q with Tom Power

q is an energetic daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes you on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. Hosted by Shad, q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends.  

From music icons like Van Morrison and Neil Young; smart conversations with everyone from Al Gore to Barbara Walters; CNN operas; to the branding of politicians... q brings you big names, big ideas, and those paving the way on the cultural landscape. q is your cultural intervention!


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Tom Power
Tom Power

Tom Power is an award-winning musician and broadcaster who hosts the national arts & entertainment program q on CBC Radio One. Hailing from St. John's, Newfoundland, Tom started his career programming folk music on college radio while pursuing a B.A in Folklore from Memorial University. Tom quickly moved on to become a news announcer for a local radio station and in 2008, at the age of 21, he joined CBC as the host of the national folk music program Deep Roots. He was recognized as the youngest host of a national radio program on the CBC since Peter Jennings.

In 2011, Tom was announced as the permanent host of Radio 2 Morning, the flagship national music program heard... Read More...

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    The Scotiabank Giller Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in Canada. Last night in Toronto, Victoria-based author Esi Edugyan was announced as the winner of the $100,000 prize for her novel Washington Black. Remarkably, this is not her first time taking the honour. Her 2011 novel Half-Blood Blues also won the prize, which makes Edugyan the third author to win the Giller Prize twice. She joins guest host Saroja Coelho to talk about her big win.
  • Liana Finck: The cartoonist on her new graphic memoir Passing for Human
    You may recognize Liana Finck's cartoons from her work in The New Yorker, but Finck has also made a name for herself on Instagram, where her cartoons explore themes like relationships, gender dynamics, anxiety, politics and the things that weigh us down. Finck joins guest host Saroja Coelho to talk about her new graphic memoir Passing for Human, how drawing changed her life and why less can be more when it comes to her work.
  • Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah: Why the author of Friday Black thinks his book is the dystopian satire we need
    The New York Times has called Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's debut collection of stories "powerful and important and strange and beautiful." His writing is being compared to George Saunders, one of the most acclaimed fiction writers alive, and Roxanne Gay, who's easily one of the most powerful voices of her generation. Gay's review can be summed up in a three-word quote: "read this book." The book in question is called Friday Black and it's about race, class and code-switching. It also asks us to think about consumerism, justice and the kind of world we want to create, as well as love and the reckoning that comes with our life decisions. Adjei-Brenyah spoke with guest host Saroja Coelho to chat about his sudden rise, the themes in his work and how he categorizes a book as far-reaching as Friday Black.
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  • John C. Reilly: The actor on his return as Ralph in Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet
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  • Karina Longworth: The You Must Remember This host on sexism in Howard Hughes' Hollywood
    Karina Longworth is a film critic and the host of the popular movie podcast You Must Remember This. It's been downloaded millions of times and has become something of a bible for film lovers everywhere. Longworth drops by the q studio to talk about her latest book Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood. She talks to guest host Saroja Coelho about the objectification female actors faced in the film industry of the '30s and '40s.
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    Luke Boyd, otherwise known as Classified, is on the road right now playing shows across Canada in support of his new album Tomorrow Could Be the Day Things Change?. For the entire tour, he's had two titans of Canadian hip-hop by his side, Choclair and Maestro Fresh Wes. Today, all three of them perform a very special medley live in the q studio.
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