Celebrated composer and musician, A.R. Rahman reflects on his early years, being faith-filled and not faithful, and his new virtual reality film project.

q is a magazine show that’s unpredictable in the best sense – proud to be “a wild mix of culture by way of Canada” as described by the New York Times. The Globe & Mail noted the show’s “raging popularity across a variety of platforms – podcasts, television, websites, satellite radio, terrestrial radio, and occasional live remote broadcasts.”

About Tom Power

Tom Power is an award-winning musician and broadcaster, rarely seen without an instrument or microphone nearby. He blends a warm curiosity and playful wit to cover the arts, music and entertainment stories you’re talking about, and the ones that are too interesting not to share.

Tom started his career in his hometown of St. John’s, N.L., studying folklore by day and “gigging” (read: performing music) in pubs at night. He recorded his earliest interviews during those years, travelling around the region with a microphone to collect oral histories from his fellow Newfoundlanders.

He made his radio debut programming bluegrass music for a college radio show, wryly named Do-Si-DON’T. Tom quickly moved on to become a news announcer for a local radio station and, in 2008, joined CBC Radio as the host of the national folk music program Deep Roots.

Three years later, Tom shifted into the host chair of Radio 2 Morning, CBC Radio’s biggest national music show. He also became a trusted guest host on q and As It Happens.

Canadians came to know Tom for his heartfelt, in-depth interviewing style (speaking to Atlanta rapper Killer Mike about the Ferguson grand jury verdict) and mischievous sense of humour (jokingly chiding actor Catherine O’Hara for her parenting skills in “Home Alone”). Off the air, Tom fronts the folk-rock band The Dardanelles — known for drawing new audiences around the world to traditional Newfoundland music. He’s also a member of the Polaris Music Prize jury, and has hosted and performed at major music festivals in Canada.