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Giving it away with Andrea Jin. Andrea is a wonderful comedian and podcaster. Make sure you check out her album “Grandma’s Girl” and her podcast I Fucked Up. Join Andrea, Producer Darcy and TVA as they haggle their way through the following: – Accidental philanthropy – The Sacred Art of Bargaining – Zoom corporate gigs can be fun! Check out the vid…
 
Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis discusses his latest album The Democracy! Suite, and shares why he thinks jazz is the perfect metaphor for democracy. Playwright and performer Yulissa Campos, the founder of Saskatoon's Ay, Caramba! Theatre, talks about her new play I, Frida, and how it was inspired by her life and th…
 
Dakota Johnson discusses her intense role in the new comedy-drama film Our Friend, and talks about why, as a third-generation actress, the only career that ever occurred to her was acting. Children's author Wesley King talks about collaborating with the late Kobe Bryant on The Wizenard Series, about the ups and downs of youth basketball, and what's…
 
American comedians W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu, the hosts of the political comedy podcast Politically Re-Active, share what they're thinking now that Joe Biden is their president. Black Buck author Mateo Askaripour tells us how writing his debut novel with Black readers in mind gave him freedom in his craft, and shares how his own experiences …
 
This week, comedians Ivan Decker and Dave Harris guest host the podcast, filling in for Kevvy and Young Alexi. Ivan has uncovered some sensitive information about Dave and confronts him about it live on the pod. Dave and Ivan sacrifice their dignity to get a beer sponsorship and they discuss doing stand up in space.…
 
Comedian Amber Ruffin and her sister Lacey Lamar comment on Inauguration Day and share some of the stories they write about in their new book, You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism. Tech and culture journalist Alyssa Bereznak explains why a group of TikTok content creators are facing a lawsuit from a Los Angeles la…
 
Kim's Convenience star Andrew Phung reflects on the wild success of the hit Canadian comedy sitcom and why it represents "more than just tokenism." Singer Maynard James Keenan of Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer talks about Puscifer's new album Existential Reckoning, his storied career and his battle with COVID-19. Actress Tippi Hedren opens up …
 
Under the umbrella with Ken Hall. Ken Hall is a wonderful improvisor and actor. If you’ve not seen him as ‘Herb’ in The Umbrella Academy you are missing out. Go watch it. But listen to him here first. Join Ken, Producer Darcy and TVA as they space out on the following: – Zoom medicine – The worst auditions ever – What it’s like being on Conan Check…
 
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 directo…
 
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 Drak…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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.…
 
Jotting it down with Lisa Gilroy. Lisa is a wonderful actor and improvisor and comes by the podcast to talk about acting, improv and staying sane. Join Lisa and TVA as they book it through the following: – Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Beaverton and booking things on vacation – Be careful what you write in journals – Try to avoid the bad stuff Check out …
 
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 with their 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 misc…
 
Actress, screenwriter and director Emerald Fennell tells us why she thinks her new film Promising Young Woman has struck a nerve with its take on toxic masculinity and rape culture. On this week's q This music panel, Lisa Christiansen and Vivek Shraya discuss this year's postponed Grammy Awards and why legacy artists like Neil Young are selling off…
 
Canadian rap pioneer Michie Mee talks about her experience as a woman in hip-hop, her journey to being taken seriously as an artist in the music industry, and her first album in 20 years. Superstar classical pianist Lang Lang discusses the making of his newly-released rendition of Bach's iconic Goldberg Variations. Filmmaker Ken Burns reads a poem …
 
Actress Rachel Brosnahan talks about eulogizing the year 2020 in the new comedy special Yearly Departed, and explains why it was important to "let women have the last word." New York-based Canadian artist Tim Okamura discusses his painting series Healthcare Heroes and how his art is making a difference to those on the frontlines. Artist Laakkuluk W…
 
Stage and screen actor David Oyelowo shares how he manages to convey emotion while wearing a spacesuit costume in George Clooney's new post-apocalyptic drama The Midnight Sky. Messiah/Complex director Reneltta Arluk talks about bringing Against The Grain's daring interpretation of Handel's Messiah to life. Author Fred Goodman and musician Patrick W…
 
Going ape with Andrew Chapman. Andrew joins us for the seventh time on our first show of 2021. A wonderful man and a hilarious comic. Join Andrew, Producer Darcy and TVA as they go bananas over the following: – Hiding your comedy under a bushel – In-laws are the sweetest – We got bad accents! Check out the video of this episode on our Facebook page…
 
Singer-songwriter Ben Harper talks about his new instrumental album Winter Is For Lovers and his obsession with the lap steel guitar. Comedian Jon Dore talks about his new CBC series Humour Resources, accountability in comedy and how stand-up is suffering during the coronavirus pandemic. Actress Jane Fonda discusses her book What Can I Do?: My Path…
 
Alanis Morissette reflects on her massive hit record Jagged Little Pill on its 25th anniversary and discusses her first album in eight years, Such Pretty Forks in the Road. Actor, singer and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess tells us how his music is helping spread positivity as well as calling listeners to action in times of crisis.…
 
In a new project, Canadian artists AA Bronson and Adrian Stimson explore the power of apology and their shared history — their ancestors were sworn enemies. 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 during different eras. R…
 
