The Thrill: Kate Beaton, modern soul music, CanCon

This week: Kate Beaton on writing a children’s book, Michael Barclay on Leon Bridges and Miguel, plus our favourite CanCon


This week, on Maclean’s pop-culture podcast—hosted by Adrian Lee, Emma Teitel and Julia De Laurentiis Johnson—we start by interviewing Kate Beaton, the bestselling creator of the history-lampooning comic, Hark! A Vagrant. She’s just released a delightful children’s book, The Princess and the Pony, and she tells us about the trickiness of writing in that form, the essential value of a fart joke, and read part of her book. Then, Maclean’s music man Michael Barclay joins us for a conversation about soul music, in the wake of new releases from Leon Bridges and Miguel. What makes a soul album good in 2015? And finally, with Canada Day coming this week, the panel and Michael Barclay expound on their formative, favourite CanCon.

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