Debbie Harry looks back on her life and some of Blondie's greatest hits.
Singer-songwriter Neil Young talks about reuniting with his longtime band Crazy Horse, and explains how their lifelong bond inspires his creative process and artistic voice. Brooke Lynn Hytes, the Canadian breakout star of RuPaul's Drag Race and the judge of Canada's Drag Race, discusses the importance of having a drag competition show in Canada. Polaris Prize-winning artist Haviah Mighty opens up about why she's candidly speaking her truth as a young, Black female rapper in Canada.
Emmy-nominated Mad Men writer Semi Chellas talks about making her feature directorial debut with American Woman, a film inspired by the Patty Hearst kidnapping story. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen recap the 2020 Juno Awards ceremony, which was live streamed on CBC Gem and CBC Music. Fashion designer Aurora James discusses her 15% Pledge campaign, which urges fashion retailers across North America to commit to stocking 15 per cent of their shelves with BIPOC-owned brands. Elmo puppeteer Ryan Dillon explains how he went from being a childhood fan of the show to claiming centre stage.
Musician Ziggy Marley remembers his father, Bob Marley, and opens up about how he's honouring his dad's legacy publicly and privately at the same time. On this week's screen panel, John Semley and Teri Hart dive into Eurovision and compare how Netflix's new Eurovision movie stacks up against the real-life singing competition. Emmy-winning screenwriter, director and producer Alan Yang talks about turning his father's immigration story into his first feature film, Tigertail. Director Raoul Peck discusses his documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, which is entirely based on the words of famous American writer James Baldwin.
Pop icon Katy Perry discusses her new single Daisies, and opens up about writing inspiring hits like Firework and Roar while "in the worst place" of her life. On this week's q This music panel, A. Harmony and Lisa Christiansen unpack the fallout from J. Cole's new song Snow On Tha Bluff, and what it might say about the state of gender relations in hip-hop right now. Hip-hop historian Nelson George guides us through the world of New York hip-hop in the '80s, from Kurtis Blow to Eric B. Author Roddy Doyle talks about his latest novel Love, which tells the story of two old friends who meet at a Dublin pub to reconnect and remember their youth.