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld discusses his new book, 45 years of comedy and the stupidity of a "quick question." Rapper Killer Mike of Run The Jewels talks about the timeliness of the duo's new album RTJ4, police brutality and protest music. Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall talks about her latest album This Dream of You, honouring her late producer T…
 
Actress 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. Canadian music icon Céline Dion discusses her latest album Courage, life after the passing of her late husband, René …
 
Getting hopeful with Erica Sigurdson. Erica Sigurdson is a hilarious touring comedian who you can now see doing Zoom shows. Make sure you check out her comedy. Join Erica, Producer Darcy and TVA as they move through the following: – Moving during a pandemic is fantastic. – Heckler stories! – Selling merch is humiliating. Check out the video of this…
 
Actor Anthony Hopkins discusses his 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. Griffin Poetry Prize winner Billy-Ray Belcourt talks about his debut memoir, A History of My Brief Body, and how autobiography has the power to heal yourself and others. Actress…
 
Grammy Award-winning singer François Clemmons talks about his role as Officer Clemmons on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, and how he overcame racist and homophobic discrimination throughout his life. Salome Bey's daughters, musicians tUkU and SATE, reflect on their late mother's journey to becoming one of the most beloved pioneers of Black Canadian th…
 
Actor Jesse Williams talks about his starring role in the new slasher horror film Random Acts of Violence, and shares why social activism has long been a part of his life. Jewelry designer and activist Sewit Sium talks about the intersection between jewelry and political expression, and how it can be a tool for education. Poet Evelyn Lau discusses …
 
Legendary Motown producer and songwriter Lamont Dozier shares the true stories behind some of Motown's biggest hits. World War Z author Max Brooks discusses his new novel Devolution — a timely tale about an eco-community under siege from Bigfoot-like creatures. Director Tracey Deer talks about her powerful debut feature film Beans, which is based o…
 
Boldly going where no one has gone before with Mark DeBonis. Mark returns to the podcast. A funny guy, you can check out his album Minutiae or his podcast My First Trek where he watches the original Star Trek for the first time. Join Mark, Producer Darcy and TVA as they unwrap the following: – Christmas & COVID – Christmas Tradition – Some really n…
 
On the 20th anniversary of U2's Grammy winning album All That You Can't Leave Behind, bass player Adam Clayton takes us through the meaning behind the songs, and how he felt personally while recording his first U2 album sober.
 
On the 20th anniversary of U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind, bass player Adam Clayton takes us through the meaning behind the songs, and how he felt personally while recording his first U2 album sober. Actor and comedian Chelsea Peretti on her start in comedy, the struggles and triumphs of motherhood, and her first lead role in the feature film…
 
Goh Ballet director Chan Hon Goh talks about reimagining The Nutcracker for 2020 with a new short film version, called The Nutcracker Beyond the Stage: Fallen Prince. On this week's q This music panel, Lisa Christiansen and Vivek Shraya share the songs that helped them get through the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Political singer and acti…
 
Grammy and Tony Award-winning performer Leslie Odom Jr. talks about his new Christmas album, how Hamilton changed his life, and which stage he hopes to be hopping onto after the pandemic. Actor and director Alex Winter discusses his Frank Zappa documentary and shares what he learned about the late singer-songwriter while making the film. Halifax-bo…
 
Musician Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave talks about guitars, his new photo memoir, and political music in 2020. Our books columnist Jael Richardson recommends some of her favourite books of this year, which you may want to consider adding to your holiday gift list. On the 25th anniversary of Jumanji, actor Bradley Pierce sha…
 
Musician José Feliciano reflects on the 50th anniversary of his massive Christmas hit Feliz Navidad, his musical legacy, and his lifelong love of the guitar. Actress Sarah Gadon discusses her new film Black Bear and why she seeks out meaningful roles in projects that are open to interpretation. Pianist and composer Chilly Gonzales dissects the icon…
 
Getting cheery with Jimmer Lowe and Stephanie Neale. Jimmer and Steph are wonderfully funny comics who have a “true” crime podcast you need to listen to called The Day Before December. Listen to it now! Join Jimmer, Stephanie, Producer Darcy and TVA as they vibrate through the following: – Can TVA shill sex toys? – Dating during COVID – Please supp…
 
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks about his new record with pianist Kathryn Stott, titled Songs of Comfort and Hope, and shares what he thinks music can do for us during a pandemic. On this week's q screen panel, Teri Hart and Jason Gorber discuss how movie theatres might be changing for good, as entertainment giants announce their plans to release new movies…
 
Musician Big Freedia, the bounce queen of New Orleans, talks about her memoir God Save the Queen Diva!, opening up about gospel music, surviving Hurricane Katrina, and working with Drake. Wealth management executive and artist manager Daniel Weisman unpacks why musicians like Bob Dylan are selling their entire music catalogues to investors. Singer-…
 
Actor Colman Domingo talks about Ma Rainey's Black Bottom — the Netflix adaptation of August Wilson's play of the same name — and what it means to have acted alongside the late Chadwick Boseman. Legendary dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp shares her advice for getting older with a new book, Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life. Sing…
 
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