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Faouzia: How do you balance a music career and an engineering degree? Just ask this powerhouse singer
Faouzia is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Manitoba. She'll often say she comes from Winnipeg, but if you want to get specific, she grew up in the small town of Carman. Her family moved there from Morocco when she was just a toddler. These days, Faouzia is bowling people over with her incredible voice, and when she's not writing, performing or recording new music, she's studying math, physics and chemistry in university. She sits down with Tom Power in the q studio to discuss what it's like to launch her music career while continuing to forge ahead with her studies, and performs two original songs for us on the grand piano.
Rufus Wainwright's new opera Hadrian is inspired by the historical Roman emperor who fell deeply in love with a young Greek man named Antinous. The production just had its world premiere last month with the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. Opera has been a huge part of Wainwright's life for a long time. He stopped by the q studio to talk about what opera means to him, as well as his current tour, which celebrates his first two pop records. He also takes some time to perform his song In a Graveyard from his 2001 album Poses on q's grand piano.
Rufus Wainwright talks about composing operas and looks back on 20 years since his debut album. The q This music panel makes the case that Kanye West's 808s & Heartbreak is the most influential album of the last decade. Sesame Street music director Bill Sherman tells us what goes into making the show's great songs. Powerhouse singer Faouzia discusses balancing a music career and an engineering degree.
Steven Caple Jr. knows a thing or two about being the underdog. With just one feature film under his belt, he was offered the chance to direct Creed II, the latest instalment in the Rocky franchise. The cast includes Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, and the story sees the return of Rocky's most notorious adversary, Ivan Drago. To say the stakes are high for Caple Jr. would be something of an understatement. He talks to guest host Saroja Coelho about what it was like to step into the ring with those big expectations.
In the late 19th century, Vincent van Gogh was roaming the French countryside, creating wild and vivid paintings that his contemporaries couldn't understand. He was lonely, poor and spent miserable periods of his life in and out of asylums. Nobody would think that he'd one day be celebrated as a great artist. Julian Schnabel is not the first filmmaker to play out Van Gogh's life and tragedy on the big screen, but as an artist and painter himself, he does bring a new perspective to the story. The film is called At Eternity's Gate and it's a portrait of Van Gogh in his final years. Schnabel joined guest host Saroja Coelho in the q studio to talk about his new film and what makes it different from all the other films about Van Gogh's life.
At Eternity's Gate director Julian Schnabel talks about creating a portrait of Vincent van Gogh on film. Creed II director Steven Caple Jr. discusses putting his mark on the Rocky franchise. Myles McNutt breaks down the controversy surrounding George R. R. Martin's latest book. Measha Brueggergosman throws a q block party for Fredericton.
Actor Isla Fisher talks about her children's book series and why she prefers writing for kids. Graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka tells us why he doesn't hide the hard truths about addiction from kids. Director and animator Brad Bird shares how his childhood and parenting experiences inspired Incredibles 2.
Brad Bird is the Oscar-winning director and writer behind animated hits such as The Iron Giant, Ratatouille and, most recently, Disney-Pixar's Incredibles 2. The long-awaited sequel to The Incredibles has been 14 years in the making, but it picks up right where the first movie left off - following the Parr family as they balance real life with superhero life. Incredibles 2 may be a story about a family of superheroes trying to find their way in the world, but it's also very much a story about parenthood. That's no surprise because, as Bird tells Tom Power, he took inspiration from his own childhood and parenting experiences to make the film. Bird talks about how his upbringing inspired Incredibles 2, as well as how "a gumbo of spy movies, superhero things and action movies" shaped his fascination with the magic of animation. ?
Jarrett J. Krosoczka's work as a graphic novelist has reached huge audiences of kids, especially through the Star Wars: Jedi Academy series. So when Krosoczka started to open up publicly about his circumstances growing up, the ears of parents and educators perked up. His new graphic novel, Hey, Kiddo, is his memoir about growing up as the son of a heroin addict. Krosoczka joined guest host Saroja Coelho from Houston to talk about his early life, how art became a refuge and how he knows what young readers can handle.
Isla Fisher is one of the most talented slapstick actors working today. You may remember her from Wedding Crashers, The Great Gatsby or Confessions of a Shopaholic, but Fisher is also the author of a series of children's books, called Marge in Charge. Fisher opens up to guest host Saroja Coelho about applying her humour to writing children's books, going to clown school and why she's more than just "Borat's wife."
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.
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.
Esi Edugyan discusses winning the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her book Washington Black. Cartoonist Liana Finck talks about her new graphic memoir Passing for Human. Cadence Weapon pays tribute to Edmonton in his q block party. Author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah tells us why his new book is the dystopian satire we need right now.
In Ralph Breaks the Internet, the new sequel to Disney's Wreck-It Ralph, the internet is a physical destination where heart-shaped Instagram likes fill the air like confetti and birds tweet endlessly on the branches of pixelated trees. John C. Reilly is Ralph, the well-meaning video game bad guy at the centre of the movie. Reilly knows that in reality, the internet isn't all fun and games, but he also feels a sense of responsibility to meet the kids who are going to see this movie in the digital world they're growing up in. He joins guest host Saroja Coelho to talk about reuniting with cast member Sarah Silverman and why the character of Ralph is close to his heart.
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.
Actor John C. Reilly talks about his return as Ralph in Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet. The q screen panel discusses what exactly draws us into reality dating shows. Cary Elwes reveals secrets from the set of The Princess Bride. You Must Remember This host Karina Longworth traces sexism in Hollywood back to Howard Hughes.
Susan Harris, creator of The Golden Girls, talks about how she pushed the boundaries of the sitcom. East Coast rapper Classified joins Choclair and Maestro Fresh Wes to perform a special medley live in the q studio. Classified sticks around for the q This music panel with Lisa Christiansen and Tabassum Siddiqui. Sarah Feldberg shares a brief history of Las Vegas residencies. Classified chats about his latest record and the power of lifting people up through music.
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.
Classified drops by the q studio to chat about his latest record, Tomorrow Could Be the Day Things Change.