Q with Tom Power

CBC

Five days a week acclaimed interviewer Tom Power sits down with the artists, writers, actors and musicians who define pop culture. Whether he’s ribbing Adele, singing a boyband classic with Simu Liu, or dissecting faith with U2 frontman Bono – Tom brings the same curiosity, respect and meticulous preparation into every conversation. He also has a track record for interviewing artists on the precipice of stardom – like Lizzo and Billie Eilish — who appeared on Q well before hitting the mainstream. Hear your favourite artists as they truly are, every weekday with Tom Power.

  • 23 minutes 6 seconds
    Liza Colón-Zayas: Finding family and stability on The Bear

    On the hit series “The Bear,” Liza Colón-Zayas plays a middle-aged line cook named Tina who’s challenged by her mentors to learn new skills as a sous-chef. In some ways, her character’s story mirrors her own journey as an actor. Liza joins Tom to talk about the scarcity and struggle she’s had to overcome on her path to her breakthrough role, how her setbacks continue to shape her as an artist, and how as an actor you can feel dispensable and invisible as you age.

    19 July 2024, 8:15 am
  • 21 minutes 36 seconds
    Luke Gilford: Writing a queer cowboy love story without tragedy

    Luke Gilford is a photographer and filmmaker who grew up in a professional rodeo family in Colorado. But it wasn’t until he discovered America’s thriving subculture of queer rodeo that he truly felt at home with cowboy culture. Now, he’s released his feature directorial debut, “National Anthem,” inspired by his famous photo series of America’s gay cowboys and cowgirls. Luke joins Tom to talk about the film, why it was important to him to write a trauma-free queer love story, and how cowboy culture and drag culture overlap.

    19 July 2024, 8:10 am
  • 25 minutes 11 seconds
    Osgood Perkins: Longlegs, Nicolas Cage & making the scariest movie of the year

    The actor and director Osgood “Oz” Perkins (Legally Blonde, Nope) recently released his latest horror thriller, “Longlegs,” which some are calling the scariest movie of the year. Harkening back to films like “Silence of the Lambs” and “Se7en,” it co-stars Nicolas Cage as an occultist serial killer. Oz joins Tom to talk about the film, how he developed one of the most bizarre serial killers ever seen on screen, and what his famous parents (“Psycho” actor Anthony Perkins and photographer Berry Berenson) brought to him as a filmmaker.

    18 July 2024, 8:15 am
  • 27 minutes 14 seconds
    PJ Morton: Cape Town to Cairo & the life-changing trip to Africa that inspired it

    In addition to touring as the keyboardist in Maroon 5 and producing music for big-name musicians, PJ Morton is also an artist in his own right, often releasing his solo projects on his label, Morton Records. For his latest album, “Cape Town to Cairo,” the five-time Grammy-winning R&B artist set himself a wild creative challenge to write and record it all in just 30 days while traveling through Africa. PJ joins guest host Talia Schlanger to tell us more about his music and the “life-changing” trip that inspired his new record.

    18 July 2024, 8:10 am
  • 35 minutes 26 seconds
    Jim Cuddy: His new solo album, relationships & songwriting

    The Canadian singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy, best known as the frontman of the iconic roots-rock band Blue Rodeo, is back with his sixth solo album, “All The World Fades Away.” On the record, he paints a portrait of his present life and explores some of his most meaningful relationships, including the relationship he has with his wife and the one he has with his Blue Rodeo bandmate Greg Keelor. Jim sits down with guest host Talia Schlanger in studio to talk about it.

    17 July 2024, 8:10 am
  • 14 minutes 51 seconds
    Quick Q: John Carter Cash on his father Johnny Cash's new posthumous album

    More than 20 years after Johnny Cash’s death, we’re getting new music from the legendary country music star. His only son, John Carter Cash, joins Tom to talk about finding his dad’s old demos from the ‘90s, and why he decided to release these songs in the form of a new album, “Songwriter.”

    17 July 2024, 5:55 am
  • 24 minutes 56 seconds
    Stephen Graham Jones: X-raying the slasher genre

    The bestselling horror author Stephen Graham Jones is said to have reinvented the slasher genre. His latest novel, “I Was a Teenage Slasher,” puts the reader directly into the mind of a killer. Stephen joins guest host Talia Schlanger to talk about the book, his love of slashers, and why he thinks it’s the job of horror writers to walk into the darkness as far as they can — and then take two steps more.  

    16 July 2024, 8:15 am
  • 20 minutes 36 seconds
    Gregory Oh: Celebrating mistakes with Lessons in Failure

    The acclaimed Canadian pianist and conductor Gregory Oh knows all about classical music’s quest for perfection. But in that pursuit of excellence, he thinks something else can be lost. Now, Gregory is embracing his own mistakes with his new one-man show, “Lessons in Failure,” which is part recital, part tell-all confessional. He sits down with guest host Talia Schlanger to discuss the show, the failures that have defined his career, and his hopes for classical music. 

    16 July 2024, 8:10 am
  • 22 minutes 6 seconds
    Jennifer Esposito: How her film Fresh Kills brings a new perspective to the mafia genre

    Before becoming an actor, Jennifer Esposito lived on Staten Island where she grew up around organized crime. Now, she’s released her directorial debut, “Fresh Kills,” which follows the story of the women behind the men in a mafia family. Jennifer joins guest host Talia Schlanger to talk about the film, her career, and her unique perspective on the world of organized crime.

    15 July 2024, 8:15 am
  • 13 minutes 19 seconds
    Quick Q: Shy Kids on their new single & winning the Prism Prize’s Hi-Fidelity Award

    The Canadian art collective Shy Kids just won the 2024 Hi-Fidelity Award from the Prism Prize in recognition of their innovative music videos. Matthew Hornick of Shy Kids joins Tom to set up a new tune off their upcoming album, “A Gathering of Batteries,” which comes out this fall.

    15 July 2024, 8:10 am
  • 41 minutes 53 seconds
    Trey Anastasio: Phish’s 40-year friendship, the key to improvisation & why we need live music

    For more than four decades, the Vermont jam band Phish has cultivated an incredibly successful career, but more importantly, an incredibly successful relationship with their audience. Lead singer and guitarist Trey Anastasio joins Tom to discuss that relationship, the early days of the band, and why it's so important to be best friends with your bandmates.

    12 July 2024, 8:15 am
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